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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season Blu-Ray Review

The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season Blu-Ray Review

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Synopsis: Disc 1: 218 Minutes

  • Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes
  • Lost Verizon
  • Double, Double, Boy in Trouble
  • Treehouse of Horror XIX
  • Dangerous Curves
  • Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words
  • Mypods and Boomsticks
  • The Burns and the Bees
  • Lisa the Drama Queen
  • Featurette - "The 20th Anniversary Special Sneak Peek by Morgan Spurlock"

Disc 2: 264 Minutes
  • Take my Life, Please
  • How the Test Was Won
  • No Loan Again, Naturally
  • Gone Maggie Gone
  • In the Name of the Grandfather
  • Wedding for Disaster
  • Eeny Teeny Maya Moe
  • The Good, the Sad and the Drugly
  • Father Knows Worst
  • Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D'oh
  • Four Great Women and a Manicure
  • Coming to Homerica

Review: The Simpsons is a series that has stayed hilarious for 20 years.  Its been there since I was a kid and looks to stick around long into my adult life.  I feel that its nearly impossible to review the show itself, so we're going to focus on the actualy product release.

The Simpsons is on blu-ray for the first time!  Now you may be asking yourself why the jump to season 20?!  If you have been following along with the Simpsons DVD releases you would know that they left off on season 12 this past summer, so why jump to 20?!  We figure the best explanation is marketing.  Its the 20th anniversary of the show, so perhaps it is to cash in on that.  Honestly, thats fine by us, as long as everything gets released eventually.

How does the blu-ray transfer look?  Thats what we all really want to know anyway, right?  Well, the Simpsons switched over to HD halfway through season 20, so there is a huge gap in quality for these episodes.  The first half looks great, as always, but the second half of the episodes pop in a way that is downright breathtaking.  It looks just beautiful.

The only negative about this release is the distince lack of bonus features.  In the past Simpsons fans have been treated to a plethora of bonus features including audio commentary, deleted scenes, etc.   This 20th season set has one bonus feature...its the 20th Anniversary Special Sneak Peek by Morgan Spurlock, which aired live a few days prior to the release of the blu-ray. 

Overall, I highly recommend this release.  Its not super-rich on features, but its the Simpsons on blu-ray..something I've been waiting for a long time now.    I honestly care more about the actual show than the features, so I'll enjoy watching it in high-definition!

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars