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The Simpsons Season 1 on DVD

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the glad-to-see-it dept.

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Don Calamari writes "Confirmed from Fox, season one of the Simpsons are going to be released in a DVD boxed set on September 25. This has been a big week for Homer with this and his legendary catch phrase DOH! finally being added to the Oxford English dictionary." The 13 episode season will be only like $40. I don't think the show hit it's stride until 2nd or 3rd seasons, but still, shows like this deserve to be released on DVD. I'm irritated with the decision not to show the actors recording voices. Screw the illusion of the characters, this is what DVD releases of TV shows are for! The fans crave this stuff!

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Just shows what a cool show it is (3)

sketerpot (454020) | more than 12 years ago | (#146971)

This just shows how cool the Simpsons is, IMHO. It will be good to be able to use `Doh!' in front of English teachers. Bwahahaha!

Fucking A! (1)

xdfgf (460453) | more than 12 years ago | (#146972)

I've been a major Simpsons fan from the begining.I'd always read that this wasn't going to be released until after the show had ended and the movie was made. I won't bitch though.

Jeebus's palace is on the moon!

the first season was terrible (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#146973)

I for one think the first season of the simpsons was awful. The voices were wrong, the sound was fuzzy, Bart was psychotic, the content was sick, etc etc. It was like a Ren & Stimpy rehash.

Re:In (2)

dr_labrat (15478) | more than 12 years ago | (#146974)

Well in that case.... What is the missing chunk of word after the "D"?

Could it be that Homer is French or something?

Please, I honestly want to know...

Doh, and I spent my $40 on... (2)

hillct (230132) | more than 12 years ago | (#146975)

I enjoyed the Simpsons first season. They may not have hit their stride until later seasons, but at that time they were competing with such hilarious shows as In Living Color [imdb.com] (Jim carey, and Jennifer lopez got their start), on FOX and so the show was a bit more raunchy than it is now - not that that makes a show better or funnier or anything...

Not sure it's worth $40 though. Maybe get the James Bond Boxed Set instead...

--CTH


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But the word's not "doh" (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#146976)

It's "d'oh." D'oh!

Waiting for the later seasons (1)

zer0vector (94679) | more than 12 years ago | (#146977)

I don't think the Simpsons is watchable at all until the second or third season. Once the voices change and the animation settles down, its the funniest show ever.

Actors "behind the scenes" (5)

boinger (4618) | more than 12 years ago | (#146978)

You know, they might just not have much footage worthy of a DVD from that far back. It certainly wasn't the phenomenon that it became around season 3 or so.

I'm just hoping they release the alternate endings to "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" (They had several alternates animated so that no one could leak what the real ending was - or so rumor has it).

Re:Waiting for the later seasons (1)

'This is false.' (223588) | more than 12 years ago | (#146981)

Well, the Simpsons has continued to evolve as a show. A show can't stay on the air for 12 seasons ( it think, maybe 13?) without evolving significantly. The demographic group it sells to has also changed with age of course.

On a semi-related note, what is the Simpson episode count? I remember a while back when they broke 200. have they hit 250 yet?

Re:Actors "behind the scenes" (2)

Cycon (11899) | more than 12 years ago | (#146982)

You know, they might just not have much footage worthy of a DVD from that far back. It certainly wasn't the phenomenon that it became around season 3 or so.

True, but they could at least release the original shorts from the Tracey Ulman show... that's how I was introduced to the Simpsons. There's quite a few people talking about how "crude" the simpsons looked during the first season... that's nothing compaired to the days before they had their own series.

Life in Hell, Matt Groening previous project (comic strip) is still hillarious too...

--Cycon

Square watermellons (2)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 12 years ago | (#146983)

While I did enjoy the Simpson's early exploits, when I see those episodes now I largely find them hard to watch. The drawing is primitive, the voice acting horrible (I saw one yesterday and I believe Ned was doing Carl's voice...but it sounded like Ned. And there's the whole issue of both Chief Wiggums and Smithers being seemingly African-American half the time), and the family more bizarre. The series definitely refined as it went through the years. I will probably buy the DVD set anyways though.

I was humored by the Apolcalypse article [slashdot.org] just before this one as anyone who saw the episode where the Simpsons visited Japan (one of my favourites. Homer walking through the walls was classic Homer, and as a Canadian I found the Canadian couple getting rained on by scorpions hilarious) and Homer spent the last of their money to buy a square watermellon [cnn.com] (which promptly popped back to round one).

Behind the Scenes (5)

Narag (163687) | more than 12 years ago | (#146984)

Honestly, I don't want to see the behind the scenes voice acting. I enjoy the illusion that Taco seemingly doesn't. I feel the same with Slashdot. I sure as hell don't want to see behind-the-scenes footage of CmdrTaco posting a news story or see Jon Katz in his underwear posting yet another article about geeks.

Re:Actors "behind the scenes" (3)

'This is false.' (223588) | more than 12 years ago | (#146985)

I'm just hoping they release the alternate endings to "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" (They had several alternates animated so that no one could leak what the real ending was - or so rumor has it).

Um, this was all officially covered in the 138th episode special (28% new footage). They showed parts of the alternative endings too. It was more than just a rumor.

learn to read (2)

ejbst25 (130707) | more than 12 years ago | (#146986)

From the article..."With only 13 episodes in the first season, the first three-disc set will be fleshed out with loads of extra material, including the original shorts that debuted on ``The Tracey Ullman Show'' and never-before-seen lost episode."

Simpson shorts from Tracy Ullman show (2)

'This is false.' (223588) | more than 12 years ago | (#146987)

I would really prefer to see a DVD containing all the shorts that were made. Although they may not be as high of quality as the espisodes, I can catch episode reruns on TV on a regular basis, so I've seen most episodes at least 2 or 3 times. But most of the shorts I haven't even seen once.

How 'bout Babylon 5? (1)

Buran (150348) | more than 12 years ago | (#146988)

I'm a die-hard Babylon 5 fan, and I've been waiting to hear about the DVD release of that series for quite some time. I caught the show when it was shown on TNT, but unfortunately, the Sci-Fi channel has captioning missing from most of its episodes (I got lucky and turned it on for the first time in weeks when the one they had on was captioned). So taping those is pretty pointless for me. I'm going to go out and see what's on store shelves by way of VHS versions, but I'm not sure of how optimistic to be.

Does anyone have information on which episodes will be released on DVD? I know that In The Beginning and one of the other feature films are hopefully to come to DVD later this year, though I've heard they may hit the UK (Region 2) first, which is of no help to me. (I hate regions. They're useless.) I want the full series and all the feature films. Any info would be appreciated. :)

Or, failing that, how about mail order ... ?

Re:Waiting for the later seasons (1)

zer0vector (94679) | more than 12 years ago | (#146989)

I believe the current count is 269, I don't recall if they did anything exciting for the 250th episode.

Re:In (1)

'This is false.' (223588) | more than 12 years ago | (#146990)

Could it be that Homer is French or something?

Well Bart speeks fluent French, although he hasn't spoken a word in several hundred episode.

What fans crave/will crave... (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#146992)

Locally a FOX afilliate had rerun the first season. It's been a long time and I'd overlooked the polish the show has now. Those shows were crudely drawn, voices were shakey, and the gags seemed to have a moment for you to laugh following them. They're almost painful for me to watch, compared to the last 5 or so years, which added many more voices and characters. $40 may be a deal to the dedicated fan, but I'll probably skip it.

What I'd like is all the Ren & Stimpy episodes on DVD, particularly Space Madness.

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Re:the first season was terrible (2)

mini me (132455) | more than 12 years ago | (#146993)

I agree, while the Simpsons became an excellent show later on in it's life, the early shows were pretty bad! But it still would be nice to have the entire library of shows at your disposal.

In related news, I noticed over at The Simpsons Archive [snpp.com] a while ago that a Simpsons spin-off show is in the works. I'm hoping the focus is on the Wiggums. An entire show related to Clancy and Ralph would be great!

Doh defined (5)

Espen (96293) | more than 12 years ago | (#146994)

"Doh--Expressing frustration at the realization that things have turned out badly or not as planned, or that one has just said or done something foolish. Also (usu. mildly derog.): implying that another person has said or done something foolish (cf. DUH int.)." OED

The first quote is from 1952, but the main credit in the etymology goes to Dan Castellaneta. First uttered by the character Homer in Punching Bag, broadcast on 27 Nov. 1988 as part of the Tracey Ullman Show.

Re:Simpson shorts from Tracy Ullman show (4)

OmegaDan (101255) | more than 12 years ago | (#146995)

Thats the thing though ... you prolly really haven't seen all the episodes 2 or 3 times ... Usually in syndication (not always though) they pick "the best" episodes and only show those...

A good example is the andy griffith show, of which I think a little under 120 episdoes were made, but they only show 15 or 20 in syndication.

Re:Actors "behind the scenes" (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#146996)

There was an Entertainment Tonight or something like that with all the voice people, like first season, too. I remember watching it. It was good stuff, so I imagine it's around somewhere, they'd probably have to do some wrangling to get it, and pay royalties and all kinds of other crap. Come to think of it, that's probably why it's not on there...

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Re:Simpson shorts from Tracy Ullman show (1)

Garfunkel (3569) | more than 12 years ago | (#146997)

Did you read the article? No of course not!.
"With only 13 episodes in the first season, the first three-disc set will be fleshed out with loads of extra material, including the original shorts that debuted on ``The Tracey Ullman Show'' and a never-before-seen lost episode."

I give a fuck... (1)

Khan (19367) | more than 12 years ago | (#146999)

Look at it this way, Czarny....you'll be able to afford it when (and if) you graduate. It'll give you something to look forward to. There's also, Christmas, Your Birthday, etc. Laughter is one of the most important parts of living. And investing in something that makes you laugh in this format is well worth it. Have you ever seen the very 1st Simpsons Halloween Special? One of the most creative and hysterical pieces of comedy written for the small screen. These box sets are going to rule. Now if WB would release a box set of Bugs Bunny...woof!

How about a TV Channel (2)

iAlex (134189) | more than 12 years ago | (#147000)

Awhile back my roomates and I were talking about the possibility of a Simpsons cable channel. After 13 or so seasons they should have enough footage to run it. If not a channel then how about a 4 hour a day run similar to the Anime stuff that they do on Cartoon Network. Anyway its just a thought. .

Re:In (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#147001)

D'oh, Doh, geez. When he says it it's like "Dough" and when he shouts it's like "Dow". Doh, in this crazy mixed up language is good enough for me. Go ghoti.

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Re:Simpson shorts from Tracy Ullman show (2)

Pope (17780) | more than 12 years ago | (#147002)

Depends on where you live: when the Canadian cartoon channel Teletoon first started, they showed each episode twice daily (9pm and 11pm Eastern) in the order they appeared, from the beginning, unedited. Now that was a treat.
They still show them in order, but often skip around to different seasons.

Unfortunately in the last 2 years or so, the people running the switchers must be asleep or something, because they'll sometimes cut to the station ID's like 2 seconds before the actual end of the scene.
However, you can also catch your unexpurgated Simpsons at 5pm Eastern on Global, Saturdays and Sundays, with no problems at the commercial breaks. Why not just tape the damn things? :)

Hard to watch (2)

Pope (17780) | more than 12 years ago | (#147003)

I find the first season, parts of the second, and the Tracy Ullman shorts hard to watch: they're just not LOL funny as the later work, and the animation is too damn crude.
Sure, I loved it when they were first out since I've been a Matt Groening fan for 16 years now. But, like ST:TNG or Degrassi jr. High, it's just too painful to watch sometimes.

Doh! as common use (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#147004)

Somehow I think they're already using it (except one girl I knew who was going into teaching and hated the Simpsons) it's as much a part of language as Bozo [yahoo.com] which was used by a few of my teachers.

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Re:Simpson shorts from Tracy Ullman show (1)

'This is false.' (223588) | more than 12 years ago | (#147005)

Actually, this is not the case. My brother has the Simpsons book which describes all the episodes through season 7, and I am certain I have seen every episode mentioned in there several times at the least.

They might to this because showing 2 episodes every weekday, the views will get sick quickly of seeing the same episodes too much. But it is true that some episodes run a lot more. There are some episodes I've probly seen 15 times or so.

And for those of you who would call me a couch potato, I usually get less than 5 hours/week of TV. But it is almost all Simpsons.

Taping... (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 12 years ago | (#147007)

Here's what gets me: I'm like one of the world's great procrastinators, I've had my VCR tape Simpsons episodes for years, and sometimes I actually went back to see them (and sometimes I'd get some useless crap like a World Series game, Doh!) So I probably have over half the episodes on tape and don't even bother to label the tapes. BTW I don't tape over them, I just buy more tapes and have boxes of these things! If there's an episode guide (i see them numbered from time to time) I could probably figure out what I have, but then, I'm a world class procrastinator so it'll also never get done. Guess it's all like a pirates buried treasure.

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D'oh! (2)

Migelikor1 (308578) | more than 12 years ago | (#147008)

I'm the president of the Simpson's club in my high school (or supreme dictator for life) and as a result of my position, I'd like to raise two points. First, the scripts for the show don't say d'oh or doh, they say "annoyed grunt" so this nonsense over its misspelling in the dictionary is futile. Second, Fox should have done the DVDs a long time ago, or at least made the videos suck less. They should be releasing entire seasons on DVD, or videos with more than 2 episodes. I have a tape with 28 full episodes!

question (2)

ywwg (20925) | more than 12 years ago | (#147009)

does anyone know which season featured the "family therapy" episode, where they shock eachother non-stop and cause a blackout?

Simpsons, Simpsons Everywhere! (2)

grovertime (237798) | more than 12 years ago | (#147011)

I'm irritated with the decision not to show the actors recording voices. Screw the illusion of the characters, this is what DVD releases of TV shows are for! The fans crave this stuff!

  1. If you're looking for footage of Dan, Hank, Harry and crew behind the scenes, there are several good places to go. TLC did a great behind-the-scenes of voice-over actors, and there were plenty of Simpsons' clips. I don't know the name of the hour long piece, but TLC tends to offer all of their shows for sale - check their website. Other than that, E! has a bunch, including an old Behind The Scenes that has some good footage. Or you can dig up an old episode of Conan O with Hank Azaria on. He always begs him to do Apu.


  1. is this.....is this for REAL? [mikegallay.com]

Seinfeld is better (1)

whereiswaldo (459052) | more than 12 years ago | (#147012)

I would pay $100 for all (best) the Seinfeld episodes on one or two DVDs.
IMO, The Simpsons has been going down the tubes for quite some time now. Get rid of Itchy and Scratchy - what uselessly violent nonsense. And get rid of some of the tasteless jokes about handicapped people, etc... Isn't this show meant for all ages? I think some people let too much slide when it comes to watching TV.

Re:How 'bout Babylon 5? (1)

GregWebb (26123) | more than 12 years ago | (#147013)

DVD regioning sucks, I agree, and I'm looking forward to B5 coming out on DVD at some point too.

I don't think VHS would help much, though. How would you plan on watching a PAL video cassette?

To misquote Homer... (2)

Tony Shepps (333) | more than 12 years ago | (#147014)

Homer (searching under couch): "Oh, forty dollars? I wanted a peanut!"

Homer's Brain: "Forty dollars can buy many peanuts."

Homer: "Explain how!"

Homer's Brain: "Money can be exchanged for goods and services."

Suspicious... (1)

koreth (409849) | more than 12 years ago | (#147015)

The OED is engaging in nepotism!

"My job is the perfect excuse for watching action films, soaps, quiz programmes -- where the language is busy right now," said chief editor John Simpson.

Disgraceful, adding your private family catchphrase to the OED.

Re:Just shows what a cool show it is (2)

antdude (79039) | more than 12 years ago | (#147016)

Actually, I used the word, DOH, at work all the times. :)

Re:question (1)

jimmcq (88033) | more than 12 years ago | (#147018)


does anyone know which season featured the "family therapy" episode, where they shock eachother non-stop and cause a blackout?

That was season one, episode four.

DivX ;) (1)

Alpha Zulu (253293) | more than 12 years ago | (#147019)

I think I'll just wait till the DivX ;) version comes to favorite "locations". =) Matt Groening has enough money.

Re:question (1)

xdfgf (460453) | more than 12 years ago | (#147020)

It was the first season.

Season 1 Episode 4

After an embarrassing experience at his company picnic, Homer begins to wonder if his family is too dysfunctional. Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie attend family therapy sessions with Dr. Marvin Monroe, an unorthodox psychotherapist who uses shock therapy to "cure" them.

Then I think when they get their money back at the end they go buy a new TV..

anyway

THE DLF HAS SPOKEN

"Whew! All this computer hacking has made me thirsty." --Homer Simpson

Maybe they'll... (1)

Bailey (30829) | more than 12 years ago | (#147024)

*digitally remaster* the first episode to improve the anime like everything else these days. :-)

Re:Simpson shorts from Tracy Ullman show (1)

falser (11170) | more than 12 years ago | (#147025)

I too thought I'd seen every episode of the Simpsons. I've been watching re-runs on the Fox/Baltimore station - they show back to back episodes daily at 6pm. And over the past few months I've probably seen at least 6 or 7 episodes I've never seen before, it's quite a treat. The ones from the first 5 or 6 seasons are quite common for re-runs, but the ones after that don't get quite as many sindicated showings.

"I can only show you Linux... you're the one who has to read the man pages."

Re:Seinfeld is better (1)

Hassman (320786) | more than 12 years ago | (#147026)

I think you fail to realise that The Simpsons isn't just a cartoon "ment for all ages". Because it really isn't (but it is...puzzle that). First of all, unless you are an adult you miss a lot of the jokes (such as all the kubrik refrenceses or other such paradies), and besides, its more of a social commentary more than anything else...kinda like south park.

Its sad when people missjudge these shows because they cannot get past their face. Remember (now i have to sound corny) don't judge the book by its cover. A show cannot last 12 seasons with a movie on the way if its crap.

Mark

Why Simpsons? (1)

volpe (58112) | more than 12 years ago | (#147027)

Is the Simpsons really worthy of this? If they came out with a reasonably-priced boxed set of the entire Star Trek original series, I'd go out and buy a DVD player. But the Simpsons?

Re:Seinfeld is better (1)

Phroggy (441) | more than 12 years ago | (#147028)

Get rid of Itchy and Scratchy - what uselessly violent nonsense.

Wow, I can't believe you missed the point of that. Itchy and Scratchy are poking fun at a lot of cartoons. It's stupid, pointless, and needlessly violent, and the kids love it. The Simpsons often makes statements about American society, and this is one of them.

--

Re:Why Simpsons? (1)

ergo98 (9391) | more than 12 years ago | (#147030)

Ughh...Definitely a matter of personal opinion as I personally feel the original Star Trek is barely worthy of archive video reels at the network.

Re:Worst episode ever (1)

Hassman (320786) | more than 12 years ago | (#147031)

hey man! The Family Guy is back in the fall. So...ummm...take that...uhhh...you!

Mark

Re:Seinfeld is better (2)

British (51765) | more than 12 years ago | (#147032)

The best Itchy and Scratchy episode was the cloning machine. The cat(scratchy?) was dead, so the mouse found an old axe with his blood on it after reading an article on cloning.

He builds a cloning machine, and out comes a new cat! He then kills the cat. This repeats over and over, until he gets tired. So he builds a killing machine so any new cloned cat gets killed shortly therafter.

Of course, for people who are desperate (1)

Pfhor (40220) | more than 12 years ago | (#147033)

like myself, you can just hope onto something like hotline and download all the episodes ever made. They are usually all in .rm, 30 megs a peice, pretty decent quality for crap, but its good enough to catch up on missed episodes (like all of this season that i missed).

Hell, there is even a guy who doesn't make you click banners or anything to download, you just have to wait in queue.

First i thought of about the dvds: higher quality episodes. I won't be able to fit a season to a cd anymore, but i could make my own vcd's of 2-3 shows etc.

Re:Actors "behind the scenes" (1)

SidVicious (148237) | more than 12 years ago | (#147034)

They did relise the altrnitive endings. It was on one of there anaversry shows where alls they show is re-runs.

What I would really like (1)

AiX2 (90563) | more than 12 years ago | (#147035)

is to have every Seinfeld episode on DVD. Is something like this allready on the market?

--Ryan

The D'oh of Homer (2)

dfelznic (8812) | more than 12 years ago | (#147036)

Ther is now a good book [amazon.com] about philosophy and the simpsons. It uses simpsons excerpts to discuss philosophical issues. The review on amazon says that groening was a philosophy major in school. I have this book and it is pretty good. A lot better than sophie's world a book along the same lines...

Re:How 'bout Babylon 5? (1)

Buran (150348) | more than 12 years ago | (#147037)

"How would you plan on watching a PAL video cassette?"
I work in a lab at a university that deals with a lot of video stuff. We have a deck that can play not just NTSC but PAL and SEACAM and whatever is out there. If it's on VHS, I can play it.

But I'd like to get the US versions because the British tapes won't have closed captioning.

Re:In (1)

Kwikymart (90332) | more than 12 years ago | (#147038)

"it's spelled 'damnit' ;-)"

Umm.. actually it isn't. See, they have these things called phrases and sentances that are formed by multiple words put together. Check out this [dictionary.com] at www.dictionary.com. "Dammit" is a word, however, "Damnit" is not. Therefore, "Damn it" is the correct way of spelling it.

MPEG Compression and Cartoons (1)

statusbar (314703) | more than 12 years ago | (#147040)

MPEG should come up with a new level of compression especially geared towards cartoons. I'm sure that animations like South Park and The Simpsons could compress really really small and still be top quality images with the proper algorithm. THEN, we could fit an entire season of episodes on ONE DVD!

Re:MPEG Compression and Cartoons (1)

Crizp (216129) | more than 12 years ago | (#147041)

(annoyed grunt) :)

MPEG record changes between frames. In cartoons there are (uaually) large areas of the same color (like southpark). Since those areas don't change much between frames, it is compressed quite well.

Northern Exposure (2)

Crixus (97721) | more than 12 years ago | (#147044)

Now once Northern Exposure episodes are available on DVD I'll be happy.

I also wouldn't mind seeing original Space:1999 eps on DVD.

And while I'm at it, every Trek Episode.

Of course this sort of thing will truly be fantastic when next generation DVD's are out, and 10 episodes or more will fit onto one DVD. That will make ownership of an entire run of some TV shows not have to take up your entire video cabinet.

Rich..

Syndication Episodes (1)

MushMouth (5650) | more than 12 years ago | (#147045)

Also all of the syndication edits will be gone. I remember when I first saw the sydicated version of "The Last Temptation of Homer" Homer and Mindy ordered room service in the hotel in Capitol City, I got all excited to see the Winged Monkeys, but they cut to a commercial instead. To get the un-edited version is completely worth it, even though we get 3 episodes a day here in the Bay Area. $40 a DVD is cheap, I offered Fox $100 a season a while ago.

Re:Hard to watch (1)

MushMouth (5650) | more than 12 years ago | (#147046)

Well you can always watch the sydicated version of the Degrassi copy, BH 90210. I don't believe it is any more watchable though.

DVD simpsons (1)

dex-Z (460224) | more than 12 years ago | (#147047)

I think it is a good idea to have the simpsons on DVD. It is the longest running series in the world with 15-16 years. It deserves something better for making people laugh that long. Now people can watch the simpsons whenever they want without having to tape all the shows. This gives people an opportunity to watch any episode whenever they want in any order. So they can watch there favorite episode over and over.

Re:Northern Exposure (1)

Teancom (13486) | more than 12 years ago | (#147049)

Dunno about Northern Exposure, but the Space:1999 episodes *are* on DVD. I work with a S:1999 freak who owns most of them, some of them twice (once on video, once on dvd). I'm sure searching around the 'net will get you links to buy, I'm too lazy to do it for you :-)

Re:Square watermellons (2)

Nerftoe (74385) | more than 12 years ago | (#147051)

I saw one yesterday and I believe Ned was doing Carl's voice...but it sounded like Ned...

Boy, I sure hope someone got fired over that one.

Re: In (spelling) (2)

jdunlevy (187745) | more than 12 years ago | (#147052)

See the relevant q and a in the Simpsons FAQ <http://www.snpp.com/guides/lisa-2.html#Q16> [snpp.com] .

I could be mistaken, but I swear there was an episode in the last three seasons or so where somebody actually starts writing out the "Annoyed Grunt," and the spelling is definitely "D'oh." I'm not having any luck finding a reference for it, though.

Also, the OED is including the word, but I've seen nothing about the OED actually making mention of the Simpsons with respect to the word. I couldn't find the new words list at the OED web site [oed.com].

Two Words: (1)

otis wildflower (4889) | more than 12 years ago | (#147053)

Babylon 5.

I want the whole series, all 5 seasons, in a huge really neat collectible (autographed?) set.

Oh, btw, make sure they're anamorphic widescreen and DD5.1. Anything less simply will not do.


Your Working Boy,
- Otis (GAIM: OtisWild)

Re:Waiting for the later seasons (1)

bark76 (410275) | more than 12 years ago | (#147054)

You and CmdrTaco are both on crack, the first season had some amazing episodes. Check out their site [thesimpsons.com] every episode from the first season [thesimpsons.com] when Conan O'Brien was with the show is a classic.

14 hours on one tape? (2)

green pizza (159161) | more than 12 years ago | (#147056)

I have a tape with 28 full episodes!

That can't be VHS... what are you using? DLT or DDS4 with the episodes in DiVX format?

Does The Simpsons have a laugh track? (2)

green pizza (159161) | more than 12 years ago | (#147057)

Here in rural North Dakota we only get the Simpsons via over-the-air broadcast about three times a week... and I'm itching to learn if Simpsons has a 'laugh track'. I can't for the life of me recall if there is one or not...

Re:MPEG Compression and Cartoons (1)

statusbar (314703) | more than 12 years ago | (#147058)

Weren't at least the original southparks done in Shockwave or Flash? I'm certain that those files would be smaller than an mpeg of the video. If they had all the episodes in flash they would probably fit on one DVD. So there is still more that MPEG could do. Knowing more about the type of data to compress allows for better compression.

--jeff

Doom-sayers ten years ago (1)

craw (6958) | more than 12 years ago | (#147059)

When the Simpsons hit the airwaves, social critics warned that this show (particularly Bart) would have a negative impact on impressionable young boys. Cynicism, lack of proper manners, and a gross indifference to authority were cited as the likely end-result.

Opponents to these critics simply responded, "Don't have a cow, Man!"

Jump forward a decade, and what do we find? Well, I believe that if those critics would just visit /. and read some of the thoughtful comments posted here, then they would realize that they were obviously, um, cough, wrong cough.

Re:D'oh! (1)

Rothron the Wise (171030) | more than 12 years ago | (#147060)

If he had been the Comic Book Guy he would've known that an episode is no where near 30 minutes in length. More like 21-23 minutes. It varies.

A penny for your thoughts.

Re:This is very good. (1)

The_Messenger (110966) | more than 12 years ago | (#147061)

Remember the Bart Simpson craze in the early 90s? The dolls, t-shirts, posters and all the rest? I actually had the Bartman/Deep Deep Trouble album on cassette... god, that seems so fucking lame now. :-)

It speaks volumes about the strength of the show that it was able to live on for so many years after the merchandise stopped being profitable.

--

Re:MPEG Compression and Cartoons (2)

harmonica (29841) | more than 12 years ago | (#147062)

In cartoons there are (uaually) large areas of the same color (like southpark). Since those areas don't change much between frames, it is compressed quite well.

However, MPEG was designed for sequences of continuous tone images (it shares quite a few similarities with JPEG, including the use of the DCT etc.). So a dedicated cartoon codec might really be a good idea.

Re: In (spelling) (1)

marmoset (3738) | more than 12 years ago | (#147063)

I could be mistaken, but I swear there was an episode in the last three seasons or so where somebody actually starts writing out the "Annoyed Grunt," and the spelling is definitely "D'oh." I'm not having any luck finding a reference for it, though.


I wish I had a more concrete reference for
you, but there was a "Life In Hell" strip
in which a character exclaims "D'oh!", and
an asterisk following it explains that
it is to be pronounced "in the manner
of Homer Simpson." That was enough for
me.

Re:Syndication Episodes (1)

Apotsy (84148) | more than 12 years ago | (#147064)

Also all of the syndication edits will be gone.

Now that's good news. That was the first thing that popped into my head -- "please let these be the real versions and not the shortened syndicated versions!" But ... where did you read that? I haven't found any news articles that mention it.

Re:Two Words: (1)

MinisterPhobia (460676) | more than 12 years ago | (#147065)

How about Roughnecks: Starship Trooper Chronicles. Right now, it's my third favorite show of all time, right behind Babylon 5 (#1) and Star Trek: Next Gen (#2).

Re:Northern Exposure (1)

Apotsy (84148) | more than 12 years ago | (#147066)

Yes! I remember that. "Space: 1999" was fun when I was a kid. The episode with the monster that would eat people by sucking them under it scared the crap out of me!

Re:This is very good. (1)

Exatron (124633) | more than 12 years ago | (#147067)

Remember the Bart Simpson craze in the early 90s? The dolls, t-shirts, posters and all the rest? I actually had the Bartman/Deep Deep Trouble album on cassette... god, that seems so fucking lame now. :-)

"The Simpsons Sing the Blues" definitely had some bad songs, but I still enjoy "Moanin' Lisa Blues."

It speaks volumes about the strength of the show that it was able to live on for so many years after the merchandise stopped being profitable.

It really isn't all that surprising since the show wasn't made to sell merchandise.

Re:Seinfeld is better (1)

whereiswaldo (459052) | more than 12 years ago | (#147068)

Well, I used to watch Bugs Bunny when I was a kid and I guess I turned out alright (IMO, of course). ;)
I see your point, but still, hasn't that issue been done to death yet? (no pun intended, really!)
We all know that cartoons can be needlessly violent. I just hope nobody takes the Itchy & Scratchy parody more seriously and thinks it's okay to hit someone over the head with [whatever]. Kids like to mimic what they see. I remember having to be disciplined quite a few times for mimicing what I saw on TV - remember on the Dukes of Hazzard or Knight Rider when they'd hit someone over the back of the base of the neck with a gun to knock them out? Enter my water pistol - shaped like a gun. Of course now I get it, but then I just thought it was okay until I was told otherwise.

I can't be certain what the effect, if any, is, because I'm not a kid anymore and I bet kids today are somewhat different than what they were when I was a kid.
Kids also seem to have this idea that they can't die. Anyone remember thinking that when they were small?

Re:Behind the Scenes (1)

enneff (135842) | more than 12 years ago | (#147069)

"Jon Katz in his underwear"

Thanks pal, thanks a lot. And I haven't even eaten breakfast yet...


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