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South Park's eleventh continues the raunchy adventures of grade schoolers Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman, who live in a small mountain town. Originally conceived as a small Christmas special that gained fame in Hollywood, the show eventually became the highly controversial Comedy Central show it still is today. Although the show's a bit more inconsistent today (although creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker deserve credit for continuing to come up with material that doesn't seem rehashed eleven seasons later), the new seasons still offer plenty of inspired situations for the kids, great supporting characters and plenty of classic lines.

"The Cult of Cartman" is a collection of adventures focused on Cartman, the most angry, dark and hilarious of the characters. Episodes included here are: "Scott Tenorman Must Die", "Awesome-O", "Cartoon Wars" (parts 1/2), "The Death of Eric Cartman", "La Petit Tourette", "Tonsil Trouble", "Eeek, a Penis", "Cartmanland", "Up the Down Steroid", "Super Fun Time" and "Ginger Kids".

One of the episodes, "Le Petit Tourette", has one of the funniest moments of the series, as Cartman learns about Tourettes Syndrome from another boy at the toy store. It soon dawns on him how he could use Tourettes for himself, and - first faintly, Cartman starts singing "I've got a golden ticket" to himself. The song grows louder within him until he's singing it to others at the local mall. However, Cartman is shocked after his scheme literally turns against him right before he goes on national TV to do a segment about Tourettes on Dateline NBC.

Although "The Simpsons" has had its moments taking jabs at fellow Fox sitcom "Family Guy", it's "South Park that pulls no punches against "Family Guy" (if there's any doubt, their feelings are summed up in the additional animated "lesson" from Cartman that plays before one of the episodes) in "Cartoon Wars", which sees things getting out of hand when "Family Guy" does a joke featuring Muhammed, upsetting Muslims. Cartman tries to head to California to get the episode pulled because he fears what will happen if the controversial episode airs. However, it's soon revealed that Cartman is trying to head to California for his own dark reasons. When he arrives, he finds an ally in Bart Simpson and learns the stunning secret behind the "Family Guy" writing staff.

Some of the other highlights include: "Scott Tenorman Must Die" (Cartman vows unholy revenge on an older kid after he keeps tricking Cartman), "Eric Cartman is Dead" (to get back at Cartman, everyone ignores Cartman, which makes Cartman panic that he might be dead), "Ginger Kids" (Kyle and Stan get back at Cartman when he writes a report on the evils of ginger kids by turning Cartman into one) "Cartmanland" (Cartman buys himself a theme park - of course, only for himself, because he hates all the lines - after inheriting a million dollars after his grandmother passes away.) While there are a few episodes that possibly would have been a better fit for this collection, "Cult of Cartman" is a pretty decent collection of Cartman's misadventures.


The DVD

VIDEO: All of the episodes in this set are presented in their original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. The show's animation is certainly quite basic, but its presented well here. Sharpness and detail are perfectly satisfactory, while no edge enhancement or print flaws are present. Compression artifacts are also not seen. Colors are well-rendered, with no smearing or other flaws.

SOUND: The show's 2.0 soundtrack is perfectly fine, clearly presenting both dialogue and sound effects.

EXTRAS: Additional animated introductions, a "Cult of Cartman" card and sticker.
Final Thoughts: "Cult of Cartman: Revelations" does miss a few prime Cartman episodes that would have been excellent on this set but fans of "South Park"'s most demented kid will likely find at least a few of their favs on this "best of" set. Still, many of these episodes are already available on other sets, which makes this set only worthwhile for Cartman fans who haven't picked up those sets.


DVD Information





South Park: Cult of Cartman: Revelations
Paramount Home Entertainment
2-DVD Set
1.33:1
Stereo
264 minutes
Subtitles: English/
Rated NR
Anamorphic: Yes
Available At Amazon.com: South Park: Cult of Cartman: Revelations