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  • Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer
  • Writers: James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Sam Simon
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar. 2004
  • Run Time: 352 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NGUN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,155 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

All 13 episodes
Ratio 1.33:1
Dolby 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: Spanish

Disc 1:
Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire
Bart the Genius
Homer's Odyssey
There's No Disgrace Like Home
Bart the General
Moaning Lisa
Bonus Features: Original scripts featuring notes by Matt Groening for "Bart the Genius", "Bart the General" and "Moaning Lisa". All episodes are accompanied by commentary.

Disc 2:
Call of the Simpsons
The Telltale Head
Life on the Fast Lane
Homer's Night Out
The Crepes of Wrath
Krusty Gets Busted
Bonus Features: All episodes are accompanied by commentary

Disc 3:
Some Enchanted Evening Bonus Features: Original script notes by Matt Groening
Outtakes from un-aired version of an episode
Animatic of an episode with commentary by Matt Groening and David Silverman
The Making of The Simpsons "America's First Family"
Easter Egg ABC News Special on a reported controversy
"Tracey Ullman Show" First ever Simpsons to air on Tracey Ullman Show
Five Foreign Language Clips
Early Sketches Stills Gallery
Magazine Covers

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From practically the first episode, broadcast in 1989, The Simpsons impacted on planet TV like a giant multi-coloured meteor. With a claim to being the defining pop cultural phenomenon of the 1990s--hip, fast, sharp and primary--there was nothing even in rock & roll to match this. The Simpsons is possibly the greatest sitcom ever made. Although the animation was initially primitive, never before had cartoon characters been so well drawn. There had been loveable middle-aged layabouts on TV before, but Homer Simpson successfully stole their crown and out-slobbed them all in every department ("The guys at the plant are gonna have a field day with this," he grumbles in "Call of The Simpsons" as he watches scientists on a TV news item who can't decide whether he is incredibly dense or a brilliant beast). However, in this first series he isn't quite yet the bloated man-child he would become in later series; instead he's a growling patriarch with a Walter Matthau-type voice. His sensible half Marge's croak, meanwhile, has yet to settle down, while the vast cast of minor Springfield characters have yet to find their place. Bart, however, was a smash from the start: dumb as Homer but spiky-haired and resourceful, he sets out his manifesto in "Bart the Genius"; while "Moaning Lisa" spotlights his over-achieving sister and is a good early example of the series' clever handling of melancholy bass notes.

Throughout its life there's always been confusion as to whether The Simpsons is a show for kids or adults, but with allusions in these first 13 episodes to Kubrick, Diane Arbus, Citizen Kane and (in a very satisfyingly anti-French episode) Manon des Sources, it should already have been clear that this was a programme for all ages and all IQs from 0 to 200. Dysfunctional they may have been, but the Simpsons stuck together, and audiences stuck with them into the 21st century. --David Stubbs

On the DVD: The packaging is good but the 13 episodes are spread very thinly here, with just five each on discs one and two . The commentary track is intermittently interesting though a tad repetitive, as creator David Groening is joined by various other members of the team. The third disc has some neat extra stuff, including outtakes, the original Tracey Ullman Show shorts and a five-minute BBC documentary, but is again fairly brief. The menu interfaces are pretty clunky, annoyingly forcing you to watch endless copyright warnings after each episode and with no facility to "play all". The content is wonderful, of course, but three discs looks like overkill. --Mark Walker

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This box set is worth your money. It just is. Admittedly, season one is crudely drawn, the animation is glitchy, the colors are off, and the cast hasn't quite fine-tuned the voices (most notably Dan Castellenata's "Walter Mattheu" Homer). But these problems are easy to overlook. These episodes are still classics. My personal favorites are "The Telltale Head" and "Krusty Gets Busted." And watching the original opening sequence was nostalgic.
As for bonus features, my favorite feature is the commentary, because it reveals a lot of interesting details. Did you know that the original plan for Herman (the one-armed military shop-owner) was for him to have a different story about how he lost his arm each time he appeared? Additionally, I may be in the minority here, but I got a hoot out of simply listening and watching the writers laughing at their own show. On disc 3 there are outtakes from "Some Enchanted Evening." These outtakes are hilarious enough by themselves. Watch them with the commentary and you'll hear nothing but self-pity and expletives. Disc one has scripts from three episodes and disc three also has a short Simpsons documetary and an animatic (also with commentary) from "Bart the General." Of course, assuming subsequent box sets are three-disc sets, we probably won't get as many special features, since subsequent seasons were nearly twice as long as season one. More episodes = less room for special features.
If this box set is any indication, I think we're going to have more 5-star Simpsons box sets to come over the next few years.
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17th December, 1989, The Simpsons family hit TV screens, and have become one of the most famous families in the world. Season 1 is one of my personal favourites, as I believe the old seasons are much better then the new seasons. There are 13 classic episodes, packed with extras including the short on the Tracy Ullman show, that got them on TV. The episodes include:

1. Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire: No money for presents means Homer results to greyhound racing, ending with a loving present for the family to share.
(Notes) Patty, Selma, Ned & Todd Flanders, Santa's Little Helper introduced.

2. Bart The Genius: Bart swaps tests with Martin, and ends up in a school for genius, thus gaining love and respect from Homer, will Bart reveal the lie?

3. Homer's Odyssey: Homer gets fired from his job and sets out to make Springfield a healthy and safe environment.
(Notes) Montgomery Burns and Smithers introduced.

4. There's No Disgrace Like Home: After judging his family at a work BBQ, Homer decdes the family needs therapy.
(Notes) First scenes of Itchy and Scratchy.

5. Bart The General: Bart gets help from Granpa to even the score with his bully, Nelson.
(Notes) Grampa Simpson is introduced.

6. Moaning Lisa: Lisa is sad and is befriended by "Bleeding Gums" Murphy who they both share a similar musical hobby.

7. Call Of The Simpsons: Homer buys an RV to show off to Flanders, but their holiday ends in a mess and The Simpsons must meet with nature itself.
(Notes) Guest voice - Albert Brooks.

8. The Telltale Head: Bart Simpson, confesses about how he took the head of Springfield's loved founder to gain friends.
(Notes)Krusty and Sideshow Bob cameo, Rev. Lovejoy introduced.

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I could hardly contain my excitement when I heard that 'The Simpsons' Season One would soon be released and when it was finally released I was already watching the first 13 episodes with a keen sense of nostalgia. From the humble beginings of 'Simpsons roasting on an open fire,' first aired in 1989, to other classics such as 'Homer's Night Out' in which Homer is photographed by Bart's spy camera dancing with the exotic Princess Kashmir, there are also other classic episodes such as 'Some Enchanted Evening' in which Marge and Homer entrusts their kids with a killer babysitter, and also 'Moaning Lisa' which involves a down-hearted Lisa meeting up with Jazz saxophone player Bleedinggums Murphy in a beautifully sympathetic episode. There are too many divine moments to fully recollect in one single review, but a devoted fan will no doubt enjoying reliving classic gags and first time character intoductions as well as analysing the visible advancement of the already brilliant yet simple animation.
Some fans may be dissapointed with the extra features (as if 13 superb episodes wasn't already enough excitement for one viewer). There is commentary by creator Matt Groening on all 13 episodes, as well as scripts for 'Bart The Genius,' 'Bart the General,' 'Moaning Lisa,' and 'Some Enchanted Evening.' Other features include outtakes, a Tracy Ullman short, partially unaired episode, as well as early Matt Groening sketches. All this within an attractive silver 'collector's edition' packaging and with 'Futurama' series one hopefully on its way in late January 2002 it should keep us Groening fans smiling until our itchy paws start digging for Simpson's Season two that is.
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Much like the Godfather and Star Wars trilogies as soon as I realised the genius of the DVD format I wanted to now when we were gonna get our hands on some Simpsons- now here it is.
The good news is that we get an entire series spread over three discs with substantial extras. The bad news is that - even though it's still good- Series One of The Simpsons fares pretty badly against the subsequent series of The Simpsons. The animation is not brilliant, the voices have not been honed and some of the episodes are just plain weak- true all these factors do start to be ironed out, but because of the ordering of the episodes some of the later episodes are actually the weaker ones.
All this is excuseable of course- it is The Simpsons we're talking about, not some BBC One sitcom starring Dennis Waterman as a retired Fireman (it's probably in the pipeline). Some of the episodes are genius- Bart The General, Life on the Fast Lane, Crepes of Wrath to name three in particular. We start to see the beginnings of what made The Simpsons the best television programme ever- the quirky characters, the richness and comedy value of the 'backup' cast.
Of course you cant make an omelette without breaking eggs so we have to see some 'alternative' colours for characters hair/skin and hear some mildly irritating voices coming out of the mouths of charcters whose voices will develop (this is particularly in Homer and his 'Walter Matthau' voice).
As stated earlier the extras are substantial. We get scripts, deleted scenes, a short from The Tracy Ullman Show and commentaries on all episodes. A couple of quibbles here- the commentaries: the box boasts Matt Groening commentary on every episode- if he's there on some of them he's really, really quiet.
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