TITLE: THE SIMPSONS MOVIE
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 1
Running Time: 85 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 15 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Spanish, and French; English, Spanish, and French Subtitles
Special Features: Commentaries, Deleted Scenes, “Special Stuff,” and Trailers
The Simpsons can’t be held onto the small screen, they just have to hit the big screen! However, even when they hit the big screen, they have to come back to the small screen, and that they do with the release of “The Simpsons Movie” on DVD.
From the day the series began, the series was just begging for a movie release. It has all of the right elements for the big screen. Yet five years later, there was no movie. Ten years later, no movie. But now, 18 years later, there IS a movie, and it was well worth the wait. Unlike some television series that find their way onto the big screen, “The Simpsons Movie” stays true to the series and almost feels like it is one extended episode of the series, and a good episode at that.
The film begins with Grampa Simpson having a vision (or maybe just an old man senile moment) at church that something horrible was about to happen. Meanwhile, Homer adopts a pig (which Homer pretty much treats as his own child, while totally neglecting Bart) that poops. And it poops a lot. So much that Homer must build a silo to keep the poop in. But when the silo becomes full, Homer has to do something with the waste and decides, being the wise man that he is, to dump it into the lake. This causes chaos as the EPA decides to take action against Springfield, action that is so serious that it could mean the end of Springfield. Can Homer save the day? And can he save his son from Ned Flanders, the man that has basically become Bart’s father since Homer has been neglecting him? Find out these answers and more in “The Simpsons Movie!”
For this review, we only received a screener copy, so we don’t fully know what the packaging is like. However, the press material shows a DVD cover with Homer eating a donut. Very simplistic and to the point, I suppose.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu has Homer lying on top of a list that gives options of Play Movie, Scene Selection, Languages, and Special Features. They’re all pretty self-explanatory, and selecting an option doesn’t take you to an insanely creative submenu (although they do like very nice). There are plenty of chapters placed all throughout the movie.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio quality on the copy that I got was pretty good, but not great. Then again, these screener copies the Fox likes to send out tend to have video and audio quality that isn’t as good as the real release (they usually end up sending a regular release copy about a week after the release, and I notice a huge difference when they do). With that being said, I assume that the video and audio quality on the regular release will be superb with very few things to complain about. Closed-captioning is available, as well as English, Spanish, and French subtitles. You can even have Spanish or French audio.
The DVD itself will be available in three separate releases: a full screen version, a widescreen version, and for those with Blu-ray players, a Blu-ray version. The screener copy was the widescreen version, and for the majority of us that aren’t ready to move into a high definition DVD format, this version is your best bet.
If you are expecting lots and lots of special features, like there are on a typical Simpsons season set, you’ll be disappointed, but for this movie, there are enough. First of all we have commentary... actually two separate tracks. One includes James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Al Jean, Mike Scully, David Silverman, Dan Castellaneta, and Yeardley Smith. The second one includes David Silverman, Mike B. Anderson, Steven Dean Moore, and Rich Moore.
Next, we have deleted scenes (5:15), which are exactly what they sound like. Al Jean introduces these deleted scenes.
The next group of special features is called, “Special Stuff” (3:08), where we get to see the Simpson family do things... big things. There isn’t a whole lot here, but we see a brief clip of Homer giving a monologue for The Tonight Show, the Simpsons judging American Idol, Homer introducing American Idol, and a parody of the classic “Let’s All Go to the Lobby” song with Homer eating the singing and dancing food.
Finally, we have trailers (7:03), where you’ll find the trailers for the movie. All of them.
Do you really need my final comments on this DVD? The review speaks for itself and any true Simpsons fan MUST own this DVD. I would have liked more special features, but truthfully, what is on the set is more than adequate. The movie has a subtle environmental message that makes this movie go along very well with the recent Futurama release, but then again, most of us are watching these movies because they are good movies, not because of any messages or anything like that. Buying this DVD may not save the world (as Homer must do), but it might just give you an hour and a half of enjoyment!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 12/16/07
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