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5.0 out of 5 stars The brilliance of the episodes makes up for shortcomings
For a collection of 22 episodes of the Simpsons to be littered with so many great moments, it would be extremely unfair not to give this boxed set 5 stars. This series is the beginning of the 'Golden Era' for the Simpsons, and is totally essential, and as usual, the package as a whole is great value for money.
But I was seriously tempted to mark it down for the most...
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2.0 out of 5 stars copyright
The Simpsons may be brilliant but when you've actually paid for the set it's annoying that every episode has a copyright warning before it plays and immediately after every episode finishes in several languages. What's really annoying about this set is when younger children are pestering to watch the next episode, what series have they actually included a play all...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The brilliance of the episodes makes up for shortcomings, 9 Aug 2004
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This review is from: The Simpsons: Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
For a collection of 22 episodes of the Simpsons to be littered with so many great moments, it would be extremely unfair not to give this boxed set 5 stars. This series is the beginning of the 'Golden Era' for the Simpsons, and is totally essential, and as usual, the package as a whole is great value for money.
But I was seriously tempted to mark it down for the most annoying inclusion on any Simpsons boxed set to date, the anti-piracy warnings at the start of every episode. Are the warnings at the start of the DVD not enough? They last for the best part of 10 seconds each and you cannot scroll through them. The only way to avoid them is to go to 'Scene Selection' and start playing the episode from Scene 2 (which begins immediately after the opening credits), but alas, the episode menus are so slow to navigate that it defeats the purpose. Each part of the menu carries a little animation, which are funny the first couple of times, but become quite annoying after a while. Given that the purpose of these menus is supposed to enhance the accessibility of scenes and extra features (including the obligatory commentaries, which once again are mostly the writers laughing at their own jokes), it seems rather self-defeating to make them so slow.
That said, despite all those criticisms, the sheer heavyweight comedy punch that these 22 brilliant episodes delivers demands a 5/5 rating. Even the foreword from Matt Groening himself recognises that some of the most popular episodes ever are on here. And although these episodes have seen more than their fair share of air time of British TV, some are curiously unfamiliar, possibly due to the controversy that they provoked. Season 4 has everything we have come to know and love about the Simpsons, including some particularly black humour in places (e.g. Dr. Hibbert coming out of the operating theatre and telling Marge, 'I'm sorry, Mrs Simpson, your husband is dead..., only kidding, April Fool's!') and Homer's great moments are almost too numerous to list...
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just getting better and better, 23 July 2004
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This review is from: The Simpsons: Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
As a self-confessed Simpsons addict, I have picked up all four box sets now, and even though my copy of Series 4 only dropped on the mat yesterday, and I'm only two episodes into it, I know already that this is the best of the sets so far.
Some of the most memorable episodes of the entire run make it onto this set, and within them some of the funniest moments - the Monorail song; Apu's nephew when he gets to run the Kwik-e-Mart; the moment when Ralph Wiggum's heart actually breaks; Smithers' thoughts on seamen; Dr Nick's heart surgery; and Mr Plow getting it on. You may not have seen some of these episodes for a while, but you'll be back into them straight away.
If you're not a Simpsons fan, and you've never understood what all the fuss is about - you will never get a better chance than here. Intermingled with the limitless humour are plotlines about teenage heartbreak, the possibility of a parent dying, being distant from your kids, the thought of never having any kids, and alcoholism. The best show never made for children.
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90 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Simpsons season 4, 31 May 2004
This review is from: The Simpsons: Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Season Four of the Simpsons is when the show started looking and sounding like the show we know and love today. The humor wasn't quite as extreme as it is today, but it's this season that started the episodes that could REALLY entertain you. But above all, this is the season that began to establish Grampa as the funniest character on the show. Now, read on for some episode summaries.
Kamp Krusty - For the summer, Bart and Lisa get to go to Kamp Krusty, but once
they get there they discover it's a living hell.
A Streetcar Named Marge - Marge tries out for the starring role in A Streetcar
Named Desire. Though the producer rejects her at first, he gives her the role
upon discovering she is deeply depressed.
Homer The Heretic - Homer skips church one week, and after having such a
great time at home, decides never to go back.
Lisa The Beauty Queen - Lisa places second in a beauty contest, but by default
becomes the new Little Miss Springfield.
Treehouse Of Horror III - A Krusty doll tries to kill Homer, A King Kong parody,
and Bart reviving zombies are the three stories in this season's Halloween
special.
Itchy And Scratchy: The Movie - Bart fails to look after Maggie, and she takes
the car, crashing it. As a punishment, Homer forbids Bart to ever see the new
Itchy and Scratchy movie.
Marge Gets A Job - When the Simpson home takes damage, Marge must take a
job with Homer at the nuclear plant to pay for it.
New Kid On The Block - A teenage girl moves into a home near the Simpsons
and Bart falls in love with her.
Mr. Plow - At a car convention, Homer buys a snow plow and uses it to become
a local hero.
Lisa's First Word - While wondering when Maggie will speak her first words,
Homer and Marge tell the story of when Lisa spoke hers.
Homer's Triple Bypass - Homer begins to have heart problems, and shops
around for the cheapest surgeon.
Marge Vs. The Monorail - Springfield uses its newly-obtained three million
dollars to build a monorail.
Selma's Choice - When Homer gets too sick to take Bart and Lisa to a new
amusement park, Selma takes them instead. They raise hell there.
Brother From The Same Planet - Bart begins to hate Homer, and gets a new
father figure from a local non-profit organization. Meanwhile Homer uses the
same organization to get a new son.
I Love Lisa - When Lisa shows pity for Ralph on Valentine's day, he falls in love
with her.
Duffless - When his driver's license is revoked for drunk driving, Homer must
give up beer.
Last Exit To Springfield - The power plant attempts to do away with its dental
plan. Homer fights to save it because Lisa is in need of braces.
So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show - Bart shakes up a beer can in a
paint mixer, and when Homer opens it the explosion hospitalizes him. The family
then recounts past experiences.
The Front - Bart and Lisa write a series of Itchy and Scratchy cartoons under
Grampa's name.
Whacking Day - Bart is expelled from school. Soon enough he and Lisa try to do
away with a very awkward town holiday.
Marge In Chains - Marge accidentally forgets to pay for an item at the local
convenience store and must spend a month in jail.
Krusty Gets Kancelled - A new puppeteer steals Krusty's ratings. He becomes increasingly desperate for ways to stay on the air.
If you're a Simpsons fan, you'd be doing yourself a huge favor. These are GREAT episodes all the way, and I strongly recommend them.
The 5 stars are for the seasons original broadcast.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simpsons Season 4, 18 April 2005
This review is from: The Simpsons: Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
This is the fourth Season of The Simpsons, including all 22 episodes from 1992 and 1993. Most episodes come with special features, including; Deleted scenes on episodes. Commentary by Matt Groening and other producers and directors, and different clips and scripts from different stories.- There's even more, which you'll be able to see if you buy it!!
My favourite episodes: Kamp Krusty- Bart and Lisa go on a trip to Kamp Krusty, hoping their hero will be better than ever... does it go that well?? I also like Treehouse of Horror, in this episode Bart receives a Krusty doll... but it's EVIL! Also including; Itchy and Scratchy: The movie, Marge gets a job and Homer's triple bypass, and 17 more episodes from you to choose from!! It comes with a guide to episodes and features, and you get the 4 discs with your favourite episodes on. Not bad, not bad at all!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Could be anything other than excellent?, 2 May 2005
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This review is from: The Simpsons: Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Another series of the Simpsons comes out on DVD and its just another excuse for me to fall in love with the episodes again, on what in my opinion is the second best series (series 5 being the best) What doesn't this serie have?? From Ralph's crush on Lisa and the classic moment where Bart pinpoints the moment Lisa breaks his heart, to the star studded series closer Krusty Gets Kancelled, with uniformly brilliant turns from the guest stars, especially Bette Middler ("Ill get your for this Middler" brilliant!) this is just full of classic episodes, and it is a joy to watch. There are also some cool extras, the deleted scenes always being interesting and enjoyable, as are the commentaries, now a staple of the DVD package, and few do it better than the simpsons. Isn't it great there are at least another 12 of these to come, lets hope they start bringing them out quicker, the waits almost unbearable, at least I can tide myself over with these!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first awesome season., 13 Mar 2005
This review is from: The Simpsons: Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Season 4 of The Simpsons is when it reached perfection, the animation is clean, the voices are all perfect and the writing is absolutely hilarious.
Season 4's episodes are as follows:
Kamp Krusty
A Streetcare Named Marge
Lisa the Beauty Queen
Treehouse of Horror III
Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie
Marge gets a Job
New Kid on the Block
Mr. Plow
Lisa's First Word
Homer's Triple Bypass
Selma's Choice
Brother from the Same Planet
I Love Lisa
Duffless
Last Exit to Springfield
So It's Come to this: A Simpsons Clip Show
The Front
Whacking Day
Marge in Chains
Krusty gets Kancelled
Not one of these episodes is anything less than brilliant, this season also includes 2 contenders for best episode ever:
"Homer the Heretic" and "Marge Vs. the Monorail"
There are also extensive special features:
A Word from Matt Groening
Special Language Featurette
Animation Showcases
The Cajun Contoversy: A featurette about the uproar after an anti-New Orleans song was published in a newspaper before the episode aired.
Animatics
Illustrated Commentaries
Bush Vs. Simpson: A Featurette about how members of the Bush family kept insulting The Simpsons.
Promotional Stuff -January 1993
Commercials
Deleted Scenes on selected episodes
Audio Commentaries on all Episodes
A worthy addition to anybody's dvd collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Simpsons best season!, 6 Nov 2012
This review is from: The Simpsons: Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
The Simpsons Season 4 is by far the best of the show. Every episode is down right hilarious and unique in its own way. The plots are strong, theres more character development, the jokes come by faster and funnier, and the pop culture references are superbly written. Although the following seasons were excellent season 4 is the high point of TV comedy.

There's the classic episodes considered the best such as 'Last Exit To Springfield' which i think is the best episode and 'Marge VS Monorail' which has great line after great line. While there's many underrated gems like 'Duffless', 'The Front' and 'Marge In Chains'. Theres some superb episodes based on relationships that show the more emotional pull of the show while still being really funny like 'New Kid On The Block' based on Bart's crush on an older girl, Homer's Triple Bypass' shows the children's love of their father, 'Brother From The Same Planet' has Bart and Homer's relationship strained and 'I Love Lisa' dealing with Lisa and Ralph.

There's plenty of episodes that develop other characters like 'Selma's Choice', who can forget the sandwich and Duff gardens, which is bittersweet as well as being laugh out loud funny. 'Homer The Heretic', 'Marge Gets A Job' and 'Whacking Day' are all great episodes. While the flashback episodes, which I normally dislike, are really well done. 'So It's Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show' is very funny.

Overall this is the peak of TV comedy and animation and if your a fan then a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Springfield year four, 8 Dec 2011
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This review is from: The Simpsons: Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
Every single episode of the fourth season of the Simpsons is presented here in one box set, spread across four dvds.

Episodes are as follows:

Kamp Krusty
A streetcar named Marge
Homer the heretic
Lisa the beauty queen
Treehouse of horror III
Itchy and scratchy: the movie
Marge gets a job
New kid on the block
Mr. Plow
Lisa's first word.
Homer's triple bypass.
Marge vs the monorail.
Selma's choice.
Brother from the same planet.
I love Lisa.
Duffless.
Last exit to Springfield.
So it's come to this: A Simpsons clip show.
The Front.
Whacking day.
Marge in Chains.
Krusty Gets Kancelled.

All quite old episodes now and thus the animation can look a bit rudimentary and the voices may sound slightly different. And you will probably be familiar with most of them. But it's a season that nobody argues about the quality of.

Each episode has a commentary and direct scene access.

But there's a few menus to navigate, and all will play a short animation featuring a Simpsons character every time an option is selected. There is some variety to these but they can't be skipped and may get a bit repetitive.

Each episode is only in English, with no other language options. But you can get subtitles in English Danish Finnish Norwegian or Swedish. Via the extras menu for each episode.

One episode on each disc has a special language feature which will allow you choose between Brazilian Portugese Italian Japanese or Castilian Spanish.

And one episode on each disc has the feature to allow you to see various parts of it as animation storyboards and partly finished animations and the like.

The first disc also has a short introduction to the season from Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

A twelve minute long promotional feature for the show.

And two short features about various controveries they got into, from insulting New Orleans to the famous spat with the Bush Family.

Disc two has a handful of tv commercials for the show and others that use the characters to advertise various products.

And discs three and four have some very short deleted scenes from one episode each. They also give you the option to watch the episode with the scenes reinstered.

There is no play all option on each disc, and there's a copyright message that comes up and stays up for ten seconds or so before each episode and it can't be skipped.

But even so, it's still a great box set of classic tv, and worth five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back when Homer was more than just "Jerkass Homer", 14 July 2010
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This review is from: The Simpsons: Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
I didn`t think, looking back to 1989/1990, that The Simpsons would develop as it has - I didn`t think the art, voices or ideas were original or simply good enough. Well, time might just have proved me wrong on that! But I still didn`t think it would ever be as funny as this season, which is where the brilliance of the mid-to-late 90s really gets into swing.
Loads of great episodes here - "Itchy And Scratchy: The Movie", "Mr. Plow", "Marge vs. The Monorail", "Duffless" and my favourite, "Last Exit To Springfield"...this is a wonderful season. Homer and Marge act like normal people sometimes, who are in love, and try to be good parents and citizens...ideas that the writers seemed to have got bored with at about the turn of the millenium. Nevermind that for now though - this is superb stuff, and sits happily alongside the excellent next four seasons, and is the beginning of the "golden age".
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5.0 out of 5 stars So many classics in one season!, 18 May 2008
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This review is from: The Simpsons: Complete Season 4 [DVD] (DVD)
The Simpsons continued to become even better, showing their animated contemporaries how humour should be done as it moved into it's fourth season.

Many people believe that this was the start of the programme's golden era, and I'd go along with that. The 22 classic episodes spread across this boxset will entertain you, remind you of how clever the show was, and is the perfect season to introduce someone who is new to The Simpsons.

Standout episodes include 'Homer The Heretic', where the Simpson's dad meets God, the brilliant 'New Kid On The Block' (which is in my personal top ten favourite episodes), the legendary 'Mr. Plow', the infamous 'A Street Named Marge', Homer discovers he has a half sibling in 'Brother From The Same Planet' (this one *always* has me in stitches with the wicked one liners, and in 'Marge In Chains', Mrs. Simpson ends up doing a spot of porridge for accidentally shoplifting. There is also the first Simpsons Clip Show (showcasing some of the golden moments of the show from the past three series), and the third installment of the Treehouse of Horror.

In short, a MUST for all Simpsons fans, with effortless humour, clever writing, and a variety of stories and subjects, the writers were never stale in those days.
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