“Otto!” – Bart Simpson
“That’s what my driver’s license says!” – Otto
We got an e-mail from one of FOX’s hip, edgy Web 2.0 marketing firms announcing some upcoming home video releases, including Season 15 on December 4th. This being a press release, there is very little interesting information contained within. In fact, there’s no text at all about Zombie Simpsons, just two images, one a cover mockup with Otto on the front, the other a recycled idea:
Based on this, it’s a standard release with all the usual home video bells and whistles: audio commentary (ugh), deleted scenes, and sketches. I’m slightly curious to see “The Commercials” on there, but since it’s Season 15, I don’t actually care either.
As a bonus, we can see that not only are they now cribbing from The Simpsons for their marketing materials, but there are also now “Blu-ray Bonus Episodes” (which I don’t think were on earlier seasons). Basically, FOX likes the premium they can charge for Blu-Ray* but is hampered by the fact that Zombie Simpsons didn’t get to HD until Season 20, so to get you to pay the extra $10 (or whatever), they’ve included one episode each from Season 3, Season 9 and Season 11. It’s hard to imagine that there are all that many people out there who are interested in Season 15 and who don’t already own the previous seasons, but they stopped putting a lot of thought into these releases a long time ago.
Also, check out how much better the Otto drawing from “The Otto Show” is than the promotional one. His cap is more disheveled, his headphones are on crooked, his teeth aren’t uniform, even his eyes look crazier and dumber. Once again, the older animation has much more personality.
*Humble suggestion that I would buy in a heartbeat:
- Season 1-8 box set
- One Season per Blu-Ray disc
- Best possible resolution from the existing master copies
I’d easily spend $100 on that, and I don’t think I’d be alone.