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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
• 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.
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
captures were ripped directly from the
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.
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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.
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.
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
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be
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Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze