Plot: What’s it about?
Homer Simpson has done a lot of stupid things in his life, but this time, he was dumber than ever. Lake Springfield has become a wasteland, thanks to years of locals dumping whatever they please into the waters. In an effort to save the lake, it is cleaned out, surrounded by a barricade, and a “no dumping” law is passed. But of course, Homer needs a place to dump his silo filled with pig crap, so he chooses the lake. This sends the ecosystem into chaos and soon, the EPA has swooped in to place Springfield under quarantine. The Simpsons manage to escape the bubble placed over the town, but unless they take action, Springfield will be doomed to destruction. As his family loses faith in him, this time perhaps for good, can Homer roll into action and save his beloved Springfield, as well as family?
After eighteen seasons of television, The Simpsons finally arrived in theaters, but was The Simpsons Movie the epic fans had dreamed of, or just an extended episode? In truth, the movie is an extended episode of the series, but at least the scope is grander and there is a bigger feel. The animation has spiced up, but remains faithful to the series, while the various locations and set pieces add a grander scale to the experience. The Simpsons Movie has a lot of humorous moments, in fact I laughed throughout the duration, but the laughs were never epic. So no, this isn’t a bad movie and in truth it is quite good at times, but it isn’t the be all, end all that fans wanted. But Spider-Pig alone is worth the effort and for fans, seeing these beloved characters in a movie is enough to have fun here. Fox’s Blu-ray release is gorgeous, with a stunning transfer and all the extras from the standard release, so for fans, this is the version to own.
Video: How does it look?
The Simpsons Movie is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is what high definition is all about, simply a beautiful transfer that never fails to dazzle the eyes. The animation looks excellent here, especially the vivid and off the chart colors, which are beyond belief at times. I haven’t seen this kind of color vibrancy and clarity in many releases, but it is a treat and the visuals really shine in the process. I found detail to be as sharp as can be expected, given the animation style, but in the more 3-D segments, depth is quite impressive. In short, this is a knockout transfer that makes a solid demonstration disc, so The Simpsons have never looked so good on television.
Audio: How does it sound?
The audio is superb also, thanks to an active lossless DTS HD 5.1 option. This is one of the better soundtracks I’ve heard on a Blu-ray disc, with dynamic presence and incredible attention to detail. The more epic scenes provide the power, with booming surrounds and deep bass, but even quieter scenes sound excellent here. From the loudest crashes to the softest background noise, the sound design here has been treated with care and it all sounds great. No issues whatsoever with dialogue either, so you won’t miss a single line from your favorite characters. This disc also includes Spanish and French language tracks, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, Korean, and Cantonese.
Supplements: What are the extras?
I have to be honest, I was disappointed in this department. A decent assortment of extras have been included, but I wanted so much more from this release. The two commentary tracks prove to be worthwhile, as each one deals with some of the material excised from the movie. The first is Matt Groening joined by several cast and crew members, while the second is director David Silverman and several crew members. Both prove to be worth a listen and if you enjoyed the tracks found on the show’s DVD collections, then you should appreciate these as well. This disc also includes six deleted scenes, a collection of promotional appearances by The Simpsons, and several of the film’s theatrical trailers.