THE SIMPSONS: SEASON 20 on DVD & Blu-ray!

In January 1990 television history was made as households across the country were introduced to a one-of-a-kind family whose outrageous antics and wild behavior made them an institution of prime-time television and a pop culture staple over the next two-plus decades.  Now, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment celebrates this historic milestone when “The Simpsons” Season 20 Blu-ray and DVD collection arrives January 12, marking the show’s first time ever in high-definition. Series creator Matt Groening has added his own special touch by drawing all-new menus for both the Blu-ray and DVD, creating another keepsake memento for “The Simpsons” fans. Highly collectible packaging will also include a character layout of Springfield’s most favorite characters sure to challenge the ultimate Simpsons fan to name them all.

A show that has remained culturally significant and hugely popular with audiences for over 20 years, the latest DVD collection features every outrageous episode from the 2008-09 season, including the family’s hilarious trip to Ireland, Homer and Ned’s turn as bounty hunters and Bart trading lives with a multi-millionaire lookalike of himself.  The show’s impressive who’s who of guest stars continues with the likes of Denis Leary, Joe Montana, Marv Albert, Mark Cuban, Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Ellen Page, Jodie Foster and Kelsey Grammer, returning for his 11th time as Bart’s nemesis, Sideshow Bob.

The two discs of the set are split between shows that happened before and after the HD switch of the series. And there is a night and day difference between the two. The nine episodes on the first disc, which occurred before switch, are a touch better than the upscaled DVD quality we’re used to. But only slightly. But with the 12 episodes on disc two, the animation is far more distinct and sharp. Outlines are much more crisp, color shading is much more exact and far less fuzzy, and overall the image is just more stable. The more pronounced takeaway is that, going forward, the show will look very good. But if you’re hoping for a noticeable upgrade in the future for earlier seasons, the first disc doesn’t show that as being too promising. You’re probably going to be fine just hanging on to your standard-def DVDs and upscaling them.

“The Simpsons” Season 20 includes a total of 21 hilarious episodes and features “The Twentieth Anniversary Special Sneak Peak” by Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock.  Available in collectible packaging for a limited time only, the Blu-ray Disc.

The twentieth season of The Simpsons is difficult to get overly excited about. The show may have lost much of the hilarious satire and comedic bite from its first decade, but it’s still enjoyable, and flashes of brilliance sneak in just often enough to continue giving you hope. But as far as a collection for purchase, there are a lot of trade-offs with this set. Not all of the episodes really take advantage of the high definition format, bonus materials are nonexistent, and there aren’t really any “must have” episodes. For more die-hard fans of the show, the episodes here are presented as well and as complete as they’re going to get, so there’s no practical reason to avoid it, other than simply the hope of “more” in a few years time.

Blu-Ray Disc Content
Disc One:
    o    Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes
    o    Lost Verizon
    o    Double, Double, Boy in Trouble
    o    Treehouse of Horror XIX
    o    Dangerous Curves
    o    Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words
    o    Mypods and Boomsticks
    o    The Burns and the Bees
    o    Lisa the Drama Queen
    o    Additional Bonus Features Include:
        •    “The Twentieth Anniversary Special Sneak Peak by Morgan Spurlock”

Disc Two:
    o    Take My Life, Please
    o    How The Test Was Won
    o    No Loan Again, Naturally
    o    Gone Maggie Gone
    o    In The Name of the Grandfather
    o    Wedding for Disaster
    o    Eeny Teeny Maya Moe
    o    The Good, The Sad and The Drugly
    o    Father Knows Worst
    o    Waverly Hills
    o    Four Great Women and a Manicure
    o    Coming to Homerica

DVD Content
Disc One:
    o    Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes
    o    Lost Verizon
    o    Double, Double, Boy in Trouble
    o    Treehouse of Horror XIX
    o    Dangerous Curves
    o    Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words

Disc Two:
    o    Mypods and Boomsticks
    o    The Burns and the Bees
    o    Lisa the Drama Queen
    o    Take My Life, Please
    o    How The Test Was Won

Disc Three:
    o    No Loan Again, Naturally
    o    Gone Maggie Gone
    o    In The Name of the Grandfather
    o    Wedding for Disaster
    o    Eeny Teeny Maya Moe

Disc Four:
    o    The Good, The Sad and The Drugly
    o    Father Knows Worst
    o    Waverly Hills
    o    Four Great Women and a Manicure
    o    Coming to Homerica
    o    Additional Bonus Features Include:
        •    “The Twentieth Anniversary Special Sneak Peak by Morgan Spurlock”

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