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Simpsons, The - Treehouse Of Horror Review




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Rating
Video:   7/10
Audio:   7/10
Extras:   1/10

Fun episodes, decent DVD
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
9/02/2003

Each year the writers of The Simpsons deliver a fun-filled Halloween episode. Sure, characters usually die, but it's all in the name of entertainment.

Episodes:
Treehouse of Horror V (1994)
In this annual trilogy of terror, Homer attempts to kill his family in "The Shinning," Homer tries to fix a toaster and winds up altering the fabric of time itself in "Time and Punishment," and Principal Skinner serves students for lunch in "Nightmare Cafeteria."

Treehouse of Horror VI (1995)
In this Halloween-themed anthology, advertising icons go berserk in "Attack of the 50 Foot Eyesores," Groundskeeper Willie invades the children's dreams in "Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace," and Homer enters a 3-D world of computer animation in "Homer3."

Treehouse of Horror VII (1996)
This Simpson showcase features a terrifying look at Bart's evil twin in "The Thing and I," Lisa creating a miniature world in "The Genesis Tub," and aliens stealing the identities of Bill Clinton and Bob Dole in "Mr. Kang Goes To Washington" (a.k.a. "Citizen Kang").

Treehouse of Horror XII (2001)
In "Hex and the City," a gypsy curses Homer, bringing misery to everyone he loves. In "House of Whacks," a computer (Pierce Brosnan) takes over the Simpson house and attempts to kill Homer for Marge's love. And in "Wiz Kids," Bart and Lisa are students at a school for wizards, where they foil the evil Lord Montymort.

Video

Animated and colored by hand, the video quality on this release doesn't stand up to recent animated fare such as Futurama or Family Guy. Colors seem muted, some scenes are a bit soft, and there are specs of dust that are visible. While it's not as nice as the computer-colored shows, these episodes look pretty good. I wish there was a "Play all" feature for this disc.

Audio

The audio for The Simpsons relies heavily on the center speaker, and the rear speakers are hardly used. You can always count on a Simpsons episode to have at least once excellent directional audio effect, and these Halloween specials contain quite a few. Fox has provided English, Spanish and French Surround tracks, along with English and Spanish subtitles.

Extras - How we rate extras

Special Featurette With Kang and Kodos (3:07)
Various clips featuring Kang and Kodos from the Halloween specials.

Summary

This release seems like it was a bit rushed. The menus are extremely plain, there's no "Play All" feature and the bonus features are lacking. Thankfully the episodes are some of the most popular for the series. It's hard not to look at this disc as a money-grab, but if you like The Simpsons and their Halloween specials, this is something to pick up.


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