I am a great fan of The Simpsons 'Treehouse of Horror' specials, and picked up this DVD at a relatively cheap cost. I guess that this collection was intended to appeal to the causal fan, with four episodes available at a budget price. Indeed, I have recently seen this collection on sale in supermarkets and bargain shops leading up to Halloween. For the bigger Simpsons enthusiast though, this DVD will disappoint.
More episodes could have included on the disc, or it could at least have been kept sequential. I was disappointed that the first 'Treehouse' wasn't included, but the ones that were, despite being perhaps slightly random choices, are very good: 'Treehouse of Horror V' (1994), Treehouse of Horror VI' (1995), 'Treehouse of Horror VII' (1996), and 'Treehouse of Horror XII' (2001).
For anyone who hasn't seen any 'Treehouse of Horror' episodes, they contain three mini-stories in one, and are very entertaining takes of famous horror films. In fact, a lot of those stories could have billed as 'A Simpsons' Tribute To Stephen King'. The first episode parodies 'The Shining', with Homer, away from home with no television or beer, attempting to murder his family. In V1', Homer finds himself trapped in a three dimensional world and becomes 3D computer-generated character, the animation is brilliant and must have been something at the time, it's certainly unique to the show.
In all, I really enjoy these Simpsons Halloween classics, they are very funny and it's always good to see the characters in different situations and scenarios that we are used to seeing them in. The film, television and cultural references come at you fast, and these four episodes are a solid reminder of how clever and entertaining the show really is. I have to say though, we are still waiting for a definitive set of 'Treehouse of Horror', and whilst this is a good introduction, it is far from perfect.