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Springfield year eleven
on 20 January 2013
Here in one box set, spread over four discs, are all twenty two episodes of the Eleventh season of the Simpsons.
Episodes are as follows:
Brother's little helper.
Guess who's coming to criticize dinner.
Treehouse of Horror X.
Hello gutter, hello fadder.
Take my wife, sleaze.
Grift of the magi.
Little Big Mom.
The Mansion Family.
Alone again, natura-diddily.
Bart to the future.
Days of Wine and D'oh'ses.
Kill the alligator and run.
Last tap dance in Springfield.
It's a mad, mad, mad, mad, marge.
Behind the laughter.
The quality of the show at this stage in the run is a matter of opinion. And you do get the sense of them just taking an idea and running with it. But this is a very solid season. The Mel Gibson guest starring season opener 'Beyond Blunderdome' is a very good episode and a strong season opener. And the season finale 'Behind the Laughter', a parody of a certain documentary series which has the Simpsons as actors in their own show is inspired and very clever and very funny with it.
The discs have the following language and subtitle options:
Although you can choose to watch 'Beyond Blunderdome' in either Italian, Portugese, Czech, or German.
All episodes have a commentary from production staff and occasionally cast members also.
You can choose to watch every episode on the discs in a row or individually.
Those that have deleted scenes allow you the option of putting them back into the episode should you desire.
Disc one also has:
A short introduction to the season from show creator Matt Groening.
Animation showcase: which allows you to watch 'Beyond Blunderdome' at various stages of it's development.
Disc two also has:
One minutes worth of original character sketches.
'The many faces of Krusty': seven minutes worth of clips from Krusty related episodes showing how his look has been down the years.
Disc three also has:
Another animation showcase. Like the one on disc one, it allows you to watch 'The Mansion Family' at various stages of it's development.
Disc four also has:
Deleted scenes. Nineteen minutes worth of these, all the ones for the season in a row. Some are unfinished and some are in black and white. You can watch them with or without a commentary which explains why they were cut. Usually for timing reasons. Amongst them is an alternate ending for 'Beyond Blunderdome' which is well worth a look.
There's also another minutes worth of original sketches.
'And then there were menus'. A minute long feature showing how the interactive menus for these dvds are put together.
'A star on Hollywood boulevard'. A two minute long feature showing the ceremony that took place when the show was granted a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
As with other seasons the menus on the dvd do contain some fun animation that is well worth watching. And there are extras gags in the artwork and writing on the box of the dvd and in the booklet that comes with it.
Unfortunately this season isn't as well packaged as before. Instead of putting the discs in plastic holders the packaging folds out and you have to slot them into little cardboard pockets. Which is mildly inconvenient and somewhat annoying.
As with season ten this does feel a little light on extras compared to what came before.
But even so, it's a strong collection and what you do get extras wise is pretty good.
Just a shame about the packaging. But otherwise a very strong product.