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The Simpsons - The Complete Fourth Season
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The Simpsons smartly subverts traditional family sitcom convention, but anyone who thinks the show doesn't have a heart is advised to watch "I Love Lisa" and "New Kid on the Block," two fourth-season gems that absolutely nail the agony and ecstasy of unrequited crushes ("You won't be needing this," a heartbroken Bart fantasizes his babysitter saying while dropkicking his heart into a wastebasket in "New Kid"). While the Simpsons' celebrated ensemble gets all the glory, we must pause now to praise the peerless writing staff, among them, George Meyer, Al Jean, Jon Vitti, John Swartzwelder, David Silverman, and Conan O'Brien. One can only marvel in astonishment at the alchemy that went into creating, week after week, such essential episodes as "Kamp Krusty," "Streetcar," the profane and profound "Homer the Heretic," and "Lisa the Beauty Queen" (And that's just disc 1!). The animators, too, rose to the occasion, particularly in "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie," with its dead-on, ultra-violent sinking of the seminal Disney cartoon, "Steamboat Willie." And another benchmark in The Simpsons' rise to the TV pantheon: Its very first clip show. What Homer says about donuts in "Monorail" holds true as well for The Simpsons itself: Is there anything this show can't do? --Donald Liebenson
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Kamp Krusty - After making a deal with Homer to get good grades in school, Bart and Lisa go away to Kamp Krusty, "The Krustiest Place on Earth!" While they're initially excited about their summer, they soon learn that Kamp Krusty is a run-down prison run by the tyrannical Mr. Black and his C.I.T. henchmen, Dolph, Kearney and Jimbo Jones.
A Streetcar Named Marge - Marge is cast in the role of Blanche DuBois in Oh! Streetcar, the musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire directed by the flamboyant Llewellyn Sinclair at the Springfield Community Center.
Homer the Heretic - One Sunday morning, Homer decides that he'd rather sleep late than go to church. Marge is disappointed, but doesn't argue with him. While home alone, Homer dances in his underwear, drinks waffle batter and loafs around watching TV.
Lisa the Beauty Queen - To help Lisa get over her insecurities about her looks, Homer enters her into the Little Miss Springfield Pageant.
Treehouse of Horror III - In this year's scarifying special, the Simpsons gather for a Halloween party and exchange ghost stories.
Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie - Every kid in the world waits with bated breath for the Itchy & Scratchy movie, but Bart is the only one who's not allowed to see it.Read more ›
Episodes included in this season are
Kamp Krusty (9/24/92)
A Streetcar Named Marge (10/1/92)
Homer the Heretic (10/8/92)
Lisa The Beauty Queen (10/15/92)
Treehouse of Horror III (10/29/92)
Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie (11/3/92)
Marge Gets a Job (11/5/92)
New Kid on the Block (11/12/92)
Mr. Plow (11/19/92)
Lisa's First Word (12/3/92)
Homer's Triple Bypass (12/17/92)
Marge vs. The Monorail (1/14/93)
Selma's Choice (1/21/93)
Brother From the Same Planet (2/4/93)
I Love Lisa (2/11/93)
Last Exit to Springfield (3/11/93)
So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show (4/1/93)
The Front (4/15/93)
Whacking Day (4/29/93)
Mage in Chains (5/6/93)
Krusty Gets Kancelled (5/13/93)
As well as all 22 episodes from the fourth season (1992-1993), the bonus material will consist of commentaries on each episode, an introduction by Matt Groening, a voiceover featurette with James L. Brooks, an Animation Showcase multi-angle feature, animatics, commercials, deleted scenes and more.
Each episode is presented in 1.33:1 full frame, as drawn, with English 5.1 Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround Sound and Spanish subtitles.
Using the same ranking criteria that I would use for the first three seasons, every episode would rank special mention. Therefore, I'll be a little more selective in what are the highlights of the highlights:
Last Exit to Springfield - Mr. Burns tries to cut the power plant employees' dental plan, so Homer leads them on strike after learning that Lisa needs braces. For my money, the greatest episode in the series (and for many others - it routinely wins "Best Episode Ever" polls).
Homer the Heretic - Homer starts his own religion after God appears to him in a dream.
Marge vs. the Monorail - Springfield is conned into buying a monorail in this Music Man parody. Leonard Nimoy makes the first of several memorable guest appearances.
Selma's Choice - After Homer gets food poisoning (in what is the funniest subplot in the series), Aunt Selma takes Lisa and Bart to Duff Gardens as a test drive to see how good a mother she'd be.
A Streetcar Named Marge - Marge and Ned star as Madge and Stanley in Oh! Streetcar! (The Musical). John Lovitz is brilliant as the obsessive director.Read more ›
Which brings us to the highlights of the season. "Kamp Krusty" beautifully subverts the traditional miserable summer camp milieu and pays tribute to "Lord of the Flies". Season 4 features some of Homer's greatest episodes including "Homer the Heretic", "Mr. Plow", "Duffless", and "Whacking Day". Fans are also treated to two of the best Simpsons' musical moments in "A Streetcar Named Marge" and "Marge vs. the Monorail".
The DVD's themselves continue to refine the major improvements witnessed in Season 3. As usual, color and sound are excellent, and episodes edited for syndication have been returned to their full length. New to this set is a series of on screen icons that appear during the episodes and allow links to deleted scenes, animatics, etc. While a little awkward, they represent a step forward in DVD extra content, and I fully expect they will be greatly improved upon in Season 5. In addition, all content is accessible from the DVD menus, so the icons need not be used at all.
Likewise, the extras are a nice step forward from the previous seasons. In particular, there are far more deleted scenes than in the prior sets.Read more ›
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One of the discs doesn't play, so that's annoying. I'd return it if I hadn't lost the liner pamphlet before I realized that disc didn't play.Published 1 month ago by C. Henry
Great show, wish they never stopped releasing the season DVDsPublished 3 months ago by Gustavo Mazzoleni
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