The Simpsons- The Complete 5th Season

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Phil Hartman
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Studio: Fox Home Entertainment
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Season 5 has many great episodes that I love and I think it’s one of the best seasons of the series. Though I probably say that about every season…well except the first season.

Season 5 of the Simpsons brought us such classic moments like Marge being a gambling addict, Homer flying into space and singing the Golden Grams song, Ernest Borgnine being attacked by a murderer at a Camp site, Sideshow Bob walking into an endless amount of rakes and Homer not knowing that his new last name is Thompson. Plus Mr Burns trying to find his long lost teddy bear, Homer selling his soul for one lousy donut, and Mayor Quimby’s son screaming “” at people.

I think from Season 3 til at least season 11 have just been great seasons and I hope Fox releases more. I’m surprised this season came out so soon since Season 4 was released in the late summer/ fall. But whatever, I’m glad I can finally watch Cape Feare and Deep Space Homer on DVD. Those two episodes are clearly the stand out ones on the DVD set for me. Cape Feare is when Sideshow Bob is released from prison and vows to get revenge on Bart . The Simpsons eventually get help from the feds and they have to move to Terror Lake and become the Thompsons. But it takes a really, really really long time for Homer to understand this. It’s probably in my top 5 favorite moments of the Simpsons series. Plus the beginning of the episode is laugh out loud hilarious when Rainer Wolfcastle has his Arsenio Hall-ish talk show and makes fun of his band leader and calls him a homosexual. Then the crowd boos him and he calls the crowd homosexuals too. Ahh, that’s brilliant I tell ya!

Deep Space Homer is when Homer battles with Barney to fly in a space shuttle and complete a mission. Home wants to get respect from his family, and he almost didn’t win the contest. BUT Barney had to have a drink, didn’t he. While Homer is in space, he rips a potato chip bag and tries to eat them all while hovering in the ship. He manages to smack into an ant farm and the ants fly into the computers, jamming out the system. The only way they survived is Homer accidentally jamming the carbon rod in the door, the carbon rod is featured on TIME Magazine. Those were the days, but now the Seasons season 16 seems to be dwindling down to dullness. I don’t think I saw one interesting episode this season this far. Season 15 was good but this one has gotten off to a bad start. Sometimes it takes me a few times to watch an episode to really enjoy so maybe that’s what it is.

Season 5 has a lot of pop culture, inside references that geeks might only know, and just weird random jokes. That’s what makes the show really funny. As far as the characters of the show, Homer and Chief Wiggum get dumber and dumber with every season and I love it. They are two of my favorite characters, and this season also debuts Cletus the Slacked Jaw Yokel. I’m not sure if that’s the first time he appears on the show but it’s the first notable appearance. One character that needs to die from cartoon cancer is Lisa. I can’t stand her! She’s annoying, a smartass goodie two shoes who’s a stupid hippie and doesn’t bring anything funny to the show. I have to skip episodes when she is part of the main storyline. But enough of that.

The extras are spread out on all 4 disc. There’s commentary track with a bunch of people, and I have yet to listen to them because I wanted to watch the episodes. I haven’t seen these episodes in a long time so I wanted to check them out first. Previous Simpsons episode commentary has been great thus far so I wouldn’t be surprised if this set of commentary tracks is just as good. There’s a bunch of deleted scenes that contain stuff involving Grandpa Simpsons, more scenes with Barbershop Quartet and other goodness. Some of them were funny, some not so funny, hence getting cut from the show. There’s also some animation extras on here but I didn’t get a chance to check that out. Not bad in the Extras department.

All in all, a very good DVD set to have this Holiday season. If you have the previous 4 seasons already, might as well get Season 5, the other 4 DVDs might get lonely you know. Season 5 features lots of funny and classic scenes/episodes and is probably the best season out of the 5 that have been released so far. Get the DVD or Rainer Wolfcastle will call you a homosexual!

Special Introduction from Matt Groening
Audio Commentaries on every episodes with Creator Mat Groening and Executive Producers James L. Brooks, David Mirkin, Al Jean and Mike Reiss joined by Writers, Actors and Directors
Special Featurette with James L. Brooks
Multi-Angle Animation Showcases
Illustrated Commentaries
Deleted Scenes
Special Language Feature
Original Sketches and lots of other great stuff!

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround

Standard 1.33:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: Cape Feare, Homer Goes To College, Treehouse Of Horror IV , Boy-Scoutz ‘N The Hood, Deep Space Homer, Springfield
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Running Time: 506 minutes
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