"Kenny Vs. Spenny" is a new effort from "South Park" producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The series essentially tries to one-up "Jackass", and every episode features pals Kenny Hotz (loud, scruffy and often a big cheater - although the cheats are admittedly often very clever) and Spencer Rice (a mild-mannered doormat, allowing Kenny to torment him through every episode) taking on one another in ridiculous, humiliating competitions.
It's an "Odd Couple" for the Youtube generation (one of the competitions is even "Who Can Produce the Best Viral Video?"), with the two engaging in a epic battle of grossness. The loser of the competition is subjected to horrifying humiliation, and that humiliation is chosen by the winner (which, due to his creative use of cheating, is often Kenny.)
As immature and disgusting as the series often is, the show is somehow able to make some of the most simple contests immensely watchable. It's likely at least in part due to the fact that not only are the competitions incredibly absurd, but that Kenny remains remarkably talented at finding new ways to be utterly evil (in the "How Long Can You Be Tied to a Goat?" episode, Kenny first freaks Spenny's goat out by racing a toy car out around the room, dragging Spenny across the room; he then tricks Spenny into taking his goat to the vet and tops it off by feeding Spenny's goat coffee beans.)
Overall, I didn't expect a great deal from "Kenny Vs. Spenny", but I found the show absolutely hysterical - despite each episode having one simple concept, the two manage to not only easy fill the running time, but manage to get bigger-than-expected laughs.
First Guy to Get a Boner Loses
Who Can Blow the Biggest Fart
Who Can Produce the Best Viral Video?
Who Can Eat More Meat?
First Guy to Get a Stain Loses
Who Can Be Tied to a Goat the Longest?
Who Can Handle More Torture?
First Guy to Stop Singing Loses
Who Can Be Obese the Longest?
Who Can Commit the Most Crime? (bonus unaired episode)
VIDEO: "Kenny Vs. Spenny" is presented by Paramount in 1.33:1 full-frame. The picture quality is just fine, matching what I have to imagine broadcast quality must look like. Sharpness and detail are quite good, as the picture remained crisp and detailed during most scenes, aside from the occasional softer scene where a lesser camera appears to have been used. No edge enhancement was spotted, but a few traces of pixelation were seen. Colors looked bright and well-saturated, with no smearing.
SOUND: Crisp, clear stereo soundtrack.
EXTRAS: Kenny and Spenny provide commentary provide commentary on the "Fart" and "Goat" episodes, and the commentaries are largely just more of Kenny making fun of Spenny. We also get the full viral videos, music videos, outtakes, deleted scenes, an uncensored trailer, bonus competition ("Who Can Pick the Biggest Booger?"), "Men on the Street" interview, "HOTZ TV" trailer and "Confessions of a Porn Addict" trailer.
Final Thoughts:Overall, I didn't expect a great deal from "Kenny Vs. Spenny", but I found the show absolutely hysterical. The DVD set provides fine audio/video quality and a nice supply of extra features. Recommended.