Celebrity meltdowns and controversial jabs at religion aren’t just happening on the Pacific Coast Highway, they’re also a staple of Comedy Central’s long-runnning animated show, South Park. Series creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have hand-picked ten of their favorite episodes to be included in a new home video release titled South Park The Hits: Volume 1. Slated to hit retail on Tuesday, Oct. 3, the compilation will also feature The Spirit of Christmas, the original short film that started it all, available for the first time.
Episodes to be featured in the Comedy Central Home Entertainment release are ‘Awesom-O,’ “Best Friends Forever,” “Casa Bonita,” “Good Times with Weapons,” “Red Hot Catholic Love,” “Scott Tenorman Must Die,” “Towelie,” “The Return of the Fellowship of the Ring to the Two Towers,” “Spoiled Whore Video Playset” and the infamous Tom Cruise/Scientology installment, ‘Trapped in the Closet.’ In “Good Times with Weapons,” Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny get a hold of martial arts implements and transform into bulky anime characters. “The thing I’m most proud of in this episode is the song,’ says Parker. ‘I think we hit the song perfectly. I think we got the anime pretty good, but that song …”
Parker and Stone’s picks will be accompanied by new audio commentary and the fan-favorite bonus episodes “Fatt Butt & Pancake Head” (a.k.a. J. Lo and Ben Affleck), “It Hits the Fan,” “Timmy 2000″ and “The Death Camp of Intolerance.”
South Park debuted on Comedy Central in August of 1997 and remains the network’s highest-rated series. The series won last year’s Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (less than an hour) and is nominated again this year for the ‘Trapped in the Closet’ episode. Now in its 10th season, the show will return with seven all-new episodes starting on Oct. 4 at 1 p.m.