The Simpsons: Backstage Pass (2002) artwork

The Simpsons: Backstage Pass (2002)

2nd June 2002

Four similarly film themed Simpsons episodes are presented on DVD, in this case music and concerts.
Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer
Comedy, Animation, Television
1 Hour 27 Minutes

In between the releases of the season box sets on DVD, Fox has decided to tap the fans wallets and purses by releasing four similarly themed episodes on one disc. However, this is nothing new as they've been releasing them on video for years.

A Tale of Two Springfields

Homer becomes infuriated by a new area code, basically because he can't remember the additional three digits, so he goes on a mission to divide the town into two. As the major of West Springfield he wages a war with the East and even goes to the extent of building a wall between the two districts. However, when the &"The Who" is scheduled to play East Springfield, Homer decides to get the band on his side of the wall.


When Homer fears that he's become out of touch with the times he purchases tickets for Lisa, Bart and himself for the local Hullabalooza concert. Whilst he does his best to blend in with the teenage crowd, plus managing to embarrass his children even more than normal, it is a freak accident with a canon that catapults Homer into the limelight and the respect from the younger generation he longs for.

Homer's Barbershop Quartet

When Lisa finds an album in a junk sale with her father on the cover, Homer starts to reminisce on his days as the leader of chart topping, award winning, lady swooning and short lived barbershop quartet called the "The Be Sharps". And you thought that Barney's only talent was drinking beer?

The Otto Show

When Bart attends a Spinal Tap concert he dreams of becoming a heavy metal rock star with all of the trimmings. As an encouragement Homer and Marge decide to buy him an electric guitar. As is the case with most children's hobbies he soon gets fed up with his inability to play and claims it is broken. When Otto demonstrates that it is far from broken he causes the school bus to be delayed and attempts to make up lost time, loosing his job in the process.

Again, with the episodes coming for the later seasons the animation is much improved along with the overall picture quality. With the animation being made up of yellow, and other bright colours, there are no signs of artifacting or outlining. It certainly exceeds what can be offered by video and this improvement in quality and convenience of the format makes the additional expense more than justified.

With this being a television series there isn't much scope for excitement in the audio channels. Surround sound didn't appear in the series for a number of years and this disc only contains a stereo soundtrack. However, due to the nature of the programme there is no real justification for a surround sound extravaganza and what is presented here is more and adequate.

The menu is a static and boring affair with each episode available for selection either via the chapters or straight access. However, Fox still feels that it is unnecessary to supply a "Play all" option. With only an average running time it would be more than feasible to sit and watch this collection in one sitting. It becomes quite annoying to keep having to select the next episode. Let's hope Fox take note of this for future releases.

The extras can hardly be classed as ground breaking with a "featurette", similar to the clips on the first release of The Simpsons Film Festival on character Otto the school bus driver. As these themed discs continue to be released we can expect a different character on each disc.

This release is certainly better that the previous. With the disc including episodes for the latter seasons, and with its popularity now achieved, it has resulted in the rich and famous desperate to provide a voice over. In this collection this ranges from the members of "The Who" to the late George Harrison.

These themed releases will certainly keep you happy whilst you wait for the many seasons of The Simpsons to be released on DVD.

  • Video Montage of Otto's Finest Moments
Adapted from the classic novel by Charles Dickens, The Personal History Of David Copperfield, released on DVD and Blu-ray 15th June 2020 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, brings to life one of the ...Read more
The Shanghai Job artwork

The Shanghai Job

Ex-private security agent Danny Stratton is given a second chance following the biggest mistake of his career when he is tasked with escorting a valuable antique vase out of China. When the mission is ...
Gomorrah S2 artwork

Gomorrah S2

Lee Mack artwork

Lee Mack

Apple Tree Yard artwork

Apple Tree Yard

Blood artwork


The Tunnel artwork

The Tunnel

Westworld S3 artwork

Westworld S3

Featuring all eight episodes from this new world's latest evolution, along with close to two hours of bonus content including two exclusive featurettes, Westworld Season 3: The New World is released ...
Voices artwork


The Irishman artwork

The Irishman

The Crown S3 artwork

The Crown S3

You Should Have Left artwork

You Should Have Left

Monkey Complete artwork

Monkey Complete


Ocean's Eleven


Eleven criminals plan to relieve three Las Vegas casinos of $150 million dollars in the biggest heist in history.

Cinema Paradiso


A winner of awards across the world including Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, 5 BAFTA Awards including Best Actor, Original Screenplay and Score, the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival and many more, Cinema Paradiso is released on Blu-ray and 4K UHD 28th September 2020 from Arrow Video.



For more than 45 years, children around the world have been delighted by the 7.5 cm-tall (three-inches) plastic figure toys known as Playmobil®. This year, the popular toys come to animated life in ON Animation Studio's beautifully crafted and imagined new movie. Directed by Disney veteran Lino DiSalvo, Playmobil: The Movie features the ...
"I am a fan of cinema that creates an entire alternate universe that you could escape into for a couple of hours."
Christopher Nolan

The Luminaries


Outlander S5


The Invisible Man


Bicycle Thieves


The Luminaries


Outlander S5


The Flash S6


Supergirl S5


Angel Has Fallen






Fantasy Island


Racing Stripes


Austin Powers


The Simpsons S16


Outlander S5


Chicago P.D. S7


Full Metal Jacket