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South Park Season Thirteen on DVD, and a New Microsite

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 16th 2010 8:44AM
Eric Cartman from the Today is the day you can finally own epic episodes of 'South Park' like "Fishsticks," in which decimates Kanye West and Carlos Mencia (actually decapitates Mencia), "The Coon," which is Cartman's superhero identity, and "Whale Whores," which shows the 'Whale Wars' crew as selfish asses. Yes, season thirteen is out on DVD and Bluray today, a day before season fourteen debuts on Comedy Central.

The rollout for these feels a bit like an old infomercial. But wait! That's not all! In addition to the DVD, which features some deleted scenes and a short feature touring the South Park Studios, you also get a microsite dedicated to season thirteen. There, you can get a bunch of 'South Park' goodies like wallpaper and ringtones (including West's "Gay Fish Song").

There's also a link to download the X-Box video game, 'South Park: Let's Go Tower Defense Play!" Which leads me back to the DVD. There are free cheat codes for the game to access Professor Chaos and different challenge levels. Back on the microsite, you can also preview commentary from Matt and Trey for the "Eat, Pray, Queef" episode, and see two of the deleted scenes.

The "Pinewood Derby" clip has made the rounds on the Web, but the "Dead Celebrities" clip, in which Ike gets possessed by Michael Jackson, might be the funnier of the two.

After thirteen years, 'South Park' has lost none of its satirical punch, and amazingly, is still packed with effective scatological silliness. Most shows would have worn out their welcome with that stuff after a season or two, but you can still watch 'South Park' and say, "Why the hell would anyone do that?" In a good way.

For a bit of insight about why the show still works so well, take a look at this interview with Matt and Trey in the Huffington Post, entitled "Matt Stone & Trey Parker Are Not Your Political Allies (No Matter What You Think)." Wonderful stuff, starting with the news story that someone in Blackwater in Afghanistan was intercepting weapons meant for the police and arming violent drug users, singing off on the shipments with the name "Eric Cartman."

The new season kicks off targeting Tiger Woods, or, more specifically, his public apology for cheating on his wife.

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