During The Simpsons panel at San Diego Comic-Con, executive producer Al Jean announced that the world of Springfield is returning to physical home video after a 2 year hiatus. The show’s eighteenth season will drop on DVD on December 5th with mobster Fat Tony gracing the cover. Like most of the other Simpsons DVD collections, this one will feature a commentary track from the crew, deleted scenes and a whole host of other goodies.
The Simpsons stopped being released on physical home video back in 2015, due to what Jean at the time called a dying market. FOX’s home video branch had put out the first 17 seasons and then a 20th season set, leaving fans wanting to fill the gap between. Jean says the hope is that season 18 sells well enough to make that a reality. The crew have already recorded commentary tracks for that potential set, as well as a potential season 20 re-release.
Season 18 was the final season prior to the franchise’s 2007 feature film. It also holds the show’s 400th episode, the season-finale “You Kent Always Get What You Want.” Guest stars included Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Imperioli, The White Stripes, Tom Wolfe and Natalie Portman. The home video package contains:
- 4-Disc Set Contains The Complete Eighteenth Season With All 22 Episodes
- Audio Commentary On All Episodes With Writers, Actors and Directors
- Deleted Scenes With Commentary
- Bonus Episode (“22 For 30” from Season 28)
- Multi-Angle Animation Showcase
- Special Language Feature
- A Conversation With Fat Tony
- English, Spanish and French audio tracks
- English, Spanish and French subtitle tracks
The Simpsons premiered on FOX in 1989. It’s astonishing to think that this show’s run lived through to see the heyday and decline of VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray and now streaming video. The show’s also been available through the FX app and constant rotation on FXX. Season 29 debuts this fall.