The Simpsons: Season 8 [DVD] (2006)
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The madcap antics of Springfield’s first family continue when the Emmy® award-winning series created by Matt Groening returns to DVD. Arriving on August 15th from Fox Home Entertainment, "The Simpsons" The Complete Eighth Season showcases all 25 episodes from the critically-acclaimed eighth season, as well as a host of bonus materials including audio commentaries from Groening and "The Simpsons" Executive Producers, Writers and Directors, as well as animatics and storyboards with optional audio commentary, a special featurette, deleted scenes, a sketch gallery and much more. As a special bonus for fans and collectors, Fox Home Entertainment will release the "The Simpsons" The Complete Eighth Season in two unique packaging options - a special Limited Edition Maggie Simpson box, as well as a collectible, illustrated gatefold digipak.
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Family Guy fans should take note of the right way to be 'edgy' in 'Homer's Phobia.' Homosexuality was uncharted animation territory in '97 and the episode was consistently hilarious without being crass. This was also a delightfully meta-season with 'The Simpsons Spin-off Showcase,' 'The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie show," 'Brother From Another Series' and 'Homer's Enemy.' This season is the height of animated comedy.
The creators knock it out of the park again with this set as it's chalk full of deleted scenes, animatics, Easter eggs, etc. There are commentary tacks on every episode and they're good enough to recommend even to those who don't normally like commentaries. If you've ever sat around with your friends, riffing on a Simpsons episode you've all seen a hundred times then you know what to expect. It's a real pleasure to hear such conversation from people so funny and knowledgeable about the show.
The transfer on every Simpsons season is excellent and this one is no exception. The animated menus offer some entertainment in their own right but never get in the way of your selections.
Anyone who disputes the brilliance of The Simpsons needs to be hit over the head with this season. It really is the series at its absolute best and a must-own for fans and newcomers alike.
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"Treehouse of Horror VII": (a) The Thing and I: Bart finds out he has an evil Siamese brother Hugo; (b) The Genesis Tub: Lisa conducts experiments with her fallen baby tooth and creates a mini society. When she is zapped into miniature size, she warns the little society against the "Dark One" (Bart); (c) Kang and Kodos come to earth posed as Bob Dole and Bill Clinton. Of course, with the two-party system, one of them has to win.
"You Only Move Twice": Homer begins working for Hank Scorpio who is a pleasant and fun boss despite his plans for global terrorism and extortion.
"The Homer They Fall": Homer becomes a boxer with Moe as his manager. All goes well until he has to fight Drederick Tatum. Great Mike Tyson and Don King characters.
"Burn, Baby Burns": Mr. Burns finds out he has a long-lost son (voiced by Rodney Dangerfield) who becomes bosom buds with Homer. Love the line: "This place is emptier than a Scottish pay toilet."
"Bart After Dark": After Bart damages property at an spooky old house, Homer forces Bart to work at the house which turns out to be a burlesque house.
"A Milhouse Divided": Milhouse's parents get divorced and his dad decides to becomes a [bad] singer.
"Lisa's Date with Density": Lisa develops a crush on bully Nelson Muntz and thinks she can change him. I love the scene where Nelson throws a rock at a window and tries to tell Lisa the cops are chasing him and he needs a hideout only to have Homer open the window to tell him Lisa's room is the next window over. I also love the auto-dialer sub-story.
"Hurricane Neddy": One of my all-time favorites. Ned Flanders's house is the only one destroyed in a hurricane and he begins to question his faith. In a flashback, we find out how he started saying doodily, diddily, as a why to hold in rage.
"The Mysterious Voyage of Homer": This is a weird one. Homer eats a bad pepper at a chili cook-off and hallucinates about a coyote who urges Homer to find his soul mate.
"The Springfield Files:" X-Files take-off.
"The Twisted World of Marge Simpson": After being booted out of the Investorettes club for being too conservative, Marge buys a pretzel franchise but keeps hitting stumbling blocks to success. Homer decides to recruit the services of Fat Tony.
"Mountain of Madness": This one is also a little odd. During a survival retreat for the nuclear power plant, Mr. Burns and Homer are snowed-into a cabin and eventually start hallucinating.
"Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala("doh!")cious": The Simpsons need a nanny and hire Mary Pop..,uh,...Shary Bobbins.
"The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show": Homer becomes the voice of a new cartoon character who doesn't go over very well.
"Homer's Phobia": Homer meets a funny guy who runs a collectible shop "Cockamamies" (gotta love that name) named John and is shocked when he discovers John, uh, prefers the company of men. Worst of all, Homer thinks John is influencing Bart.
"Brother From Another Series": (Great title). Sideshow Bob is released from prison and joins forces with his brother Cecil (voiced by David Hyde Pierce, of course, Sideshow Bob is voiced by Kelsey Grammer--get the title?). Could Bob actually be the good guy in this episode???
"My Sister, My Sitter": Lisa becomes Bart's baby sitter and Lisa is afraid she's killed her brother after knocking him down the stairs. This one is a little over-the-top.
"Homer Vs. The Eighteenth Amendment": One of my all-time favorites! Prohibition starts up again in Springfield and Homer assists Moe in creating a speakeasy. Can Homer out-fox Rex Banner?
"Grade School Confidential": Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel start a romance and create controversy at Springfield Elementary. The Skinner is a virgin thing was a little much.
"The Canine Mutiny": Bart gets hold of a fake credit card and buys all kinds of stuff including a pedigree collie, Laddie. When repo-men come to collect the stuff, Bart gives them Santa's Little Helper instead of Laddie and soon regrets the decision.
"The Old Man and the Lisa": Mr. Burns, who's recently lost his fortune, joins forces with Lisa to create a recycling plant. Of course, Mr. Burns could never turn this plant into an evil operation...yeah, right! I love Moe's line about the "Little Lisa" logo: "Ah, isn't that cute. It makes Little Debbie look like a pile of puke."
"In Marge We Trust": Marge becomes the "Listen Lady" and burned-out Mr. Lovejoy is worried she has become more popular than him with his flock.
"Homer's Enemy": Frank Grimes is the new employee at the nuclear power plant and, unlike everyone else, he doesn't accept Homer's incompetence. A very dark episode.
"The Simpsons Spin-off Showcase": A 1970s-style variety show take-off of The Brady Bunch. Just as Jan refused to participate, Lisa is replaced by an actress who looks just like her...yeah, right!
"The Secret War of Lisa Simpson": Bart is forced to enlist in military school and, impressed by the discipline which seems odd since Lisa is such a free thinker that one would not think she'd be attracted to the unquestioning soldier's life, she decides to join, too. And all the boys accept her...uh, no.
Treehouse of Horror VII. This special includes The Thing and I, The Genesis Tub, and Citizen Kang.
You only move twice. In this one Homer is offered a job at Globex corporation working for Frank Scorpio.
The Homer they fall. In this one Homer becomes a boxer. After fighting a lot of prosperous hobos he gets a shot at the Heavy Weight Championship.
Burns baby Burns. In this one Homer meets Mr. Burn's long lost son (Geniously voiced by Rodney Dangerfield).
Bart After Dark. In this one Bart breaks a statue and is forced to repay the debt by working for the woman it belonged to. Little does he know he is working at a burlesque house.
A Milhouse divided. In this one Milhouse's parents get divorced and Homer worries about the strength of his marriage.
Lisa's date with Destiny. In this one Lisa sees herself falling for Nelson Muntz, the school bully. Meanwhile Homer is running a telemarketing scam.
Hurricane Neddy. In this one the Flanders family's house is destroyed by a hurricane. When this happens Ned starts to lose it.
El Viaje Misterioso De Nuestro Homer (a.k.a. The mysterious voyage of our Homer). In this one Homer mixes hot wax and chili and starts to hallucinate. In his vision he is told by a coyote who tells him to find his soulmate.
The Springfield files. In this one Homer claims he saw an alien. When no one seems to believe him, Homer tries to video tape it.
The twisted world of Marge Simpson. In this one marge starts her own pretzel business. When things don't lood good Homer looks toward the mob for help.
Mountain of madness. When Homer and Mr. Burns are stuck in a cabin on a company ski trip the two of them go insane.
Simpsoncalifragilistcexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious. In this one the Simpson family gets a nanny. However Sharry Bobbins may be way in over her head.
The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochy Show. In this one Homer is offered a part on a popular cartoon show. However his character Poochy is not well liked.
Homer's phobia. In this one Homer makes a new friend, but when Homer finds out he is gay he worries that some of his characteristics might rub off on Bart.
Brother from another series. In this one Sideshow Bob is released from prison and teams up with his brother in the construction business. However Bart feels they are up to no good.
My sister, My sitter. In this one Lisa gets into the babysitting business. Her toughest client though maybe her older brother Bart.
Homer vs. the 18th Ammendment. When Springfield is faced with prohibition Homer tries to find a way to smuggle alchol into the town.
Grade School Confidential. In this one Principal Skinner and Mrs. Krabappel hook up at Martin's birthday party.
The Canine Mutiny. When Bart buys a new dog, with his new found credit card Santa's little helper feels excluded.
The old man and the Lisa. When Lisa hooks Mr. Burns onto recycling he starts an envireomentally safe company.
In Marge we trust. When Marge volunteers to answer phone calls for the church everyone starts liking her advice over the Reverend's. However Marge may not be able to answer everyone's advice.
Homer's enemy. When a new employee comes to work for the nuclear power plant he is angered by the way Homer flies through life without a problem.
Simpsons spin-off Showcase. In this one we get to see what would happen if Chief Wiggum, Moe, and the remainig Simpson family got their own spin-offs.
The Secret War of Lisa Simpson. When Lisa becomes bored at school she enlists herself in military school.
The Simpsons is my favorite show of all time and I'm looking forward to August 15th.
Basically, this is the last season of The Simpsons that retained its witty sense of humor, and didn't resort to outlandish storylines and throwing in celebrity guest stars week after week. Episodes like "You Only Move Twice" (I love the 007 scene), "A Milhouse Divided", "The Twisted World Of Marge Simpson", Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(ANNOYED GRUNT)cious", "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", "Homer's Phobia", and the classic "Homer's Enemy" exudes the shows last ounces of genius from script to screen. The storylines of these episodes are enjoyable, and captivating from start to finish. The witty humor of the past seasons is well retained in season eight with many side splitting moments of hillarity to prove it. In addition, season eight showcases further development of favorite characters, as well as the introduction of unforgettable new favorites like Frank Grimes and Poochie.
Truly, Season 8 is indeed the end of an era of what was the most brilliantly inventive series on television. Fortunately, it will live infinitely on DVD to be respected and enjoyed by core fans and casual viewers alike.
This set is 550 minutes long and includes all 25 episodes from season 8. It will be offered in a standard box and in a collectible "Maggie head" package. As usual, extra features are numerous and include commentary tracks, extra footage, deleted scenes, illustrated commentary, animation showcases, promotional spots featuring Matt Groening, and more.
Here is a complete list of episodes:
Treehouse of Horror VII
You Only Move Twice
The Homer They Fall
Burns, Baby Burns
Bart After Dark
A Milhouse Divided
Lisa's Date With Density
El Viaje de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)"
The Springfield Files
The Twisted World of Marge Simpson
Mountain of Madness
Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala (Annoyed Grunt) cious
The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show
Brother From Another Series
My Sister, My Sitter
Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment
Grade School Confidential
The Canine Mutiny
The Old Man and Lisa
In Marge We Trust
The Simpsons Spin-Off Showcase
The Secret War of Lisa Simpson
It also feature one of my favorite little bits where Homer, trying to prevent Bart from going gay, takes his son to a gay steel meal. Everytime I hear "We work hard, we play hard" I remember this scene and laugh for 20 minutes.
Where do I end? Homer becomes the Beer Baron, Super Villian for Scorpio, a Boxer, Poochie, and befrinds Frank Grimes. Marge starts a pretzel chain and becomes the listen lady. Principal Skinner and Mrs Krabapple fall in love. Chief Wiggum and Moe get their own shows, and everybody except Lisa gets a family-hour show. Bart works at a naughty house and gets his own credit card. The Van Houtens get a divorce. Burns' son return. Lisa goes to an all-boy military school, helps Burns get his money back, and becomes the town babysiter. Ned's house is destroyed by a hurricane. And still more!
Whoever says this year is a down year doesn't know the Simpsons. In the words of comic book guy, that would be the worst ... review ... ever. The only bad part is having to wait.
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