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The Simpsons - Kiss and Tell: The Story of Their Love


TITLE: THE SIMPSONS - KISS AND TELL: THE STORY OF THEIR LOVE


Info:

DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
Color
MSRP: $14.98
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 4
Running Time: 89 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: 7 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, French, and Spanish audio; English and Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Special Features: Storyboards and Animatic for “The Way We Weren’t”


Introduction:

I don’t know much, but I know I love you—and love, that is the theme of “The Simpsons: Kiss and Tell: The Story of Their Love.” This is the latest among the many “themed” Simpsons DVD releases, and contains four episodes (mostly newer ones) that are about Homer and Marge’s relationship, although one of the episodes is not REALLY about their relationship so much.


Episode Highlights:

There are four episodes on this DVD, three of which are VERY recent episodes. And honestly, I can’t say that the episodes that were picked for this DVD are the greatest episodes about Homer and Marge’s relationship either, although they aren’t horrible. The first episode included (and the only one that aired in the 1990s that is included on the DVD) is “Natural Born Kissers,” an episode in which Homer and Marge find that they can’t get in the mood to make love unless they are out in public. The next episode is “Large Marge,” where Marge decides to get liposuction but instead gets breast implants. This episode has guest voices from Baha Men, Adam West, and Burt Ward. Personally, I can’t understand why this episode was even included in the DVD. I can think of at least three other episodes IMMEDIATELY (and there are tons more) that had more to do with Homer and Marge’s relationship more than this episode did. It isn’t a horrible episode though. The next episode that is included is probably what I would consider to be the best episode on the set, “Three Gays of the Condo.” In this episode, Homer finds out that Marge wanted to break up with him before they were married, so he decides to get a separation from Marge… and finds his new home living in a condo in the gay community of Springfield! Weird Al sings a special song about Homer and Marge on this episode. Finally, the DVD ends with “The Way We Weren’t,” which is one of the many flashback episodes that the show has had, with this episode being about how Homer and Marge had encountered each other at a summer camp when they were much younger, but never realized that they had married that person they encountered at summer camp.


Packaging:

The DVD has simple Amaray case packaging, with episode titles and descriptions on the back of the DVD. There are various pictures on the case that are of Homer and Marge when they were “young lovers,” although they don’t seem to be from a particular episode. The disc art also has the same type of picture on it.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus on these individual disc releases are normally atrocious, but this time it isn’t TOO bad. Basically, the main menu has all four episodes listed, then Animation Showcase, then Play All Episodes. The menu is a bit confusing though, because between the episode list and Animation Showcase option, there is Play, Setup, and Scene Selection. Basically, you select an episode from the four that are listed, and that episode turns a dark reddish brown color on the menu, and then you have to move down to select what you want to do next. The menu has a picture of Homer and Marge from the “Large Marge” episode, and there is some love themed background music on the main menu, from the episode “The Way We Weren’t.”

The submenus are all self-explanatory. The Scene Selection option allow you to start an episode at any place where a commercial break would be placed, and is actually more accurate on this DVD than it has been on the season sets. Of course, there are chapters placed in all of the appropriate places.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio quality is great here, exactly what you would expect from a Simpsons DVD. I can’t find anything to nitpick on here. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital Surround Sound, as usual. Many of these individual disc releases are missing the foreign language audio tracks, but this one is not… there are Spanish and French audio tracks available, and there are English and Spanish subtitles as well. And of course closed-captioning is available. The “Natural Born Kissers” episode runs at 22:47, and the other three run around 22:00, which mean that they are uncut episodes (keep in mind that “Natural Born Kissers” is longer because it aired about five years before the other episodes).


Special Features:

There is one special feature on the DVD: an animatic and storyboards for Act Two of “The Way We Weren’t.” Just like the animatics and storyboards on the season sets, this just shows you various sketches from the episode as the episode was in the progress of being made. And if you are anything like me, you are probably getting a little bit bored of these by now. Regardless, it is nice to see that an attempt to have SOMETHING on the DVD in regards to special features.


Final Comments:

The Simpsons is one of my favorite shows, but this DVD is just a bit disappointing. The main problem lies in the fact that the DVD includes more recent episodes, and there haven’t been any good relationship episodes lately. The “Three Gays of Condo” episode is a very good one, and should have been included, but the other three episodes are just so-so. And although it is hard to speak for the 100s of television markets in America, I know that at least three of the episodes on the set air VERY often in syndication due to the fact that local stations have limited airplay left on a lot of the older ones. There should be a greater mix of seasons on this set, as well as the other individual disc releases (all of them are clustered into a few seasons, and that is problematic). Another problem with these DVDs is that there is no real incentive to purchasing these. The season sets would easily sell themselves, yet they load them with special features anyway. These discs don’t really have such an incentive, and it makes the DVDs easy to resist. An idea that came to mind for me, for example, is that they could have had Dan Castellaneta and Julie Kavner providing commentaries on the DVD, but not in the traditional sense of commentaries, but rather as Homer and Marge commenting on the episodes as if they are watching home videos of their relationship. Any other type of special features related to the theme of the DVD would be fine too, and would make these sets more enticing to consumers.

So here is the bottom line—if you just really, REALLY, love these episodes or you insist on having every Simpsons DVD that is EVER released, then go ahead and buy this. But if you are just the average Simpsons fan (and by average, I mean anywhere from somebody that watches an episode once a month all the way up to those that are like me and watch every single episode that airs and pulls out the season sets at least once a week), then you probably won’t be too happy with this DVD.


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 1/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
Overall: 3.5/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 02/04/06

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