Homer Simpson is at his best in years, if not the decade, in the long rumored, delayed, and anticipated The Simpsons Movie. There’s not much here that wouldn’t be on an episode of the TV series, but changing the formula wouldn’t make it the family of five we all know and love. The writing is witty, the satire scathing, and Homer is stupid (with a pet pig). This is as good as, if not better than, the top episodes the TV series has to offer.
For an analysis of the movie itself, read the full review. For a technical assessment of the Blu-ray package, read on.
It probably didn’t take much to bring the film to Blu-ray. The source is simple, but undeniably gorgeous. The HD presentation presents the simple, solid colors beautifully. The lines are sharp without aliasing or shimmering. None of the edging issues evident on the DVD are here. No compression is noticed, and the picture has a pristine sheen to it. It’s not “wow”-worthy like the highest end live action transfers are, yet it’s flawless.
Bass is the obvious highlight of this uncompressed audio affair. It’s in your face throughout, providing a heavy room-shaking whenever called upon, and it’s needed more often than one would think. Surround use is also consistent, as with the finale on the motorcycle, which easily fills the available channels. Numerous little moments that would likely go unnoticed by most (Barney’s quip to Moe about being a ruler comes from the left as it should) are evident if you’re listening.
Extras are carried over from the DVD edition, and remain lackluster. The best of the lot here are two commentaries, one which stops the movie at certain points to pick out small details you probably missed while you watch. Both are necessary listening for fans.