"South Park" has been one of the few animated television series that seems to have only gotten better with age. Every season, the show seems to improve a bit more. The animation of the show, despite being glorified versions of their construction paper cut outs from 15 years ago, has evolved drastically over the years and now features the likes of cel shading, computer animation, and even live-action segments. The writing of the show only gets more imaginative with each season as the show continues to put a viciously comical spin on current events, celebrities, and movies. It's taken 16 seasons to finally check out the show on Blu-ray. Even if you're a massive fan of the show, the mindset is that maybe the show doesn't really require fans to watch the show in high definition. But the show looks and sounds damn good in the format.
"The Complete Sixteen Season" features all 14 episodes from season 16 in a sleek two-disc Blu-ray package (or three-discs for the DVD). While the Dolby True HD: English 5.1 surround sound is incredible, it probably won't be your preferred choice if you don't have an excellent sound system in your home. Viewing the series with this option on an HDTV with its normal speakers, the music and sound effects of the show are massively loud while the dialogue is a bit on the low side. Be sure to use the 2.0 Channel sound option to help resolve this issue.
Favorite episodes include "Butterballs," "Sarcastaball," "A Nightmare on Facetime," "A Scause for Applause," and "Obama Wins." "A Nightmare on Facetime" is the first Halloween themed "South Park" episode in six years, "A Scause for Applause" adds the "South Park" spin on Dr. Seuss and WWJD bracelets, and "Butterballs" is an exceptional Butters episode that revolves around bullying, Hollywood, and a certain act in San Diego.
"Obama Wins" may be the season's crown jewel as it seems to cover so much and yet feels so effortless in execution. The endless supply of General Tso jokes helps, but most of the episode is carried by the election, "Star Wars," and Morgan Freeman.
Nearly every episode has its strengths or, like other "South Park" episodes you may not care for the first time around, become more enjoyable with repeat viewings. "Reverse Cowgirl" features one of the best one-liners of the season ("Dude, you can't force me to wear a seatbelt while I take a dump!") while "Cash For Gold," "Faith Hilling," "Cartman Finds Love," "Raising the Bar," and "Insecurity" are all solid episodes. The least enjoyable episodes are "Going Native" and "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining." The show has dabbled with live-action before, but the "Ziplining" episode may be the first time the boys have been portrayed as real people. So the episode is at least noteworthy for that reason.
In addition to the Mini-Commentaries on every episode by "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the only other special feature are a little over four minutes of deleted scenes; the best one being one from "Reverse Cowgirl" where Jimmy tries to cheer up Craig with some stand-up comedy.