Simpsons Movie, The

Featured In Issue 128, February 2008

WSR Score4.5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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For irreverent humor throughout
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David Silverman
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The Simpsons, in their first feature-length Movie, find the fate of their beloved hometown, Springfield, hanging in the balance when Homer (Castellaneta) and his new pet pig cause a major ecological disaster. The family is forced to flee their home, and it is up to Homer to save his family, Springfield, and possibly, the world. (Stacey Pendry)

Special features include up-front previews; two commentary tracks: one with cast and crew and the other with the Director; seven deleted scenes; Special Stuff, which contains three animated shorts (three minutes); and a lot of additional trailers.

The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD looks very much like the television show: fleshtones are a rich yellow, images look flat with relatively poor dimensionality, and everyone has four fingers. Black levels are fairly deep and color balance is nicely rendered. Some posterization can be noticed at times, although it isn't too distracting, but the heavy edge enhancement can be a real problem, making a mess of many scenes. Pixilation can also be recognized from time to time. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc shows much better resolution and lacks the posterization seen in the DVD. The picture doesn't look pixelized either. The picture is quite good, and looks better than the TV show ever has. Colors are bold and vibrant and contrast is nicely rendered. This is an enjoyable picture. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital and DTS® Digital Surround™ 5.1-channel encodings can be rich and nicely mixed, but there are many times when the mix is relegated to the center channel only. The more exciting scenes use each of the channels well, creating a detailed soundstage with good phantom imaging. Deep bass is delivered nicely using the LFE channel and each of the full-range channels. The DTS encoding provides a slight improvement in overall fidelity, with more natural-sounding dialogue and music. Bass is tighter and better defined as well, making for an enjoyable experience. Both encodings have a low-level hum that can be heard in the quietest moments. The Blu-ray Disc's core DTS stream from the lossless DTS-HD™ Master Audio encoding provides a subtle improvement over the DVD's DTS encoding, but it is subtle. Unfortunately, we still do not have the capability of decoding lossless DTS-HD Master Audio, so I cannot comment on its quality. (Danny Richelieu)