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Movie Renter's Guide Number 153 - December, 2007 - Part III

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"The Simpsons Movie"  (Blu-ray)

The Simpsons MovieSynopsis

Homer accidentally causes an environmental catastrophe which could doom Springfield forever. Homer now must save the city and rescue his family. Springfield's usual characters and new favorites all turn up in the first ever movie length version of the hit TV show, 18 years in the making.

Specifications

    • 20th Century Fox
      2007, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 27 min
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
    • 1080p
    • English DTS-HD MA 5.1
    • Spanish/French DD 5.1
    • Directed by David Silverman
    • Starring Homer, Bart, Marge, Maggie, Lisa, and more!
Rating
  • Entertainment:
  • Video:
  • Audio:
  • Extras:
  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Themes
  • Language: No

Commentary

While I wouldn't call myself the biggest fan of this show (I just don't watch TV, nothing against the actual show), I did end up really enjoying this one. The comedy timing was great, and there are some really funny lines throughout. My wife and I even caught ourselves singing the "Spider Pig" song quite a bit afterwards for a chuckle. The production value is quite the step up from the TV show, but the scripting seems to be in line with what I have seen from the TV program, just longer. Overall though, I had a lot of fun with it.

Technical

What isn't to like here? I was impressed with the level of dimension they could achieve with this kind of animation. Everything is refined compared to the TV show, and the level of detail at times is impressive. Colors take center stage, and saturation is gorgeous. The depth of image is also excellent, with exceptional contrast. The only gripe I have is the slightest bit of banding that I saw creep in at times in some backgrounds. Hardly intrusive, but enough that I wouldn't call this a perfect transfer.

Like the video, the audio presentation is quite the step up from the TV show. You can tell they amped up the sound design and took advantage of the multi-channel package. Surrounds can be quite fun at times, and even quieter passages make use of them for ambience. Dynamic range is impressive, but not quite to the level of the bigger action films. Dialogue sounds perfect and is balanced nicely with the rest of the track.

Extras

Extras include two commentaries, deleted scenes, trailers, and promos.