The Springfield Times: Season 3 DVD SetThis document lists archived official news, as well as some unconfirmed rumors, regarding The Complete Third Season and other Simpsons DVD titles released at the time.
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"Christmas with The Simpsons" will be out on October 14 in USA and Canada. In the UK, the release date is November 3.
The disc features five episodes:
Miracle on Evergreen Terrace (5F07)
Grift of the Magi (BABF07)
She of Little Faith (DABF02)
Mr. Plow (9F07)
With the R1 release of The Complete Third Season earlier this week, more reviews are popping up:
In his interview with IGN, Al Jean confirmed that the delays are caused by timetable problems in recording the commentary tracks.
There is another way to access the additional commentaries, find an episode that does have a second commentary and go to the episode's special features menu and enter in "10" . a new screen will pop up that tells you who is featured in the bonus commentary and "play" will be highlighted. push enter and the episode will start with the bonus commentary.
Thanks to Datoupee, SpongeBob and other members of The No Homers Club!
Finally, @N-Zone Magazine is giving away 3 copies of the season 3 DVD.
While some online stores are already shipping the R1 version of The Complete Third Season (release date Aug 26), more delays in Europe have been announced. New release date for Denmark is September 23, for Finland October 3 and for the UK October 6.
More tidbits from the season 3 set:
UpcomingDiscs.com has posted one of the very first reviews.
"Bart Wars" will be released in Denmark
on October 7.
More confirmed season 3 special features:
Animation discussion with Matt Groening, James L. Brooks and Al Jean
Peoples Choice Awards
Loggers Controversy Featurette
Barbara Bush Letters - Easter Egg
George Bush Quote - Easter Egg
Kelsey Grammer Outtakes - Easter Egg
Outtakes from 'Homer at the Bat' - Easter Egg
Mr.Burns outtakes of 'Excellent' line from 'Brother Can You Spare Two Dimes?' - Easter Egg
Also see previously confirmed extras below (and in the "Nutshell" column).
BBFC reveals that in addition to the director's commentary, at least "Separate Vocations" will also have a full-length Al Jean commentary track. While the information at BBFC is still incomplete, we can only guess whether there will be two commentary tracks for more than this one episode (or even all of them).
We've also been told that lots of care and money has been put into The Complete Third Season, the production of which is now finally finishing up. The features should be worth the wait and make the previous two discs pale in comparison.
A new single-disc DVD, "Christmas with The Simpsons," will be released in the USA and Canada on October 14 ($14.98/$16.98). In addition to the likely four episodes, it contains a short clip collection featuring best Mr Burns moments.
Meanwhile, the UK release date for season 3 keeps changing. Now many major retailers suggest September 1. We'll see if that sticks.
In Finland, both season 3 and "Risky Business" will be out on September 5.
Treehouse of Horror - apparently DVD promo footage (0m:29s)
Backstage Pass - apparently DVD promo footage (0m:29s)
One Less Sister - Butterfinger commercial (0m:15s)
Good Bart, Bad Bart - Butterfinger commercial (0m:15s)
Akira - Best Friend - Butterfinger commercial (0m:30s)
Big Surprise - Butterfinger commercial (0m:15s)
The Last Butterfinger - Butterfinger commercial (0m:30s)
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (1m:24s)
Video Jukebox - 13 music clips (7m:50s)
The site also announced an unconfirmed rumor according to which as many as five single-disc releases, all previously available on VHS in the UK, will be out on DVD in the UK on September 8.
In France the third season will be released on October 22 and in Sweden on September 24.
Amazon.com has changed the third season release date back to August 26.
Additionally, "Treehouse of Horror," previously released in regions 2 (Europe) and 4 (Australia), is the first single-disc Simpsons DVD release to hit the stores in the USA and Canada, on September 2. It contains the Halloween episodes V, VI, VII and XII, and a special clip featurette with Kang & Kodos (2m:58s). The episodes come with Dolby 2.0 Surround sound. Three additional single-disc releases have previously been released in Europe and Australia, but it is yet unknown whether these will be made available in region 1.
Amazon.com recently changed the release date for The Complete Third Season to an earlier July 29 date, but no official confirmation for the new date has yet been issued by Fox.
D'oh! As it turns out, the outtakes in the The Complete Third Season are audio only, and sources other than Variety do not mention the table read. This means that still no deleted scenes are included, and the fate of the table read is uncertain. How disappointing is that! Who needs a poster image or multi-language clips when, in theory, you could have up to 48 minutes unseen footage. Did you know that about two minutes of every episode gets cut out when an episode returns from Korea?
In addition to the features mentioned below, the set will include a "baby translator," "pop-up" storyboards and sketches from four episodes and a character poster image. Multi-language clips are also included.
According to DVD Review magazine, the UK release date is July 28. In Germany, the set will be out on September 11.
The great news is, that in addition to the 24 episodes with their commentary tracks, the set will include a discussion of animation with Matt Groening, Jim Brooks and Al Jean, and better yet, outtakes from numerous episodes, with and audio of a table read for "Treehouse of Horror II". Woohoo! An 11-song jukebox feature and Fox promos are also included. The suggested retail price is at $49.98.
Amazon.com is now taking pre-orders for $32.49.
A cover shot of The Complete Third Season DVD boxed set is now available (click to enlarge). No official release date has yet been issued.
Interestingly enough, according to evidence gathered by the Simpsons Park web site, instead of a four-disc set, season 3 will be released in France in two 2-disc sets on August 20. Whether this change of format will affect other R2 releases is yet unknown.
Finally, the release of "Risky Business" in Spain has been moved to April 23.
In Denmark, both The Complete Third Season and
are out in early August.
In a March 13 article by The Los Angeles Times, Matt Groening confirms that it's the scheduling problems with recording commentary tracks that keep delaying The Simpsons' DVD releases:
Although things are going much faster these days, Groening joked, "we've run out of things to say, and we're just like whistling and doing little songs and stuff."
Finally, to our great disappointment, we've been told that The Complete Third Season will not contain deleted scenes as a special feature. Approximately two minutes of every episode gets cut out before first airing, as the episodes are 24 minutes long when they return from Korea (vs. 22 minutes aired). Many of us had expected these lost scenes to be an obvious choice for DVD special features, but apparently we will have to settle for something else.
Release dates keep changing. The latest suggested date for the UK release of "Risky Business" is April 7.
Elsewhere, the latest issue of UK's DVD Review magazine says that The Complete Third Season will be out in the USA in June or July.
Keep in mind that most of the release dates listed here have not been yet confirmed by Fox and its distributors, and they are subject to change.
In France, the scheduled release date for both the third season and "Risky Business"
("Sacré Boulot") is May 28.
According to DVD Review magazine (UK),
The Complete Third Season
will be out in the UK in May or June.
Yet again, Amazon.de has changed the German release date for the set. Their latest guess is September 11.
USA Today's Simpsons feature reveals that only a week ago Matt Groening and the producers were still recording commentary tracks for The Complete Third Season. This inevitably means that the release is not imminent.
"Joining Simpsons creator Matt Groening to watch and comment on episodes for the Season 3 DVD."
Also, the release dates of "The Simpsons: Risky Business" have been altered:
The next Simpsons single disc DVD release is called "The Simpsons: Risky Business." Like the previous ones, it will only be available in regions 2 and 4. The disc carries four episodes: "Marge Gets a Job" (9F05), "Deep Space Homer" (1F13), "Homer the Smithers" (3F14), and "Realty Bites" (5F06). Whether the disc will contain a short clip collection like its predecessors is yet unknown.
"The Simpsons: Risky Business" ("Die Simpsons: Lockere Geschäfte") will be released
in Germany on February 22, and in the UK in March 2003.
According to Amazon.de,
The Complete Third Season will be out in Germany as early as on February 22.
Another German store, WOM, sets the release to February 13.
However, judging from the comments by Fox (see below), it is very likely that even the European
release will have to wait a little longer.
In a live chat on Home Theater Forum, Peter Staddon of 20th Century Fox said that they expect to get The Complete Third Season DVD boxed set out in May 2003.
"The issue with The Simpsons is that there are so many people who are involved with the DVD, and they are all incredibly busy working on the show for the network which has to take priority," Staddon explained. He also said that there is some "very cool stuff on the discs that will make season 3 much better."
According to Staddon, The Simpsons is the best selling TV show on DVD.
More release dates for "Treehouse of Horror":
In Spain, "Treehouse of Horror" will be released on
"Treehouse of Horror" DVD, to be released in regions 2 (Europe) and 4 (Australia), will contain the Halloween episodes V, VI, VII and XII, with a special featurette with Kang & Kodos (2m:58s). The disc is equipped with Dolby 2.0 Surround sound.
The disc will be released in Finland on October 25 and in Australia on October 30. See below for the UK date.
"The Complete Third Season" will be released in Australia
as early as on November 1, claims DVDorchard
Earlier (see below), an UK store set the local release to December 2. Note that neither of these dates has yet been confirmed by distributors.
According to DVDorchard, "Treehouse of Horror" DVD will be released in Australia on October 31. The episodes on the disc are still unknown to us, but most likely it will contain four Halloween episodes and a "Kang & Kodos' Finest Moments" clip collection (2m:58s).
The disc will also be released in Europe. Release dates yet unknown.
Fox has launched the season 2 section at the official Simpsons DVD site at www.thesimpsonsdvd.com. It contains info on the sets, a trailer and fun Flash animations.
According to HMV store, the season
3 DVD set will be released in the UK as early as on December 2, 2002!
According to a flyer that comes with
The Complete Second Season
in the UK, the next Simpsons DVD release in Europe and Australia will be the third single-disc title
called "Treehouse of Horror." Like the two previous ones, it's likely to contain four episodes and a brief clip
Last updated on February 2, 2004 by Jouni Paakkinen (firstname.lastname@example.org)