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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze


The Simpsons - Season 13 (3-disc) [Blu-ray]


(creator Matt Groening)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: 20th Century Fox Television

Video: 20th Century Fox



Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Sample Episode Runtime: 0:22:36.480 

Disc One: 40,970,155,170 bytes

Episode Size (average): 5,845,075,968 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.99 Mbps

Chapters: 6 each episode (22 episodes)

Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase

Release date: August 24th, 2010



Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 matted to 1.77

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio English 3424 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3424 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio French 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 448 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps / DN -4dB
Commentaries: Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps / DN -4dB



English (SDH), French, Spanish, none



Audio commentaries on every episode featuring executive producers, writers, directors, cast and notable guest stars on select episodes including Stan Lee, Joe Mantegna, Delroy Lindo, Robert Pinsky and others.
Deleted scenes
Special Featurettes:
A Token from Matt Groening
The People Ball
The 13th Crewman
Blame It On The Monkeys
The Games
The Sweet Life of Ralph
Animation Showcases for eps. The Parent Rap and Sweet & Sour Marge - Animatic with episode PIP - Storyboard with episode PIP
Sketch Galleries
Special Language Feature


Sample Episode Bitrate:




Description: Talk about lucky! Season 13 of The Simpsons arrives on Blu-ray and DVD with 22 hilarious episodes and tons of fun-filled extras, including audio commentaries, animation showcases, and featurettes. So grab a donut and pull up a couch to see Lisa becoming a Buddhist, Bart living in a plastic bubble, Homer doing community service (which lands him in the electric chair), and the Simpsons offending the entire nation of Brazil, plus your favorite couch gags and a slew of celebrity guest voices.



The longest running comedy, animated series and prime-time entertainment in television history, "The Simpsons" has taken home the Emmy(R) for Outstanding Animated Program 10 times during its remarkable run. The hilarious thirteenth season features 22 episodes including two noteworthy standouts: the Simpsons' trip to Brazil in "Blame It On Lisa" and Homer's foray into medicinal marijuana in "Weekend at Burnsie's." Once again, a talented line-up of guest stars lend their voices including Ben Stiller, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere, Pierce Brosnan, Matthew Perry, R.E.M. and the legendary Paul Newman.



"The Simpsons" immediately struck a chord with viewers across the country as it poked fun of itself and everything in its wake. With its subversive humor and delightful wit, the series has made an indelible imprint on American pop culture, and the family members have become television icons.

"The Simpsons" The Complete Thirteenth Season is packed with special features including deleted scenes, audio commentaries on every episode, featurettes, storyboards, animatics, easter eggs and much more. The Blu-ray release also includes specially created menus with additional animation that does not appear on the DVD. The set comes in collectible packaging modeled after Springfield's "special" child, Ralph Wiggum.


Episode list:
All 22 Episodes:
Treehouse of Horror XII
The Latest Gun in the West
The Parent Rap
The Old Man and the Key
Homer the Moe
Tales from the Public Domain
A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love

Disc 2
Blame It On Lisa
The Blunder Years
Weekend at Burnsie's
She of Little Faith
Gump Roast
Brawl in the Family
I Am Furious Yellow
Sweets and Sour Marge

Disc 3
The Sweetest Apu
Jaws Wired Shut
Little Girl in the Big Ten
Half-Decent Proposal
The Frying Game
The Bart Wants What it Wants
Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge


Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were ripped directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Season 20, reviewed HERE, was the first to adopt the HD widescreen format (and the 1st season available on Blu-ray) which comparatively looks quite different from the 4:3 format - especially in terms of detail. After Season 20 and The Simpsons Movie - we've gone back in order though and Season 13 which follows the first 12 - although now offered in Blu-ray. But we can certainly see the improvement in 1080P from SD-DVD. Colors seem to be the greatest beneficiary.  Still a bit hazy but very bright with strong contrast. By rendering digital animation to 1080P Blu-ray the creators should be able to obtain the highest accuracy of the original. The 4:3 episodes have a few 'jaggies' and are definitely softer than you might expect but in motion is quite smooth and the colors are notable as the screen captures below should indicate. The 3 discs are dual-layered with 7 episodes on each disc (disc 2 has 8)and very high bitrates.















Audio :

Some Simpsons episodes can have some aggressive audio and the DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3424 kbps sounds perfect handling the many effects. Beyond that the many voice characterizations clean and consistent with the theme music sounding crisp and toe-tapping. There are English (SDH), Spanish and French subtitles (and similar DUBs) and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.



Extras :

The Simpsons digital packages remain extremely generous with supplemental material. Humor filled audio commentaries are on every single episode featuring executive producers, writers, directors, cast and notable guest stars on select episodes including Stan Lee, Joe Mantegna, Delroy Lindo, Robert Pinsky and others. There are deleted scenes and 7 shortish special featurettes entitled A Token from Matt Groening, Ralphisms, The People Ball, The 13th Crewman, Blame It On The Monkeys, The Games and The Sweet Life of Ralph. Included are Animation Showcases for episodes; The Parent Rap and Sweet & Sour Marge - Animatic with episode PIP - Storyboard with episode PIP, Sketch Galleries, mock commercials and more. The menus give a brief summary of the storylines and there is the ability to bookmark. I haven't sought out the imbedded easter eggs yet - but know they exist.



I watch The Simpsons all the time as a relaxing break from... everything else. While it can occasionally falter it is usually very consistent and there are only a couple of weak episodes in this 13th Season. The Blu-ray renderings are easily discernable as HD with the exuberant colors and tight audio. A huge plus here is having 7-8 full shows on one disc and being able to 'Play All' running in the background as I check email or have lunch - this goes for the commentaries as well. It seems like endless entertainment.  The shows have such scattered plots and are filled with one-liners that it never seems essential to pay strict attention. Then there are the bountiful video extras. This is definitely the best way to watch this addictive television and I look forward to the next package from Fox and hopefully a second movie. Surely, we recommend! 

Gary Tooze

August 17th, 2010





About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be it, but film will always be my first love and I list my favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible HERE.  

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