The Springfield Times: Season 1 DVD SetThis document lists archived official news, as well as some unconfirmed rumors, regarding The Complete First Season DVD set.
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After receiving the region 1 set, I did some comparison with the R2 one.
However, since it is not informative at all and basically only contains the producers saying how bad the animation looks over and over again, R2 set owners need not feel that they're missing out anything of high importance.
Minor differences: R2 (Finnish) box and disc labels are more shiny and look cooler. The material is divided differently on the three discs: R2 set has three episodes on the last disc, whereas R1 carries one. The images in the spine are not identical. R1 set has pictures of characters' heads only, while the images in the R2 spine include their bodies, too.
The release in France has been pushed to October 10.
The French trailer can be viewed at The Simpsons Park web site. Also see a gallery of international covers.
The set is now the top-selling DVD item at Amazon.com and other major retailers around the world.
The worldwide launch of the first set has started. The Simpsons Complete First Season was released today in the US, and yesterday in the UK.
To celebrate the event, a review is available on our main news page.
Also see these new reviews:
A look at the R1 set by Obi's Reviews:
Also, a review in Swedish available at DVD Forum.
A QuickTime trailer of the first DVD set is available at the Fox UK site.
A detailed review available at DVD Breakdown:
A few mino quibbles aside, Fox has outdone itself in the production of these extra features for this long-awaited DVD release, which should prove a high-point of the year for Simpsons fans the world over.
A review has been posted to the British DVDfever site:
Originally filmed in stereo, there aren't quite as many special effects applied here than there are in later series, but what is has been enhanced with a Dolby Digital 5.1 remix throughout the entire series. This was quite unexpected but most welcome. Even in the scenes where not much action happens, the clarity is the dialogue greatly benefits from this treatment.
Playcentric.com is taking advance orders for $22.51 (CAD$34.69).
Yet another review, this time by DVDlaunch:
Audio: Woohoo! "The Simpsons" remixed in 5.1 Dolby Digital? Count me in! I was excited to hear about the episodes being remixed in the original specs, and I am really surprised how good these new mixes sounded, considering how long ago these were made, some of the sound material could be questionable about being mixed into.
In Australia, the first season DVDs will be released on October 3rd. They will retail at A$79.95
(roughly US$40) The chapters, bonuses and format is the same as the US version.
Another review of the season one set, made by Dvdfile.com:
Fox offers us Simpsons fans newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks for every episode, and like the transfers, the results are fine considering the material. As these shows were originally produced in mono only, these remixes sound inorganic and processed.
In all, this is a nice set and good first start. I found the video and audio quality decent but not great, and the supplements rather lightweight. But for only $39.95 list, this is still a solid triple. I expect even better from future Simpsons collections, so bring 'em on!
A review for fans in Belgium is available at DVD Info.
Screenshots of the first set's French edition are available at The Simpsons Park web site.
The set will be released in France on September 26.
An Australian DVD site has reviewed season 1 boxed set:
Woohoo! So the audio does not suffer from its age. In fact, we are given a 5.1 Surround mix for each and every episode culminating in being able to hear The Simpsons like never before. Most noticeable is the opening title sequence, which seems to have had a remix that gives a fresh and dynamic approach to the theme song. No it doesn't sound different, just, Mmmmmm, sweet.
It's hard to get really excited about this release, but this is The Simpsons and you have to have it right? D'oh! I mean Woohoo! It's the beginning and things will hopefully improve from here. More extras are needed, better use of the dual layered formatting is required and easter eggs that are interesting would be great too [...]
To access the easter egg (ABC News Special Report on the Bart Simpson T-Shirt controversy), click "left" in the second "Special Features" menu. When Bart's T-shirt changes color, press "Enter."
A fresh batch of preview screenshots is now available at http://simpdvd.cjb.net/.
We now have a list of commentaries on disc 3 (R2):
Commentaries (Disc 3)
R2 project has reviewed the first two discs of season 1 boxed set.
Each episode on the disks features a commentary track although Matt Groening does not appear on each one. The commentary is buried under the language option which is perhaps a little strange, other studios normally put these under the extra features. Fox instead have chosen to point the extras features menu for each episode to the disks global extras.
There's lots of funny memoirs, insights in to the making of the shows and more behind the scenes insights than even the biggest fan could handle. You'll hear about how the characters got their names and how the look of the has changed over the years. Matt and all the participants point out inside jokes whenever possible and there are plenty of remarks that make you go "Ohhh, so that's where that came from !".
Both disk feature a couple more extras as well, Disk 1 features two scripts and a third resides on disk three. These are now plain text only pages but photographic reproductions of the actual scripts complete with annotations from the writers. This is an absolutely first rate presentation of the scripts, definitely the way this feature should be presented.
Commentaries (Discs 1 & 2)
Note: Contrary to the advance information in the press release, episode "Moaning Lisa" is available on disc 2, and episodes "The Crepes of Wrath" and "Krusty Gets Busted" are on disc 3, at least in this region 2 (Europe) release.
During the weekend,
The Simpsons Complete First Season
was the best-selling DVD item at Amazon.com. By the time of writing this, however, its rank has dropped to #4.
The press release in Finnish is now available.
Final version of the official press release is now available.
According to DVDstreet, the UK (R2) set will be released on September 24, 2001 with a list price of £39.99 (their price £34.99).
In Denmark, the first set (R2) will be out on September 27.
In Finland, the first set (R2) will be released by FS-Film on September 28.
Play247.com is now offering the region 1 set to European customers for only £17.99, including shipping! Sounds too good to be true. Let's hope the pricing won't change.
Online retailers are starting to take advance orders for the first set. Amazon.com has currently the best price ($29.98).
Offered at the suggested US retail price of $39.98 ($49.98 Canada), the Simpsons Season 1 DVD Collector's Box Set will take the form of 3 dual-layered DVD discs (1.33:1 full frame), each with episodes presented in English 5.1, and Dolby Surround in English and French. English and Spanish subtitles will also be available.
A second DVD boxed set featuring all 22 episodes from the series' second season may be released in time for the Christmas season.
According to a Variety story, the first set will be released in the USA on September 25, followed by two sets a year. Season 1 set will be priced at $39.98.
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. Unlike the first three seasons of The X-Files that each take up seven discs and are priced at $149 (seasons four and five are in the works), The Simpsons Season 1 will be priced at $39.98.
But the price and number of discs will go up for subsequent seasons that each had 26 or more episodes.
There will also be no interactive gaming features, so as not to take away from the popular video games featuring The Simpsons.
But the first boxed set will include seven foreign-language clips, showing, for instance, Homer and Bart as dubbed in Japanese.
Also included will be Albert Brooks outtakes, a BBC special called America's First Family and an ABC News Special Report on the Bart Simpson T-shirt controversy.
Other extras include original scripts, commentary for each episode, early sketches, magazine covers and stills.
Also, according to the prior sources, the set will not include a wide collection of Ullman shorts. Only the presence of the first appearance of the family, Good Night has been earlier confirmed.
DVDWeb.it was informed by the 20th Century Fox Home office in Italy that the first box set of three discs will be released worldwide on the week starting September 24. Special attention will be given to the packaging which is said to have high-tech features. The cover image includes the Simpsons family being sucked into a DVD vortex, while the individual discs will have images of different characters printed on them.
In Italy, the first boxed set will cost LIT. 99.000, exactly as much as the three-disc R2 Buffy set (approximately £40 in the UK).
According to the BBFC online database, the first boxed set will feature a 1m:45s easter egg,
over 8 minutes of never-before-seen outtakes (of which 3m:43s reportedly is to involve Albert Brooks' past involvement with the
series), a 1m:49s excerpt from an unknown episode's animatic pencil animation test, the first Simpsons interstitial
broadcast April 19, 1987 on Fox's The Tracey Ullman Show, and a mystery item entitled America's First Family
(4m:48s). Fox demonstrated its thirst for fan feedback concerning such bonus contents earlier this year with an official
Last updated on December 8, 2001 by Jouni Paakkinen (email@example.com)