Four good episodes from seasons 9, 14 and 15
Valnastar | Deep 13, USA | 02/01/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Here is a brief synopsis of each episode on this 4-episode release:
Natural Born Kissers (season 9)
Homer and Marge have trouble capturing their old magic in the bedroom and learn to get it back by adding a sense of danger to their love life. They begin "snuggling" in very public places in order to add excitement to their romance, but this quickly goes awry when they are caught on the miniature golf course.
Large Marge (season 14)
Lisa wins a bet with Homer on the Dewey/Truman presidential election of 1948 and gets to pick the day's father/daughter activity. Lisa chooses to assist with building houses for the homeless. Homer removes his wedding ring after getting paint on it and the usual confusion and mayhem ensues when Marge believes he is flirting with other women.
Three Gays of the Condo (season 14)
Homer and Marge argue when Homer finds out Marge married him because she was pregnant with Bart. He decides move in with Milhouse's dad. When that doesn't work out, he's eventually taken in by Karl, his former assistant. Karl has a flamboyant alternate lifestyle and Homer gets involved in it with the expected comedic results.
The Way We Weren't (season 15)
When Homer mentions that Marge was not his first kiss, the story flashes back to Homer in summer camp where his first kiss was with an anonymous girl who turns out to be Marge after all. In the flashback, Homer fails to show up for a planned meeting with her because he accidentally winds up in a fat camp, but all the years since that incident Marge believed she was stood up.
This collection of 4 episodes from seasons 9, 14, and 15 on the theme of romance should please any Simpsons fan who enjoys these single-disc releases. Although all these episodes will eventually be available on full season sets, if you can't wait for some of the later seasons to arrive or if you prefer less expensive "best of" collections then this disc is for you. Although the lack of extra features or more episodes on the disc is a negative, the price of the disc is relatively modest and most of the episodes are fairly good ones."
Bottom of the barrel...
J. Hofstetter | Columbia, MO USA | 02/06/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, four of the most forgettable and regrettable episodes of the recent Simpsons. This show has been on a very noticeable slide since Season 9 and all this DVD does is prove that the show should have been canceled a while ago (keep in mind that this comes from somebody who owns all the box sets and peppers all of his everyday conversations with quotes from the golden years of the show).
I have no problem with the 4-show DVD's, I would just prefer GOOD episodes to be of those 4."
Trying to reach some middle ground with these specialty disc
Michael Amato | Belle Mead, NJ United States | 01/30/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I've written one or two reviews bashing these single-disc releases. Do they sell well? They must if FOX keeps churning them out. They're not complete idiots; if something's working (ie: making money), they keep at it.
Now we have this Homer/Marge relationship DVD with four more episodes to put on the shelf. One's great, one's good, the other two are average. Ho-hum. Average disc, hoo-rah.
My real problem with these DVDs is not like these other raving fans in that FOX is releasing these instead of the season sets. Relax, guys, we've got two seasons coming out a year. That's pretty damn good if you ask me. What I don't like is the tacked-on "theme" and selection of mediocore episodes. The Christmas 2 set had two episodes that had NOTHING to do with Christmas! Stop that nonsense. If you want to release these quick-buys, start a new line "Simpsons Classics." Search the myriad of fan sites and find the top 20 or so critically acclaimed episodes and release those on DVD. At least that looks like you put some thought into it.
In closing, you lunatic fans can just stop bombarding amazon with one-star reviews just because you're mad that FOX apparently is like some kind of bully on the schoolyard dangling future season DVDs over your heads. They're not that evil. They're not going to come out any faster with you complaining, so just review the DVD on its episodes. In this case, it's pretty average. End of story."