The Simpsons-Gone Wild (2001)
Featurette-Krusty The Clown: King Of Comedy
Trailer-The Simpsons DVD Collection
|Year Of Production||2001|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||
Steven Dean Moore
Twentieth Century Fox
|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|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||Yes|
The Simpsons? What can I possibly say that hasn't already been said about this little show? Well it is now well into its 15th season and continues to rate well, sell loads of DVDs and make a fortune for its creators. I cannot call myself a fanatic but I have always enjoyed the antics of Homer, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Marge, Monty Burns, Principal Skinner and the rest of the motley crew. Don't worry, I won't annoy you with a potted history or a long essay on its worthiness and its power to change the culture of the USA. You know what it is and how good it is, or you wouldn't be reading this review. I'll just let you know what's on this disc and get out of your way.
As with a number of these recent non-box set releases of The Simpsons, this disc contains four episodes loosely linked together by a common theme. The theme this time is Gone Wild which indicates that all the episodes are related to some form of party or other form of cutting loose. The four episodes included here span from the first season (1990) up until 2001 and include the following:
A couple of minor annoyances - this disc has more copyright warnings than I have ever seen in one place before. You get them when you first put the disc in and then before AND after each episode. Also, the spots for ad breaks have not been removed, so the screen goes to black for a second or two every five to ten minutes.
So, if these episodes are of interest to you and you don't plan to get all the season box sets as they are released, this disc is worth checking out.
The video quality is generally excellent except for the first episode.
The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.
The picture was very clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Episode 1 was less sharp than the others and included some mild grain. It is nearly 10 years older than the other three episodes.
The colour was very good throughout with all colours being well saturated and free from colour bleeding. There was some chroma noise in the episode from 1990.
There were no other noticeable artefacts.
There are subtitles in ten languages including English. The English subtitles accurately reflected the spoken words but I found them a little too small.
This is a dual layer disc but the layer change must fall between episodes as I did not notice it.
The audio quality is good.
This DVD contains five audio options, an English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s and the same in French, German, Italian & Spanish. The surround encoding seemed to help with the theme tune but didn't make much of an impact otherwise.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand. There were no problems with audio sync.
The theme by Danny Elfman is extremely well known and very catchy. Other music was written by Alf Clausen.
The surround speakers were virtually not used at all except during the theme tune.
The subwoofer was not used.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu is a simple affair with no music or motion. It allows for each episode to be played or for specific scenes to be selected and allows access to the extras.
A short selection of Krusty moments from various episodes.
An advertisement for the range of available DVDs.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This disc will be available in the same configuration in Region 1 once it is released.
The video quality ranges from good (1 episode) to excellent (3 episodes).
The audio quality is good.
The disc has two small extras.
|DVD||Toshiba 1200, using Component output|
|Display||Sony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|