'The Simpsons: The Complete Twelfth Season'
(Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (2000) 2009 / Twentieth Century Fox)
Overview: In the fall of 2000, THE SIMPSONS returned to Fox for its 12th season, packing some serious celebrity heat (Edward Norton, Justin Timberlake, Stephen King, and Roger Daltry each make an appearance) and offering up a brand new boatload of quotable lines.
DVD Verdict: The twelfth season of "The Simpsons" arrives on DVD, packed with an incredible amount of special features and as always, another season that is absolutely hilarious, fun and outright enjoyable!
Since 1989, "The Simpsons" which was created by Matt Groening and is currently on its 20th Season on FOX. Derived from shorts shown on the The Tracey Ullman Show back in 1987, "The Simpsons" has broadcast over 441 episodes and has amassed 24 Primetime Emmy Awards, 26 Annie awards and a Peabody Award. And also has received the recognition of being America's longest running sitcom and animated program. Needless to say, the animated series is part of American pop culture and inspired many trends in American culture.
The twelfth season of "The Simpsons" features 21 episodes from the 2000-2001 season. And the theme of this DVD box set release is a spin on San Diego Comic-Con but in this case, "Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con".
The first things you will notice with the DVD is the box cover feature the Comic Book guy on the front. It's when you open the package, it's one of the coolest six-panel gatefold type of DVD packaging I have ever seen. The artwork features the characters at the Bi-Mon-Sci-Fi-Con and everyone in cosplay. Very cool looking but some DVD collector's may not like how the DVD's are stored inside the gatefold sleeve.
Each DVD also reflects that on the main menus as for example, disc one features people in line at the convention, waiting to get an autograph from Krusty the Clown and other characters. And the menus feature a good amount of animation, so you end up watching those too.
The 12th Season of "The Simpsons" was another fantastic season with plenty of hilariously fun episodes. Although, "The Simpsons" has always received criticism especially Executive Producer Matt Scully (during this and last season) from those who wonder how the show can run for so long, I personally feel that the writers and directors have managed to keep the season quite fresh and enjoyable for most of the time. For the 12th season on DVD, it was great to watch these episodes again and for the most part, watch it with the commentary track.
For me, I truly enjoyed "Treehouse of Horror XI", "A Tale of Two Springfields", "Lise the Tree Hugger", "HOMR", "Worst Episode Ever", really to many to mention. Of course, some episodes were very good and some were OK but for the most part, the twelfth season was quite enjoyable and the DVD release I felt was quite awesome![DAA] This is a Widescreen presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
1 Easter Egg
A Deleted Scenes Intro by Mike Scully
Deleted Scenes Gallery with Commentary
The Global Fanfest
A Sketch Gallery and Illustrated Commentary: I'm Goin' To Praiseland