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Cannibal! The Musical

Before South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone unleashed Cannibal! The Musical onto an unsuspecting and indifferent world. The film tells the true story of Alfred Packer, a man accused of murdering and eating his fellow companions on a doomed trek for gold in the Rocky Mountains in the mid to late 19th century. What at first appears to be a lurid tale that would be difficult to turn into comic gold, Parker and Stone effortlessly transform into a hilarious, if often crude, comedy, complete with memorable songs, including "Shpadoinkle" and "Let's Build a Snowman." The special edition DVD has a plethora of extras, including a drunken audio commentary by Parker, Stone, and several of the cast from the film, behind the scenes footage, trailers, and much more, as well as the usual Troma odds and ends that are found on most of their releases. The audio tracks for both the film and the commentary are in Dolby 2.0, and both sound good. The picture is full-frame and suffers from slight pixelation, but it isn't enough to distract, and such mostly occurs in the special features and not the film itself. For the price, Cannibal! The Musical is a bargain, and it's essential for all fans of South Park, Troma, or just plain sick and twisted humor.
—Steven Firstenburg

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