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4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
The Simpsons - Season 9 [DVD]
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on 3 November 2015
Season 9 of the simpsons is entertaining but if your like myself you probably have saw 99.9% of these episodes on TV but that doesn't mean you should walk past this season the extra feature that you will find interested. If your a BIG fan of the simpsons and enjoy watching episodes again then it's a buy indeed
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on 14 March 2017
Great product husband and son love jt
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 13 April 2011
Season 9 is generally regarded as the one after the "great" seasons (although personally I feel it worthy of inclusion as a great season). Season 10 is nowhere near the same quality, in as much as the behaviour of all the main characters becomes increasingly stupid and bizarre. Nothing since has hit these heights consistently, and I`m very fond of this season, as I think it contains some excellent episodes and only has a couple of clunkers. If you watched Disc 1 only, you might well have a strong case for including this season as a "bad" one (it`s all relative, after all), but Discs 2, 3 and 4 are outstanding (hence the 5 stars). Here are some of my favourites;

"Treehouse of Horror VIII" - "The Homega Man" - After the French strike Springfield with a nuclear bomb, Homer discovers that he is the only one who survived the attack, until mutants come after him. "Fly Vs. Fly" - Bart uses Professor Frink's teleporter to turn himself into a fly, and "Easy Bake Coven" - In a 1600s Puritan town, Marge is accused of being a witch, which turns out to be true. She flees to her sisters' cave, where the three become the inventors of Halloween. I`m always a sucker for the Treehouse...episodes, and this is an excellent addition.

"The Cartridge Family" - After a large soccer riot leads to an extended period of mob rule throughout Springfield, Homer decides to forgo an expensive security system in favor of a gun. Includes the magical line when Marge discovers Homer has been lying about discarding his handgun - "But Marge, I swear, I never thought you`d find out!"

"Lisa the Skeptic" - Lisa discovers that a shopping mall is going to be built at a site where prehistoric fossils were found. Afraid of there being more prehistoric items at the site, Lisa complains to the developers and starts an archaeological survey at the site. Late into the dig, Lisa unearths a skeleton with bones that resemble wings, similar to an angel's. Homer`s behaviour to the people wanting to see the angel is wonderful.

"Realty Bites" - The last episode starring the great Phil Hartman, as Lionel Hutz. Homer takes Marge to a police-seized property auction, where he buys a sports car that was formerly Snake's. On the ride home, Marge decides to walk because of Homer's erratic driving in the new car. She runs into Lionel Hutz, who is now a realtor. Interested, Marge takes a test to become one, and soon works for a realtor company, Red Blazer Realty.

"Miracle on Evergreen Terrace" - Some people hate this episode, but I love it. On Christmas morning, Bart wakes up earlier than the rest of the family and goes to open his presents. After playing with a remote control firetruck, Bart accidentally starts a fire, causing the plastic Christmas tree and the presents to melt. Bart hides the melted mess, but the next morning, reports to the family that there had been a robber. The news media soon reports this, and the community rallies to their aid and donates $15,000, which Homer spends on a car he soon crashes. However, Bart soon tells the truth to his family; that there never was a robber. The community soon finds out, and demands their money back. The town loot their entire house of everything except a washcloth.

"Bart Carny" - As long as you`re not too sensitive about racial stereotyping, you`ll like this. While the family is at a traveling carnival, Bart accidentally crashes Adolf Hitler's car. To pay off the debts, Homer and Bart get jobs at the carnival by helping with the booths and exhibits, where they befriend Cooder and Spud, a father-and-son carny team. Unfortunately, Homer causes their booth to get shut down, when he does not recognize the bribe Chief Wiggum was asking for. Homer decides to allow the two carnies to stay at his home. The next day, the family goes to a glass bottom boat ride with the tickets Cooder gave them, only to discover their house has been taken over by the two carnies when they return.

"The Joy of Sect" - Excellent anti-cult episode. After encountering two recruiters of a sect called "The Movementarians", Homer attends a session that teaches about their sect, where he is brainwashed to join. Homer moves the entire family to their compound, where the entire family, except Marge, is brainwashed.

"The Last Temptation of Krust" - Krusty episodes are always top drawer. After a rude awakening to his own hackneyed and dated nature, Krusty does some heavy drinking and wakes up in front of the Flanders' house. Bart takes him inside his house and into his room, where Krusty, looking at all the Krusty merchandise, realizes that he has sold out instead of focusing on comedy. Bart invites Jay Leno to help clean up Krusty, and modernize his jokes.

"Dumbbell Indemnity", "Lisa the Simpson", "Girly Edition", "Trash of the Titans" and "King of the Hill" are all excellent too. As is pretty obvious, I really like a vast majority of these episodes and think this is a cracking season. Critics might claim it went downhill after this, but that does mean about 200 episodes before a mis-step...not too shabby, eh?
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As the 'Golden Age' of The Simpsons ended indefinitely with the fantastic Season 8, Season 9 (this product) started the decline and fundamental attributes that make The Simpsons as it is today; an overly wacky, zany affair with less character development. But the quality of the decline seemed to drift on a down-curve, and while the previous Season may well have been the last of the Golden Age, Season 9 is still a good affair compared to later efforts.

The only problem with purchasing these more mixed affairs is that they don't appear as good value for money when you're only to re-run particular favourites, rather than all the episodes. It's annoying, but there really is little way to get around it. The Simpsons was starting to become the very thing it had always avoided; a typical cartoon. Episodes include:

The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson
The Principal and the Pauper
Lisa's Sax
Treehouse of Horror VIII
The Cartridge Family
Bart Star
The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons
Lisa the Skeptic
Realty Bites
Miracle on Evergreen Terrace
All Singing, All Dancing
Bart Carny
The Joy of Sect
Das Bus
The Last Temptation of Krust
Dumbbell Indemnity
Lisa the Simpson
This Little Wiggy
Simpson Tide
The Trouble with Trillions
Girly Edition
Trash of the Titans
King of the Hill
Lost Our Lisa
Natural Born Kissers

Arguably, the most controversial episode of this Season (and possibly, one of the most controversial of The Simpsons history) is "The Principal and the Pauper", which see's Seymour Skinner apparently having a fake identity... His 'real' identity being Armin Tamzarian. Episodes like this are not only completely unnecessary, but they end with more questions than answers - something on a running theme for future episodes. "Miracle on Evergreen Terrace", "Bart Carny" "Das Bus" and more take another negative angle by distancing themsevles too far from the traditional mode of The Simpsons, with their often poor gags and ridiculous scenes. Again, it's still a mixed affair, but you'll just need to ask whether it's worth paying out for.

Highlights of this Season include "Lisa the Simpson", in which Lisa questions her identity after being feared into believing their is such thing as a 'Simpson' gene that makes the family dumber as time goes on. Episodes like this are more of a step back to the classics, along with "This Little Wiggy", "Lost our Lisa" (an excellent episode for Lisa and Homers bond) and "Natural Born Kissers" - a more modern, but ultimately daring episode that is likely, I dare say, "the" last classic Simpsons episodes. Funnily enough, its on the last DVD and its the last episode of it too.

In short, I would question the value of buying this brand new, but to those who aren't concerned about the cost (you lucky bunch!), this is a descent purchase if you're collecting the best of The Simpsons. From here on, the trend of quality only continues to decline...
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 28 December 2012
Here in one box set are all twenty five episodes of the ninth year of the Simpsons. Spread across four dvd's.

Episodes are as follows:

The city of New York Vs Homer Simpson.
The Principal and the Pauper.
Lisa's Sax.
Treehouse of Horror VIII.
The Cartridge Family.
Bart Star.
The two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons.
Lisa the Skeptic.
Realty Bites.
Miracle on Evergreen Terrace.
All singing, all dancing.
Bart Carny.
The joy of sect.
Das bus.
The last temptation of Krust.
Dumbbell indemnity.
Lisa the Simpson.
This Little Wiggy.
Simpson Tide.
The trouble with trillions.
Girly Edition.
Trash of the Titans.
King of the Hill.
Lost our Lisa.
Natural born Kissers.

'The city of new york vs homer simpson' and 'the cartridge family' weren't shown by sky for a long time, for various reasons of sensitivity. So your best bet to see them is here.

Some of the celebrity guest stars in this season, such as Bob Denver in 'Simpson Tide' may not be familiar to British audiences as they are famous for shows that haven't been quite so well known over here.

Opinions on this season as a whole will vary but in general it is a very strong one. Although 'the Principal and the Pauper' which sees Principal Skinner replaced when the truth about his past comes out wasn't a very popular episode at the time. And it isn't really as funny as the rest. But the writers do make some good points about it on the commentary which will make you appraise it in a whole new light. Although Matt Groening, the Simpsons creator, does list it as one of his least favourite episodes on the season introduction. He might be joking. Or then again...

Every episode has a commentary from production staff. Or the cast. Or a mixture of both.

Every episode, if there are scenes deleted from it, allows you to watch it with them put back in.

Each disc allows you to watch all episodes on it in a row, or individually.

Every episode has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English.

Disc one begins with a short preview of the Simpsons movie [the dvd having come out before that hit the cinemas] but it can be skipped via the next button on the dvd remote.

The disc also has the aforementioned season introduction.

Plus the usual 'animation showcase' which lets you see one episode in particular at various stages of the production process.

Disc two has 'a bit from the animators' which is a eight minute long commentary from some of them, plus Matt Groening and Yeardley Smith [who voices Lisa] on the episode 'all singing, all dancing.' This is a fun listen although it's all about how to draw the characters than the episode itself. Mostly.

Disc three contains another 'animation showcase' plus a very short feature showing some original character sketches. It runs for no more than a few seconds if you watch it with automatic movement between the pictures on.

Disc four has a special language feature, which allows you watch 'trash of the titans' [the 200th episode of the show] in either Polish, Portugese, German, and one other language that I can't identify because it doesn't say what it is on the menu. You'll know what it is if you speak said language, though.

There's another 'bit from the animators' on the episode 'lost our lisa' which runs for just under twelve minutes. And is also pretty good.

All the deleted scenes from the entire season - that as mentioned are available on each individual episode - can be watched on this disc in one long batch. Of fifteen minutes in total. As usual some are unfinished so are in black and white, and one is an animated storyboard.

You can also choose to watch these with a commentary which explains why they were cut. Usually for timing reasons.

There's a short section of tv commercials the Simpsons producers made for a candy bar called Butterscotch. These run for five minutes in total and can be watched in a row or individually. Epileptics and those who don't like strobe lighting be warned that one of them has flashing images in it.

There's 'a bit with u2' which mixes footage of the pop group recording their voices for Trash of the Titans along with clips from the episode, plus voiceover from Yeardley Smith and Dan Castallaneta [the voice of Homer] telling their memories of the recording session.

In addition the discs contain some very funny menus with lots going on in the sections above the option screens.

And the booklet that comes with the dvd contains lots of little extras which also catch the eye and amuse.

It's another great package for a very strong season of a great tv show.
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on 17 August 2010
This is the first season I owned and I was surprised just how much I enjoyed watching these episodes again. Season nine has a certain air about it that makes it stand apart; it was the show's transition period into lazier and more (dare I say it) cartoony (ad)ventures, but most of these episodes still hold up and I enjoyed many which I had initially dismissed a whole lot more. 'The Principal and the Pauper' shows a type of disloyalty to all that came before it but it too is daring and very entertaining and was a lot less destructive, predictable and problematic than 'Grade School Confidential' in s.8; similarly, there are no episodes here quite as dull as 'The Twisted World of Marge Simpson' (also in s.8); 'Realty Bites' is a far more successful character exploration of Marge and much funnier episode with a linking A & B plot. 'The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson' is a really well made episode, especially visually and 'The Cartridge Family' is intense and enjoyable. Episodes like 'Simpsons Tide' and 'Lisa's Sax' are rather unmemorable, but the season as a whole is no worse than 8 and is surely better than any season that came after. `Dumbbell Indemnity' is perhaps an early good example of a style that would continue in The Simpsons after. Enjoy.
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on 29 December 2011
Widely regarded as the last of the great seasons, season 9 includes some truly memorable moments and some of the best episodes made. My personal favourite episode of all-time is included in this set, "Das Bus" a hilarious take on the fantastic novel, Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It includes so many nice little nods, from simple things like Bart using a conch to get everyone together for a meeting, through to the divide of the kids and Milhouse's glasses getting broken. When The Simpsons is on form, it is simply unbeatable for laughs and this is the show at it's best. This season includes some great guest stars including Jay Leno, Janeane Garafolo and Mike Judge. 5/5
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