The Simpsons: The Complete 6th Season

DVD Reviews | Aug 10th, 2005

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Starring Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer
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Studio: Fox
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Another box set from one of the greatest TV shows in history! And it’s probably one of the best seasons too. But I’m sure I’ve been saying that for the last couple of DVD reviews now.

The first thing you might notice is the new DVD packaging and I’m not really happy with it! It’s a plastic version of Homer’s head and the DVDs are inside. It’s bulky, takes up way too much space, is a bitch to open and franky, I think it fucking sucks! What was wrong with the previous DVD sets? Surely they could have found more colors to use except the 5 they already did. It comes with a clear slip cover but it’s already warped when you take the DVD box out. Ugh, this was a bad idea on Fox’s part…But I guess I’m going to have to deal with it, since they have box sets of the family’s’ heads coming out in the next 5 sets. That’s just..lovely. NOT! But I guess there is a note saying if you want to get the other DVD set, you can call up the number and get it. Which is gonna be bad on their end because there will be a lot of people calling that number!

But this season has a lot of classic episodes, including one of my all-time favorites: Itchy & Scratchy Land! I think I’ve watched that episode so many times yet still manage to laugh everytime. And it’s one episode I tend to quote a lot from. “We ran out of Bort license plates!” I think the reason why I like it because it was a nice jab at Disney World and i’ve been to Disney World a dozen times so I can appreciate the episode. Another classic episode amongst this season is the Stone Cutters one, Homer the Great. Other episodes include Bart breaking his leg during the summer, Sideshow Bob runs for Mayor, Lovejoy’s daughter is an evil girl, Lisa actually can play a sport and it’s hockey, Bart sees a comet, Bart pisses off Australia, and then the infamous part 1 of Who Shot Mr Burns. So those listed episodes above shows you how good the season is!

What I found to be great was the menus for each disc. Each disc features a police lineup of the characters and while you leave the DVD on, they go and do things like cut off Sideshow Bob’s hair, or a Stonecutter smacking Homer with a paddle. It’s really quite funny and probably the funniest menus I’ve seen on a DVD. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle has a funny animated DVD menu too. Though, It literally made me giggle like Homer when I just left the DVD on, walked around the apartment and noticed different stuff going on. I think there are different ones when you watch an episode. If you just leave it on, I think they eventually do the same stuff.

Like I said above, this is probably one of the best seasons yet to come on DVD with lots of great episodes. The episodes looks pretty good on DVD but not totally sharp like some other cartoon DVDs. I’ve kind of been in a non-Simpsons mood until this DVD came out. I just haven’t watch much of the new season and what I have seen, it sucked. But I’ve also haven’t watched repeats either. Maybe I’m just so into Family Guy now that when I go back to watching the Simpsons, the style of humor is different and doesn’t seem as funny. People always compare the two and say Family Guy is a rip off, but they really are two different shows with different styles of humor.

These episodes on Season 6 were when the show was in it’s prime, and even features some episodes from The Incredibles director Brad Bird. I forgot what he did on the show honestly. This season also has a lot of guest stars like Jay Sherman (Jon Lovitz), Patrick Stewart, Winona Ryder, Larry King, Dr Demento, James Earl Jones, Meryl Streep, the Cast of Cheers, Mel Brooks, Phil Hartman and Tito Puentes. So yeah, not too many guest stars hehe. You can tell the show was good because they got some many stars to participate in the episodes. But then again, they have a guest a show now, it seems.

Just like the other Simpsons DVD sets, there is a fair share of extras to check out. Most notably, is the audio commentaries on EVERY episode. Matt Groening does an audio introduction on disc 1 and says that there is commentary on every episode, unlike some other TV show DVDs. Obviously another jab at Family Guy. Yeah Matt, but at least Family Guy has great DVD packaging! But the audio commentaries are great and I listened to a few of them. They even mention Brad Bird and joke about him a little. I forget what episode that was in though. Another cool thing that I liked watching was a storyboard animation of one episode, I think for Treehouse of Horror. It’s neat to see how things were before they were penciled over and colored in. As an artist and wannabe cartoonist, I found it really neat. Plus there are audio & illustrated commentary on that feature as well. But the illustrated part was just people drawing Bart Simpson heads. There’s a few other extras on here but I haven’t checked them out yet.

Overall, another great season from the Simpsons. So many great episodes to watch, and having the commentaries on each episode is a plus too! I’ve seen these episodes so many times that I can actually listen to some commentary now, because I usually don’t check them out. The only gripe is the packaging and I can sum it up in three words: WORST. PACKAGING. EVER!

Commentary on every episode by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Mike Scully, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, and others
Animation showcase including animatics with illustrated commentary and storyboards picture-in-picture
The television special “Springfield’s Most Wanted”
Deleted scenes

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround

Standard 1.33:1 Color

English, Spanish

Favorite Scenes: Bart of Darkness, Itchy & Scratchyland, Treehouse Of Horror V, Lisa on Ice, Home the Great, Bart’s Comet, Bart vs. Australia, Lemon of Troy, Who Shot Mr. Burns?
Rating: NR
Running Time: 575 minutes
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