By a Front Row Features Staff Reporter
Just in time for holiday shopping, the 16th season of “The Simpsons,” has arrived on DVD and Blu-ray. This season originally ran on Fox from November 2004 through May of 2005.
Professor Frink, Springfield’s beaver-toothed, slightly muddled mad scientist character on the long-running animated series, gets his due on the box cover. What’s cooking inside are all 21 episodes of season (including the 15th annual Treehouse of Horror episode) as well as tons of bonus features.
The 3-disc Blu-ray contains a special Frink-centered featurette called “Greetings Junior Scienteers!” as well as a couple of episodes from previous seasons (“Bart to the Future” from Season 11 and “Lisa’s Wedding” from Season 6.) Commentaries with the writers, actors and directors are on every episode. There are deleted scenes, which also have a commentary track. Among the guest stars this season include Liam Neeson, Jason Bateman, Albert Brooks, Amy Poehler, Kim Cattrall, Eric Idle and 50 Cent (on an episode called “Pranksta Rap”.
Other features include “Live! It’s the Simpsons” (a table read featurette of the voice actors for the episode “Thank God It’s Doomsday”) as well as bonus episodes and a multi-angle animation showcase for viewers that want to know the technical details of how the animation comes together. There are original sketches and a section called “Living in the Moment” and lots more (including Easter Eggs), as collectors of “The Simpsons” box sets have come to expect.
On DVD, a limited edition Frink “head” DVD cover is also available.
The suggested retail price of the 3-disc Blu-ray version is $59.99 and the DVD box set retails for $49.98.