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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » South Park: Passion of the Jew
South Park: Passion of the Jew
Paramount // Unrated // August 31, 2004
List Price: $14.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]
Review by Aaron Beierle | posted August 29, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

"This is just like when we got our money back from 'Baseketball'."
-Stan

Released at the same time as the DVD of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" is this episode of "South Park", which pokes fun at the popularity and controversy surrounding Gibson's film. In the episode, Cartman's making fun of Kyle for being Jewish reaches a peak when Cartman gets behind the recently released "Passion". While the movie effects Kyle and starts him thinking, Cartman creates a following of people promoting the movie while managing to enter in his own negative subliminal messages to the crowds.

However, when Stan and Kenny view "Passion", they have the opposite reaction, going as far as to seek out Mel Gibson for their money back. When they do get their money back, Gibson stalks them back to South Park, where he changes everyone's mind when they see how unhinged he is.

The DVD also includes two additional episodes: "Red Hot Catholic Love", where the kid's confusion about the conflict regarding the Catholic Church scandal results in their discovery that food can be eaten and digested in the "reverse" way. "Christian Rock Hard" has Cartman becoming a success with Christian Rock after being booted out of a band by fellow musicians Kyle, Stan and Kenny.

All three episodes contain their share of sharply funny laughs, but some of the funniest moments are in "Catholic Rock Hard", where the boys are introduced to the horrors of music downloading as they watch the private jet of Britney Spears be downgraded from a Gulfstream 4 to a Gulfstream 3 and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich have to wait a few months longer for a gold-plated shark tank. When the kids' band decides to stop playing as a protest against free music downloading, they're joined by a legion of stars.


The DVD

VIDEO: All three episodes are presented in 1.33:1 full-frame. The image quality is generally quite good, on par with the broadcast presentations. Sharpness and detail remain perfectly fine, while the only concerns are a couple of minor instances of shimmer and a compression artifact or two. Colors remain bright and vivid, with no smearing or other flaws.

SOUND: All three episodes are presented in Dolby 2.0. Audio quality is perfectly acceptable, with no distortion or other concerns. Dialogue and sound effects remained clean and clear.

EXTRAS:: No extras.

Final Thoughts: These are three funny (and occasionally hilarious) episodes of the series. While the DVD is featureless, the price is reasonable and these fairly recent episodes won't be available until later seasons become available in box sets. Recommended for fans.

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