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As possibly the crudest film ever, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut was undoubtedly the funniest film of summer 1999. If you're not a fan of the TV show, then this film is definitely not for you. However, if you are a follower of Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman, then be prepared for the longest and funniest episode of South Park ever.

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Film
The story revolves around the boy's attempts to see their Canadian idols, Terrence & Phillip, in their new movie 'Asses of Fire'. To this end the boys, with the help of a particularly easily swayed vagrant, sneak in to the 'R' rated film. After a song in which Terrence & Phillip accuse each other of doing unsavoury things to their uncles, the boys start to emulate the on-screen profanity at every opportunity. Of course, all this terrible swearing horrifies Kyle's Mom (she is a bitch after all), and together with some of the other mothers in South Park she forms the organisation M.A.C. (Mothers Against Canada). After M.A.C. kidnaps Terrence & Phillip and condemns them to death, Canada sends a squadron of bombers to blow up the Baldwin residence, killing all of the Baldwins in the process! Soon after, Kyle’s mom is appointed Secretary of Offence for the United States of America and declares war on Canada! As if this isn't bad enough, the death of Terrance and Phillip will fulfil an age-old prophecy. Satan is poised to take over the world with the help of his lover, Saddam Hussein, and this is just what he has been waiting for... Can the boys save their idols and avert the Apocalypse? Will Stan ever find the clitoris? Watch and learn.

As usual the voice acting in South Park is excellent. Over the course of the TV show’s run, many famous actors have lent their voice talent to the cause and it is no different here. Stars such as George Clooney, Minnie Driver, Brent Spiner, Eric Idle, Dave Foley and Mike Judge (of Beavis & Butthead and King of the Hill fame) supply voices. Of course, Isaac Hayes still provides the voice of Chef, and he’s as cool as ever.

As you’d expect, the jokes come thick and fast. There is a particularly funny Windows 98/Bill Gates joke near the end, and the whole film is littered with references to other popular movies. It is extremely rude, crude and quite possibly horrendously offensive, but it is very funny stuff.

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Video
The film is presented anamorphically at 1.78:1, slightly cropped from its theatrical ratio of 1.85:1, and the video is of high quality throughout. The colours are extremely vibrant and the picture very sharp, and there are no problems with compression at all. On the whole, everything looks great. This kind of animation is deliberately ropey, and there are even a couple of jokes poking fun at this during the film. In a major departure for the series, the South Park movie features some pretty decent CGI at one point (during Kenny’s decent into hell). Overall this is a nice transfer.

Audio
Sonically, South Park doesn't disappoint either. The many songs littered throughout the film all sound fantastic in Dolby Digital 5.1. In fact it’s the songs that make the film in the end, with only one dragging on a little too long. The opening number lulls you into a false sense of security before you are hit with the classic 'Uncle F**ka'. From then on it doesn’t let up, with songs like 'Blame Canada' and 'Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch' all sounding great. The sound effects and other music are all perfectly suited to this film. Voice acting is great and the centre channel remains clear throughout, with the surrounds used when necessary.

Extras
Extras are a bit disappointing. I was hoping for an introduction from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, similar to the ones present on the VHS & DVD box sets. No such luck I'm afraid, and instead we get a couple of, admittedly funny, teaser trailers, as well as the theatrical trailer. For once this region one disc is the poor cousin of its region two counterpart.

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
Overall
This is a must have if you’re a fan of the series, but others should be warned that the humour isn’t to everyone’s taste. With that said, if you have an 'alternative' sense of humour, aren’t particularly religious and are in need of a really good laugh, then this is for you. I didn’t stop laughing from beginning to end, and as far as I’m concerned that’s all you can really ask of a comedy.


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