HTF REVIEW: The Simpsons Complete First Season Collector's Edition

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    The Simpsons First Season

    In 1989, history was made!
    Not since a decades earlier when The Flintsones
    became the first successful animated prime time
    program, has anything quite matched or surpassed
    what The Simpsons has become.
    And to think that Matt Groening, it's creator,
    hastily put together the first shorts just hours
    before presenting the idea to Fox television for
    inclusion on The Tracy Ullman Show. Groenig
    admits that the animations and storylines were
    originally crude because he had no idea exactly
    where he was taking his ideas. However, those
    shorts proved to be a hit on the Ullman show, and
    Fox, with their new emerging network, invested
    10 million dollars for 12-13 episodes that were
    sight unseen.
    Over 10 years later, The Simpsons is
    still growing strong.
    Though Fox Home Video is moving way too slowly
    in releasing their television product, it is
    nice to know that they are releasing their very
    BEST product. Next to X-FILES, there is no
    argument that The Simpsons had the most
    potential for DVD release.
    This DVD collection is presented in a handsome
    pull-out cardboard case that is considerably
    thinner than THE X-FILES case. The inner seleeve
    opens up into 4 sections that include the first
    13 episodes spread out over 3 DVDs. There is
    also a folder for what I believe will be an
    included booklet (my copy was a screener and
    had nothing in the pocket).
    Matt Groening provides a very humerous forward
    on one of the DVD case folds. "Welcome to the
    first of many deluxe overpriced DVD sets of
    The Simpsons", he adds. Very touching.
    I took a look at three specific episodes. The
    first was "Simpons Roasting on an open fire", the
    very first episode of the show. It's a terrific
    episode of Homer not receiving a bonus check from
    work and having to come up with money to pay for
    a family Christmas.
    Next up was the second episode, "Bart The Genius",
    which has America's most mischeavous kid cheating
    on a test and getting accepted at a school for
    gifted children. The gifted school is so proud
    that they hang Bart's picture next to Einstein's.
    The third episode I watched stands out as my
    favorite of the first season, "Krusty gets busted".
    Bart's dreams are shattered when his idol is
    robbing a convenience store. Can Bart save the day?
    As I sat watching these episodes, I was reminded
    as to why The Simpsons has taken the world
    by storm. It's an animated series that is
    intelligently written and extremely clever and
    humorous. It appeals to all levels of intellect
    from child to adult. The characters are memorable.
    Though the DVDs lack any clever animated menus,
    the quality of the transfers included in this set
    are very good. Picture and sound are terrific.
    There are bonus materials such as original scripts
    for each of the episodes that you can look at
    page by page. There is also a never-before-seen
    outtake of the final 1st season episode that although
    presented in raw form, gives a little insight into
    what goes into the making (or taking out) of an
    episode. For even more insight, there is a short
    documentary on America's first family with an
    interview by Matt Groening. It's fascinating to
    learn how this show went from a rough draft to
    becoming the most successful animated cartoon
    series in television history. You'll also like
    the fact that the family characters were all
    named after someone in Matt's own family.
    This is a series that everyone will want to
    pick up. I am quite amazed that even for
    the first season (which people say is not as
    good as later seasons), I was chuckling to myself
    throughout. Clearly, in this first season, you
    can see why everyone fell head-over-heels with
    The Simpsons. Be warned: buy this set
    and be prepared to buy more!
    Release Date: September 25th
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  2. Scott Weinberg

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    Gee, thanks Ron! Like we weren't already salivating for this set already! Let me know what you think of the camping episode. I forget the title but I'm certain that it was a Season 1 episode. (The used-trailer salesman's dialogue was my first clue that this show would be brilliant.)
    Thanks for the early scoop and feel free to mail me that screener whenever you like. [​IMG]
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  3. Matt Giggey

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    Did you listen to any of the commentaries?
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  4. Tom Ryan

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    Scott: That episode is called "The Call Of The Simpsons", it's Episode 7 of Season 1 so it ought to be on the upcoming set.
    -Tom
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    I can't believe that you would give this stuff such a positive review. I have been a human for all of my life and I can promise you humans do not look at all like these poorly animated creatures and their actions are offensive to me as well. [​IMG]
    Just trying to keep this thread in the same spirit as the DRIVEN review [​IMG]
    Seriously I love THE SIMPSONS and can't wait to get my hands on this. Thanks for the review.
     
  6. John_McKittrick

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    Ok guys I have a confession to make. I have never seen The Simpsons. So this will be my inaugural set. All the hype got to me and I decided to take the plunge. But, will The Simpsons compare to South Park??
    Can't wait for the set. And for $26.97 at DeepDiscountDVD you can't go wrong.
    John
     
  7. Matt Giggey

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    The Simpsons is without a doubt the greatest television show of all time. Many people don't like the first season because the animation and voice acting weren't up to par, and of course the characters weren't fully developed. And the show should have been cancelled after season 9 (although many would debate that) because there are only so many things they could do before they started with the ridiculous, non-sensical episodes where the shows are simply a collection of one-liners and the characters act in ways completely unlike their true nature.
    But at its peak, it was easily the funniest, most intelligent, brilliantly satirical show ever. I watch SP pretty religiously, and it doesn't even deserve to be mentioned anywhere near The Simpsons. (And don't let the bit about the first season scare you off; definite must buy).
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    Never thought I'd see the day that a television show called the Simpsons would come out on shiny CD-sized disks [​IMG] . I'm looking foward to this set.
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    The simpsons is great, I'm really looking foward to this set. What about the audio is it any good?
    -Keith-
     
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    John: as far as shock value goes, The Simpsons isn't anything like South Park. It has its racy moments, but usually keeps it mostly family-oriented. They are both, however, sharp and witty satires, full of great jokes and characters in every episode. I think if you like South Park, you will like The Simpsons.
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    Cool! I needed a new demo disc! [​IMG]
    And, sadly, this set will push my system to its limits.
     
  13. Carlo Medina

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    I sure hope WB pays attention to how a TV show should be brought to DVD...by seasons!
    I will definitely be picking this set up, as well as all subsequent season-sets of The Simpsons on DVD. I won't be picking up the Friends' Best of...
    Come on, Warner, do TV shows right! And thank you Fox for starting this wonderful collection off right.
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    Count me in the camp that considers The Simpsons the greatest TV show of all time. It's not really even close, IMHO. I'd place the vintage Andy Griffith Show and maybe All In the Family in the same ballpark, but the sheer number of times The Simpsons has made me laugh cannot even be charted. It is a work of genius, even counting some of the more less-than-stellar recent moments ("Kill The Alligator and Run", anyone?). When its bad lately it can be cringe-inducing, but it often still reaches the highs of the past, as far as I'm concerned. I kind of enjoy the anti-comedy, self-parody bent of some of the recent episodes.
    While I agree that Season 1 is not quite up to par with later years (but still intermittently great), the show quickly finds its stride in Season 2. My opinion is that from "Bart The Daredevil" on through, say "Who Shot Mr. Burns Pt 2", the show was at a creative high point unmatched by any other piece of pop culture that I can name. Many many thanks to Fox (and Peter S of course) for doing this show RIGHT! I will buy every season without batting an eye. The commentaries are something I never thought we'd get, and it's so greatly appreciated.
     
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    Thanks for the review Ron! I've accumulated 22 tapes of the Simpsons over the years, many through syndication. I am thrilled that these will all be uncut, since the syndicated versions chop scenes to add commercials. I enjoy season one, but my personal faves are 2-5. These sets can't get here soon enough.
     
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    Wow, I can't wait to get my grubby little mitts on this one.
    Don
     
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    I can't wait for this set! I'm looking forward to the blackboard scene at the beginning of each episode (seems like 4 out of 5 times it's cut on the repeats!). There have been some real classic one liners over the years just in that segment alone!
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    Back in july or somewhere around there when this was announced I never thought that September would come. It finally has and I couldn't be more thrilled. This set sounds great and count me in for a person who thinks The Simpsons is easily the greatest TV Show ever. Warner take this as advice that you need to release friends season-by-season on dvd. Peace
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    Damn that Ron is a lucky guy!! I can't wait to get my grubby little hands on this set!! With all these kick azz
    releases coming within the next two months, I just find
    my self wishing my life away [​IMG]
     
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    I totally agree with what Matt G (Giggey, not Groening) said about the show and the seasons. [​IMG]
    Definitely looking forward the the dvd's. In my circle of friends, I'm the biggest Simpsons fan - though I wouldn't call myself a "fanatic". (Does having 20+ tapes of episodes in EP count?)
     

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