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Springfield year eight
on 18 September 2012
Here, spread across four dvds in one box set, are all twenty five episodes from the eighth season of the Simpsons.
They are as follows:
Treehouse of Horror VII
You only move twice.
The Homer they fall.
Burns baby burns.
Bart after Dark
A Milhouse divided.
Lisa's date with density.
El Viaje Misterioso De Nuestro Homer.
The Springfield files.
The twisted world of Marge Simpson.
Mountain of madness.
The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie show.
Brother from another series.
My sister, my sitter.
Homer vs the 18th amendment.
Grade school confidential.
The canine mutiny.
The old man and the Lisa.
In Marge we trust.
Simpsons spin off showcase.
The secret war of Lisa Simpson.
This is a season that nobody argues about the quality of, so there are many excellent episodes here [and two rather weak ones: the Homer they fall and the secret war of lisa simpson aren't quite as funny as what's around them].
Every episode has direct scene access. And a commentary.
Any episode from which scenes were deleted will allow you to watch it with the scenes reinstated if you wish.
The Language and subtitle options are as follows:
Although the episode Homer's enemy on disc four has a special language features that allows it to be heard in either French, Dutch, Czech, or Mandarin.
Each disc has 'bit from the animators' where they will do special commentary on one particular episode, highlighting the tricks of the animation trade and what went right or wrong with the episode in question. These run from seven to twelve minutes and can get off topic but can be very informative.
Disc one has an introduction to the season from Simpsons creator Matt Groening, which lasts for a couple of minutes.
And a feature about the Simpsons House. A specially reproduced real life replica of the house from the show. This feature runs for three minutes.
Disc one also has an animation showcase for one episode which allows you to watch it with the animation in various stages of completeness.
On disc four there are seventeen minutes worth of deleted scenes. For the season as a whole. Some of them are in black and white by virtue of being slightly unfinished. These can be watched with or without commentary. The latter is worth a listen as it does give interesting detail as to why some got cut out.
Also on the disc are two short fox network promotions for the show, running one minute in total and showing Matt Groening drawing one particular character in each.
Plus a short gallery of original sketches and artwork.
With lots of jokes on the menus and in the suond when the discs start up, there's lots to discover here. It's another very good package for a very good season.