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The Springfield Times: Season 4 DVD Set

This document lists archived official news, as well as some unconfirmed rumors, regarding The Complete Fourth Season and other Simpsons DVD titles released at the time.

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September 9, 2004

The BBFC has approved two Simpsons-related features:

  • Multi-angle animation showcase for act one of 'Tis the Fifteenth Season (22m 52s)
  • Animatic footage for act one of episode 'Tis the Fifteenth Season (9m 11s)
These will be special features of "The Simpsons Christmas 2", available on November 2 in the USA, and on October 25 in the UK.

"The Simpsons Christmas 2" includes these four episodes:

  • Homer vs. Dignity (CABF04)
  • Skinner's Sense of Snow (CABF06)
  • Dude, Where's My Ranch? (EABF13)
  • 'Tis the Fifteenth Season (FABF02)
Thanks to Jan Nielsen

August 17, 2004

(R2) Five new "Simpsons Classics" discs (parts 6-10) are now available in the UK:

Each disc contains four episodes from various seasons. Further details available by clicking the title links (Amazon UK) and at the Fox UK site.

The Simpsons Park site has posted the cover of the French edition of "The Simpsons Christmas 2". To view the cover, click here.

August 11, 2004

(R2) The Complete Fourth Season will be released in Germany on October 2.

Also, a triple-pack DVD featuring "Too Hot For TV," "Dark Secrets" and "Bart Wars" will be released in the UK on September 6.

Season 4

Release Dates:
· USA Jun 15
· Finland Jul 23
· UK Aug 2
· Australia Aug 25
· France Sep 29
· Germany Oct 2

22 episodes with commentaries, deleted scenes, A Word from Matt Groening, animation showcase (sketches, storyboards, animatics, multiple angles), KFC and Butterfinger TV commercials, foreign language clips, Bush vs. Simpson, The Cajun Controversy, additional commentary with Conan O'Brien (Easter egg).

Press Release:

· English
· Finnish

· HT Forum
· DVD Talk
· TV Shows on DVD
· More:
  [1] [2]

Where to get it:
· R1
· R2

Easter Eggs:
Click here for details.

· Official Site

Other Releases

Region 1: (Out now)
· The Simpsons Gone Wild

Region 2: (Out now)
· Heaven and Hell
· Against The World
· Sex, Lies and the Simpsons
· On Your Marks, Get Set, D'oh!
· The Simpsons Gone Wild

Region 4: (Out now)
· The Simpsons Gone Wild

August 2, 2004

(R1) A new Christmas-themed DVD will be released in the USA and Canada on November 2. Even if the final title is not yet available, it's already available to pre-order at

According to TV Shows on DVD, the disc contains these four episodes:

  • Homer vs. Dignity (CABF04)
  • Skinner's Sense of Snow (CABF06)
  • Dude, Where's My Ranch? (EABF13)
  • 'Tis the Fifteenth Season (FABF02)
(R2) In the UK, the planned release date for "Christmas 2" is October 25.

July 15, 2004

(R4) Kenneth White of Simpsons-L reports that in New Zealand he came across copies of The Complete Third Season that were in two dual disc jewel cases rather than the usual fold-out method usually associated with the sets. The third season was released last year in New Zealand in the standard fold-out style, but it seems these new issues are like this instead.

(R2) In Finland, the release of The Complete Fourth Season has been pushed to July 23.

July 8, 2004

(R1) Star Tribune reports that The Simpsons DVD boxed sets 1-3 have sold 5.3 million copies in the USA alone, coming #1, #3 and #6 in the all-time TV on DVD chart.

Here is the full list of top-selling television DVDs of all time in the USA (in millions of units):

  1. "The Simpsons" (first season), 2.35
  2. "Family Guy" (first volume), 1.71
  3. "The Simpsons" (second season), 1.65
  4. "Chappelle's Show "(first season), 1.61
  5. "Sex and the City" (first season), 1.32
  6. "The Simpsons" (third season), 1.30
  7. "Sex and the City" (second season), 1.21
  8. "The Sopranos" (first season), 1.13
  9. "Family Guy" (second volume), 1.12
  10. "Friends" (first season), 1.10
Those of you who are still without the first three seasons might be interested to know that is selling seasons 1-3 together at a reduced price. Or, if that's not enough and you want the first three Futurama sets with the Simpsons sets, click here instead.

July 3, 2004

Our Wesley Mead's in-depth review of the 4th season DVD set has been posted to our main news page. Other recent reviews you might want to check out:

(R1) "The Simpsons Gone Wild" will be released in the USA on September 14. It includes four episodes ("Homer's Night Out," "Sunday Cruddy Sunday", "The Mansion Family" and "Homer The Moe") and a Krusty the Clown clip featurette on one disc. Note that the cover art in the recent European edition is different.

(R4) The Complete Fourth Season will be released in Australia on August 25. However, "The Simpsons Gone Wild" becomes available on July 7.

Final note: Apparently many fans haven't come across the second commentary track for Marge vs. the Monorail that features Conan O'Brien, as only the main one appears on the on-screen menu. To turn the Easter egg track on, press the "audio" button your DVD player's remote control while playing until you find the second commentary, right after the first one.

June 12, 2004

(R1) Here are some of the first reviews of The Complete Fourth Season:

June 9, 2004

(R1) is hosting a giveaway for The Complete Fourth Season on DVD. Contest ends June 23. is also giving away season 4 sets. Entries accepted through June 25.

Unfortunately both giveaways are for residents of the United States only.

June 4, 2004

(R1) First update in a long while! A member of DVD File has received the season 4 set already, and has posted various images of the boxart and several menus shots. Click the link to see more, but note that registration is required. The set is due on June 15, and can be pre-ordered from and other major DVD stores.

(R2) "The Simpsons Gone Wild", the latest R2 compilation disc, is now due out in the UK next Monday, the 7th.

Volumes 6 to 10 in the "Classics" series of re-issues have been confirmed by Amazon and Play as being released on August 16th in the UK. The five are:

  • "Heaven and Hell"
  • "Against The World"
  • "Sex, Lies and the Simpsons"
  • "On Your Marks, Get Set, D'oh!"
  • ""
    All five have different cover art to their VHS counterparts.

    Also, the Season 4 boxset now has a listed UK release date of August 2nd. Pre-order it here.

    And finally, the release date for Finland has been set to July 16. Fans in France will have to wait until September 29.
    Thanks to Wesley Mead

    April 5, 2004

    (R2) The next five discs (Vols 6-10) in "The Simpsons Classics" series will be released in the UK on June 15, reports DVD Review magazine. Previously announced "The Simpsons Gone Wild" is the sixth Simpsons DVD title to hit the stores on the same day.

    March 31, 2004

    According to DVD Times, The Complete Fourth Season will finally include deleted scenes, taken from "Homer's Triple Bypass" (x4) and "The Front (x6). Here's the full rundown of special features (R1 language selection):

    • 1.33:1 Full Frame
    • English DD5.1 Surround
    • French and Spanish DD2.0 Stereo
    • English and Spanish subtitles
    • Audio Commentary with cast and crew on all 22 episodes
    • Optional audio features on episode Kamp Krusty
    • Bonus commentary tracks (easter eggs) on two episodes: Homer's Triple Bypass and Marge vs. the Monorail
    • Deleted scenes with optional play feature on two episodes: Homer's Triple Bypass (x4) and The Front (x6)
    • Bonus sketches for two episodes: Homer's Triple Bypass and Krusty Gets Kancelled
    • Animation Showcase:
      • 3 animatics (two with optional illustrated commentary)
      • 11 multi-angle sequences
      • Storyboards for 4 episodes
      • 1 colour animation
      • 4 commercials
      • The Cajun Controversy
      • A word from Matt Groening
      • Promotional Syndication reel
      • Bush vs. Simpsons featurette is now taking pre-orders for the 4th season set ($32.49).

    March 25, 2004

    Fox Home Entertainment has released the cover art of The Complete Fourth Season. (Click the image above to enlarge)

    (R2) In other news, the release of the next European single-disc title, "The Simpsons Gone Wild," has been pushed to June 15.

    March 12, 2004

    (R1) TV Shows on DVD site has posted a press release announcing The Complete Fourth Season, according to which it will be released in the USA and Canada on June 15, 2004.

    Break out the Kwik-E-Mart Squishies and pull up a couch -- on June 15, 2004, "THE SIMPSONS" SEASON FOUR DVD COLLECTION debuts from Fox Home Entertainment. Following the record-breaking Season One, Two and Three DVD releases, selling over five million DVDs to-date, "THE SIMPSONS" SEASON FOUR DVD COLLECTION features all 22 episodes from the fourth season (1992-1993) from the longest-running comedy series in primetime. Featuring exclusive bonus material including commentary on each episode, an introduction by Matt Groening, a voiceover featurette with James L. Brooks, an Animation Showcase multi-angle feature, animatics, commercials, deleted scenes and more, the four-disc collection arrives at a suggested retail of $49.98 US / $69.98 Canada.


    March 5, 2004

    (R2) The next single-disc title, "The Simpsons Gone Wild," will be released in the UK on May 3. As usual, it contains four episodes from both classic and more recent seasons. Included on this disc are "Homer's Night Out," "Sunday Cruddy Sunday", "The Mansion Family" and "Homer The Moe," and possibly a short collection of character clips.
    Thanks to Wesley Mead

    February 16, 2004

    According to an unconfirmed Internet rumor, after his show in Canada, Conan O'Brien had said he'll be doing season 4 commentaries.

    "Hey are you doing the Simpsons Season 4 commentaries?"
    "Yeah, we recorded it last week."
    "Yeah, Monorail!"
    Time will tell whether this is true and if Conan will also be commenting on "New Kid on the Block", the other 4th season episode he wrote.

    February 12, 2004

    Mike Reiss talked to about the Simpsons (and "The Critic") DVDs:

    I'm going in, in a couple hours to do more commentary and Jon Lovitz will be there. We could not get Jon Lovitz, he just wasn’t available to do "The Critic" commentary and he's in town so he'll be doing some "Simpsons" commentary on the episodes he appeared in.
    You know, I own these DVDs, I comment on them but I never watch any of them! I don't know what bonus material they have but they always seem to deliver. They take these DVDs very seriously so there is certainly a lot of commentary. There is commentary on every episode and we're getting the cast in more to do commentary so that's something.

    February 2, 2004

    The old news regarding The Complete Third Season and other titles released at the time have now been archived. This page is all set for news on The Complete Fourth Season, and other new Simpsons DVD titles.

    Unfortunately, as Fox Home has neither revealed nor hinted practically anything about their plans for the 4th season, there's nothing solid to report about it yet.

    (R2) In the meantime, Fox TV DVD in the UK has announced that in addition to the season 4 boxed set, a single-disc DVD called "The Simpsons Go Wild" and an unspecified number of new titles in "The Simpsons Classics" series will be released later this year in the UK (and possibly elsewhere in Europe and in Australia). The "Classics" series currently consists of 5 discs available in the UK, each carrying 4 episodes from various seasons (more info).
    Thanks to Wesley Mead

    For details on the previous sets, see the archived DVD news: Season 1 | Season 2 | Season 3

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