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The Simpsons: The Complete Seventh Season
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Simpsons Season 7 will be offered in 2 collectible packages. The first is a limited edition molded pack in the shape of Marge Simpson's head, and is the next in a line of collectible molded character packages that began with Homer Simpson in Season 6. The second package will be available at street date and on an on-going basis, and is in the same format as the Simpsons Season 1-5 digipacks. Package selection and mix is at the discretion of each account.
One of the hallmark seasons of The Simpsons, season 7 features some of the strongest episodes produced during the shows run. Considering that this is The Simpsons were talking about here, thats saying a lot, but this collection deserves the accolades.
Broadcast in 1995, season seven features several signature episodes, including Part II of Who Shot Mr. Burns, Bart Sells His Soul, and Two Bad Neighbors where former President George Herbert Walker Bush moves into the neighborhood (an episode gamely playing on the former Presidents open dislike for the show). One of The Simpsonss most definitive episodes, Treehouse of Horror VI famously broke the third wall by using the then-groundbreaking CGI technology to render Homer first in a 3-D world, then in real life, (despite the evolution in his form, he naturally ends up in an erotic cake shop). As the producers openly note on the commentary, it was a big deal at the time, and super expensive, which is why they could only do a few minutes of footage in CGI (some fans will particularly enjoy the revealing commentary on this one, as the producers explain the many visual puns and math jokes appearing in the background of the 3-D world). Its a great example of how The Simpsons continued to play with its visual style and take creative risks years into its run. In fact, one of the best episodes on this collection, The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular proves just how far the look and style of the show really came during that time. Hosted by actor Troy McClure (voiced by the late comic great Phil Hartman), it presents never-before-seen outtakes and original footage from the shows debut days on The Tracey Ullman Show, while taking a few self-referential digs at show creators Matt Groening, James Brooks, and Sam Simon. Other gems include Homerpalooza where Homer thanks guests The Smashing Pumpkins for their gloomy music because it has made his kids stop wishing for a future I cant possibly provide, and Bart the Fink where Bart inadvertently gets Krusty the Klown busted for tax avoision.
Along with the 25 episodes there are extensive commentaries, featurettes, and deleted scenes all of which add immense value to the set and will give die-hard fans another excuse to spend more hours in front of the TV. Its another benchmark collection from a show that, up to this point, doesnt seem to know its own limits. --Dan VanciniSee all Product Description
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Season seven is still when the Simpsons ruled the Sunday line-up, with each episode being just as great as the previous one. There are many classics on this set. I urge you to run out and buy it. Below is a summary of all the episodes:
Who Shot Mr. Burns? (Part 2) (4/5): Find out who shot Mr. Burns in the Season 6 finale. (Look to the South West)
Radioactive Man (4/5): Milhouse beats out Bart for the part of Fallout Boy.
Bart Sells His Soul (4/5): Bart sells his soul to Milhouse.
Home Sweet Homediddly-Dum-Doodly (5/5): Bart, Lisa and Maggie are sent to live at the Flanders after Homer and Marge are thought to be unfit. Ned and Maude try to baptize the three kids.
Lisa the Vegetarian (4/5): Lisa ditches meat, and we find out that pigs can fly.
Treehouse of Horror VI (4/5): Statues come to life, Groundskeeper Willie tunrs into a Freddie Kruger-type killer, and Homer and Bart go 3-d.
King-Size Homer (5/5): I've been waiting for this one. Homer has to gain 61 pounds to get on disability, and to try and not look like a freak in a moo-moo.
Mother Simpson (5/5): You finally get to meet Homer's hippie mom.
Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming (5/5): Another great Sideshow Bob attempt to kill not only Bart, but this time Springfield.
The Simpsons 138th Episode Spectacular (5/5): A best of that's not really a best of.
Marge Be Not Proud (3/5): Bart steals from a store, and Marge finds out.
Team Homer (5/5): Homer forms a bowling team and makes Apu wish he was on the Stereotypes. Yarrrgh.
Two Bad Neighbors (5/5): Classic episode. President George H. Bush moves across the street from Homer and starts a feud. LBJ moves in afterward.
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield (2/5): This one kinds of sucks. Marge buys a dress, people think she's rich and she joins a country club.
Bart the Fink (5/5): Krusty fakes a death.
Lisa the Iconoclast (5/5): Can't they have a meeting where they don't end up burying up a corpse???.
Homer the Smithers (5/5): Homer takes over Smither's job.
The Day the Violence Died (5/5): Bart and Lisa discover the real creator of Itchy and Scratchy, only to destroy the company that makes the films.
A Fish Called Selma (3/5): Selma and Troy McClure get married, but it doesn't work out.
Bart on the Road (5/5): Bart gets a fame ID and he, Milhouse, Nelson, and Martin go to the "National Spelling B Contest in Canada."
Short Films about Springfield (5/5): Another Triumph. This episode features 22 small stories about Springfield, including a Pulp Fictionesque scene about...shakes.
The Curse of the Flying Hellfish (5/5): You find out Grandpa Simpson was part of a WWII group called the Hellfish, and that he is due buried treasure.
Much Apu about Nothing (4/5): Apu tries to become a citizen.
Homerpalooza (5/5): Homer joins Lollapalooza to show his kids he's still cool, and runs into Smashing Pumpkins, Cypress Hill, and more.
Summer of 4 ft. 2 (4/5): Flanders lets Homer borrow his summerhouse. Lisa gets popular, and Bart and Milhouse play Battleship.
Seasons 4-8 were arguably when the Simpsons hit their stride. While I'm still fond of season 3 as well, it's hard to argue against any of these episodes. I don't want to go into great detail about all the episodes or give a plot synopsis for each one, because if you would like that, there are spotlight reviews to help you. However season 7 contains some of my personal favorite episodes, including the conclusion to "Who Shot Mr. Burns" (which has my all time favorite simpson's quote by Officer Wiggum, where he says Homer is under arrest for the attempted murder of Mr. Burns, Homer yells "Doh!" and then Wiggum says "Yea that's what they all say, Doh."), Bart selling his soul to Milhouse for $5, Milhouse getting the part as Fall Out Boy in the Radioactive Man Movie, Sideshow Bob returning to threaten Springfield with a weapon of mass destruction, and the Treehouse Of Horror VI episode (best besides Treehouse of Horror II in season 3). Really every episode in this season has its own charm, but these just happen to be my favorites. As usual the extras are a great addition to the set. You get the usual commentaries on every episode, featurettes, deleted scenes, and many more things that have never been available before now. Fox also seems to be getting the sets out quicker (season 6 in August, season 7 in December, fastest period between releases yet) so we can only hope that we have season 8 resting in our hands fairly soon.
If you're a fan of the Simpsons, most likely you're going to be very pleased with this set. There's plenty of great and memorable episodes found on this set, to go along with the great extras that have been included. The writing was witty, the jokes were entertaining, and the animation was great, and that all makes season 7 a great addition to a Simpsons' fan's collection. While it might not be the best overall season the show has seen (and there are going to be ongoing disputes for eternity on which one that is) it's definitely on par with any of the stellar seasons 4-8. No matter which packaging option you prefer, it's apparent that it's what's inside the set that counts.
You can't help but adore The Simpsons. Sure, some of the more recent episodes are in danger of eating themselves in terms of "wackiness" and lack of character driven plot, but that aside, it's still the most consistently hilarious, satirical and downright ingenious program on television. Season Seven still sees them at their peak, with brilliant scripts and some genuinely touching moments. Just ignore the rubbish 3-D episode. Yuch.
It's when you really delve into Springfield you realise JUST how good a show The Simpsons really is. Has there ever been a show that has such a wide variety of fully fleshed, loveable characters that can co-exist outside of the main family? Think Mr Burns, Apu, Barney, Mo, Smithers, Patty and Selma, Groundskeeper Willie, Krusty, Skinner.. the list is ENDLESS. All these characters have quirks, catchphrases, identities and histories.. The Simpsons haven't created a TV show, they've pretty much created their own universe.
So this review isn't just for Season Seven. This review is in praise of The Simpsons itself - quite easily the greatest sitcom of all time. And as for the DVDs themselves? They are a fitting testament to the show; lovingly created, with commentaries for EVERY episode (sometimes the commentaries are better than the episodes themselves), and more extras than you'll ever know what to do with. These new collectable packaging (optional, of course) only serve as a reminder of how savvy and keyed-in to their audiences that Matt Groening et al really are.
As Mr Burns might well say - "huzzah."
And that's part two of five taken care of. Three more things that The Curmudgeon actually likes. But what on earth could they be? Only one way to find out...
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