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The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season
The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season
DVD ~ Dan Castellaneta
Offered by OMydeals
Price: CDN$ 58.26
24 used & new from CDN$ 8.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Great episodes, cool features, March 29 2004
As many other reviewers have already listed the episodes available on the third season DVDs, I will try to break down various aspects of the volumes to tell you what works well and what doesnt work so well...
Picture, sound quality: 5/5. The animation looks really sharp on this collection, as in previous releases. Fox takes its time releasing episodes, but it shows in all the work that went into the drawing and animation.
Interactive menus: 4/5. I was annoyed at the menu interface for the season 2 DVDs, due to repetition and time-wasting, but this collection is much better. Every disc plays a different set of randomly-selected segues when moving from the main title (a background of the Simpsons family on the couch) to the episode selection menu. They are quick (good), often humorous (good), and in total there are probably over 20 different scenes (very good.) It is like having additional chalkboard or couch scenes that open every episode. They have also added humorous backgrounds to language selection and subtitle menus- check em out!
Easter eggs: 4/5. The DVDs contain added features that are not listed on the packaging or menus: still photos, additional audio tracks, etc. For example, on the episode "Homer Alone" you can use your remote control to see penciled sketches of Homer, Bart, and Maggie.
Audio commentary: 4/5. The commentaries are good, always featuring Matt Groening, Mike Reiss, the writers and actors, and others. My only complaint is that they lowered the episode volume so much that it can be difficult to follow the story if you are not already familiar with the episode.
Episodes: 6/5. One of the all-time great seasons for the Simpsons. A huge number of must-see shows, including Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington, Emmy-nominated Radio Bart, Lisa the Greek, Flaming Moe's, and others. Great guest stars too, plenty of Phil Hartman as Troy McClure.
Overall: 5/5. A must-have for any Simpsons fan!

Get Your War On
Get Your War On
by David Rees
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.96
39 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

2.0 out of 5 stars Poor presentation of fantastic material, Feb. 9 2003
This review is from: Get Your War On (Paperback)
First of all, Get Your War On is hilarious. I think anyone who would consider buying this book already knows that. You should be interested in how the book looks, how it reads, its physical presence, and so forth. As far as that goes, the book is sub-par.
Each comic is presented on its own separate page. Since it was sent to the publisher a while ago, this also means that there isnt very much material... only a few weeks worth. So about half of the current online content is missing from the book. Since there are so many pages and so little content, it doesnt develop the same flow as the multi-strip pages on the web site. You'd probably be better off printing out the strips yourself, and putting it together. Now, part of the cost of the book does benefit the Afghan landmine removal campaign, but if you feel bad aboout it, you could always donate money directly to them.
Hilarious comics, but not a good book.

The Simpsons: The Complete Second Season
The Simpsons: The Complete Second Season
DVD ~ Dan Castellaneta
Offered by The Digital Vault
Price: CDN$ 46.77
21 used & new from CDN$ 9.92

5.0 out of 5 stars The "General Sherman" of Simpson DVD collections, Aug. 12 2002
I am a huge fan of the Simpsons, and I especially enjoyed seasons 2-5, so of course I think this is an outstanding collection.
All the episodes from season 2 are here in their original form, meaning they have extra scenes that were cut for syndication. The video and audio are outstanding, as one would expect from DVD. In addition to the episodes, there are a bunch of special features and clips, including music videos, an interview with James L. Brooks and Matt Groening, and the Simpsons Emmy appearance. Better still, each episode has additional audio tracks, including commentary by the directors, writers, Groening, and other Simpsons honchos. I bought the set for the episodes, but the commentary tracks are interesting enough to warrant occasional viewing.
Season 2 has the greatest number of the definitive Simpsons episodes: Treehouse of Horror, Bart Gets Hit by a Car, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Three Men and a Comic Book... the list goes on and on. These are the first episodes for Lionel Hutz, Dr. Nick Riviera, the comic book store guy... it doesnt get much better. The only problem with the DVD set is the annoying menu interface when you first start each disc.
The outstanding video and audio quality, along with a plethora of added features, make this DVD collection a must-own for new and old Simpsons fans alike.

Vegetables From Amaranth To Zucchini: 500 Recipes 275 Photographs
Vegetables From Amaranth To Zucchini: 500 Recipes 275 Photographs
by Elizabeth Schneider
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 49.77
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for satisfying curiousity, but recipes are lacking, July 31 2002
I worked in the produce department of an upscale supermarket for several years, so I feel like I know a few things about fruits and vegetables. However, this book has more information about exotic (and some not-so-exotic) vegetables than I could have imagined. The descriptions, the histories, and the photos of veggies are all outstanding. Elizabeth Schneider writes with a lot of enthusiasm, and after reading for only a short time, you will want to go out, buy the vegetables, and start cooking and eating!
The problem is that the recipes included in the book dont always match the quality of the descriptions. I've tested a handful of them, all for different vegetables, and the final dishes just didnt turn out well. They were all okay, but a couple just seemed, well, bland, and a couple others tended to be dominated by one seasoning (white pepper, for example.) Not that this was a huge problem, and you could easily tweak the recipes yourself, but I guess the quality of the rest of the book led me to expect more. And since about half of the book IS recipes, it was a little disappointing. Since the vegetables are uncommon, they often arent included in other cookbooks.
Overall, though, I liked the book, and one of the best things I've found is that it's made me more likely to experiment with the vegetables, outside the context of a prepared recipie, since Schneider gives general preparation and storage tips for all her entries.
Her other book, which deals with both fruits and vegetables, is older and consequently has some entries that deal with more common produce. I'd recommend that book too, if you're looking for something geared towards guiding you through the supermarket.

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