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The entire series of the much-loved BBC sitcom set in occupied France during the Second World War. Double entendres abound at the Cafe Rene in the French village of Nouvion as lusty lothario proprietor Rene Artois (Gorden Kaye) and his tuneless wife Edith (Carmen Silvera) aid and abet the resistance effort in their own inimitable way.
Disc 1: Bart Gets an F; Simpson and Delilah; Treehouse of Horror; Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish; Dancin' Homer
Disc 2: Bart vs. Thanksgiving; Bart the Daredevil; Itchy & Scratchy & Marge; Bart Gets Hit By a Car; One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish; The Way We Was
Disc 3: Homer vs. Lisa; Principal Charming; Oh Brother, Where Are Thou?; Bart's Dog Gets an F; Old Money; Brush with Greatness
Disc 4: Lisa's Substitute; The War of the Simpsons; Three Men and a Comic Book; Blood Feud. DVD Special Features:
Commentary for each episode
Interview with James L Brooks and Matt Groening
"Do the Bartman" director's cut music video (with optional commentary)
"Deep Deep Trouble" music video (with optional commentary)
David Silverman on the "Creation of an Episode"
Emmy Awards Presentation
Bart on the American Music Awards
Three Butterfinger TV commercials
Five foreign language clips
Gallery (animation, magazine covers and muc more)
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Sound: Dolby 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish
First aired in 1990-91, the second series of The Simpsons proved that, far from being a one-joke sitcom about the all-American dysfunctional family, it had the potential to become a whole hilarious universe. The animation had settled down (in the first series, the characters look eerily distorted when viewed years later), while Dan Castellaneta, who voiced Homer, decided to switch from a grumpy Walter Matthau impression to a more full-on, bulbous wail. The series' population of minor characters began to grow with the inclusion of Dr Hibbert, McBain and attorney Lionel Hutz, while the writers became more seamless in their ability to weave pastiche of classic movies into the plot lines. While relatively "straight" by later standards (the surreal forays of future seasons are kept in check here), Season Two contains some of the most memorable episodes ever made, indeed some of the finest American comedy ever made.
These include "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", in which Homer is reunited with, and ruins the business of, his long-lost brother ("He was an unbridled success--until he discovered he was a Simpson"), "Dead Putting Society", in which Homer lives out his rivalry with neighbour Ned Flanders through a crazy-golf competition between the sons ("If you lose, you're out of the family!") and one of the greatest ever episodes, "Lisa's Substitute", which not only features poor little Lisa's crush on a supply teacher voiced by Dustin Hoffman but also Bart's campaign to become class president. "A vote for Bart is a vote for anarchy!", warns Martin, the rival candidate. By way of a retort, Bart promises faithfully, "A vote for Bart is a vote for anarchy!". --David Stubbs
On the DVD: The Simpsons, Season 2, like its DVD predecessor, has neat animated menus on all four discs as well as apparently endless copyright warnings, but nothing as useful as a "play all" facility. The discs are more generously filled than Season 1, however, and each episode has an optional group commentary from Matt Groening and various members of his team. The fourth disc has sundry snippets including the Springfield family at the Emmy Awards ceremony, Julie Kavner dressed up as Bart at the American Music Awards and videos for both "Do the Bartman" and "Deep, Deep Trouble" (all with optional commentary). There are two short features dating from 1991: director David Silverman on the creation of an episode and an interview with Matt Groening. TV commercials for butterfinger bars, foreign language clips and picture galleries round out the selection. Picture is standard 4:3 and the sound is good Dolby 5.1. --Mark Walker
Please Note:These discs are Region 2 (PAL) format, and will work on all modern Australian & European DVD players. Your DVD player may need to be multi-region enabled in order to view this (most players in Australia are). Please check your player before purchasing