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The Simpsons - Season 12 - Complete [DVD]

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  • Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Sep 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0021L9CKU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,481 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

All 21 episodes from the 12th season of the animated comedy series about the world's favourite dysfunctional family. Episodes comprise: 'Treehouse of Horror XI', 'A Tale of Two Springfields', 'Insane Clown Poppy', 'Lisa the Tree Hugger', 'Homer vs. Dignity', 'The Computer Wore Menace Shoes', 'The Great Money Caper', 'Skinner's Sense of Snow', 'HOMR', 'Pokey Mom', 'Worst Episode Ever', 'Tennis the Menace', 'Day of the Jackanapes', 'New Kids On the Blecch', 'Hungry, Hungry Homer', 'Bye Bye Nerdie', 'Simpson Safari', 'Trilogy of Error', 'I'm Going to Praiseland', 'Children of a Lesser Clod' and 'Simpson Tall Tales'.


Season 12 of The Simpsons flies in the face of the contention that it’s the earlier runs of the show where you’ll find the gold. Granted, it’s been tough to keep the standard up to the levels of the show at its finest, but here we find some majestic and inspired Simpsons moments.

Season 12 doesn’t have, it should noted, the calibre of guest voice star of previous runs. That said, it’s still the core adventures of Homer, Maggie, Lisa, Marge and Bart that form the heart of the fun. Particular favourite highlights of The Simpsons’ twelfth season include Lisa’s relationship with the tree hugger, Homer’s brand new gossip website, the moment where Homer suddenly (and temporarily!) gets a burst of intelligence, and the wonderfully titled Worst Episode Ever. There’s also the very welcome return of Sideshow Bob, as voiced by Kelsey Grammar.

The writing of The Simpsons, as evidenced here, remains witty and sharp, and while perhaps there aren’t so many of the belly laughs of the earlier years, season 12 still more than justifies its purchase price. At least half the episodes here are ones you’ll be looking, we’d suspect, to watch again. Factor in too the usual high quality selection of extras, and long after most series have folded, we continue to find The Simpsons on fine form. --Jon Foster

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Ince on 30 Sep 2009
Format: DVD
I really like this season and it has some of my favourite episodes; HOMR, Worst Episode Ever and the sublime Trilogy of Error.

The packing is gorgeous - a crimson box houses the discs in a wonderfully-decorated, six-fold concertina - but there really is an issue with it; almost everything about the cover and sleeves ensures they'll get damaged and cause damage to the discs. The outer box is quite flimsy card which will easily crush and crease. The fold-in flap I'm having to leave open if I don't want to crease the box taking the disc-pack out.

What people say about the inner box is true; it's a chore and scratches the discs. When I took them out the first time, all 4 discs were scratched already. In pulling one disc out, I scratched the playing side badly on the edge of the adjacent disc (this is possible because each pair of discs comes out edge first from a slot either side of a fold in the concertina). The scratched disc plays ok but I was very lucky not to have ruined it. Lastly, the tightness of each 'wallet' makes it hard to get a grip on the disc to get it out. You either have to bend and crease the wallet to open it wide or use your finger or nail on the surface of the disc to get a grip on it, guaranteed to grease or scratch it.

Many of the episodes in this set are good to great but, overall, I have to give this set 2 stars. Good episodes, lovely-looking artwork, but incomprehensible design.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve McName on 15 July 2013
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Great season, very funny. Highlights are Children of a Lesser Clod (Homer starts a daycare centre), I'm Goin' to Praiseland (Ned creates a Christian amusement park), The Great Money Caper (Homer and Bart become con-men), Worst Episode Ever (Bart and Milhouse take over the Android's Dungeon), Skinner's Sense of Snow (The kids are trapped inside school at Christmas) and HOMR (Homer becomes smart when researchers take a pencil out of his brain that was there since he was a kid).

Not all the episodes are good, though. Insane Clown Poppy (Krusty discovers he has a daughter), Day of the Jackanapes (Sideshow Bob hypnotizes Bart to kill Krusty), Tennis the Menace (the family get a tennis court installed in their back yard), Hungry Hungry Homer (Homer goes on a hunger strike to stop the Springfield Isotopes from moving) and New Kids on the Blecch (Bart joins a boy band called "Party Posse") are duds. Nevertheless, a very good season.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Scamander Riker on 9 Oct 2009
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The package is still unacceptable and thus I've decided not to buy a Simpsons set for the first time ever! As long as Fox and Matt Groening refuse to release the sets in reasonable quality, i.e. boxes that do not damage the discs and do not fall apart on their own, I'm not going to spend any more money on this franchise! I know Groening wants to save the environment and so do I but conventional Simpsons boxed sets using plastic devices are NOT the main reason for global warming. Theses paper boxes are nothing but a very bad running gag and I am no longer laughing, Mr Groening.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Varney on 20 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
The twelfth season of The Simpsons (2000-2001, 21 episodes), was at a point when Matt Groening was shifting away more of his commitment to the series with his other cartoon Futurama in the prime-light and sadly this sorry season's pretty much set the course of what the Simpsons were for the remainder of the decade.

With the number of episodes going down from a peak 25 episodes in Season 6 to now 21 episodes in Season 12, it is pretty obvious that the programme was plain past it's peak. Also, the rise of other cartoon sitcoms like Family Guy and South Park where noticeable and Family Guy itself, althought it is quite an overrated cartoon in my opinion, was getting more publicity. It was plain to see in this season that the Simpsons were threatned by the new kids on the block and, instead of going for an winning formula, had to try to spurce up the show to compete and sadly ever since 2001, The Simpsons has just been trying to copy Family Guy but with less charm and more celebrity input.

Season 12 itself is not truly terrible like the later seasons (the deplorable Season 16, I mean you!) but this really was when Simpsons started to get very bad. Here, you will find one or two which will make you chuckle but nothing stands out and a good deal of them are even cringeworthy. "A Tale of Two Springfield" and "Hungry, Hungry Homer" are the pick of the bunch but some episodes in here are very poor. "Tennis the Menace", "The Great Money Caper" and "Day of the Jackanapes" are the worst offenders. Also, the season's finale "Simpsons Tall Tales" is beyond a joke! Here, while some gags certainly work, they don't hit at you like they used to and the story-writing has simply gotten more lazy and all-over-the-place.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. D. Holliday on 25 Sep 2009
Format: DVD
The Simpsons is really really really.. good. Surely the greatest comedy show ever and with the quality and popularity they've had for around two whole decades they are in a league of their own. They had a lot of seasons where practically every episode was top notch. As many others have pointed out though, once they got past season 9 and 10 the quality started to wane. The best episodes aren't as good as the best episodes in earlier seasons; there's a lower proportion of top quality to less than top quality episodes; and the poorer episodes are poorer than the poorer episodes of earlier seasons. As time has gone on these trends have continued in that direction. This is entirely understandable given the vast amount of themes and issues already explored, and cultural references and jokes already used.
For all that, season 12 still has loads of very good episodes and lots of good stuff in the less than great episodes. Certainly it will be added to my collection. I'm not sure if there'll come a point where I think enough's enough, but I'm certainly not there yet and I don't think I will be for at least another couple of seasons after this one. It remains to be seen though whether I can refrain from buying the boxsets after that - I'm feeling pot-committed collection-wise already so I'll probably buy everything they ever release. Thankfully it's not dilemma time yet though, because as I've said, this is a very good season and well worth buying to continue a collection or as a stand-alone season.
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