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Sixteen seasons (and counting) of pop culture-rocking brilliance, the first four of which have already been gloriously archived on DVD. But in the words of Krusty the Clown: What has The Simpsons done for me lately? Well, how about all 22 episodes of season 5, each accompanied by commentary, deleted scenes, and other encyclopedic extras that hopelessly devoted Simpsons fans crave, no, demand? Season 5 is perhaps not as classics-packed as the third and fourth seasons, but no self-respecting Simpsons fan should be without the episodes "Homer's Barbershop Quartet," featuring George Harrison, "Cape Feare," one of Sideshow Bob's (and guest voice Kelsey Grammer's) finest half-hours, "Rosebud," "Springfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)," and "Bart Gets Famous," with the Springfield-sweeping catchphrase "I didn't do it." Plus, the star power this season is impressive: Michelle Pfeiffer as Homer's comely, donut-loving co-worker in "The Last Temptation of Homer," Albert Brooks as a self-help guru who unleashes "Bart's Inner Child," Kathleen Turner as the creator of Malibu Stacy in "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy," and, as themselves, the Ramones ("Rosebud"), James Woods ("Homer and Apu"), Buzz Aldrin ("Deep Space Homer"), and even Robert Goulet ("Springfield").

But it is the writers and the core ensemble cast who exhibit, to quote "Deep Space Homer," "the right... What's that stuff?" Series milestones include the first appearance of yokel Cletus in "Bart Gets an Elephant," and Maggie's infant nemesis, The Baby with One Eyebrow in "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Badasssss Song," which also happens to be The Simpsons' 100th episode. Add in a very good "Treehouse of Horror" episode, (which outs Ned Flanders as the Devil and Marge as the head vampire), and one Emmy-nominated musical extravaganza ("Who Needs the Quick-E-Mart" from "Homer and Apu"), and you have a Simpsons season that's not just great, it's DVD-box-set great. --Donald Liebenson

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 22 episodes on four discs: Homer's Barbershop Quartet, Cape Feare, Homer Goes to College, Rosebud, Treehouse of Horror IV, Marge on the Lam, Bart's Inner Child, Boy-Scoutz N the Hood, The Last Temptation of Homer, Springfield, Homer the Vigilante, Bart Gets Famous, Homer and Apu, Lisa vs. Malibu Stacey, Deep Space Homer, Homer Loves Flanders, Bart Gets an Elephant, Burns' Heir, Sweet Seymour Skinner's Badasssss Song, The Boy Who Knew Too Much, Lady Bouvier's Lover, Secrets of a Successful Marriage
  • Commentary on all episodes, including Matt Groening, David Mirkin, James L. Brooks, and Conan O'Brien
  • Animation showcase
  • Audio intro with Matt Groening and montage
  • Commercials
  • Deleted scenes
  • Special language feature
  • Animatics
  • Illustrated commentaries
  • Audio outtake
  • Original sketches
  • A look back with James L. Brooks
  • Number of discs: 4

Cast

Dan CastellanetaHomer Simpson
Julie KavnerMarge Simpson
Nancy CartwrightBart Simpson
Yeardley SmithLisa Simpson
Hank AzariaAdditional Voices
Harry ShearerAdditional Voices
David CrosbyHimself
George HarrisonHimself
Pamela HaydenAdditional Voices
Kelsey GrammerSideshow Bob
Russi TaylorAdditional Voices
Marcia WallaceEdna Krabappel
Joey RamoneHimself
Johnny RamoneHimself
Marky RamoneHimself
Tress MacNeilleAdditional Voices
Phil HartmanLionel Hutz
Frank WelkerSanta's Little Helper
Pamela ReedRuth Powers
James BrownHimself
Albert BrooksBrad Goodman
Ernest BorgnineHimself
Werner KlempererHomer's Guardian Angel as Colonel Klink
Michelle PfeifferMindy Simmons
Robert GouletHimself
Sam NeillMalloy
Conan O'BrienConan O'Brien
James WoodsJames Woods
Michael CarringtonComedian
Kathleen TurnerStacy Lavelle
Buzz AldrinHimself
James TaylorHimself

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