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3.0 out of 5 stars Foolish earthlings wrote this season, 10 May 2012
This review is from: Simpsons: Season 14 [Blu-ray] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
The sharp decline that The Simpsons suffered in the early noughties is glaringly evident in this lackluster season. Of the 22 episodes a few are well-written and smart, a few are lazily-written and boring, and the rest are forgettable without being particularly bad. The first episode (Treehouse of Horror 13) is horrible, despite a promising opening. Things do not improve with episode 2, featuring unnaturally shoehorned-in guest appearances by The Rolling Stones and other aging rockers. We've already seen Homer interact with these types in the Season 12 episode 'A Tale of Two Springfields'. It's just an easily recycled gimmick that fails to make for a memorable episode. As for the other 20...well, when you browse through your Simpsons collection looking for a classic episode, you will never pick out Season 14.

The production design of the package is lovely. Fox have gone for a Halloween theme for this one and it looks great. The Blu Ray presents each episode in 1.33:1 1080p with DTS HD-MA sound. There are a decent amount of extras, which are entertaining. But the best of them is the fact that disc 3 contains two Treehouse of Horror episodes (V and VI) from 1994 and 1995. These episodes are actually the best Treehouse of Horrors (V was heavily cut in the UK due to the gore and violence), and I suspect they were included to make up for the fact that the Halloween episode in Season 14 was so bad. I should also point out that Treehouse of Horror V and VI look much better on Blu Ray than their DVD counterparts, proving that earlier seasons could benefit from being released on the format. But since Fox have been releasing The Simpsons to the home video market since 2001 and are only at Season 14 I wouldn't hold your breath.
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