Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer
Created By: Matt Groening
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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The Simpsons latest DVD and Blu-Ray season is Season 15, which aired 2003-2004. I remember watching this season back when it aired and enjoying most of it and I enjoyed it again on DVD.
Like most Simpsons seasons, this one starts with a Treehouse of Horror episode. This Halloween episode has Homer being the Grim Reaper, Professor Frink builds a Frinkenstein and Bart and Milhouse manipulate time with a stopwatch. Other episodes in Season 15 include: The Simpsons going to London, Homer becomes a battle robot, Simpsons re-tell historical events, Maggie has a higher IQ than Lisa, Artie Ziff spends time with the Simpsons, Bart gets sent to Juvie, Homer and Marge talk about their time at camp, and Homer and Marge try to escape the kids to have sex.
I’ll admit that I stopped watching the Simpsons for a few years but actually been in the mood for it again lately. Getting this DVD to review has brought my love for the TV series, even though it’s still a shell of it’s former self. This season has some funny episodes like the Treehouse of Horror, the London one and the episode where Homer and Marge are trying to get away to have sex. The London one particularly was my favorite because I was just there again and it was great to see all those cameos. One of my complaints with the Simpsons of recent years was having a hilarious opener and then it going downhill. This season has that at times but for the most part this was a strong season I thought. I’m just glad there wasn’t too many Lisa episodes…god I can’t stand her.
What I like about the Simpsons is the subtle references and writing, and I’ve kind of missed it. I’ve been in a Family Guy mood the last decade but we can all admit the writing aren’t the same and Family Guy is much more low brow humor in a way. I love both styles but still think Simpsons has better writing; but that still doesn’t make it the funnier show. They are essentially different shows.
One great aspect of these DVDs that I’ve always loved is the menus. They always make me chuckle. Besides just menus, there’s also audio commentary on every episode, some deleted scenes, and a couple of things that I haven’t gotten to yet. One discouraging thing is the DVD casing and the way the DVDs are being held. FOX is still releasing these DVDs (not sure how it is with Blu-Ray) and you slide the DVD into the cardboard holder. The problem with that is the DVDs will get scratched easily.
Season 15 has plenty of good episodes in there and worth owning if you’re a die-hard fan.
All Aboard With Matt
Audio Commentary On Every Episode With Executive Producer Al Jean, Joined By Writers, Actors And Directors
Deleted Scenes With Commentary
The Unusual Ones
Living In The Moment
Multi-Angle Animation Showcase
Special Language Feature
Standard 1.33:1 Color
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Bottom Line: Not bad, not great but I enjoyed this season a lot!
Running Time: 484 mins