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The Simpsons - The Complete Fifth Season collector's ed [DVD] [1993]

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See all 305 positive reviews Deputy-_-M_A_X___P_O_W_E_R 5.0 out of 5 starsThe Simpsons Season 5, Half new writers, shift of focus from Bart to Homer, more awards, Piece of cake!.....Mmmmmm..... caaaake! January 10, 2014 Season 5 saw the departure of a few good writers, leaving big shoes to fill for the newcomers that did a great job holding their own. Conan O' Brien Produced some of this season as well as last season before he got his own late night show and had to leave. He does, however make a cameo appearance in "Bart gets Famous". A little FYI for ya! This season contains 22 episodes and won the Annie Award for Best Animated Television Production, Environmental Media Award for Best Television Episodic Comedy, and a Genesis Award for Best Television Comedy Series with 4 Emmy nominations as well.

This season has more episodes (great ones too) based on Homer. Episodes such as "Deep Space Homer" Homer Simpson an astronaut!?... Why not! Add it to his long listed resume of jobs. "Homer the Vigilante" A crime spree hits Springfield with dozens of burglaries by the cat burglar. This causes Flanders to form a meeting to organize a neighborhood watch and of course, Homer ends up the leader of the group with the power going to his head. "Homer goes to College" Yup, Homer gets to live up the party frat guy life! or so he thinks as he has been influenced a bit too much by college party movies. "Secrets to a Successful Marriage" Homer a teacher for a successful marriage class? Oh the things we'll learn! There are a few more, but it's clear to see that Homer is main dude now which I have absolutely no problem with! I love Homer!

Special features contain commentaries for all episodes, audio outtakes, original sketches, deleted scenes, commercials featuring The Simpsons, animation showcases, "A Look Back" featurette with James L. Brooks, and an introduction by Matt Groening. This season is great for Homer fans especially. It will have you shouting "Whoo-Hooo!" Well it did for me! If you get this, enjoy your Simpsons season 5 set! Mmmmm..... Siiiiimpsons! Read more 4 people found this helpful

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See all 21 critical reviews Ian Wajand 1.0 out of 5 starsCropped July 25, 2017 Bought SD version on purpose, but it's cropped like the HD versions out there. Unwatchable. Doesn't match Seasons 1-3 SD from Amazon which have the original full frame. Customer doesn't know until they've started watching, which revokes their ability to get a refund from Amazon. Rip off. Read more 12 people found this helpful
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Ian Wajand 1.0 out of 5 starsCropped July 25, 2017Format: Prime VideoVerified Purchase Bought SD version on purpose, but it's cropped like the HD versions out there. Unwatchable. Doesn't match Seasons 1-3 SD from Amazon which have the original full frame. Customer doesn't know until they've started watching, which revokes their ability to get a refund from Amazon. Rip off. 12 people found this helpful Helpful Report abuse Comment

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Deputy-_-M_A_X___P_O_W_E_R 5.0 out of 5 starsThe Simpsons Season 5, Half new writers, shift of focus from Bart to Homer, more awards, Piece of cake!.....Mmmmmm..... caaaake! January 10, 2014Format: DVDVerified Purchase Season 5 saw the departure of a few good writers, leaving big shoes to fill for the newcomers that did a great job holding their own. Conan O' Brien Produced some of this season as well as last season before he got his own late night show and had to leave. He does, however make a cameo appearance in "Bart gets Famous". A little FYI for ya! This season contains 22 episodes and won the Annie Award for Best Animated Television Production, Environmental Media Award for Best Television Episodic Comedy, and a Genesis Award for Best Television Comedy Series with 4 Emmy nominations as well.

This season has more episodes (great ones too) based on Homer. Episodes such as "Deep Space Homer" Homer Simpson an astronaut!?... Why not! Add it to his long listed resume of jobs. "Homer the Vigilante" A crime spree hits Springfield with dozens of burglaries by the cat burglar. This causes Flanders to form a meeting to organize a neighborhood watch and of course, Homer ends up the leader of the group with the power going to his head. "Homer goes to College" Yup, Homer gets to live up the party frat guy life! or so he thinks as he has been influenced a bit too much by college party movies. "Secrets to a Successful Marriage" Homer a teacher for a successful marriage class? Oh the things we'll learn! There are a few more, but it's clear to see that Homer is main dude now which I have absolutely no problem with! I love Homer!

Special features contain commentaries for all episodes, audio outtakes, original sketches, deleted scenes, commercials featuring The Simpsons, animation showcases, "A Look Back" featurette with James L. Brooks, and an introduction by Matt Groening. This season is great for Homer fans especially. It will have you shouting "Whoo-Hooo!" Well it did for me! If you get this, enjoy your Simpsons season 5 set! Mmmmm..... Siiiiimpsons! 4 people found this helpful Helpful Report abuse Comment

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an android dreaming 5.0 out of 5 starsFunniest TV Show Ever! January 3, 2019Format: DVDVerified Purchase Season 5 is one of my most favorite seasons of The Simpsons (along with seasons 6, 7, and 8).
'Deep Space Homer' is one episode that I never get tired of watching again & again... A Classic!
Matt Groening and his writers deserve the Nobel Prize for Humor/Comedy... What? No such award (yet)? Now there's a real travesty and injustice for ya'... Well, give Matt the Mark Twain prize for Humor then. And Do It Soon! ;-) Helpful Report abuse Comment

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Bryan J. Peterson 5.0 out of 5 starsGod speed, little doodle. February 4, 2009Format: DVDVerified Purchase I was at most a reluctant fan of The Simpsons when they first hit TV with their own series. I'd never seen them on the Tracy Ulman show. But being at the time a kid who liked funny voices it wasn't long before I became every bit as hooked as my brother and sister. And I still enjoy the funny voices and can pull off a fair few of them myself. This season harbors some of the funniest episodes I remember seeing as a kid, not the least being Boyscouts 'N the Hood, in which Bart and Millhouse go on a Squishee bender and join the Junior Campers. That of course leads to their taking their disastrously ill-fated rafting trip during which Ned Flanders delivers the immortal line of "God speed, little doodle." Also of note are Homer's Barber Shop Quartette, whose rise to fame almost exactly parodies that of The Beatles. And let's not forget the Treehouse of Horror which, while not my absolute favorite (that would probably be Treehouse V), is still well worth watching. An excellent season well worth owning. And this is the first time where we see the normally unflappable Ned Flanders lose his temper, which he does in church in front of a considerable number of witnesses. Needless to say, an excellent collection.

Many of the special features are, I'm sure, not very accessible to blind folks like myself, however I did discover that my DVD player's remote features a button that allows me to instantly switch between the available audio tracks on a given DVD (I'm sure most do but it was still kinda neat), so I was able to listen to the fascinating and often hilarious commentary on each episode. Whereas only one voice actor came in to do commentary on an episode in Season 4, that being Hank Azaria,, most of the voice cast returns in this season to talk about A FEW EPISODES. Harry Shearer is once again absent (I wanna find out which character of his comes close to his normal voice), as are Julie Kavner and Nancy Cartwright. It's still quite fascinating to hear however, particularly when Homer Simpson welcomes you to the commentary for Boyscouts 'N the Hood. In short, The Simpsons season 5 is four disks of nostalgia packaged in a nice rectangular box for your enjoyment. If you're a true fan you should definitely own this set. I imagine I'll buy up to season 10, which is where I feel the series started to lose its direction and came to rely too much on guest voices. It doesn't totallyy suck now but certainly there are nowhere near as many episodes worth watching as once their were. 3 people found this helpful Helpful Report abuse Comment

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Michael H. Siegel 5.0 out of 5 starsStill the best September 22, 2005Format: DVDVerified Purchase The Simpsons Season Five DVD is a must for a true Simpsons' fan. True, this was the first season to feature a couple of duds (Secrets of a Successful Marriage, Bart's Inner Child). And the groundwork for the series' descent to mediocrity -- too many guest stars, too much maudlin drama and too much focus on secondary characters -- was being laid. And I believe it was Season Five that saw the origin of the series' most horrible catch-phrase -- "Whaaa-aaah?" Plus, we see the first musical. The episode (Barbershop Quartet) is great but the groundwork it laid would lead to some of the worst episodes in the Series.

But that's the later years. Season Five itself featured some of the best episodes of the Series. Sideshow Bob's hysterical return in "Cape Feare" (I fall into the pro-rakes camp). The final give in to parody rather than homage of Citizen Kane in "Rosebud". One of the best all-time Simpsons' sees Averagenaut Homer Simpson wrestling with Buzz Aldrin (Deep Space Homer). And Apu's misunderstood apology to Homer still kills me.

The show was firing on all cylinders at this point. Homer still had the right balance of being boorish and selfish (see Boy Scoutz N The Hood) but didn't go overboard the way he did in later seasons. Flanders is still annoyingly nice. Lisa is still the nicest person on the show, but hasn't gone overboard to obnoxious self-righteousness. Marge still has her role as straight man down without the ridiculous hysteria of later seasons. And the Series still had, as Groening says, the rubber band reality.

And for those of you who are saying, "Hey man, I can catch these on TV anytime!", you don't know what you're missing. Some of the funniest gags are cut in syndication -- typically two minutes per show. And broadcast is never as pristine as the DVD (although some episodes have a small but annoying green line on the side in a widescreen TV).

The extra are nice. Plenty of deleted scenes (although you have to click an icon during the show instead of having them separate). Good commentaries for the most part although I missed Al Jean later in the season and I wish they had involved the cast like they did for the wonderful Season Three commentaries. Matt Groening also sits out a couple of commentaries and his presence is sorely missed.

But don't hesitate to order this. It's hard to find more entertainment for $30. 3 people found this helpful Helpful Report abuse Comment

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Michael K. Beusch 5.0 out of 5 starsThe BEST season of a great show. October 19, 2005Format: DVDVerified Purchase I still watch The Simpsons, looking forward to each episode as a new treasure. However, to my mind, the series will never get any better than Season 5. As with the first three James Bond films, there have been great moments since this pinnacle, but it was never better than this. Season 5 of The Simpsons is not only the funniest and best season of this show, it's one of the best seasons of comedy -- live action or animated -- ever seen. A few of my favorites from this great set:

Homer's Barbershop Quartet: Homer tells Bart and Lisa about the time he hit it big with a barbershop quartet with Apu, Principal Skinner and Barney (who replaces Chief Wiggum). Although the music is barbershop, the show is a hilarious send-up of the Beatles. From their Meet the Beatles-style debut album cover to screaming fans at JFK Airport to Barney's "Japanese conceptual artist girlfriend" to the climactic rooftop concert on top of Moe's, the episode hits every note perfectly. For good measure, the late George Harrison has a hilarious cameo. "I'll take a single plum, floating in perfume, served in a man's hat ..."

Deep Space Homer: The Right Stuff, Star Trek, Star Wars, 2001, Outland -- if it's a space drama, this episode spoofs it. Homer gets the chance to go into space as NASA's first "Averagenaut" -- an astronaut who appeals to the commone blue collar slob. Naturally, Homer messes everything up and the capsule ends up with dirt, ants and ruffled potato chips flying all over. Homer actually manages to morph into Popeye AND Richard Nixon in this episode. Voice cameos include Buzz Aldrin and James Taylor.

Homer Loves Flanders: Flanders offers Homer a ticket to a sold-out NFL game. In return, Homer drops his hatred of Flanders and becomes his best friend -- much to the chagrin of Flanders as Homer smothers him, driving Ned to the brink of mass murder. In the best Simpsons tradition, a hilarious reference to Terminator 2 comes out of nowhere. It's great to see Homer get under Flanders' skin for a change.

The Last Temptation of Homer: Michelle Pfeiffer guest voices as Mindy Simmons, a female technician Mr. Burns is forced to hire by the government. Slovenly, lazy, donut addicted, Mindy is basically a curvaceous, sexy female version of Homer. Naturally, Homer falls in love with her. This is my favorite Simpsons episode of all time. Werner Klemperer voices Homer's guardian angel in the form of his Hogan's Heroes character Colonel Klink. This episode absolutely had me when Pfeiffer utters the phrase "Mmmmmmmmmm!! Double glaze!! 'Gurgle!!'" Gaspingly hilarious!

Those are just four episodes of a nearly perfect season. There have been many, many laughs since then, but Season 5 will always be special to me. If anyone is mystified as to why the show has lasted 17 seasons (and counting), they need only watch Season 5 to find out why. A classic. Helpful Report abuse Comment

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doomsdayer520 HALL OF FAME 5.0 out of 5 starsFar Too Much Dancing, Not Nearly Enough Prancing December 31, 2004Format: DVDVerified Purchase Long before the fifth season, the creators of the Simpsons had perfected the show as the most well-written and subversive series in TV history. This season, the storylines get a little sentimental, with truly cracked feats of the imagination really blowing up in the sixth season, which is my personal favorite (I hope it's less than a year before that DVD set comes out). In this fifth season the values of family and friendship come to the fore, though always in that deep and intelligent Simpsons style. Examples include how the evil Mr. Burns connects with his past with Maggie's help in the satirical "Rosebud," Flanders expands his range of emotion and friendship in "Homer Loves Flanders," Homer reaffirms his marriage in "The Last Temptation of Homer," and Grampa nearly finds a new love in "Lady Bouvier's Lover." Episodes like these are still hysterical in the details, of course, though the settings and situations were becoming more heartfelt. This shows that the Simpsons writers and producers were truly devoted to long-term character development this season, a concept that has sadly fallen by the wayside in more recent years.

However, on the less sentimental and more subversive side, this season still contains some stone cold classics of intricate comedy writing. This goes especially for one of the all-time greats, "Cape Feare" in which Kelsey Grammer reaches his highest heights of criminal insanity with the voice of Sideshow Bob. This episode makes the whole season. Another classic is "The Boy Who Knew Too Much" which is one of the funniest episodes ever, plus we can't forget the beginning of the running blood feud between Maggie and the as-yet-unnamed Gerald, which has never been fully resolved. The best social commentary this season comes in "Bart Gets Famous," which lampoons the worldwide success of the Simpsons from within the show; and "Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song" which sneakily tackles the military and church vs. state. While the action and outright hysterics slowed down a little this year, the writing was reaching even greater depths of intricacy and emotion. That makes the fifth season of the Simpsons the most sensitive of the series. [~doomsdayer520~] 5 people found this helpful Helpful Report abuse Comment

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Jared 1.0 out of 5 starsMissing a lot of features that make the DVD sets more attractive April 10, 2018Format: Prime VideoVerified Purchase This doesn't include the commentary tracks one would expect. DVD seems vastly superior. No options to change aspect ratio or formating of video whatsoever. Great show very poorly packaged and offered product by either Fox, Amazon or both. One person found this helpful Helpful Report abuse Comment

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M. Overly 5.0 out of 5 starsYou can't go wrong with this season of The Simpsons! January 30, 2009Format: DVDVerified Purchase I'm a big fan of The Simpsons...up to a certain point. I have to say that this season of The Simpsons is one of the better ones. Actually, I have seasons 1-5 and will keep going until season 9. After season 9, I find that most of the episodes are more like The Family Guy and I'm not a fan of that show.
If this is your first look into The Simpsons, I think it would still be worth buying. Although, I would recommend starting at season 1 and going from there.
The commentaries for this season are fantastic to listen to. They also have great guests that will pop on for a commentary as well. Those guests are usually ones that did voices on the show.
I bought this season at $14.99 from amazon and you just can't go wrong with that price even if you are a fan or only just giving The Simpsons a try.
Worth every penny! 2 people found this helpful Helpful Report abuse Comment

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Youin Anotherform 5.0 out of 5 starsBest. Packaging. Ever. (For The Simpsons) April 13, 2014Format: DVDVerified Purchase This review is not based on the series, but on the new packaging of the DVD sets. I had all the original releases of seasons 1-12 on DVD. The original packaging was pretty bad, the internal DVD holders were cheap plastic ones, only held into place by glue, which, eventually, they would come loose. The new ones are made of a stronger plastic. It's still held in with glue, but it seems like a stronger glue as well, but that's just the base of the internal holder, the rest snap into place and turn like the pages of a book. Helpful Report abuse Comment

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