The Simpsons - The Complete Seventh Season
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Season 7 of this beloved animated series includes the famous "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" episode and Tree House of Horror VI. Chock full of extras, this season is a tremendous asset to any DVD collection
One of the hallmark seasons of The Simpsons, season 7 features some of the strongest episodes produced during the shows run. Considering that this is The Simpsons were talking about here, thats saying a lot, but this collection deserves the accolades.
Broadcast in 1995, season seven features several signature episodes, including Part II of "Who Shot Mr. Burns," "Bart Sells His Soul," and "Two Bad Neighbors" where former President George Herbert Walker Bush moves into the neighborhood (an episode gamely playing on the former Presidents open dislike for the show). One of The Simpsonss most definitive episodes, "Treehouse of Horror VI" famously broke the third wall by using the then-groundbreaking CGI technology to render Homer first in a 3-D world, then in real life, (despite the evolution in his form, he naturally ends up in an erotic cake shop). As the producers openly note on the commentary, it was a big deal at the time, and super expensive, which is why they could only do a few minutes of footage in CGI (some fans will particularly enjoy the revealing commentary on this one, as the producers explain the many visual puns and math jokes appearing in the background of the 3-D world). Its a great example of how The Simpsons continued to play with its visual style and take creative risks years into its run. In fact, one of the best episodes on this collection, "The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular" proves just how far the look and style of the show really came during that time. Hosted by actor Troy McClure (voiced by the late comic great Phil Hartman), it presents never-before-seen outtakes and original footage from the shows debut days on The Tracey Ullman Show, while taking a few self-referential digs at show creators Matt Groening, James Brooks, and Sam Simon. Other gems include "Homerpalooza" where Homer thanks guests The Smashing Pumpkins for their gloomy music because it has made his kids "stop wishing for a future I cant possibly provide," and "Bart the Fink" where Bart inadvertently gets Krusty the Klown busted for tax "avoision."
Along with the 25 episodes there are extensive commentaries, featurettes, and deleted scenes all of which add immense value to the set and will give die-hard fans another excuse to spend more hours in front of the TV. Its another benchmark collection from a show that, up to this point, doesnt seem to know its own limits. --Dan VanciniSee all Editorial Reviews
- Deleted scenes
- Deleted Scenes Gallery with optional commentary.
- Super Illustrated Color Commentary: Summer of 4 Ft. 2
- Special Language Feature 4 extra languages in 2.0 Audio: on episode 22 Short Films About Springfield: Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, & German
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I'm currently almost 22 years old and still love them, that tells you how the simpsons is for all ages. While I won't willingly watch a dvd (I know all the episodes, all the jokes, in english, spanish and even the audio commentaries) I still watch them on TV, since (at least where I'm from) they're on almost all the time. I still enjoy them.
This I think might be my favourite season. It has that great simpsons balance of comedy and emotion (Which is totally lost in recent seasons)
The packaging is great, with all the information you need and awesome design. Has extras including Audio Commentaries for all episodes, which I always find entertaining.
Season 7 occurred during the golden age of the show, when the writers' wit was at its sharpest. I can't think of a bad episode in the whole season, and many memorable lines came from this year, including Chief Wiggum's response to Homer in WSMB: "That's what they all say. They all say 'D'oh!'". Also, it's amazing how much stuff is cut out for syndication. Even if you've seen every episode on TV, it's worth it to buy this set to see what was cut.
So far, I've only listened to one commentary, the one on "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" (as you can see, I am a big fan of those two episodes). While the commentary for part one was amazing, and this one was still good, it wasn't as good as I was hoping. Still, it was fun to hear about how they had to declare a winner to the contest (you'll know what I'm talking about if you listen to the commentary in both episodes) even though no one got the answer right.
This is another great Simpsons set that every fan should own.
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