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Click to enlarge This document lists official news, as well as some unconfirmed rumors, regarding the long-anticipated Simpsons DVD releases. Currently, this page contains information on The Complete Fifth Season boxed set and other Simpsons DVD titles of late 2004 and early 2005.

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March 6, 2005

(R2) "Simpsons Classics" #11-#15 will be released a week earlier as announced before, ie. April 18, 2005. See Dec 18 entry for more disc details.

The Complete Fourth Season was finally released in Italy this week, on March 2. The release date of the 5th season remains a mystery.

February 26, 2005

(R2) Around The World In 80 D'ohs! is the next Simpsons DVD to be launched in Europe. The episodes on the disc are:

  • The Regina Monologues (EABF22)
  • Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo (AABF20)
  • Blame It On Lisa (DABF10)
  • Simpsons Safari (CABF13)
The UK street date is May 23, 2005.

February 25, 2005

(R1) Compilation DVD Bart Wars will be released in the USA and Canada on May 17, 2005. The disc contains these four episodes:

  • Mayored to the Mob (AABF05)
  • Dog of Death (8F17)
  • The Secret War of Lisa Simpson (4F21)
  • Marge Be Not Proud (3F07)
Previously released European edition of "Bart Wars" also included six trailers and a brief "The making of Bart Wars" featurette. Apparently at least the featurette will also be in the region 1 version.

(R2) The five new "Simpsons Classics" DVDs (#11-#15) now have an UK release date: April 25, 2005. Scroll down to Dec 18 news entry for more details on the discs.

February 1, 2005

Last week, a June 14 release date for The Complete Sixth Season was posted on the Fox website. However, now Fox has announced that the date is incorrect and no official street date is yet available.

(R4) The Complete Fifth Season will be released in Australia on March 23.

(R2) And in Spain, the street date is March 30.

Nutshell
Season 5

Release Dates:
· USA Dec 21
· Belgium Mar 2
· France Mar 2
· Finland Mar 18
· UK Mar 21
· AU Mar 23
· Spain Mar 30

Contents:
22 episodes with commentaries, deleted scenes, audio intro with Matt Groening and montage, animation showcase (sketches, storyboards, animatics, multiple angles), 100th episode featurette, A look back with James L. Brooks, TV commercials, foreign language clips, possible Easter eggs.

Press Release:

· English

Reviews:
· SNPP.com
· IGN
· About.com
· More:
  [1] [2] [3]

Where to get it:
· R1 Amazon.com
· R2 Amazon UK
· R4 EzyDVD

More:
· Official Site


Other Releases

Region 2: (May 23)
· Around The World In 80 D'ohs!

Region 1: (May 17)
· Bart Wars

Region 2: (Apr 18)
· Raiders of the Lost Fridge
· The Last Temptation of Homer
· Crime and Punishment
· Viva Los Simpsons
· Springfield Murder Mysteries

Region 1: (Dec 21)
· The Complete First Five Seasons

Region 1: (Sep 14)
· The Simpsons Gone Wild

Region 1: (Nov 2)
· Christmas 2

Region 2: (Oct 25)
· Christmas 2



January 8, 2005

High resolution versions of some of the deleted scenes of The Complete Fifth Season can be downloaded from Fox:

(R2)The Complete Fifth Season will be released in Finland on March 18, 2005.

January 1, 2005

Wesley Mead's extensive review of The Complete Fifth Season is now available on our main news page.

Also, when watching season 5, don't miss the "Secret Animators' discussion": Go to the menu for "Skinner's Badassssss Song", and the circle on the upper-left has been replaced with a 'badge' that says "100th Episode". Highlight the badge, and click on it. You'll get a discussion by Matt Groening and most of the animators about the process, over an animatic of the final act of the episode. Thanks to Roger Myers III of No Homers Club for mentioning this.

December 20, 2004

(R1) IGN has reviewed The Complete Fifth Season. To read it, click here.

About.com has also posted a review, spiced up with downloadable deleted scenes that are available in the set.

December 18, 2004

(R2) Five new DVDs in the "Simpsons Classics" series will be out in early 2005.

These will be released in France on February 23, 2005. The UK date is yet unknown.
Thanks to Neotheone

December 12, 2004

Here is the full list of commentaries on The Complete Fifth Season:

  • Commentary by Matt Groening, Al Jean, Hank Azaria, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Martin, and Mark Kirkland on Homer's Barbershop Quartet
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, Al Jean, and Jon Vitti on Cape Feare
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, James L. Brooks, Conan O'Brien, Jim Reardon, and David Silverman on Homer Goes to College
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Wes Archer, and David Silverman on Rosebud
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, David Mirkin, Conan O'Brien, Greg Daniels, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, and David Silverman on Treehouse of Horror IV
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Mark Kirkland, David Silverman on Marge on the Lam
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, George Meyer, Bob Anderson, and David Silverman on Bart's Inner Child
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, George Meyer, Bob Anderson, and David Silverman on Boy-Scoutz N the Hood
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, and David Silverman on The Last Temptation of Homer
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, and Wes Archer on $pringfield
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, and David Silverman on Homer the Vigilante
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, David Mirkin, Conan O'Brien, Susie Dietter, and David Silverman on Bart Gets Famous
  • Commentary by David Mirkin, Greg Daniels, Mark Kirkland, and David Silverman on Homer and Apu
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, and David Silverman on Lisa vs. Malibu Stacey
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Mark Kirkland, and David Silverman on Deep Space Homer
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, David Richardson, Wes Archer, and David Silverman on Homer Loves Flanders
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, and David Silverman on Bart Gets an Elephant
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Jace Richdale, Mark Kirkland, and David Silverman on Burns' Heir
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Bob Anderson, and David Silverman on Sweet Seymour Skinner's Badasssss Song
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, and David Silverman on The Boy Who Knew Too Much
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, and Wes Archer on Lady Bouvier's Lover
  • Commentary by David Mirkin, Greg Daniels, and David Silverman on Secrets of a Successful Marriage

(R2) Amazon UK has moved the British release date of the 5th season from February back to March 21.

November 27, 2004

(R1) All 103 episodes of seasons 1-5 will be released on a 19-disc DVD set entitled The Complete First Five Seasons. It becomes available the same day as season 5 set, ie. December 21, 2004.
As it contains the five first season sets, the contents are the same:

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 103 episodes on 19 discs
  • Commentary by Matt Groening and others on all episodes
  • Storyboards & sketches
  • Featurettes
  • Music videos
  • Foreign language clips
  • Pop-ups
  • TV ads
  • Baby translator
  • Audio outtakes
  • Treehouse of Horror sketches
  • Easter egg bonus commentary and sketches
  • Deleted scenes
  • Animation showcases
  • Deleted scenes
  • 100th episode featurette
  • Special language feature

The retail price is $239.90, but Amazon.com is selling it for the low price of $139.14. Whether this set becomes available in other regions is yet unknown.

(R2) The Complete Fifth Season will be released in Belgium and possibly in France on March 2, 2005.
Thanks to Neotheone

November 11, 2004

(R2) According to Amazon UK, The Complete Fifth Season will be released in the UK on February 7, 2005. Elsewhere, Play.com sets the release to March 14. Note that neither of these dates is yet confirmed by Fox UK and may change.

November 2, 2004

"The Simpsons Christmas 2", is now available in the USA, and the UK. Official release dates are November 2 and October 25.

"The Simpsons Christmas 2" includes these four episodes:

  • Homer vs. Dignity (CABF04)
  • Skinner's Sense of Snow (CABF06)
  • Dude, Where's My Ranch? (EABF13)
  • 'Tis the Fifteenth Season (FABF02)
Special features:
  • Multi-angle animation showcase for act one of 'Tis the Fifteenth Season (22m 52s)
  • Animatic footage for act one of episode 'Tis the Fifteenth Season (9m 11s)
To their disappointment, fans at the No Homers Club have discovered, that the disc apparently contains the syndicated version of Dude Where's My Ranch?.

(R2) In the European market, there is also an inexpensive double pack featuring "Christmas 2" and "On Your Marks, Get Set, D'oh!."

Also, R2 versions of seasons 1-4 are now on sale at a low-low price of 14.99 each at Play.com, including shipping.

October 23, 2004

Fox has issued a press release on The Complete Fifth Season with a complete rundown of the set contents.

Disc 1:

  • "Homer's Barbershop Quartet"
  • "Cape Feare"
  • "Homer Goes to College"
  • "Rosebud"
  • "Treehouse of Horror IV"
  • Additional Bonus Features Include:
    • Introduction from Matt Groening
    • Audio Commentary on every episode with executive producers, actors, writers, and directors
    • Animation Showcase
    • Storyboards
    • Animatic with Illustrated Commentary
    • Original sketches
Disc 2:
  • "Marge on the Lam"
  • "Bart's Inner Child"
  • "Boy-Scoutz N the Hood"
  • "The Last Temptation of Homer"
  • "$pringfield (or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)"
  • "Homer The Vigilante"
  • Additional Bonus Features Include:
    • Audio Commentary on every episode with executive producers, actors, writers, and directors
    • Animation Showcase
    • Storyboards
    • Animatic
    • Deleted Scenes with optional commentary

Disc 3:
  • "Bart Gets Famous"
  • "Homer and Apu"
  • "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy"
  • "Deep Space Homer"
  • "Homer Loves Flanders"
  • "Bart Gets an Elephant"
  • Additional Bonus Features Include:
    • Audio Commentary on every episode with executive producers, actors, writers, and directors
    • Animation Showcase
    • Storyboards
    • Animatic
    • Deleted Scenes with optional commentary

Disc 4:
  • "Burns' Heir"
  • "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Badasssss Song"
  • "The Boy Who Knew Too Much"
  • "Lady Bouvier's Lover"
  • "Secrets of a Successful Marriage"
  • Additional Bonus Features Include:
  • Audio Commentary on every episode with executive producers, actors, writers, and directors
    • Animation Showcase
    • Storyboards
    • Animatic
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Deleted Scenes Gallery with optional commentary
    • Special Language Feature
    • "A Look Back with James L. Brooks" featurette

Click here to view the press release in full. Thanks to TV Shows on DVD!

In another news, The Complete Fourth Season was named Best 90s Series and Best Animated Series at the first-ever TV DVD Awards. The awards were launched by Video Store Magazine, in cooperation with The Hollywood Reporter and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Also, The Simpsons' first season has been knocked out of its spot as the best-selling TV show of all time on DVD, thanks to comedian Dave Chappelle, whose season one DVD took the title after selling over two million units, according to Videoscan and retail sources.

October 14, 2004

Here is the full list for the contents of The Complete Fifth Season, courtesy of Amazon.com:

  • Available subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, Al Jean, Hank Azaria, Jon Lovitz, Jeff Martin, and Mark Kirkland on Homer's Barbershop Quartet
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, Al Jean, and Jon Vitti on Cape Feare
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, James L. Brooks, Conan O'Brien, Jim Reardon, and David Silverman on Homer Goes to College
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Wes Archer, and David Silverman on Rosebud.
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, David Mirkin, Conan O'Brien, Greg Daniels, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, and David Silverman on Treehouse of Horror
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Mark Kirkland, David Silverman on Marge on the Lam
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, George Meyer, Bob Anderson, and David Silverman on Bart's Inner Child
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Dan Castellaneta, Yeardley Smith, George Meyer, Bob Anderson, and David Silverman on Boy-Scoutz N the Hood
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, and David Silverman on The Last Temptation of Homer
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, and Wes Archer on Springfield
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, and David Silverman on Homer the Vigilante
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, David Mirkin, Conan O'Brien, Susie Dietter, and David Silverman on Bart Gets Famous
  • Commentary by David Mirkin, Greg Daniels, Mark Kirkland, and David Silverman on Homer and Apu
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, and David Silverman on Lisa vs. Malibu Stacey
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Mark Silverman, and David Silverman on Deep Space Homer
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, David Richardson, Wes Archer, and David Silverman on Homer Loves Flanders
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, and David Silverman on Bart Gets an Elephant
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Jace Richdale, Mark Kirkland, and David Silverman on Burns' Heir
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, Bob Anderson, and David Silverman on Sweet Seymour Skinner's Badasssss Song
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, and David Silverman on The Boy Who Knew Too Much
  • Commentary by Matt Groening, David Mirkin, Bill Oakley, Josh Weinstein, and Wes Archer on Lady Bouvier's Lover
  • Commentary by David Mirkin, Greg Daniels, and David Silverman on Secrets of a Successful Marriage
  • Animation Showcase
  • Audio intro with Matt Groening and montage
  • Commercials
  • Treehouse of Horror sketches
  • Deleted scenes
  • 100th episode featurette
  • Special language feature
Apart from the language selection, the contents will be the same worldwide. Note that Amazon has now updated its R1 release date to December 21, 2004 - the date announced below.

October 6, 2004

(R1) TV Shows on DVD reports that The Complete Fifth Season will be released in the USA and Canada just by Christmas, on December 21, 2004.

The set contains all 22 episodes of the 5th season, with commentary tracks by commentators such as Hank Azaria, James L. Brooks, Matt Groening and Conan O'Brien. As in the previous set, special features include deleted scenes, animatics, storyboards, sketches, commericials, and an intro by creator Matt Groening.

The region 1 edition carries English Dolby Surround 5.1, Spanish Stereo, French Stereo, and subtitles in English and Spanish. Video is Full-Frame 1.33:1, of course. 484 minutes is the stated running time. Suggested retail price is $49.98 in the USA, and CA$69.98 in Canada.

Season 5 set is now available to pre-order at Amazon.com, according to which the release date is January 21, 2005 - a month later than what TV Shows on DVD suggests.

Our season 4 DVD news (with news on other titles of the time) have now been archived. However, below is a recap of information on other upcoming and recent DVD titles.

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