Tom Cruise Gets International South Park Pass

Those who purchased the DVD South Park: The Complete Fourteenth Season in the U.S. are good to go. But foreign fans of the caustic Comedy Central favorite are discovering to their dismay that the international version of the DVD cuts out episodes #200 and #201.

In that very special two-parter, broadcast originally in April, 2010, Tom Cruise recruits several hundred fellow celebrities to launch a class action lawsuit against… South Park. Episode #201 was partially censored on U.S. airwaves as the result of a threat, after episode #200, issued by New York radical group Revolution Muslim over the inclusion of a Muhammad parody character.

Per a report in the Sydney Morning-Herald, fans in Australia have launched a Facebook protest page aimed at Paramount Home Entertainment. In the week since the DVD was released Down Under, more than 5,000 likes have been registered.

There are ways around the Australian episode-lite disc, including ordering the DVD through the U.S. and tracking down illicit web-posted streams of the original April 2010 episodes. But it is somewhat bizarre in this case that PHE felt the need to institute a DVD ghost protocol internationally only.