South Park: The Complete Sixth Season(Paramount Home Entertainment, 10.11.2005)
Ok, I'll admit it, back when I said that Arrested Development was perhaps THE greatest show currently on television, I may have gotten ahead of myself. You see, there's some serious competition in South Park. The show has been around for nine years now and the funny thing is that it never wears down. It keeps getting funnier and more relevant with each episode. The show was also recently picked up for another three years because, let's face it, without Dave Chappelle things are looking a bit less than stellar for Comedy Central. Of course, they still have Reno 911 and Crank Yankers, two undeniably funny and brilliant shows.
Going back to South Park, season six is an absolute delight to own and is certainly one of the best seasons ever. I mean, we get Butters as Professor Chaos, The Simpsons, The Russell Crowe Show, an evil George Lucas and an even eviler Steven Spielberg, Mongolians, Shitty Wok, "The Biggest Douche in the Universe" (aka John Edwards), Santa, Jesus, Mr. Slave, and everyone's favorite little gerbil with a cute helmet: Lemmiwinks.
If you're a fan of the show, I'd suggest starting from scratch (I'm just anal like that). But if you've been collecting the seasons as they come out and are wondering how this one stacks up, let me tell you it's right up there with fan favorites like season three and five. The full-frame show looks pretty good on this release. In fact, I feel as though they're getting slightly better with each release. Two channel audio is also fine.
As for extras, we get the usual mini commentaries by show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. Their commentaries may be mini in duration, but there's nothing mini about their comedic value, content, and overall frankness. Each commentary lasts roughly three minutes. Five minutes would've been nice, but beggars can't be choosers. Also included are the mandatory Comedy Central quickies.
South Park has always been one of my favorite shows and its always high-concept quality and social relevance still amazes me to this day. Here's hoping subsequent seasons come out quicker than season six did (this one took nearly a year). As Mr. Slave would say, "Jethuth Chritht." -- Neil Karassik