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The Simpsons - The Complete Ninth Season
The Simpsons - The Complete Ninth Season
Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria
Directors: Bob Anderson, Dominic Polcino, Jim Reardon, Klay Hall, Mark Ervin
Genres: Comedy, Television, Animation
UR     2006     9hr 30min

The entire ninth season of the animated television show, The Simpsons. Genre: Television Rating: NR Release Date: 19-DEC-2006 Media Type: DVD

     

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Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria
Directors: Bob Anderson, Dominic Polcino, Jim Reardon, Klay Hall, Mark Ervin
Genres: Comedy, Television, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Television, Animation
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Animated,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 12/19/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1997
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 9hr 30min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Albanian, Arabic, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Kim S. from MONTICELLO, NY
Reviewed on 9/12/2012...
Love this DVD set! "Bart Star" and "Lisa the Skeptic" are my favorite episodes, and they're included on this set.

Movie Reviews

THE last great Simpsons season
Jack Ace Rothstein | USA | 10/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mike Scully's reign of terror has begun!

There is a theory that the best seasons of the Simpsons are its single-digit seasons. While I feel that Seasons 10 and 11 are certainly respectable, it is true IMO that Season 9 is the last season in which one could consider the Simpsons truly great.

As great a writer as John Schwartzwelder had become over the seasons, Season 9 is where Ian Maxtone-Graham really shined through with not only three great episodes but also having two of the three that should be in the discussion of the greatest Simpsons episodes of all time. Here are the episodes for your enjoyment.

1. The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson - classic Simpsons episode written by Ian Maxtone-Graham where Homer goes to NY to recover his illegally parked car from the WTC. Definitely one of the great Simpsons episodes of all time. Also the introduction of Duffman OH YEAH!

2. The Principal and the Pauper - the somewhat controversial episode where Principal Skinner ISN'T Principal Skinner but am impostor. Later parodied in Season 11.

3. Lisa's Sax - a flashback episode centered around (you guessed it)

4. Treehouse of Horror VIII - Homega Man - Homer discovers after a nuclear explosion that he is the last man in Sspringfield, Fly vs. Fly - Bart uses a Frink device to morph into a man-fly, Easy Bake Coven - it's easy to see Patty and Selma as witches, but Marge too (check out the end where Homer goes as Princess Kashmir on Halloween).

5. The Cartridge Family - great John Schwartzwelder episode about the folly of allowing Homer Simpson his 2nd Amendment rights. Also, the folly of believing that soccer is an enjoyable sport to watch.

6. Bart Star - Bart goes for pee-wee football with Homer (looking stylish in his Tom Landry hat) as his inept but loving coach. BTW, You're cut.

7. The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons - another great episode centered around Apu and his Indian background which now focuses on his arranged marriage and Homer's attempts to stop it.

8. Lisa the Skeptic - Probably the first time on the Simpsons that someone from academia gave a voice-over (Steven Jay Gould). A decent Lisa and Marge episode.

9. Realty Bites - The introduction of Gil, the lovable loser, and Cookie Kwan (stay away from the East Side) as well as Marge's attempts to be a realtor with integrity. Another great Lionel Hutz performance by the late Phil Hartman.

10. Miracle on Evergreen Terrace - Average Christmas episode with Bart burning down the presents on accident and claiming burglars stole them. The best word to describe this episode: craptacular!

11. All Singing, All Dancing - an above-average clip-show where the cast sings their dialogue.

12. Bart Carny - Another John Schwatzwelder script where carnies trick the Simpsons out of house and home.

13. The Joy of Sect - Springfield falls into the grip of a cult, except for Marge who manages to escape and plot the survival of the family. Plus another glimpse of Flanders' rumpus room.

14. Das Bus - "Lost" completely ripped off its plot from "Das Bus" (which ripped it off from Lord of the Flies). Also a great B-story with Homer the burgeoning internet millionaire ("They got the internet on computers now").

15. The Last Temptation of Krust - So many great comedic guest stars fill this episode where Krusty attempts to reinvent his comedy act into that of Lenny Bruce and George Carlin. But can you really turn a corporate shill into a "funny man of the people"?

16. Dumbbell Indemnity - Probably the first full episode centered on Moe Syslack and his failed attempts to woo the opposite sex through money. MUST KILL MOE! WHEEEEEEE!

17. Lisa the Simpson - A truly great Lisa episode of the quality of "Lisa the Vegetarian" two seasons earlier. Lisa believes she is succumbing to the dreaded Simpson gene that should cause the smart Lisa to turn dumb and dull. Another great Troy McClure in a documentary performance by the late Phil Hartman and a great performance by Dan Castellaneta as the various Simpsons adults in the tri-state.

18. This Little Wiggy - Oh Ralph, that often misunderstood lad. When he is set up on a play-date with Bart, watch as the sparks fly (Smells like hotdogs).

19. Simpson Tide - Homer commanding a nuclear sub? (It's pronounced "nukular"). And all for joining the Naval Reserve. In an "unrelated" story, Bart tries to get an earring.

20. The Trouble with Trillions - A great episode by Ian Maxtone-Graham where Homer's tax troubles cause him to become an IRS snitch, eventually facing Mr. Burns who "acquired" a trillion dollar bill.

21. Girly Edition - Lisa's attempts at creating a serious kids news show are thwarted by Bart's neverending stream of bleeding heart human interest stories. Also the introduction of the Crazy Cat Lady.

22. Trash of the Titans - Yes, it has arrived the 200th Simpsons episode and what a gem written by Ian Maxtone-Graham. This episode had U2 (playing themselves, esp. Bono as his truly altruistic self) and Steve Martin as the incredibly competent sanitation commissioner Ray Patterson. Homer's disappointment with the sanitation department causes him to run a sleazy but successful campaign against Ray Patterson. Again, an episode that deserves to be in the discussion of the greatest Simspons episodes ever. This episode won an Emmy and was dedicated to the late Linda McCartney.

23. King of the Hill - Another episode by John Schwartzwelder where Homer's lack of energy causes him to work out until he sees the ultimate challenge, climbing the Murderhorn mountain. But what I will always remember are the sherpas.

24. Lost Our Lisa - A decent Homer-Lisa episode where Lisa tries to go by herself to the museum to see the Egypt exhibit.

25. Natural Born Kissers - Over the years, Homer and Marge have found that it gets harder and harder to "Rock the Casbah". That is unless they are caught in a dangerous and perilious situation which becomes their aphrodisiac.

This season has a lot of great episodes. Probably not the greatest Simpsons season of all, but definitely the last great Simpsons season. Plus you get audio commentary on EVERY episode as well as those other extras that fans of the DVDs have come to expect."
THE last great Simpsons season......
Jack Ace Rothstein | USA | 11/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Maybe I'm a moron for owning all the collectible head packs to date but I guess I'll stop with the Bart head. Here is my review from the other thread.

Mike Scully's reign of terror has begun!

There is a theory that the best seasons of the Simpsons are its single-digit seasons. While I feel that Seasons 10 and 11 are certainly respectable, it is true IMO that Season 9 is the last season in which one could consider the Simpsons truly great.

As great a writer as John Schwartzwelder had become over the seasons, Season 9 is where Ian Maxtone-Graham really shined through with not only three great episodes but also having two of the three that should be in the discussion of the greatest Simpsons episodes of all time. Here are the episodes for your enjoyment.

1. The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson - classic Simpsons episode written by Ian Maxtone-Graham where Homer goes to NY to recover his illegally parked car from the WTC. Definitely one of the great Simpsons episodes of all time. Also the introduction of Duffman OH YEAH!

2. The Principal and the Pauper - the somewhat controversial episode where Principal Skinner ISN'T Principal Skinner but am impostor. Later parodied in Season 11.

3. Lisa's Sax - a flashback episode centered around (you guessed it)

4. Treehouse of Horror VIII - Homega Man - Homer discovers after a nuclear explosion that he is the last man in Sspringfield, Fly vs. Fly - Bart uses a Frink device to morph into a man-fly, Easy Bake Coven - it's easy to see Patty and Selma as witches, but Marge too (check out the end where Homer goes as Princess Kashmir on Halloween).

5. The Cartridge Family - great John Schwartzwelder episode about the folly of allowing Homer Simpson his 2nd Amendment rights. Also, the folly of believing that soccer is an enjoyable sport to watch.

6. Bart Star - Bart goes for pee-wee football with Homer (looking stylish in his Tom Landry hat) as his inept but loving coach. BTW, You're cut.

7. The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons - another great episode centered around Apu and his Indian background which now focuses on his arranged marriage and Homer's attempts to stop it.

8. Lisa the Skeptic - Probably the first time on the Simpsons that someone from academia gave a voice-over (Steven Jay Gould). A decent Lisa and Marge episode.

9. Realty Bites - The introduction of Gil, the lovable loser, and Cookie Kwan (stay away from the East Side) as well as Marge's attempts to be a realtor with integrity. Another great Lionel Hutz performance by the late Phil Hartman.

10. Miracle on Evergreen Terrace - Average Christmas episode with Bart burning down the presents on accident and claiming burglars stole them. The best word to describe this episode: craptacular!

11. All Singing, All Dancing - an above-average clip-show where the cast sings their dialogue.

12. Bart Carny - Another John Schwatzwelder script where carnies trick the Simpsons out of house and home.

13. The Joy of Sect - Springfield falls into the grip of a cult, except for Marge who manages to escape and plot the survival of the family. Plus another glimpse of Flanders' rumpus room.

14. Das Bus - "Lost" completely ripped off its plot from "Das Bus" (which ripped it off from Lord of the Flies). Also a great B-story with Homer the burgeoning internet millionaire ("They got the internet on computers now").

15. The Last Temptation of Krust - So many great comedic guest stars fill this episode where Krusty attempts to reinvent his comedy act into that of Lenny Bruce and George Carlin. But can you really turn a corporate shill into a "funny man of the people"?

16. Dumbbell Indemnity - Probably the first full episode centered on Moe Syslack and his failed attempts to woo the opposite sex through money. MUST KILL MOE! WHEEEEEEE!

17. Lisa the Simpson - A truly great Lisa episode of the quality of "Lisa the Vegetarian" two seasons earlier. Lisa believes she is succumbing to the dreaded Simpson gene that should cause the smart Lisa to turn dumb and dull. Another great Troy McClure in a documentary performance by the late Phil Hartman and a great performance by Dan Castellaneta as the various Simpsons adults in the tri-state.

18. This Little Wiggy - Oh Ralph, that often misunderstood lad. When he is set up on a play-date with Bart, watch as the sparks fly (Smells like hotdogs).

19. Simpson Tide - Homer commanding a nuclear sub? (It's pronounced "nukular"). And all for joining the Naval Reserve. In an "unrelated" story, Bart tries to get an earring.

20. The Trouble with Trillions - A great episode by Ian Maxtone-Graham where Homer's tax troubles cause him to become an IRS snitch, eventually facing Mr. Burns who "acquired" a trillion dollar bill.

21. Girly Edition - Lisa's attempts at creating a serious kids news show are thwarted by Bart's neverending stream of bleeding heart human interest stories. Also the introduction of the Crazy Cat Lady.

22. Trash of the Titans - Yes, it has arrived the 200th Simpsons episode and what a gem written by Ian Maxtone-Graham. This episode had U2 (playing themselves, esp. Bono as his truly altruistic self) and Steve Martin as the incredibly competent sanitation commissioner Ray Patterson. Homer's disappointment with the sanitation department causes him to run a sleazy but successful campaign against Ray Patterson. Again, an episode that deserves to be in the discussion of the greatest Simspons episodes ever. This episode won an Emmy and was dedicated to the late Linda McCartney.

23. King of the Hill - Another episode by John Schwartzwelder where Homer's lack of energy causes him to work out until he sees the ultimate challenge, climbing the Murderhorn mountain. But what I will always remember are the sherpas.

24. Lost Our Lisa - A decent Homer-Lisa episode where Lisa tries to go by herself to the museum to see the Egypt exhibit.

25. Natural Born Kissers - Over the years, Homer and Marge have found that it gets harder and harder to "Rock the Casbah". That is unless they are caught in a dangerous and perilious situation which becomes their aphrodisiac.

This season has a lot of great episodes. Probably not the greatest Simpsons season of all, but definitely the last great Simpsons season. Plus you get audio commentary on EVERY episode as well as those other extras that fans of the DVDs have come to expect."
Past its peak
J. Owens | 02/06/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Don't get me wrong, there are several really good episodes in the Ninth Season. Even at its worst The Simpsons is better than most of the drivel that gets put on TV anyway.

My least favorite episode on this set would have to be The Principal and the Pauper. After watching that episode I knew the inevitable downhill slide for this series had begun.

In many places, it felt like the writers were trying too hard, or in some cases not trying hard enough, and they started with a few story ideas that weren't all that great to begin with. In any case, the finely tuned situations, impeccable timing, spot-on delivery, and humor from the previous seasons is often lost. The series feels off-kilter in a number of ways.

There are a lot of cracks that begin to show up in construction of these episodes. First, a lot of the writing is subpar. The animation also begins to suffer. And a lot of the dialogue seems forced, as if the actors no longer care as much about their product, they're just there for the paycheck.

Now, that being said, there are a number of real gems in this set, including: Realty Bites, Trash of the Titans, The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson, and Bart Carny.

Overall, I'd say its still worth purchasing, but as the quality of this series goes downhill starting here with the Ninth Season, let's hope the $40 entry fee will also start to go down a little, too. This is the first time I've bought a Simpsons DVD set that left a hint of a bad taste in my mouth."