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Will we have Simpsons Season 15 before the end of DVDs?


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#21 of 37 OFFLINE   Matt`L

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Posted January 14 2004 - 08:33 AM

I know I said they get tedious earlier on in this thread; but that's probably because I try and get through them all at once. I'm sure if I watched one every now and then I'd get more out of it.

I definitely wasn't saying ditch the commentaries full-stop. Nor do I want 'barebones' discs. (Though, admittedly, at the moment the commentaries are the bulk of the extras). But the poster above me highlighted what I was feeling as well. Commentaries are all well and good, but not if it means we'll have the complete series by 2015.

#22 of 37 OFFLINE   Casey Trowbridg

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Posted January 14 2004 - 08:52 AM

I think a release similar to the King of the Hill sets would work wonderfully for the Simpsons. We got King of the Hill season 1 in July 2003, Season 2 in November 2003, and season 3 is set for the spring. Its not a extras filled set, but I don't buy these things for extras I buy them for episodes and the bonus material is just that a bonus. It is possible that we could have more KOTH releases come the end of this year than Simpsons releases even though the Simpsons started 2 years before KOTH on DVD. I'm sure that the KOTH people are pretty busy but the quality of those releases shows that it can be done.

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Posted January 14 2004 - 09:15 AM

The commentaries ARE A MUST!

As someone who has every single episode on VHS, the commentaries are about the only reason why I buy the DVDs. I've seen them all numerous times on tape & reruns. There are many, many people who already have all the episdoes, by the way. Sales would drop dramatically if they dumped the commentaries.

#24 of 37 OFFLINE   Jeff McMillan

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Posted January 14 2004 - 09:59 AM

I don't at all mind the pace at which they're releasing them myself. First of all, there's no way I'd be able to watch the sets any quicker. And I feel that it's good to get all of the commentaries done now for posterity sake, before all the talent pulls a "Seinfeld cast" and decides they need gazillions to add their input. I think 20 years from now, everyone will appreciate all of the effort made to make these special, when we're all watching these on Super Duper HD plus 3000 DVD.

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Posted January 14 2004 - 10:27 AM

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Posted January 14 2004 - 10:58 AM

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before all the talent pulls a "Seinfeld cast" and decides they need gazillions to add their input
More like "anything". In most cases there is zero compensation for particpating in a commentary.

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#27 of 37 OFFLINE   WillG

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Posted January 14 2004 - 11:01 AM

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We will not be droppin commentaries.


Peter Staddon from the 2002 chat regarding Simpsons releases.
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#28 of 37 OFFLINE   Casey Trowbridg

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Posted January 14 2004 - 11:22 AM

In that same chant he also said that In Living Color on DVD wasn't going to happen, things can change.

I don't care if the episodes have commentaries or not, I just don't want to be 37 before I have the complete run of the series.

#29 of 37 OFFLINE   Scott Ware

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Posted January 14 2004 - 11:26 AM

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By the way, The Family Guy cast and crew did commentaries for every episode -- even though commentaries showed up on only a few of the episodes. So that's not why it got released faster. As I understood it, most of the commentaries were cut for being just too explicit

Actually, I wouldn't be suprised if it was. The commentaries for Family Guy were recorded after the show had been canned. The cast and crew weren't working on anything when the commentaries were recorded, allowing all the commentaries to be recorded rather quickly. The reason for the hold up on The Simpsons is that most of the cast and crew still work on the show, so they only have time to record commentary for one season at a time.

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remember MG and others commenting how Bart never said Cowa-bunga and then in a different episode (this was season 1) there's Bart saying Cowa-bunga and they're commenting on this episode and don't point it out.

If you're refering to the episode "Bart Gets an F", Matt Groening DOES point it out. Go watch the episode again.

As much as I enjoy the commentaries, I'd gladly drop 'em if it would mean that the shows would be released faster.

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Posted January 14 2004 - 11:33 AM

I thought this, quoted from the first season set, is worth remembering:

"Welcome to the first of many deluxe overpriced DVD sets of The Simpsons. With 280-odd shows in the can and no end in sight, you might be able to complete your Simpsons DVD collection just before the next format comes along. Thanks for buying!"

#31 of 37 OFFLINE   Casey Trowbridg

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Posted January 14 2004 - 11:39 AM

Regarding what I said in my last post. The question that arose in this thread isn't whether or not Fox will drop the commentaries, it is whether or not Fox should consider dropping the commentaries, and look at other special features like minicommentaries or a seasonal documentary.

Whether they will or won't is not the main issue in this thread.

#32 of 37 OFFLINE   TedT

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Posted January 14 2004 - 12:00 PM

ok then, well I hope that FOX does NOT consider dropping the commentaries.

From what Matt Groening told me personally at the Comic-Con in '02, he said the delays are HIS fault, not Fox's. He wants commentaries and other features on the disks. He told me that Fox wants the disks to just come out as soon as they can press them.

#33 of 37 OFFLINE   WillG

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Posted January 14 2004 - 03:36 PM

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He wants commentaries and other features on the disks.


What an awful guy, Imagine the nerve to want to put out quality sets with extra features.

But seriously, I do enjoy the commentaries so I would miss them if they dropped them. They may not always have a wealth of info or they may be repeatitive, but they are usually pretty entertaining regardless. Still, I would also like a full length, Alien Quad style documentary about the show. Hope that happens some day.
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Posted January 14 2004 - 03:51 PM

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Actually, I wouldn't be suprised if it was. The commentaries for Family Guy were recorded after the show had been canned. The cast and crew weren't working on anything when the commentaries were recorded, allowing all the commentaries to be recorded rather quickly.

um, i don't think i buy this. are we supposed to believe that the hundredsd of people who worked on family guy, after getting fired, decided not to get new jobs? and just hang out recording dvd commentary tracks?
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Posted January 14 2004 - 04:04 PM

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I don't care if the episodes have commentaries or not, I just don't want to be 37 before I have the complete run of the series.

Exactly. At this rate, I won't have time to watch the final season when it does come out, what with being too busy watching the moon landing and all.

#36 of 37 OFFLINE   Casey Trowbridg

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Posted January 14 2004 - 04:19 PM

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If you're refering to the episode "Bart Gets an F", Matt Groening DOES point it out. Go watch the episode again.

Yes, in this episode, the first of season 2, he does point it out and is surprised to hear it in fact. But, there were a couple of commentaries from season 1 where they were talking about bootlegged murchandise and he made the cowa-bunga comment regarding how Bart never said it, but there was indeed an episode from season 1 where Bart does say it, I think its the tell tale head but I'm not sure.

You know, I'd gladly give up the commentaries for a seasonal documentary, but I wouldn't trade them off for nothing in return, I think the Simpsons commentaries are really fun if maybe sometimes they have a few too many people in the room (10 for Lisa the greek) but my favorites are actuall the Futurama commentaries, which have been in the can for a longer period of time.

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Posted January 14 2004 - 04:21 PM

Hmm, I've been watching Futurama season two recently and I've just now watched an episode with the commentary on. I have to say, it was actually pretty decent. The reason why I was initially a little 'turned off' in regards to Simpsons commentaries must have been because I tried to watch them all in a very short space of time. I guess I'll have to give them another shot to know for sure.

So, even though they're not always informative, they are still enjoyable. But still, it's ridiculous that they can't even bring out two sets a year; commentaries or not.


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