- Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer
- Directors: Carlos Baeza, David Silverman, Jeffrey Lynch, Jim Reardon, Mark Kirkland
- Writers: Adam I. Lapidus
- Format: Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
- Language: English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 4
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Fox Video (Canada) Limited
- Release Date: June 15 2004
- Run Time: 506 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 131 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0001Z3IPS
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The Simpsons: The Complete Fourth Season (Bilingual) [Import]
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By its fourth season, The Simpsons had come far enough where Lisa could make a self-referential joke about Dustin Hoffman and Michael Jackson's pseudonymous guest voice appearances in seasons 2 and 3, respectively. In this season, no less than Elizabeth Taylor (in two episodes), Bette Midler, and even the reclusive Johnny Carson blessed The Simpsons with their iconic presences. Awhile back, Entertainment Weekly ranked The Simpsons' Top 25 best episodes ever. Five gems from season 4 cracked the top 12, including the (debatable) choice for No. 1, "Last Exit to Springfield." Other episodes that loom large in the Simpsons legend are "Mr. Plow" (you know the jingle: "Call Mr. Plow / That's my name / That name again is Mr. Plow"), "Marge vs. the Monorail," featuring a Music Man-style extravaganza, and "A Streetcar Named Marge," the episode that outraged New Orleans residents, who heard their fair metropolis referred to as "a city that the damned call home."
The Simpsons smartly subverts traditional family sitcom convention, but anyone who thinks the show doesn't have a heart is advised to watch "I Love Lisa" and "New Kid on the Block," two fourth-season gems that absolutely nail the agony and ecstasy of unrequited crushes ("You won't be needing this," a heartbroken Bart fantasizes his babysitter saying while dropkicking his heart into a wastebasket in "New Kid"). While the Simpsons' celebrated ensemble gets all the glory, we must pause now to praise the peerless writing staff, among them, George Meyer, Al Jean, Jon Vitti, John Swartzwelder, David Silverman, and Conan O'Brien. One can only marvel in astonishment at the alchemy that went into creating, week after week, such essential episodes as "Kamp Krusty," "Streetcar," the profane and profound "Homer the Heretic," and "Lisa the Beauty Queen" (And that's just disc 1!). The animators, too, rose to the occasion, particularly in "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie," with its dead-on, ultra-violent sinking of the seminal Disney cartoon, "Steamboat Willie." And another benchmark in The Simpsons' rise to the TV pantheon: Its very first clip show. What Homer says about donuts in "Monorail" holds true as well for The Simpsons itself: Is there anything this show can't do? --Donald Liebenson
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The video quality itself is far from perfect but apparently this is the best we can expect from the 90s show.
I notice interlacing issue sometime. Tried to play with video setting of DVD-player and TV, the issue persists with the disk; didn't notice that with other non-Simpsons disks. Not sure if it is disk or player/TV issue though.
1) Kamp Krusty - Bart leads a revolt at Krusty's summer camp
2) A Streetcar Named Marge - Jon Lovitz guest stars as the director of the musical "Oh, Streetcar!"
3) Homer the Heretic - Homer discovers the benefits of skipping church
4) Lisa the Beauty Queen - a junior pageant sponsored by Laramie Cigarettes
5) Treehouse of Horror III - includes an evil Krusty doll, Homer as King Kong, and some zombies
6) Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie - Homer punishes bart (other than by strangling him)
7) Marge Gets a Job - at the power plant, and Mr. Burns falls for her (features Troy McClure hosting "The Half-assed Approach to Foundation Repair", and Smithers kidnapping Tom Jones)
6) New Kid on the Block - girl of Bart's dreams is stolen by Jimbo (features a great prank call to Moe's)
7) Mr. Plow - a classic episode - Homer and Barney compete as snow plow operators
8) Lisa's First Word - continuing the trend of flash-back episodes that provide Simpsons history (featuring Elizabeth Taylor as the voice of Maggie)
9) Homer's Triple Bypass - Homer tries to save money by going to Dr. Nick for surgery
10) Marge vs. the Monorail - con-man sells Springfield a monorail, and Homer is the driver
11) Selma's Choice - Selma goes on a date with Hans Moleman, later takes Simpson Kids to Duff Gardens (also features Homer's beloved 10-foot sub sandwich)
12) Brother from the Same Planet - Bart and Homer abuse the "Big Brothers" program
13) I Love Lisa - Ralph Wiggum reads too much into a valentine from Lisa
14) Duffless - after a tour of the Duff Brewery leads to a drunk driving arest, Homer promises to quit driking for a month
15) Last Exit to Springfield - Homer becomes a union boss (includes a scene where Burns parodies the Grinch)
16) So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show - some new, some old - centers around Bart's April Fools prank that nearly kills Homer
17) The Front - Bart and Lisa use Grandpa's identity to submit "Itchy and Scratchy" scripts
18) Whacking Day - a Springfield annual tradition of clubbing snakes
19) Marge in Chains - Marge spends time in jail for accidentally shoplifting, and the Simpsons home is a shambles without her
20) Krusty Gets Kancelled - loaded with guest stars (Johnny Carson, Bette Midler, Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Sideshow" Luke Perry) and still manages to be a very funny episode
Kamp Krusty - Bart and Lisa go to Kamp Krusty, where it turns out to be a living nightmare. Bart eventually takes the helm.
A Streetcar Named Marge - Marge joins a play; while Maggie is on her own adventure in a daycare facility.
Homer the Heretic - Homer takes joy in skipping church. After a house fire where Ned saves him, Homer goes back, only to fall asleep.
Lisa the Beauty Queen - Lisa, by default, wins the title of Little Miss Springfield.
Treehouse of Horror III - Toy Krusty doll terrorizes Homer; Homer is King Kong; Zombies attack Springfield.
Itchy and Scratchy the Movie - Bart gets in trouble and Homer denies Bart viewing the long awaited film.
Marge Gets a Job - Mr. Burns is forced to hire a woman, so Marge takes the job.
New Kid on the Block - Bart falls in love with a girl that moves in, only to have his heart ripped out.
Mr. Plow - Homer starts his own snow plowing business, only to be toppled by Barney, the Plow King.
Lisa's First Word - A flashback episode, where Lisa says her first word.
Homer's Triple Bypass - Homer needs surgery, and tries to tell his kids about it.
Marge vs the Monorail - One of my favorites this season, a monorail system comes to Springfield, only to have disasters.
Selma's Choice - Selma wants kids, and when Homer eats a gross sandwich and is sidelined from a trip to Duffland, Selma steps in to take Bart and Lisa.
Brother From the Same Planet - Bart and Homer join the Bigger Brother program.
I Love Lisa - Valentine's Day rolls around and Lisa takes pity on Ralph who doesn't get anything. Then, Ralph tries to win her heart.
Duffless - Homer gives up beer for a month and Bart trashes Lisa's science fair project; a big tomato.
Last Exit to Springfield - Mr. Burns removes the dental plan, but Lisa needs braces. Dental Plan! Lisa needs braces. Dental Plan! Lisa needs braces.
So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show - Bart rigs a beer can by mixing it with a paint mixer, and Homer is put into a coma. Then, Marge recalls events with Homer.
The Front - Bart and Lisa use Grampa Simpson's name to get their cartoons made.
Whacking Day - Springfield sets to kill snakes, while Lisa tries to find a way to help her slithery friends.
Marge in Chains - Marge is in prison for stealing alcohol.
Krusty Gets Kancelled - Gabbo takes the TV spotlight from Krusty. Bart sets out to can Gabbo.
This is a great season to add to your collection!
The Box Isn't Even A Sliding Box, It Has A Lip Like An Actual Box On Both Ends.
The Plastic Disc Holders Don't Hold The Discs Properly, My Discs Are Always Falling Out. The Paper On The Back Of The Box Was WAY Off Center, I Pulled Off And Glued Back On.
THE WORST PART, You CANNOT Watch The Discs Thoroughly. You Have To Watch 1 Episode At A Time. There Is No "Watch All" Button.
THESE ARE TOTAL RIPOFFS!
I'm Ashamed Amazon.ca Is Actually Selling These! :(
Yes. This is the funniest season released so far. Keep it comin' boys!
(just checking to see how many of you people really read these things)
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