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DVD Review: The Cult of Cartman – Revelations

South Park The Cult of Cartman DVD Box ArtTV Show Info:
Creators: Trey Stone, Matt Parker
Cast: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes, Mona Marshall, Adrien Beard
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Paramount & Comedy Central

Release Info:
Original Air Dates: August 13, 1997-Present
Season Air Dates: 2001-2008
DVD Box Set Release Date: October 7, 2008
Online Availability: Amazon for $19.99
Episodes: Random Episodes from Seasons Five, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve

I’ve been watching South Park since day one. I was a teenager back then. It was one of those shows your parents didn’t really want you to watch, but you didn’t care. At least, that’s how it was in my house. It’s hard not to like South Park. It’s crude, vulgar and offensive in every single way. We, as people, are not PC. Sure, we try to put on a valiant front, but every person has said something potentially bigoted in their life. South Park takes these taboo things and makes them the main emphasis of the story, even somewhat lesson learning for the four young boys who are the main protagonists of the show.

As far as longevity goes, South Park has capitalized on something that only a few other cartoons, such as The Simpsons, have done. Each episode of South Park is relevant to the time in which it was created. Matt and Trey have successfully used pop culture to keep South Park fresh and flavorful. Sure, there have been a few cruddy episodes, here and there, but overall, while in its 12th season, South Park still manages to be going strong with no signs of stopping.

The distinct personalities of the four boys, Stan Marsh (Trey Parker), Eric Cartman (Trey Parker), Kyle Broflovski (Matt Stone) and Kenny McCormick (Matt Stone) are what makes South Park so special and enjoyable. Kyle is the Jew that Cartman likes to pick on, as well as Stan’s best friend. Stan’s from your typical (ok, maybe not – Randy (his dad), is nuts!) American family. Kenny is the poor kid. Cartman is the fat kid, raised by a single mother, and most obviously, the bigot. Sometimes the boys are joined by Leopold “Butters” Stotz (Matt), in place of Kenny. Butters is the best character on the show, next to Cartman. It’s hard to describe him, but he’s definitely the most lovable (excluding his “What, What in the Butt” moment).

So, it’s about time the creators of South Park brought out a DVD dedicated to one of the show’s best characters, Eric Cartman. Now, if only they’d release the best of Butters, I’d be ecstatic. Until then, The Cult of Cartman – Revelations is more than enough to entertain me and remind me of all of the awesome (though some are particularly disturbing) moments that Cartman has had on the show.

The Cult of Cartman -Revelations Epsiode Plots
The Cult of Cartman -Revelations actually starts with episodes from Season Five of South Park. There are two episodes from Season Five, “Scott Tenorman Must Die” and “Cartmanland”. Season Eight also features two episodes, “Awesom-o” and “Up the Down Steroid”, as does Season Nine, with “Ginger Kids” and “The Death of Eric Cartman”. Season 10 and Season 11 feature one episode a piece technically. Season Ten has a split episode (so I guess you’d say two 30-minute episodes) “Cartoon Wars I” and “Cartoon Wars II”. Season 11 features the episode, “Le Petit Tourette”. Finally, the current season, Season 12, offers up the episodes, “Tonsil Trouble”, “Eek, a P****!”, and “Super Fun Time”.

All of these episodes feature Eric Cartman at his best, and his worst. Before reading the list of episodes with episode descriptions, I must warn you that some of these episodes are graphic. The show is rated MA. If you’re offended by vulgar content or you’re underage then you probably shouldn’t be checking this DVD review out.

That being said, on with the episodes!

DISC ONE

“Scott Tenorman Must Die” – When Cartman shows Kenny, Kyle and Stan his “pubes”, he’s surprised to learn that pubes can’t be given to you. You have to grow them. Realizing that Scott Tenorman, an older boy with pubes, tricked Cartman into buying the pubes, Cartman goes to find Scott to get his cash back. After Cartman continues to get humiliated by Scott, the little tubby bigot decides to get even with him once and for all.

“Awesom-O” – To fool Butters, Cartman dresses up in a robot costume. Butters believes that Awesom-O, his new robot, is his best friend. Cartman convinces Butters to tell Awesom-O all his secrets, which he does. In fact, he just happens to reveal that he has a video of Eric dressed up like Britney Spears, singing her songs and kissing Justin Timberlake pictures, which he plans to use as blackmail. Eric must remain in the Awesom-O costume to find the video, but when the government thinks he’s a robot, the real problems begin.

“The Death of Eric Cartman” – After Eric convinces Stan, Kyle, and Kenny to help Stan’s mom bring in the groceries, he stays behind and eats all of the skin off the KFC chicken, that she bought for them for dinner. Leaving the boys with bare chicken, Cartman heads home. The three decide he’s gone too far and they will be ignoring him from now on. After Cartman is ignored at the bus stop, and the bus forgets him, he is convinced he is dead. This is further confirmed when two guys take a coffin sized box from his house, the rest of the boys at school ignore him, and he hears his mom wailing from within his house. When Cartman discovers that Butters is the only person who can see him, he enlists his help to get to heaven where he’s convinced he’ll get $10,000.

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“Cartoon Wars Part I” – When it is announced that Family Guy plans to show an uncensored picture of Mohammad on television, the town of South Park (along with the rest of the world) freaks out . With the terrorists threatening more attacks, Cartman is joined by an unlikely adversary as he big wheels to California to stop Family Guy from airing.

“Cartoon Wars Part II” – In the conclusion of this two part episode, Cartman’s real motives are revealed on the way to California. After the two make it to the Family Guy studio, his adversary has a change of heart. With Mohammad’s face not being shown in the initial run of the show, the Family Guy creators insist an uncensored episode must air. This leads to Cartman finding out a major secret about the show’s writers.

“Le Petit Tourette” – After Cartman learns that kids with Tourette’s can say bad words and not get in trouble, he suddenly develops the disorder. When Kyle is sure Cartman is faking, he’s sent to Tourette’s sensitivity classes. In the meantime, Cartman suddenly realizes that he can no longer control what he says and he’s due to be on national television!

DISC TWO

“Tonsil Trouble” – When a blood transfusion goes wrong during Cartman’s tonsil removal surgery, he is accidentally infected with AIDS. Kyle finds this so ironic that every time he sees Cartman or hears he has AIDS he bursts into fits of laughter. Wanting to show Kyle that AIDS isn’t funny, he infects him with the virus. Once it is discovered Kyle has AIDS, the two embark on a journey to find a cure from Magic Johnson.

“Eek, a P****!” – Cartman is sent to an inner city school after he sits in as a substitute for his class. When his class gets high test scores in Ms. Garrison’s absence, he doesn’t inform the faculty he gave them the test answers. Cartman makes himself look Hispanic a la Edward James Olmos in Stand and Deliver. He teaches the kids unorthodox methods not knowing about their test. In the meantime, Ms. Garrison is having a mental breakdown because she wants her penis back. When she hears about a controversial scientific procedure to grow back body parts, she’s willing to pay

“Cartmanland” – When Cartman’s grandmother dies, he inherits one million dollars. Kyle is mad that a bigot like Cartman would have such good things happen to him. When Kyle gets a hemorrhoid, he decides there truly is no God. Cartman uses the cash to buy his own amusement park. When Stan and Kyle try to break in, Cartman realizes he must hire security. To cover the cost he lets a few kids in per day, but he soon realizes it takes more to run a theme park. In the meantime, Kyle’s hemorrhoid gets infected and he loses his will to live.

“Up the Down Steroid” – When Cartman finds out that Jimmy and Timmy are in the Special Olympics he investigates and finds out the winner gets a cash prize. He decides that he’s going to become disabled so he can enter and win the prize, something Kyle feels is disgusting and will send him to hell. When Jimmy realizes the other kids are faster, he starts using performance enhancers to bulk up.

“Super Fun Time” – Mr. Garrison’s class heads to Pioneer Town, a village set in 1864. He tells the kids to pair up and Cartman gets stuck with Butters (or vice versa). Cartman realizes they are near a Super Fun Time adventure store, and he drags Butters, who won’t let go off his hand, off to have a super fun time. While they’re away, a group of terrorists take over the Pioneer Village and hold the rest of the class hostage.


“Ginger Kids” – Cartman does a presentation for school on Ginger Kids. Ginger Kids are kids with red hair, light skin and freckles. He says they have no soul. Kyle counters with a paper proving that genetics cause hair color, light skin and freckles. His presentation is too late when kids start discriminating against “Gingers”. Kyle decides to get Cartman back by making him a Ginger with hair dye, skin lightener and permanent markings for freckles. When Cartman decides to tackle Ginger discrimination, things spiral out of control

Storyline/Plot: ★★★★½
Replayability: ★★★★★
Acting: ★★★★★
Directing: ★★★★★

Audio/Visual:
The video presentation for the episodes in The Cult of Cartman – Revelations Two-Disc set is actually quite good. While presented in a 1.33:1, standard full frames presentation, these episodes clean up well. There aren’t really any visual problems because South Park isn’t that old of a show. All of the episodes are from between 2001 and 2008. This means the quality is already good. Expect the same visual quality as seen on Comedy Central.

The audio for these episodes is presented as Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. This track is excellent. The sound comes through clearly. I didn’t have to play with the volume. The sound was consistent. Music didn’t clash with dialogue. I always dig it when the creators use 5.1 surround on standard DVD releases.There is an additional, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track. I, personally, recommend the 5.1, but that’s just my preference. Subtitles are not available, but Closed Captioning is.

Visual: ★★★★☆
Audio: ★★★★½

Bonus Features:
The only bonus feature included is a list of “Revelations” by Eric. These are called “Original Life Lessons Introduced by Eric Cartman”. In between each episode, Eric gives you a lesson on life. Most of these life lessons relate to the episode that is about to air. Ultimately, these lessons are funny, but not very substantial.

Bonus Features: ★★½☆☆

Bottom Line:
The Cult of Cartman – Revelations definitely contains the majority of my favorite Cartman moments. I had seen nearly all of these episodes already, but I laughed just as hard as I did the first time while watching them in The Cult of Cartman – Revelations. If you enjoy South Park, whether Cartman’s your favorite or not, you must pick this up! In my opinion, The Cult of Cartman – Revelations has some of the best South Park episodes, with “Scott Tenorman Must Die” being at the very top of that list. Pick this DVD set up right away. It comes highly recommended.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

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About the author: Dominick

Dominick Evans is in his second year of the BFA Motion Pictures program at Wright State University. When not studying, making films, or writing papers, he is working to better his on campus community as the Director of Disability Affairs for WSU Student Government. Dominick spends any remaining time working as a writer/editor, playing video games, singing, as an activist in the disability and GLBT communities, and enjoying life with his family.

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