The Springfield Times: Season 2 DVD SetThis document lists archived official news, as well as some unconfirmed rumors, regarding The Complete Second Season DVD set. Some information on other Simpsons DVD titles released in Europe and Australia at the time is also archived here.
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The Complete Second Season is now available in a few European countries such as France and Finland. Following the releases, reviews of the set are popping up on various DVD sites.
The Simpsons Park and DVDRama web sites.
"The Simpsons: Backstage Pass" will be released in Australia on July 24. The season 2
set will hit the stores on the same day.
Here's the complete list of season 2 commentaries.
We've also been informed that "Bart at the American Awards" clip comes with commentary.
The Simpsons DVD Preview Page has posted screenshots from the season 2 set.
Fox Home Entertainment has confrimed that the region 1 version of The Complete Second Season will be released on August 6.
The four-disc set includes all episodes on dual-layered discs (full frame, aspect ratio 1.33:1). Each episode is presented with English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround Sound and Spanish subtitles.
Press Release (draft)
The European release is still scheduled for an earlier summer release according to local online stores, but no dates have yet been confirmed.
More interesting details on the season 2 special features:
Butterfinger TV commercials (1m:15s)
Deep Deep Trouble music video with commentary (4m:58s)
Do the Bartman music video, Director's Cut with commentary (6m:0s)
Emmy Awards presentation (2m:56s)
Interview with Matt Groening & James L. Brooks (10m:12s)
David Silverman on the creation of an episode (6m:10s)
The estimated release date of The Complete Second Season keeps changing. The current date at most US web stores is July 9. No official press release has yet been issued by Fox Home Entertainment.
The Simpsons: Film Festival will hit the stores in Finland on May 31.
One of the special features, possibly an easter egg, is a "Bart at the American Music Awards" featurette. Scroll down to Feb 12 entry for more detailed information on the set and its special features.
New suggested release dates for the season 2 set:
Play.com sets the UK launch to May 20. The set is already available for pre-orders.
In Finland, the release date will be June 28.
May 21 is the latest proposal for the US release date.
According to Variety, Peter Byrne, executive vice president of Fox Licensing announced at the International Toy Fair that the second season of The Simpsons will be released on DVD in mid-May.
In Australia, the set is scheduled to hit shelves on May 22.
The owner of The Simpsons Park web site has managed to get details on the upcoming Complete Second Season boxed set. Although the details describe the French edition of the set, apart from the language selection, the release will most likely be nearly identical in all regions.
According to the info, the French edition will take the form of 4 dual-layered DVD discs (1.33:1 full frame), each with episodes presented in French and English 5.1. & 2.0. and French 2.0. Subtitles in English and Spanish will also be available.
Here's a recap of the announced and rumored release dates for upcoming Simpsons DVDs. Scroll down the page for details.
"The Simpsons Film Festival"
NOTE: Available only in R2 and R4
The Complete Second Season boxed set:
"The Simpsons Backstage Pass" will be released in Finland on April 26.
"The Simpsons Film Festival" will also be released in the UK, on March 18. Also, another single-disc release called "The Simpsons: Backstage Pass" (previously entitled The Simpsons Music Themes) is scheduled for a June release, following the season 2 boxed set release on May 20. See below for details on these two single-disc items.
A themed DVD entitled
"The Simpsons: Film Festival"
will be released in region 4 on February 13.
The single disc will contain four episodes:
Additionally, "Troy McClure's Finest Moments" montage is included as a special feature.
Finally, according to a post at The No Homers Club, DVD Debate site
also posted information suggesting that the season 2 set would be released in the UK on May 20. However, the piece
of news was removed from the site, and its reliability remains questionable.
In the UK, the next DVD release (R2) is a single-disc title called
"The Simpsons Music Themes." Similar to the themed British VHS titles,
the DVD will feature four episodes:
An extra montage of clips called "Otto's Finest Moments" (2m:24s) is also included. No release date is yet available.
Note that this release does not mean the end for the boxed season sets. Season 2 DVD set is in the works and will hit the stores worldwide during the first half of 2002, although not likely before May.
Entertainment Weekly has an article on The Simpsons DVDs:
And it's likely that every season will get the same deluxe treatment, according to executive producer and show-runner Al Jean, who's been on staff with "The Simpsons" since the beginning. "It's not like they're gonna leave an extra nickel on the floor in this place," he tells EW.com.
[Read the full article]
The BBFC database contains a new entry that is possibly a special feature for the season 2 DVD set, but more likely additional material for a VHS video to be released in the UK.
Update (12/08): The feature is a part of The Simpsons Music Theme R2 release. (see above for details)
Thanks to Jan Nielsen
There's still no official word on the release of the season 2 DVD boxed set. Fox Home Entertainment was originally aiming for a Christmas release, but today it seems unlikely. However, according to their plan to release two sets a year it should be out within 6 months.
Unofficial discussions with people promoting the Simpsons DVD sets in Canada suggest that May or June is the likely date.
We'll keep you posted!
Last updated on August 9, 2002 by Jouni Paakkinen (firstname.lastname@example.org)