The Simpsons: Season 5
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The entire fifth season of the animated television show, The Simpsons.
Release Date: 15-AUG-2006
Media Type: DVD
Sixteen seasons (and counting) of pop culture-rocking brilliance, the first four of which have already been gloriously archived on DVD. But in the words of Krusty the Clown: What has The Simpsons done for me lately? Well, how about all 22 episodes of season 5, each accompanied by commentary, deleted scenes, and other encyclopedic extras that hopelessly devoted Simpsons fans crave, no, demand? Season 5 is perhaps not as classics-packed as the third and fourth seasons, but no self-respecting Simpsons fan should be without the episodes "Homer's Barbershop Quartet," featuring George Harrison, "Cape Feare," one of Sideshow Bob's (and guest voice Kelsey Grammer's) finest half-hours, "Rosebud," "Springfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)," and "Bart Gets Famous," with the Springfield-sweeping catchphrase "I didn't do it." Plus, the star power this season is impressive: Michelle Pfeiffer as Homer's comely, donut-loving co-worker in "The Last Temptation of Homer," Albert Brooks as a self-help guru who unleashes "Bart's Inner Child," Kathleen Turner as the creator of Malibu Stacy in "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy," and, as themselves, the Ramones ("Rosebud"), James Woods ("Homer and Apu"), Buzz Aldrin ("Deep Space Homer"), and even Robert Goulet ("Springfield").
But it is the writers and the core ensemble cast who exhibit, to quote "Deep Space Homer," "the right... What's that stuff?" Series milestones include the first appearance of yokel Cletus in "Bart Gets an Elephant," and Maggie's infant nemesis, The Baby with One Eyebrow in "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Badasssss Song," which also happens to be The Simpsons' 100th episode. Add in a very good "Treehouse of Horror" episode, (which outs Ned Flanders as the Devil and Marge as the head vampire), and one Emmy-nominated musical extravaganza ("Who Needs the Quick-E-Mart" from "Homer and Apu"), and you have a Simpsons season that's not just great, it's DVD-box-set great. --Donald Liebenson
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This season has more episodes (great ones too) based on Homer. Episodes such as "Deep Space Homer" Homer Simpson an astronaut!?... Why not! Add it to his long listed resume of jobs. "Homer the Vigilante" A crime spree hits Springfield with dozens of burglaries by the cat burglar. This causes Flanders to form a meeting to organize a neighborhood watch and of course, Homer ends up the leader of the group with the power going to his head. "Homer goes to College" Yup, Homer gets to live up the party frat guy life! or so he thinks as he has been influenced a bit too much by college party movies. "Secrets to a Successful Marriage" Homer a teacher for a successful marriage class? Oh the things we'll learn! There are a few more, but it's clear to see that Homer is main dude now which I have absolutely no problem with! I love Homer!
Special features contain commentaries for all episodes, audio outtakes, original sketches, deleted scenes, commercials featuring The Simpsons, animation showcases, "A Look Back" featurette with James L. Brooks, and an introduction by Matt Groening. This season is great for Homer fans especially. It will have you shouting "Whoo-Hooo!" Well it did for me! If you get this, enjoy your Simpsons season 5 set! Mmmmm..... Siiiiimpsons!
Many of the special features are, I'm sure, not very accessible to blind folks like myself, however I did discover that my DVD player's remote features a button that allows me to instantly switch between the available audio tracks on a given DVD (I'm sure most do but it was still kinda neat), so I was able to listen to the fascinating and often hilarious commentary on each episode. Whereas only one voice actor came in to do commentary on an episode in Season 4, that being Hank Azaria,, most of the voice cast returns in this season to talk about A FEW EPISODES. Harry Shearer is once again absent (I wanna find out which character of his comes close to his normal voice), as are Julie Kavner and Nancy Cartwright. It's still quite fascinating to hear however, particularly when Homer Simpson welcomes you to the commentary for Boyscouts 'N the Hood. In short, The Simpsons season 5 is four disks of nostalgia packaged in a nice rectangular box for your enjoyment. If you're a true fan you should definitely own this set. I imagine I'll buy up to season 10, which is where I feel the series started to lose its direction and came to rely too much on guest voices. It doesn't totallyy suck now but certainly there are nowhere near as many episodes worth watching as once their were.
If this is your first look into The Simpsons, I think it would still be worth buying. Although, I would recommend starting at season 1 and going from there.
The commentaries for this season are fantastic to listen to. They also have great guests that will pop on for a commentary as well. Those guests are usually ones that did voices on the show.
I bought this season at $14.99 from amazon and you just can't go wrong with that price even if you are a fan or only just giving The Simpsons a try.
Worth every penny!