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DVD Special Features:
Troy McClure featurette
Subtitles: French, German, Spanish, Italian English for the hard of hearing, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Original Aspect Ratio: 4:3 P/S
Sound Quality: 2.0 Stereo
Any four episodes of The Simpsons chosen at random would make perfectly acceptable entertainment, but The Simpsons Film Festival is a particularly happy selection. One of the shows many delights has always been its unending stream of movie parodies, and here we have four episodes devoted to just that. In "Beyond Blunderdome", Mel Gibson (playing himself) sends up his tough-guy persona when he hires Homer to produce his latest movie. Then in "A Star is Burns" Springfield hosts its own film festival (with acerbic guest critic Jay Sherman in attendance). The competition boils down to Barneys haunting cinema verité short about the horrors of alcohol or Mr Burns grandiose vanity project (though Homer prefers Hans Moleman being hit by a football). "22 Short Films About Springfield" is a series of parodies within a parody featuring Springfields secondary characters, including Milhouses dad and Chief Wiggum in a glorious Pulp Fiction sequence. Finally, the shows own internal parody cartoon duo hit the big screen in "The Itchy and Scratchy Movie", while Bart and Homer lock horns about going to see it. They sell Soylent Green in the future cinema foyer; and Homer loves it, of course.
On the DVD: just four episodes is hardly stunning value for money, but its perhaps quality not quantity that counts here. Annoyingly there is no "Play All" facility, a serious let down in all the Simpsons DVD releases (Futurama had the same problem, too). The only extra feature of any note is a three-minute montage of Troy McClures finest moments. Sound is unexceptional Dolby Stereo and the picture is standard 4:3 ratio. --Mark Walker
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these are the episodes:
"Beyond Blunderdome"(season 11)original airdate: 26/9/99
When Homer and Marge attend a test screening of Mel Gibson's remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Homer gives the film a mercilessly rough critique. Rather than be angered by Homer's remarks, Gibson decides to hire him as a consultant on the script rewrites. Together Mel and Homer turn the movie into a bloody action flick. The film studio is so disgusted by the new cut that they attempt to block its distribution. Homer and Mel steal the only print of the film and escape the studio lot with the executives pursuing them. Commandeering the old Mad Max car from the Hollywood Auto Museum, the Simpsons and the movie star careen through the streets, causing all sorts of destruction. Can they escape with the print intact? Does Mr. Smith ever get to go to Washington? Why doesn't Mel Gibson have an accent anymore?
Guest Star: Mel Gibson as himself
"Itchy and Scratchy:The Movie" (season 4)
Every kid in the world waits with bated breath for the Itchy & Scratchy movie, but Bart is the only one who's not allowed to see it. Marge and Homer ground Bart for his bad behavior, making him miss the most important movie of his life. In a vision of the future in which his son becomes a Supreme Court Justice, Homer imagines seeing a revival of the movie with Bart.
"22 short films about Springfield" (seaon 7)
In this breakneck tour through a day in the life of Springfield, we learn that a lot goes on in a little town in some state, somewhere in America. Apu takes the day off from the Kwik-E-Mart and has a kwik-e-romance. Barney finally pays Moe his bar tab only to witness Snake steal it. Principal Skinner nearly burns down his house while making lunch for Superintendent Chalmers, and Homer gets Maggie stuck in a newspaper vending machine. Lisa gets gum--and mayonnaise, and peanut butter--stuck in her hair, and Smithers almost dies from a bee sting. In a nod to Pulp Fiction, Snake and Chief Wiggum are taken hostage by Herman, the one-armed pawnshop owner, who wants to do god-knows-what. The two men are saved by Milhouse, who had to go to the bathroom really, really badly.
"A star is Burns" (season 6) original airdate:5/3/95
Springfield plays host to a film festival in which various townspeople display their original work. Barney presents "Pukahontas," a haunting meditation on his alcoholism; Apu directs "Bright Lights, Beef Jerky," the tale of a lonely man working the loneliest shift in a small-town Kwik-E-Mart. Two other important entries are Mr. Burns' autobiographical "A Burns for All Seasons" and Hans Moleman's "Man Getting Hit by Football." Despite receiving bribes from Mr. Burns, the judges choose to honor "Pukahontas" as the festival's best film. Luckily for Moleman, his film is remade as "Football in the Groin," a star vehicle for George C. Scott, and wins an Oscar for Best Picture.
Well "A star is Burns" is my favourite episode on the tape and others will probably agree with me,this is a really good dvd and I reomend it fully not 1 thing in it!
In 'Beyond Blunderdome' Mel Gibson stars as himself and asks Homer to co-produce his film after Homer gives it a bad review. The problem is, I don't think 'Mr Smith goes to Washington' should be a bloody action picture... 10/10
In 'Itchy and Scatchy: the Movie' Homer forbids Bart to see the new Itchy and Scratchy film after Bart fails to watch Maggie. 9/10
In '22 Short Films about Springfield' the episode is made up of bits of other episodes put together with clever links to each other. 10/10
In 'A Star is Burns' Springfield hosts a film festival with the help of critic Jay Sherman (Jon Lovitz). Homer is on the board of judges, and he has to decide who wins between Barney Gumble's film and Mr Burns's. 9/10
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