The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season

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Audio: English: 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio / Spanish: 5.0 Dolby Digital / French: 5.1 Dolby Digital Language: Dubbed: English, French & Spanish / Subtitled: English & Spanish Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 1.78:1
Disc 1: 218 Minutes
Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes Lost Verizon Double, Double, Boy in Trouble Treehouse of Horror XIX Dangerous Curves Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words Mypods and Boomsticks The Burns and the Bees Lisa … More >>

The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season

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  1. And here we are, season twenty. Yes, after twelve of the previous nineteen seasons have been released on DVD, Fox decides to mess with our minds and skip ahead a few notches! And why?

    Well, best guess: HD. Yes, this is the first season of “The Simpsons” to include episodes shot in HD. Not all of them are, but many are, and it makes a difference!

    Quality wise, this season was up there with most of the last few: mostly good episodes, a few great ones and only one or two that were “meh”. I don’t generally laugh out loud at the show anymore, but I do chuckle quite a bit and usually come away having had a good time.

    Here’s a list of the episodes, stolen from Wikipedia!

    “Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes” – Homer and Flanders team up to become bounty hunters! With special guest star Robert Forster, playing basically the same character he played in Tarantino’s best film, “Jackie Brown”.

    “Lost Verizon” – An average episode where Bart gets his hands on Dennis Leary’s cell phone.

    “Double, Double, Boy in Trouble” – Yep. They went there. A “The Prince and the Pauper” ripoff. Some good moments, but not a great story.

    “Treehouse of Horror XIX” – One of the best of the Halloween specials, particularly “It’s the Grand Pumpkin, Milhouse!”

    “Dangerous Curves” – A reasonably decent flashback episode showing Homer and Marge’s early romantic life.

    “Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words” – Enter the exciting world of crossword puzzles!

    “Mypods and Boomsticks” – Remember the “American Dad!” episode where Stan though the neighbors were terrorists? Yes? Then you’ve seen this one. Also, Lisa gets a portable mp3 playing device.

    “The Burns and the Bees” – Burns tries to be an interesting and popular millionare with hilarious results! Ok, they weren’t THAT hilarious, but was a good episode anyhow.

    “Lisa the Drama Queen” – Lisa meets another girl who is rather disturbingly wrapped up in a fantasy world of her own creation.

    “Take My Life, Please” – Welcome to the exiciting world of HIGH DEF SIMPSONS! Honestly, I don’t remember much about this episode beyond that, which is not a good sign. Apparently it involves spaghetti.

    “How the Test Was Won” – Not a great episode, but some funny moments watching Homer deal with the fact that, for a while, the family is uninsured!

    “No Loan Again, Naturally” – When the Simpsons lose their home, Flanders buys it and rents to them, with hilarious results! Easily one of the better episodes of the season.

    “Gone Maggie Gone” – A reasonably ok take on “The da Vinci Code”-style of story. Not great, but ok.

    “In the Name of the Grandfather” – The Simpsons visit Ireland, only to find out that it’s not what they expected!

    “Wedding for Disaster” – Mix in the “Saw” movie franchise and Sideshow Bob and what do you get? … Well, you get this. Which is pretty good!

    “Eeny Teeny Maya Moe” – Moe develops a small problem in his love-life.

    “The Good, the Sad and the Drugly” – Bart falls in love, Lisa obesses over global warming, and I lose interest. Not a bad episode, but certainly not great.

    “Father Knows Worst” – Homer becomes a helicopter parent and Marge discovers the joy of the sauna!

    “Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D’oh” – Homer rents an apartment in an upscale neighborhood so the kids can attend a better school. Guest staring Anton Chigurh as the hilarious school inspector!

    “Four Great Women and a Manicure” – Another anthology episode. This one is better than most, and features a great take on Ayn “What a hot guy!” Rand. The lowest-rated episode in the show’s history, but one I rather liked!

    “Coming to Homerica” – Ogdenville experiences a massive crisis, resulting in them bringing their Norweigan ways to Springfield! Beware, America, of the ludefisk menace on your border!

    The extras will probably be what we usually have with these DVDs. Expect a lot of commentaries and deleted scenes, and probably something talking about the show’s transition to HD.

    Overall this is a good season and one I look forward to owning!

    — UPDATE —

    The extras apparently include… nothing! As a result I’ve deducted a star. Boo, Fox! We expected better! >:|
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. Let me begin by saying that I agree with the other viewers’ criticism of the box-set itself. It contains no special features, has the same terrible disc-scratching packaging as the past couple of dvd seasons and is notably missing the traditional introduction from Matt Groening.

    That being said, I am rating the episodes in this review and am giving this product a 5/5 solely for the quality of the shows (not the container in which they came). This dvd set is worth purchasing just for the episodes. While not every one is an instant classic, as when the Simpsons was in its prime, there are some great ones (“How the Test Was Won” for example). There are also no bad episodes and each one contains many genuinely funny moments. The Simpsons has managed to remain a very good show for over 20 years. In its 450+ episodes, none contain a single embarrassingly unfunny joke (as we often have seen in the last few seasons of Family Guy). Moreover, this is the season where the show began to be broadcast in HD and started to be animated in a widescreen format. As such, it is definitely worth the thirty-something dollars that you would spend on it.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. This not a review of the show, this a review of the product. I love the program. I have all the previous seasons on DVD that have been released so far, and was really looking forward to this one. However, I foolishly didn’t read the reviews on it before I had purchased it. If I had, it would have saved me the trip to the post office to return it. AS others have stated, THERE ARE NO EXTRA’S! NO COMMENTARIES, NO DELETED SCENES, NO REASON TO OWN IT! All of the episodes are available to watch/download somewhere online, so why pay $35 for this? I would understand if they didn’t have time to do commentary on all the episodes (though I do enjoy them), but to not include any special features is just lame. Please, don’t buy this. This mediocrity is inexcusable.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. The moment I popped it in and saw there was no commentary track, or deleted scenes, or anything worth paying money to own, I promptly returned it to the store.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. I remember a quote from Matt G… “We have commentaries on every show.” Toe-rific! Now where in snow ball hell are they at? Was this pumped out before they could do any commentaries?

    Thanks for leaving me in the dirt!

    Rating: 1 / 5

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