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5.0 out of 5 stars "Mmm...64 slices of American Cheese" Homer's midnight snack
The Simpsons DVD sets so far have been jam-packed with extras, commentaries, and creative menu pages, which may be the reason the seasons are fairly slow in coming out. I am getting a bit antsy because the next 7 seasons or so are so great, but good things come to those who wait. Season five has some of my favorite episodes. Some were pretty rare to see in syndication...
Published on May 8, 2004 by mwreview

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Programs - Substandard Packaging
These discs are essential for any Simpsons fan, most everyone already knows this.
However, the Canadian release of Season Five has decided to omit the die-cut window in the front cover and include additional French text on the cover and spine - as if any French Canadian would not understand 'The Simpsons' and need to see it spelled out as 'Les Simpsons'.
As a...
Published on January 31, 2005 by TwentySmallCigars

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258 of 274 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Mmm...64 slices of American Cheese" Homer's midnight snack, May 8, 2004
mwreview "mwreview" (Northern California, USA) - See all my reviews
The Simpsons DVD sets so far have been jam-packed with extras, commentaries, and creative menu pages, which may be the reason the seasons are fairly slow in coming out. I am getting a bit antsy because the next 7 seasons or so are so great, but good things come to those who wait. Season five has some of my favorite episodes. Some were pretty rare to see in syndication and now almost impossible to see as the current reruns seem to concentrate on the later seasons. Here are my season five highlights:
"Homer's Barbershop Quartet" with an appearance by George Harrison. This parody of the Beatles is very clever, especially Barney's girlfriend, "the Japanese conceptual artist."
"Rosebud" is in my top 10 Simpsons episodes ever. Mr. Burns is obsessed with finding his boyhood teddy bear Bobo. It is one of the funniest shows I've ever seen. The best part is when Smithers dresses like Bobo to try to, uh, cheer up Burns.
"Bart's Inner Child": Self-help guru Brad Goodman is impressed by Bart's "do what you feel like" attitude. Springfield puts together a "Do What You Feel Festival," a welcome change from the "Do As We Say Festival" (started by German settlers).
"Boy-Scoutz in the Hood": Another favorite of mine. A sugar high causes Bart to join the junior campers, lead by Ned Flanders. Enduring Homer's constant teasing, Bart dreads telling Homer about the father-son rafting trip (Homers response: "Ha, you don't have a son."). Ernest Borgnine guest stars.
"Homer and Apu": Apu gets busted for selling tainted meat and loses his job at the Kwik-E-Mart. At one point, Apu and Homer travel to India so Apu can seek forgiveness from the Keik-E-Mart CEO who resides in not the most conveniently located convenience stores. James Woods guest stars.
"Lisa Vs. Malibu Stacy": Lisa is on a rampage when her talking Malibu Stacy doll says things like "Don't ask me, I'm just a girl." She meets with the doll's creator Stacy Lovell to design a more politically correct doll. Lovell had been forced out of the company because her ideas were not cost effective (oh, and she was also "funneling profits to the Viet Cong"). It is hilarious. Smithers' start-up page on his computer is a must-see.
"Deep Space Homer": A classic where Homer goes into space. Buzz Aldrin and James Taylor are guests.
"The Boy Who Knew Too Much": Bart plays hooky and witnesses an incident that causes a trial against Mayor Quimby's nephew Freddy. On the jury is Homer "how many s's are in innocent" Simpson.
"Secrets of a Successful Marriage": Homer feels important teaching a class on marriage but Marge is not happy with his "tell all" lesson plan.
These are my favorites of this DVD set. Other episodes include: Cape Feare (starring Springfield's criminal mastermind Sideshow Bob), Homer Goes to College, Treehouse of Horror IV (where Homer sells his soul for a donut), Marge on the Lam (a Thelma and Louise parody), The Last Temptation of Homer, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling, Homer the Vigilante, Bart Gets Famous (Bart as the "I didn't do it" boy), Homer Loves Flanders, Bart Gets an Elephant, Burn's Heir, Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song, and Lady Bouvier's Lover (with a parody of The Graduate).
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194 of 216 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoo-hoo!, October 27, 2004
Seems like Fox Studio is getting faster at pumping these DVDs out. The fifth season might be where the simpsons jumped the shark pit, but I'll leave that discussion to the ubernerds. The fifth season includes the following episodes:

Homer's Barbershop Quartet: While looking through old records, the kids discover their dad was in a barbershop quartet. Guest appearnce by George Harrison.

Cape Feare [sic]: Side show bob is out to kill Bart and the family is put in the witness relocation program. Includes the famous "hello Mr. Thompson" scene.

Homer Goes to College: After a nuclear plant inspection, Homer has to go to college. The episode is a send up of popular college movies of the 80's (e.g. Revenge of the nerds or animal house). Homer falls in with the nerd crowd.

Rosebud: In a long turn of events, Mr. Burn's childhood teddy bear ends up in Maggie's hands. Burns and Homer negotiate for the return of the bear. Special guests: the Ramones.

Treehouse of Horror IV: Homer sells his soul for a donut, Bart spies a gremlin on the side of the school bus (ala twilight zone), and Homer kills the vampire Mr. Burns (ala Braum Stroker's Dracula).

Marge on the Lam: In a spoof of Thelma and Loise, Marge and her neighbor go on a cross country chase, when her neighbor steals her ex's car.

Bart's inner child: A self-help guru uses Bart as an example of freeing one's inner child. A "do what you feel like" style festival ensues. Guest stars James Brown.

Boy Scoutz in da Hood: After a sugar binge, Bart and Milhouse find themselves enrolled in the boyscouts. Hilarity ensues.

The Last Temptation of Homer: When a beautiful woman starts working at the plant, Homer's faithfulness is put to the test. Guest starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

$pringfield: Mr. Burns opens a casino in Springfield. Homer works at the casino, while Marge develops a gambling problem.

Homer the Vigilante: A catburglar is loose in Springfield. Homer forms a watch group (read mob) to catch the thief.

Bart Gets Famous: While working on the Krusty the Klown show, Bart inadvertantly steals Krusty's thunder and has his 15 minutes of fame. Guest starring Conan O'Brien (who used to write for the show).

Homer and Apu: Homer gets sick after eating rotting meat from the Quickie Mart. As penance, Apu moves in to be a servant for the Simpsons. Homer and Apu then try to get Apu's job back.

Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy: Lisa fights back against corporate America's barbi-style image by producing a doll designed to give girls a positive image for themselves.

Deep Space Homer: Homer competes for and wins (by default) a spot on the spaceshuttle. His incompetence nearly kills them, and then saves the crew. Stars Buzz Aldrin and James Taylor.

Homer Loves Flanders: Homer sucks up to Flanders when he learns Flanders has football tickets. His relationship grows with Ned (uncomfortably so for Ned), until Homer realizes that Flanders is a jerk.

Bart gets an Elephant: Through a wacky radio contest, Bart wins an elephant. Unable to care for it, he is forced to give it up to a wildlife refuge.

Burn's Heir: Bart competes for, and wins a spot as the heir to Burn's fortune. But he renounces the throne when Burns wants him to fire Homer.

Sweet Seymore Skinner's Baadasssss Song: Bart's hijinks finally get Seymore fired as the school's principle. He re-enlists in the army. Bart and Homer try to get him back as principle when Ned Flanders becomes the new school principle.

The Boy Who Knew Too Much: When Bart skips school he witnesses a crime, allegedly committed by the Mayor's brother. Bart's testimony can clear him, but Seymore will know Bart cut class. Homer serves on the jury ("I know you can read my thoughts boy...meow meow meow meow...")

Lady Boivier's Lover: Marge's mom falls for Homer's dad, only to fall for Mr. Burns.

Secrets of a Successful Marriage: Homer teaches class as a marriage counselor, but ends up dishing the dirt on his own marriage. Marge kicks him out, and Homer is forced to look after himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the season I've been wating YEARS for., October 27, 2004
Finally! A great holiday gift for myself. This is the Simpsons at their peak. Seasons 4, 5, and 6 were the prime of this series. There have been great shows since, but this period was consistantly the smartest, funniest, fastest paced era of the Simpsons, and I consider season 5 to be the master piece. In my opinion, 5 of the top 10 episodes of all time, are in this set. The Beatles parady set to early 80's Barbershop quartet. Deep Space Homer's Classic 2001 Homage with the potato chips. Homer improvising dinner for the kids while Marge is out gambling. The Animated Open to "The Tompson" in Cape Fear. And perhaps the greatest episode of all time, The Citizen Cane Parody with "Bobo."
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the DVD itself, December 22, 2004
Christina French (San Antonio, TX USA) - See all my reviews
Well, duh! This is the best season, and catchphrases?....Mwah! This is the one that got you talking like you watch this stuff 24/7. Well, okay, I do, but anyway.

The actual DVDs they've certainly improved upon. No painful pauses once you choose an option and the extras are fan-friggin-tastic compared to the last 4. They've got full moving episodes of the drawings for one. Even the menu screen entertainment is unique and... entertaining! The little episode booklet you get looks just like their paperback episode book (inside, not out), so it's a little funner.

The one thing I'd like to BEG the DVD people: Put the episode list ON THE DISKS!!! You always have to pull out that booklet to figure out what's where.

If you don't have any of the DVD sets, I'd start with this one. There's a lot more movie references, etc here. It's just funnier all around.

After 10+ years of taping these guys, I'm finally getting to see the full episodes, uncut. Once you miss their Sunday night showing, you're screwed since they start cutting it up.

Mmmmmmm, sacralicious! (disk 3)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best seasons... Truly a must own, November 30, 2004
I have been a loyal fan of The Simpsons since the first season, and in my opinion it is one of the greatest shows ever created. When it comes to the truly classic seasons of the show (seasons 3-8), it is very hard to pick a favorite season. The excellent writing and constant laughs that these years brought us makes each one of those seasons fantastic. But the reason I feel that season five is one of the best, if not the best season of the whole show, is because it offers the most consistency in terms of the laughs that it brings and the biggest collection of truly great episodes.

A few episodes worth mentioning are "Cape Feare" which puts a hilarious spin on the film of the same name in which Sideshow Bob comes after Bart once again; "Homer Goes to College" in which Homer fails a competency test at work and must go back to college to keep his job; "Rosebud" which puts a hilarious spin on the movie "Citizen Kane" in which Mr. Burns searches for his long lost teddy bear Bobo; "Tree House of Horror IV" in which we get to see Burns as Dracula and Flanders as the Devil; "$pringfield" in which Marge is portrayed as a gambling addict; "Deep Space Homer" in which NASA wants to select an average everyday loser for their next mission into space and Homer is chosen; and "Burns' Heir" in which Mr. Burns takes Bart under his wing and tries to get Bart to love him.

Overall, the fifth season is filled with a vast array of truly great episodes that show The Simpsons at its best. The fantastic writing and constant laughst that this season bring make it a must own for any fan of the show. As usual, the extras are nicely done as well. You get deleted scenes, a featurette on the making of the 100th episode, and commentary on many episodes including commentary from Connan O Brian on three different episodes.

A solid 5/5...
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST. SEASON. EVER., April 18, 2004
This is without a doubt the BEST SEASON EVER. The most classic, 5 star episodes are on this. The Scriptwriting goes above and beyond the call of duty with awesome work from Swartzwelder, Vitti and O'Brien. No matter how many times you see these episodes you can still watch them over and over again and get new quote-worthy material. Below are the episodes and a brief summary of each.
Homer's Barbershop Quartet - While flipping through records at a flea market, Bart and Lisa discover an album by the Be Sharps, a barbershop quartet comprised of Homer, Barney, Apu and Principal Skinner.
Cape Feare - Bart begins receiving threatening letters from Sideshow Bob. To protect Bart, the entire Simpson family undergoes Witness Relocation and moves to a houseboat docked on the aptly named Terror Lake.
Homer Goes to College - When it is revealed that Homer is grossly unqualified to be a safety inspector at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, he goes to Springfield University to study nuclear physics.
Rosebud - During a touching birthday slide presentation Smithers makes for Mr. Burns, we see the early life of Springfield's richest man and learn that despite all his power and money, he'll never be whole without Bobo, his favorite childhood teddy bear.
Treehouse of Horror IV - In this year's tricky triptych of terror, Bart presents three Halloween treats based on paintings in the "Fright Gallery".
Marge on the Lam - Marge spends some time with her neighbor, Ruth Powers, and the two find that they enjoy each other's company very much. Which, leads to Thelma and Louise proportions.
Bart's Inner Child - Homer and Marge are entranced by a charismatic self-help guru named Brad Goodman. While attending a Brad Goodman seminar with his parents, Bart is asked to appear on stage with the man himself and, as usual, misbehaves.
Boy-Scoutz 'N The Hood - Experimenting with a dangerous all-syrup Squishee, Bart and Milhouse get loopy and run around Springfield singing and having adventures. Waking up with a massive Squishee hangover, Bart remembers that he enlisted in the Junior Campers.
The Last Temptation of Homer - Homer finds he's falling in love with Mindy Simmons, the beautiful new engineer at the plant. Things only get worse when Homer and Mindy are sent to represent the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant at the National Energy Convention in Capital City.
$pringfield - When gambling is legalized in Springfield, Mr. Burns opens an extravagant casino on the boardwalk. Homer is hired as a blackjack dealer despite his counting difficulties and Marge finds herself drawn to the slots.
Homer the Vigilante - A cunning cat burglar named Molloy is robbing Springfield's citizens of their most prized possessions. Homer forms a citizens' watch group that winds up breaking more laws than they protect.
Bart Gets Famous - While working as Krusty the Clown's personal assistant, Bart accidentally steals the limelight when he knocks over a set on live TV and says four magic words: "I didn't do it".
Homer and Apu - After Homer eats tainted meat from the Kwik-E-Mart, Apu finds himself out of a job. As an apology to Homer, Apu moves in with the Simpsons and becomes their personal chef and valet.
Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy - After years of loving her Malibu Stacy doll, it begins to dawn on Lisa that her favorite toy sets a bad example for little girls. So, she begins to make a doll of her own.
Deep Space Homer - Homer and Barney are recruited to be NASA astronauts, so the organization will be more appealing to the common man.
Homer Loves Flanders - When Homer discovers that Ned Flanders has season football tickets, the two men begin spending a lot of time together. Homer takes a real liking to Ned, but Ned isn't so sure how he feels about his new best friend.
Bart Gets an Elephant - Bart wins first prize in a wacky radio contest and becomes the proud owner of a giant elephant he names Stampy.
Burns' Heir - Well into his eighth or ninth decade, Monty Burns realizes that he has no children and therefore no heir for his vast fortune. After an audition process in which every child in Springfield vies for the coveted position as Burns' kid.
Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song - Principal Skinner must learn to live without his beloved elementary school when Bart gets him fired. Ned Flanders is brought in to act as principal in Skinner's place.
The Boy Who Knew Too Much - In a case ripped right out of the headlines, Bart is the only witness when Mayor Quimby's ne'er-do-well nephew, Freddy, allegedly assaults a snooty French butler.
Lady Bouvier's Lover - Having already fallen hard for Marge, Mr. Burns now finds himself smitten with Marge's mother, Jacqueline Bouvier. Competing for the old lady's affection is Grandpa Simpson, who also thinks that she's the bee's arthritic knees.
Secrets of A Successful Marriage - Somehow Homer comes to teach an adult education class on how to have a successful marriage. Even stranger, he turns out to be pretty good at it, dispensing homespun advice that his students find useful. Although, in the end, he dispenses too much.
EXTRAS - We can always expect the great commentary, animatics, audio outtakes, commercials, featurettes and anything and everything else that relates to that season of Simpsons with plenty of Easter Eggs thrown in.
If you HAD to choose only ONE season of the Simpsons to get on DVD this HAS to be the one. This is Comedic Genius at its peak. This is a definite for all collections. Remember the finer points of the Simpsons with this pivotal set that oozes grace and social decour. Do what any person would do in this situation and pre-order this season RIGHT NOW! There's no buts about it.
Its worth the D'oh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I normally don't review until released, but..., November 16, 2004
I've seen all these episodes minus one, and I have to say that this is just about the best that The Simpsons has to offer. It contains such classic moments as Mr. Burns ordering the Rolling Stones killed after hearing a Ramones song, Barney telling David Crosby that he is his hero Not knowing he is a musician, Homer telling Lisa "that there may be a boogeyman or boogeymen in the house", and the classic episode where Homer sells his soul for a donut. Here is the breakdown of the discs:

Disc 1:

Homer's Barbershop Quartet

Cape Feare

Homer Goes to College


Treehouse of Horror IV

Disc 2:

Marge on the Lam

Bart's Inner Child

Boy-Scoutz N the Hood

The Last Temptation of Homer

$pringfield (the casino episode)

Homer The Vigilante

Disc 3:

Bart Gets Famous

Homer and Apu

Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy

Deep Space Homer

Homer Loves Flanders

Bart Gets an Elephant

Disc 4:

Burns' Heir

Sweet Seymour Skinner's Badasssss Song

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Lady Bouvier's Lover

Secrets of a Successful Marriage

This season is one that all Simpsons fans must get. Also to take another reviewers thoughts, I'm happy that this only took six months to release instead of an agonizing year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Simpsons - The Complete Fifth Season, November 30, 2004
I cannot wait until the fifth season finally comes out. I have boughten the first right up to the fourth seasons on DVD. I became addicted to the Simpsons in 1989 when I saw their Christmas special which I thought was hysterical! I knew that this show would do good later on. It sure has, on it's sixteenth season is a extremely difficult thing for an animated series to get up to. I like the classic episodes; they are the ones that are more funny in my opinion. The shows so far in the new season have been no exception and have been entertaining as well. Here are all the episodes in this season

"Homer's Barbershop Quartet" - September 30, 1993

"Cape Fear" - October 7, 1993

"Homer Goes To College" - October 14, 1993

"Rosebud" - 10/21/93

"Treehouse of Horror IV" - October 28, 1993

"Marge on the Lam" - November 4, 1993

"Bart's Inner Child" - November 11, 1993

"Boy-Scoutz 'N The Hood" - November 18, 1993

"The Last Temptation Of Homer" - December 9, 1993

"Springfield (Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)" - December 16, 1993

"Homer the Vigilante" - January 6, 1994

"Bart Gets Famous" - February 3, 1994

"Homer and Apu" - February 10, 1994

"Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy" - February 17, 1994

"Deep Space Homer" - February 14, 1994

"Homer Loves Flanders" - February 24, 1994

"Bart Gets An Elephant" - March 31, 1994

"Burn's Heir" - April 14, 1994

"Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song" - April 28, 1994

"The Boy Who Knew Too Much" - May 5, 1994

"Lady Bouvier's Lover" - March 12, 1994

"Secrets Of a Sucessful Marriage" - May 19, 1994

22 Episodes of fun! Buy The Simpsons: The Complete Fifth Season in December 04'!

Rock on Simpsons!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Holy Grail of Television, December 2, 2004
Max (Toronto, ON, Canada) - See all my reviews
No words can sum up season 5 of The Simpsons. The most brilliant show of all time (which many people will never truly understand until repeated viewings) at its culmination.

Held within this glorious box set are episode after episode after episode of non-stop laughter and pure hilarity. It is a tour de force to say the least. Groening and company outdid themselves here with some of the best pop-culture references seen in Simpsons history, which still amaze, even today.

From Bobo to the barbershop, Stampy to space cadets, clam chowder to Capitol City capers, and "I didn't do it" to the super squishy, these twenty-two episodes are arguably the greatest piece of television in it's history.

I can't recommend this highly enough. This is the best season of the Simpsons, and the best laughs money can buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Release Me from your Kung-Fu Grip, January 2, 2005
As I've made my way through the first five seasons on DVD, it is amazing how each season (at least up to this point) is better than the previous one. I didn't think Season Four could be topped until watching this latest DVD set. In this season, plot strands are often unresolved in service of wonderful jokes, references or parodies. In this season, The Simpsons become even more aware, within the confines of their animated series, of their place in popular culture, of their intersections with it, their complicity with it, and they totally revel in it. The most noteworthy things about this season are the increased usage of Montgomery Burns, who, in my opinion is the funniest character in the show, and the complete Neaderthalization of Homer Simpson (as noted by Conan O'Brien in one of the commentary tracks). So many of these shows were memorable, so if pressed, here are my picks for best episodes from each disc--

Disc One: Homer Goes to College (with apologies to Rosebud)

Disc Two: Homer the Vigilante

Disc Three: Bart Gets Famous (with apologies to Homer Loves Flanders)

Disc Four: Burn's Heir

The commentaries are, as usual, "Exxxxxcelllllennnt." Recommended for anybody interested in great television.
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