South Park Season 18 Blu-ray October 6th, 2015

Posted in Animation, Blu-ray, Comedy, Comedy Central, Commentary, Paramount, Television on October 12th, 2015 by Dave

South Park Season 18 Blu-ray

October 6th, 2015 marked the arrival of the Paramount Home Entertainment Blu-ray release for the Comedy Central title South Park: The Complete Eighteenth Season.

The season premiered on Comedy Central on September 24, 2014 and ran through until December 10th for a total of ten episodes.

The show also featured some level of episode-to-episode continuity in season 18, with episodes having some recurring story lines, including the real identity of the artist known as Lorde.

South Park: The Complete Eighteenth Season the Television Show

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South Park continues it’s success with the 19th season recently starting on Comedy Central.

The show continues to follow the adventures of Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny as they negotiate the obstacles of their 5th grade lives.

Season 18 is the second season where the show ran for ten episodes in a continuous run, at the end of 2014.

The show continues to be topical, covering pop culture, talking points and current events of the time.

This season there is a true serial aspect to the stories, where the topics of previous episodes are referenced in later episodes.

The boys start their own company and use the name Redskins after the trademark is cancelled.

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The issues of gluten allergies and transgender rights get their share of attention.

Ride share services are started by Timmy, and Stan falls victim to the dangers of Fremium games.

Technology takes center stage including virtual reality, YouTube commentators and holograms in entertainment.

Throughout all of this, we also find out that Lorde is an alter-ego for Stan’s father.

All in all South Park remains as an edgy satire and fun social commentary.

The voice cast features the show’s creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone for most of the character voices.

The show ranks well with the public, maintaining an IMDb score of 8.8/10.

South Park: The Complete Eighteenth Season on Blu-ray Disc

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The video on each disc is an AVC 1080p encode at around 13.5 Mbps, and is presented at 1.78:1 aspect ratio, filling the HDTV screen.

While the bitrate appears to be very low, keep in mind that the animation is actually very simple and compresses well.

The resulting image quality is solid throughout and is no cause for concern.

See the details page for South Park: The Complete Eighteenth Season for full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc.

The main audio is lossless 5.1 Dolby True HD with 24-bits resolution at 48 kHz.

The discs are dual layer BD50, with around 32 GB used and are coded for Region A.

South Park Season 18 Blu-ray – The Bonus Features

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This Blu-ray release features a few fun supplements for folks with a deeper interest in the show.

All episodes feature an optional mini-commentaries with the show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

These commentaries are typically just a few minutes at the start of the episode, but offer some insight into the inspiration behind the episode.

There is also a #SocialCommentary option for all episodes, where the live Twitter feed pops up at the bottom of the screen as the episode plays out.

This can be a fun way to watch the episodes, with things like Easter Eggs and hidden references revealed.

The deleted scenes features typically one or two scenes from each episode that were cut entirely or edited down for the final episode.

With each episode coming in at exactly 22 minutes and 22 seconds, I am sure that judicious editing as required to make the run time.

South Park Season 18 Blu-ray – Final Thoughts

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South Park: The Complete Eighteenth Season is another fun season of the animated satirical comedy from Comedy Central.

Paramount Home Entertainment has put together a technically solid release with a few supplemental features as well.

The retail price is $42.99, though you can get it at Amazon for $24.98, saving 42%!

South Park Season 18 Blu-ray Extras:

  • Mini-Commentaries by the Creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, on All Episodes
  • #SocialCommentary on all episodes
  • Deleted Scenes

South Park Season 18 Blu-ray Synopsis:

All ten episodes from South Park’s innovative 18th season are packed into this exclusive 2-disc set. Join Cartman, Kenny, Stan and Kyle as they get lost in virtual reality, go underground with Cock Magic, uncover the shocking truth about a music superstar, and reach transcendence with Cartman BRAAAH! Top that with some gluten-free Creator Commentary and never-before-seen deleted scenes, and you’ve got a box set even more legendary than Craig’s Mom’s bush.

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