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Simpsons - Season 1
     

The Simpsons - Season 1

4.7 20
Director: Brad Bird, Dan Castellaneta, David Silverman, Kent Butterworth

Cast: Brad Bird, Dan Castellaneta, David Silverman, Kent Butterworth

 
Anyone who follows the adventures of America's leading dysfunctional family will be happier than Barney Gumble with a case of Duff Extra Cold after checking out this three-DVD set. Like the title says, this collects all 13 episodes from the first season of The Simpsons, and if some of the material isn't up to the standards the show would set a few years later,

Overview

Anyone who follows the adventures of America's leading dysfunctional family will be happier than Barney Gumble with a case of Duff Extra Cold after checking out this three-DVD set. Like the title says, this collects all 13 episodes from the first season of The Simpsons, and if some of the material isn't up to the standards the show would set a few years later, every episode is clever, funny, and closer to the truth of the average American family than most more "realistic" television series. And the presentation is everything a fan could hope for; the full-frame mastering is sharp and clear, and each episode includes witty and revealing commentary tracks from creator Matt Groening and a revolving panel of the show's writers, directors, and producers. The audio has been remixed for both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround, and there are also alternate French-language tracks in Dolby Digital Surround. And there's a bevy of bonus material, including the original scripts for four episodes ("Bart the Genius, "Bart the General, "Moaning Lisa, and "Some Enchanted Evening"), outtakes of Albert Brooks ad-libbing his way through the recording of his dialogue for "Life in the Fast Lane, several minutes of disastrous rejected footage from the animators' first try at "Some Enchanted Evening, original character sketches for the show, early Simpsons shorts from The Tracy Ullman Show, a British television documentary about the phenomenon of The Simpsons, and even a few Easter Eggs (hint: try clicking on the T-Shirt!). Without question, this is the best presentation of The Simpsons on home video to date, and one can only hope the DVD sets of the show's subsequent seasons will live up to this high standard.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jason Bergenfeld
Evolving from a crudely drawn, recurring vignette on The Tracey Ullman Show to a cultural icon (appearing now in the dictionary: "D'oh!"), The Simpsons easily ranks among the greatest programs in TV history. The first animated series to become a prime-time ratings powerhouse, the show remains the litmus test for offerings in that genre. After the series pilot -- a 1989 Christmas special, also included here -- proved a hit for the fledgling Fox Broadcast Network, the series officially launched on January 14, 1990, and underground comic book artist Matt Groening was soon well above ground. The premiere episode, "Bart the Genius," found Bart (Nancy Cartwright) cheating on an IQ test, leading parents Homer (Dan Castellaneta) and Marge (Julie Kavner) to enroll him in a school for gifted children. Naturally, his oft-ignored and truly gifted sister Lisa (Yeardley Smith) was peeved. Absurdist yet very human and grounded in traditional family values, The Simpsons drew lots of fans and a bit of controversy. Brash and irreverent, it paved the way not only for subsequent Fox entries such as King of the Hill but also for such rule-breaking cable hits as Beavis and Butt-head and South Park. Highlights of the first Simpsons season run the gamut: from "Bart the General," in which a bullied Bart stands up to his longtime schoolyard foe Nelson Muntz, to "The Crepes of Wrath," in which Bart crosses the Atlantic in a student-exchange program while his family welcomes an Albanian boy with a suspicious interest in Homer's work at the power plant. A mix of biting satire and postmodern slapstick peppered with sly pop-culture references, The Simpsons tackled prime-time taboos with vigor and sass. Where else but in our weekly visit to Springfield could we expect laugh-out-loud fun with shock therapy, childhood depression, or even adultery? As loyal viewers say week after week, "Only on The Simpsons." The 13 episodes included in this collection are "Some Enchanted Evening," "Bart the Genius," "Homer's Odyssey," "There's No Disgrace Like Home," "Bart the General," "Moaning Lisa," "The Telltale Head," "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire," "Call of the Simpsons," "Homer's Night Out," "Life in the Fast Lane," "Krusty Gets Busted," and "The Crepes of Wrath."
Entertainment Weekly
The three-disc set is buoyed by bountiful goodies, including hilarious running commentary from Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, and the rest of the original team, and the much-nattered-about-but-never-seen original pilot episode (''Some Enchanted Evening''). Daniel Fierman

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2001
UPC:
0024543009009
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
6:34:00

Special Features

Complete first season with all 13 episodes; Full-frame aspect ratio (1.33:1); Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish; Commentary by Matt Groening on all 13 episodes; Original scripts: "Bart the Genius," "Bart the General," "Moaning Lisa," and "Some Enchanted Evening"; Outtakes from "Life on the Fast Lane"; Outtakes from unaired version of "Some Enchanted Evening"; Tracey Ullman short: "Goodnight Simpsons"; Early sketches by Matt Groening

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Castellaneta Actor,Voice Only,Homer Simpson,Krusty The Clown
Nancy Cartwright Voice Only,Bart Simpson,Actress
Julie Kavner Actress,Voice Only,Marge Simpson
Harry Shearer Actor,C. Montgomery Burns,Voice Only,Herman,Principal Skinner
Maggie Roswell Voice Only
Yeardley Smith Lisa Simpson
Albert Brooks Jacques
Ron Taylor Bleeding Gums Murphy

Technical Credits
Brad Bird Director
David Silverman Director
Kent Butterworth Director
Wesley M. Archer Director
Gregg Vanzo Director
Milton Gray Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc #1
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles
2. "And Now, Santas of Many Lands"
3. "Where Have You Been Hiding the Christmas Money?"
4. "I Want To Do The Christmas Shopping This Year!"
5. "Ho, Ho, D'oh!"
6. End Titles
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles
2. "Kwyjibo"
3. "A Student Is Vandalizing School Property"
4. "Make Your Own Rules"
5. "Don't You Get It Bart?"
6. End Titles
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles
2. "I Want You All On Your Best Behavior"
3. "I Should Have Known It Was You, Simpson"
4. "Now I Have A Purpose!"
5. "Me, In Charge Of Safety?|}|
6. End Titles
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles
2. "I Don't Want To Embarrass Myself At The Company Picnic"
3. "Drink The Drink That I Have Made"
4. "We've Got To Do Better As A Family"
5. "Hello, I Am Dr. Marvin Monroe"
6. End Titles
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles (Lisa's Cupcakes)
2. "Nelson, You're Bleeding!"
3. "There's Nothing Wrong With Hitting Someone When His Back Is Turned"
4. "I Need Some Advice Grandpa"
5. "Start The Saturation Bombing"
6. End Titles (Epilogue)
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles
2. "I'm Too Sad"
3. "Just Playing The Blues, Dad"
4. "My Friends Call Me Bleeding Gums"
5. "Where's The Video Boxing?"
6. End Titles (Lisa's Song)
Disc #2
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles
2. "I'd Like To See Your Finest R.V."
3. "Ready Or Not Nature, Here We Come"
4. "Jungleman!"
5. "Bigfoot!"
6. End Titles
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles
2. "Give Me Jebediah's Head"
3. "It All Started Sunday Morning"
4. "They're Only Space Mutants Marge"
5. "I Wish Someone Would Cut His Ugly Old Head Off"
6. End Titles
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles
2. "Happy Birthday"
3. "You Can't Bowl Without A Lane"
4. "Isn't That Marge Simpson, Having Brunch With A Man Who Isn't Her Husband?"
5. Domestic Situation
6. End Titles
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles
2. "Where's My Spy Camera"
3. "One Last Taste Of Bachelor Freedom"
4. "Who's The Sexy Lady, Bart?|}|
5. "A Real Swinging Cat"
6. End Titles
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles
2. "A Cherry Bomb!"
3. "I'm Gonna Miss You, Son"
4. "Affectionate Little Albanian, Isn't He?"
5. "Wait! I'm Talking French Now!"
6. End Titles
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles
2. "Comedy, Thy Name Is Krusty"
3. "Krusty The Clown, You're Under Arrest!"
4. "I Plead Guilty, Your Honor"
5. "Krusty Was Framed!"
6. End Titles
Disc #3
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles
2. "Hey, Donuts!"
3. "My Problem Is My Husband"
4. "Tonight Is A Very Special Night"
5. "You're The Baby Sitter Bandit!"
6. End Titles

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The Simpsons - Season 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
These DVDs are soo funny!!! And I love the special features. I especially like the scripts for the episodes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
FUNNY YET TRUE, LIKE AMERICA TODAY!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie!!! I enjoyed the jokes and my family was filled with pure laughter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a must-have for all Simpsons fans - it features the first 13 episodes of the greatest show ever. Loaded with extras - a great set to have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Our whole family enjoys watching The Simpsons! They are very funny! Not appropriate for people under the age of 10 or 11 though, so be careful. Really like The Simpsons! The episodes get funnier as the seasons progress.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Simpson's is the best animated show around today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nuclear yellow people like Bart Simpson who only have four fingers? D'oh! This scathing sitcom in the form of yellow people has long since made adults laugh at the inherent idiosyncracies of the 20th century. At the same time, young people enjoy the humor of Bart's shenanigans (Anagram of BRAT= Bart). This series positions all of the Simpsons class in their perfect stereotypes: Lisa, the gifted student who, like Al Gore, is basically ignored and hated. Homer, the typical father of America who is clueless, preoccupied with his own stupidity, and intent on not working at all. Marge stands as the moral litmus of America, seeing the decadence of America but just moaning with helplessness. View this DVD with laughter and joviality, but realize it is a great expose on an America gone wrong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no words to describe The Simpsons, they're the most great cartoon all over the world. But there is something funny, why didn't the producers include the spanish track, they have it on tv, why not on DVD?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Simpsons collection shows how great the Simpsons really are. It has some of the best shows ever made on the collection. I would reccomend it because you dont want to miss out on a piece of history( in the cartoon world)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the simpsons because they are funny. Bart is funny. lisa is funny. homer is funny. marge is not that funny but i like her anyways. buy this it is good. the simpsons are good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have watched the Simpsons since 1990, the seasons keep getting funnier and funnier, Its true that this season is the least funny of them all, but it's great to see that people still get a laugh out of them and their good clean Humor, I can't wait until the rest of the seasons appear on DVD!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The DVD is great. Is has a lot of extra's and of course The Simpsons.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sure, the animation is crude, and to die-hard Simpson fans the sound is a little off, but this DVD boxed set of 13 full legnth Simpson episodes is one that should not be missed. In the set your getting classic episodes such as ''There is no Disgrace like Home'' where the family electrically shocks each other, in a hillarious method. Also in the set is one of my personal favorites, ''Bart the General,'' an episode in which Bart and his cronies take on the ever-powerful Nelson Muntz in a battle seen that rivals Spielberg's Normandy dipiction in ''Saving Private Ryan.'' Theese episodes are rarely seen anymoire due to there age. This is one that shouldn't and can't be missed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is hilarious! You will not stop laughing!
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