Judge Dennis Prince always seems to get duped by the leftover chocolates where someone else has already jammed their finger up into the underside. D'OH!
Our reviews of Christmas With The Simpsons (published October 30th, 2003), The Simpsons: The Complete First Season (published September 19th, 2001), The Simpsons: The Complete Third Season (published December 15th, 2003), The Simpsons: The Complete Fourth Season (published July 12th, 2004), The Simpsons: The Complete Fifth Season (published February 23rd, 2005), The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season (published August 29th, 2005), The Simpsons: The Complete Seventh Season (published January 16th, 2006), The Simpsons: The Complete Eighth Season (published August 21st, 2006), The Simpsons: The Complete Ninth Season (published January 22nd, 2007), The Simpsons: The Complete Tenth Season (published August 29th, 2007), The Simpsons: The Complete Thirteenth Season (Blu-Ray) (published September 6th, 2010), The Simpsons: The Complete Fourteenth Season (Blu-ray) (published December 19th, 2011), The Simpsons: The Complete Fifteenth Season (published December 24th, 2012), The Simpsons: The Complete Twentieth Season (Blu-Ray) (published January 21st, 2010), The Simpsons: Bart Wars (published June 30th, 2005), The Simpsons Christmas 2 (published December 24th, 2004), The Simpsons Gone Wild (published December 8th, 2004), The Simpsons: The Complete Twelfth Season (published September 9th, 2009), The Simpsons: The Fourteenth Season (published December 22nd, 2011), and The Simpsons' Treehouse Of Horror (published November 20th, 2003) are also available.
It's a Valentine's Day treat for all you lovers of leftover indulgences.
Well, as the DVD medium has become so accessible and relatively affordable (though still inexcusably marked up when comparing retail prices to manufacturing costs), studios are crafting holiday-themed titles faster than Hallmark can churn out their own drippy sentimentalities. Unfortunately, this trend afflicts some of the better offerings in the TV-on-DVD market as The Simpsons has been flagrantly exploited in nearly every manner of digital double-dipping (and triple and quadruple and so on). While the complete season boxed sets are to be applauded and gleefully snapped up on street date, these themed rehash discs hold little value to anyone except the casual viewer, the infrequent renter, and—alas—the incurable completist. For better or for worse, such is the case with The Simpsons Kiss and Tell—The Story of Their Love.
This new disc from Fox Home Entertainment features four episodes that loosely tie together to celebrate love and marriage, Simpsons style. Here's what you'll find on this disc:
• "Natural Born Kissers"
• "Large Marge"
• "Three Gays of the Condo"
• "The Way We Weren't"
As is to be expected from The Simpsons, each episode is genuinely fresh and funny and these four are no exception. The tinge of staleness, however, sets in when otherwise excellent episodes are peddled in this sort of re-run manner. If you don't watch The Simpsons often, either as currently broadcast or as part of boxed DVD sets you may already own, then this disc may be worth a look to you. Otherwise, it's really difficult to recommend a purchase here as this sort of "best of" compilation is of little replay value. Technically, each transfer looks great, just as you would expect, rendered in original 1.33:1 aspect ratio and sporting a Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track that's more than adequate. As for extras, the only thing that might entice you to double-dip here is an animatic sequence for "The Way We Weren't."
Again, while there's nothing inherently inadequate about the actual content on this disc, it seems like yet another box of leftover chocolates when presented in this Valentines-themed offering.
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