The Simpsons-Too Hot for TV (1989)

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Released 31-Mar-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Trailer-The Simpsons Complete First And Second Seasons
Trailer-The Simpsons Film Festival & Backstage Pass
Trailer-The Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror & Risky Business
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1989
Running Time 87:20
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Neil Affleck
Bob Anderson
Mikel B. Anderson
Wesley Archer
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Dan Castellaneta
Julie Kavner
Nancy Cartwright
Yeardley Smith
Hank Azaria
Harry Shearer
Marcia Wallace
Phil Hartman
Tress MacNeille
Pamela Hayden
Maggie Roswell
Russi Taylor
Doris Grau
Case ?
RPI $24.95 Music Alf Clausen
Ray Colcord
Danny Elfman


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
French
German
Italian
Norwegian
Spanish
Swedish
French Titling
German Titling
Italian Titling
Spanish Titling
Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes, Treehouse of Horror IX has amusing credits.

NOTE: The Profanity Filter is ON. Turn it off here.

Plot Synopsis

    The Simpsons Classics – Too Hot for TV is another collection of four risqué episodes supposedly too much for TV. While this may be a slight exaggeration, they are good examples of how funny The Simpsons can be when it gets into gutter humour for a while. In this release we have:

    While these are undeniably great episodes from a hit series, I am still scratching my head as to why you would pick up just four episodes when you can pick up a box set of twenty-four. Although the box set releases are currently only up to Season 3 and some of the episodes here are a long way along the line, I think you are still better off renting this out than picking it up and biding your time for the inevitable release of the rest of the series. So, if you’re up for a chuckle and want some disposable TV to go with your pizza and some fans, give this a rent and try not to laugh with your mouth full ...

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Transfer Quality

Video

    As with the other Simpsons Classics releases, these episodes are presented in 1.33:1, Full Frame, which was the original broadcast aspect ratio. The picture quality here is better than the other Simpsons Classics DVDs, but still suffering from many of the same faults to a lesser degree.

    Colours are rich and well saturated and there is only some mild cross-colouration, generally limited to the background around closely grouped lines.

    The image is very well defined, the technology having come a long way since the first few seasons. There is no dirt.

    Significant MPEG artefacts are nowhere to be found. There is some minor aliasing in the background, but cross colouration often tends to give this effect and it is sometimes hard to tell which is which.

    Subtitles are available in English for the Hearing Impaired, regular English, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Norwegian and Swedish. They appear as white with a grey/black border and are easy to read.

    The dual-layer pause is hidden in between the episodes.

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Audio

    Audio is available in 2.0 Dolby Surround in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.

    The mix is fairly front-driven, with minimal use of the surrounds, and only the occasional left-right directional cue.

    Dialogue was spot on and there were no audio sync issues. The music added a little life to the rears, and had a fairly decent range overall without being anything spectacular.

    Sadly, there is no subwoofer use.

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Extras

Menus

    All menus are presented in 1.33:1 Full Frame. They are static and silent.

Trailers

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    It does not appear as if this was released in R1 on DVD – the smart cookies decided to go straight for the complete season DVD releases.

Summary

    The Simpsons Classics – Too Hot For TV is a good collection of naughty episodes that definitely brought out the chuckles.

    The video image is the best of the Simpsons Classics DVDs that I have reviewed so far.

    This audio does the job without being anything spectacular.

    The extras are purely promotional.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Edward McKenzie (I am Jack's raging bio...)
Monday, June 14, 2004
Review Equipment
DVDPanasonic DVD-RV31A-S, using S-Video output
DisplayBeko 28" (16x9). This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver.
AmplificationMarantz SR7000
SpeakersEnergy - Front, Rear, Centre & Subwoofer

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