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The Simpsons Gone Wild


Picture: C     Audio: B-     Extras: D     Episodes Overall: A-



In between season set releases of The Simpsons, the good people over at 20th Century Fox have been kind enough to release single-disc compilation DVDs of the show.  Usually they have a common theme that warrants them being altogether on the same disc.  The Simpsons Gone Wild brings four episodes together that share the common theme of, well, going wild.  Included on the set are season one’s “Homer’s Night Out,” season ten’s “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday,” season eleven’s “The Mansion Family,” and season thirteen’s “Homer the Moe.”  As to the extent of all being truly “wild,” the levels of wildness vary between each episode.  The episodes are wonderful.  Granted that three of the four episodes are from the surrealistic Mike Scully era, they are still good episodes.  Mike Scully was an executive producer/show-runner of The Simpsons for several years and the bulk of his episodes had surrealistic tendencies that many fans (myself included) believe took away from the greatness the show once possessed.


The video is presented in its original 1.33:1 full screen aspect ratio.  Unfortunately, FOX doesn’t spend as much time cleaning up the images for these compilation DVDs as they do for the season sets.  Since “Homer’s Night Out” is from Season One, its colors are considerably more muted and faded when compared to the episodes from the more recent seasons.  The colors on the other three episodes look fantastic.  They are rich in color and solid throughout.  That’s it for the good part, though.  The video quality suffers from several of the same problems on all the episodes.  There are many instances where flecks of dirt and dust are present.  Several of the black lines suffer from breaks and rigidness.  There’s also a fair amount of haloing and fuzziness around the edges.  The only other problem is the occasional blurriness, but it’s not as bad as all the other problems.


The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Surround and you can choose either English, French, or Spanish.  Subtitles are also available in English or Spanish.  All in all, it sounds really good.  Audio levels are good, with no scratchiness or any garbling.  It sounds exactly like it does on the show, which is nice.  Season sets in the past have traditionally included at least an English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround mix, but it looks like Fox just wanted to get this set out quickly.


The only extra on the set is a featurette entitled “Krusty The Clown: King of Comedy.”  It’s a shame too, because any Simpsons fan should know it’s supposed to be Krusty the Klown, with a “K.”  Running 2 minutes 30 seconds, it’s a compilation from various episodes of various Krusty moments that whoever put this together deemed to be Krusty’s finest moments.  Personally, I would pick much better ones than the ones that were chosen.  The real drawback is how annoying it gets.  After each clip, there is one of those “Applause” boxes that flashes and little kids screaming “Yay!”  They should have just transitioned from one clip to the next without the little segue.


Since it will be a while until seasons ten, eleven, and thirteen will be released, it’s nice to know Fox still has the fan in mind and tries to keep them satisfied with releases of more of the recent episodes.  However, the could do a better job on the quality on these sets to show they really care about the fan and that they aren’t just slapping together a compilation DVD to make a quick buck.



-   Antonio Lopez – The Simpsons Geek


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