Whew! After the 20th season debacle, I thought it was all over.
In the 14th season DVD, there is commentary on every episode. Though only four episodes have Matt Groening, each episode has at least seven people commenting with one episode containing 12. Guests Joe Mantegna, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Tony Hawk, Mark Hoppus, Scott Thompson and David Byrne join the regular writers, animators, directors and cast during the commentaries. In fact, there are noticeably more visits from the cast in these commentaries (no Harry Shearer or Julie Kavner, though).
While the storylines and jokes may be a tad weaker, the 14th season is the first season to utilize digital animation and coloring, abandoning cels, ink and paint, so the overall LOOK of the show is different, probably better and crisper.
Homer also is stupider than in previous season with some gags falling flat, making one wonder if Homer is too stupid/less funny in this season. However, remember that in season 14 Homer died in the first episode when he was first over the cliff chasing the giant donuts hanging from the helicopters. The Homer in the rest of the episodes is a clone. That is how I am rationalizing the ultrastupidity of Homer this season.
Also, the usual deleted scenes and animation showcases are here. The menus are formatted the same as the last few collections with menu animations worth sitting through their entirety before they loop. In other words, it's the same comfortable format fans of the DVD sets have been used to and sorely missed in the 20th season DVD set.
If you are a collector of all the seasons, then do not hesitate with season 14. Just pretend that the 20th season set didn't happen.
If you hate the "accordion" packaging of seasons 11-13, you'll hate this packaging, too. It's the same.
Life is back to normal.