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Re: DVD & Blu-Ray Purchases/Discussion Thread
« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2005, 01:51:55 PM »

So there's lots flying around today in regards to The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season.  As some of you are aware, the next number of sets will be deviating from the established format of seasons 1 - 5 and will look like this:



Many people are up in arms that the new box will not look proper on a shelf.  I actually agree with them on this and would much prefer that they stick to the old format.  Well, we nerds may have had our wish come true today if the following is not fake:

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The included flyer may be some relief to collectors concerned with the packaging. It reads:
"For all those that fear change... For those those anal-retentive nerds who like their DVD boxes to line up perfectly on the shelf... For all those who dislike storing their digital media inside a hollowed-out human head, have we got a deal for you:
Just call [1-800 #] for a very derivative, old-style just-like-before box with almost nothing new or creative to annoy or terrify you. Enjoy!"

I ommitted the actual # for now, since this isn't supposed to be out yet.
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Re: DVD & Blu-Ray Purchases/Discussion Thread
« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2005, 02:14:19 PM »

Up in arms?  That is fucking ridiculous.  That packaging is how the creator intended you to house your dvds, losers.
That is a generic losers, Jeremy.

this time.
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Re: DVD & Blu-Ray Purchases/Discussion Thread
« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2005, 02:15:50 PM »

Actually, Matt Groening doesn't have a lot, if any, control over how Fox markets The Simpsons.   Sad but true.
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« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2005, 02:21:35 PM »

Wait, the complaint was that the boxes were unique and made for display, rather than being plain black rectangles? This is obviously a ploy to artificially create a rare version for eBay purposes. Or, you have OCD.
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Re: DVD & Blu-Ray Purchases/Discussion Thread
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2005, 03:13:36 PM »

Yeah.  It's my guess they're trying to make something that will catch people's eye in the store.
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Re: DVD & Blu-Ray Purchases/Discussion Thread
« Reply #20 on: August 06, 2005, 02:54:27 PM »

They do have sleeves...I think they look fine on the shelf...

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Re: DVD & Blu-Ray Purchases/Discussion Thread
« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2005, 01:33:28 PM »

Which seasons of The Simpsons are generally considered the best?   My faves were 4, 5, 6, and 7, but I don't watch every episode any more so I'm kind of out of touch.   Likewise, I don't remember the first three that well any more.   I don't watch reruns, for several years I watched each episode once and once only (same for Seinfeld, I could probably count on one hand the episodes I've seen more than once).
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Re: DVD & Blu-Ray Purchases/Discussion Thread
« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2005, 01:47:14 PM »

The halcyon days for The Simpsons (for me anyway) were seasons 4 - 6.  Season 6 (out tomorrow!) ended with 'Who Shot Mr. Burns? Part I', an absolutely brilliant cliffhanger and probably my favorite episode overall.  The resolution to that at the start of season 7 was alright, but not great.

Seasons 2 and 3 also have some brilliant episodes like Dead Putting Society (S2), Homer vs. Lisa And The 8th Commandment (S2), Three Men And A Comic Book (S2), Bart the Murderer (S3), Flaming Moe's (S3), Radio Bart (S3) and Homer at the Bat (S3).  I'd wager that I've seen every episode from seasons 2 - 9 between five and ten times.  I can quote many portions word for word.  Sad?  Yes. :D

I enjoyed seasons 7 - 9 quite a bit as well but after that the show did begin to slide.  I have all the season 16 episodes but haven't even watched them all yet.
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Re: DVD & Blu-Ray Purchases/Discussion Thread
« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2005, 01:52:32 PM »

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I'd wager that I've seen every episode from seasons 2 - 9 between five and ten times each.  I can quote many portions word for word.

I have a friend who does that, and when watching a syndication print he'll tell you exactly what was cut, and will recite the lines.   This is all from memory, he doesn't look it up.

Me, syndication edits are one reason I don't watch syndicated reruns of anything.
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Re: DVD & Blu-Ray Purchases/Discussion Thread
« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2005, 02:12:42 PM »

I've never seen a Simpsons episode - any good?
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Re: DVD & Blu-Ray Purchases/Discussion Thread
« Reply #25 on: August 15, 2005, 11:07:48 PM »

I've never seen a Simpsons episode - any good?

Meh.  It's okay...  ;)

Just to give you an idea of my obsession, I have, in VCD format every episode from seasons 1 - 11 (around 280 episodes including the halloween specials).  This was before the days of DivX, bittorrent and inexpensive DVD burners.  It took me between 1.5 - 2 years to complete and involved recording each episode onto my computer, editing out the commercials then burning them, in order, onto CDs.  VCD compliant MPEG1 files were around 220MB per episode so I could fit 3 episodes on a CD.  As I recall, I still didn't have Homer vs. New York City (one of the last ones I needed) at the time of 9/11 and that episode was a real bitch to get as nobody showed it for the longest time.  I still have the CDs and I certainly don't regret doing it.  It was more a labour of love than anything.  I could edit the commercials out of an episode so fast you wouldn't believe it. :)

Just looking at how far things have come now, it's amazing.  I used to fit 3 episodes on a single CD at 352x288 (MPEG1).  The quality was okay but nothing great (plus I got most of them off cable, so the source wasn't the best).  Now, I can fit an entire season (typically 22 to 24 episodes) on a single DVD at 512x384 (DivX) that kick the crap out of VCDs in the quality department.
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Re: DVD & Blu-Ray Purchases/Discussion Thread
« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2005, 11:15:59 PM »

Hey, how's your DivX DVD player working out?   Everything good?
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Re: DVD & Blu-Ray Purchases/Discussion Thread
« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2005, 11:24:06 PM »

It kicks much ass!  Awesome purchase, works like a charm.
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Re: DVD & Blu-Ray Purchases/Discussion Thread
« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2005, 12:25:10 PM »



The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season acquired!

There is indeed an insert inside indicating that if we wish, we can send away for traditional packaging.  Nice!  FYI, if anyone else does this, do not call the 1-800 number listed on the insert -- it's really supposed to be 1-888.  You'll get some poor accounting firm who I'm sure isn't too happy right now.

Also, you can go to a special website set up specifically for this.  Fox dishes out some abuse to us nerds, so beware! :D

My order will be in the mail this afternoon.  Thanks Fox!
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Re: DVD & Blu-Ray Purchases/Discussion Thread
« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2005, 04:15:39 PM »

So Jeremy,

Were you Lonely or a Big Baby?
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