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Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

Dave!Next to my apartment complex is a small, yet nicely appointed, mobile home park. Housed within the park is an elderly couple who seem to like nothing better than yelling and screaming at each other over the most trivial things. They yell about postage stamps. They yell about the weather. They yell about sandwiches. They yell about dirt for heaven's sake. This morning as I was leaving for work, they were at it again. This time they were yelling about where to place the lawn sprinklers (of all things). And it ain't no "cute little old people fighting" type of thing... it's more of a "one day somebody is going to end up stabbed to death" type of thing. I will try to be surprised on the day the police finally show up.

Much like I was surprised to see the new packaging for the pending DVD release of The Simpsons: The Complete Sixth Season which is coming out on August 16th. Sets 1-5 had a similar look that was actually kind of cool... each season, the television on the front of the box would change slightly to reflect the passage of time (on Season 3, for example, the Simpsons finally got cable television because there's a cable TV box on top). I was actually looking forward to future seasons to see if they would ever upgrade to a plasma flat-screen or something! But, alas, the next release will switch the format to "big plastic heads" for the boxes (starting with Homer)...

Simpsons Season 6

Yes it's a cool box, but I hate it when they change the packaging design in mid-series. I want all the boxes for a show to look similar on the shelf (like the boxes for Friends, Buffy, Angel, and South Park). And how are they going to make boxes for Lisa and Maggie, who have round heads... or for Marge, who's hair is five times taller than Homer? And will they label the sides so you can tell what season is what without having to pull them out? These are all going to look like crap on my DVD shelf. Maybe this is my cue to stop collecting the show? I wish you had the option of the old packaging to complete your collection.

But the biggest surprise of the day was finding out I have a stalker.

Well, not really... but a Blogography reader from Olympia did track me down while she was passing though the area today. From her first stop in town, it took her all of ten minutes before she found me. Such is life in a small town where everybody knows your name. This is a bit disconcerting, because it means when the government finally comes to take me away, it won't be much of a challenge for them. Anyway, "hello Tara" and thanks for stopping to say hi.

Movie Quotable of the Day: "And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood-chipper..."
Day-Before-Yesterday's Answer: Meatballs (1979) with Bill Murray and Russ Banham.

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  1. Venusupnorth says:

    You should just design your own case for season Five and what comes after that? I agree it’s not very professional to totally change the design all of a sudden, they should offer the Hommer head plastic case as an option instead, for collectors and such.
    I’m not the only one that’s stalking you? :-(

  2. HeideH says:

    Movie quote is from Fargo : )

  3. Dave2 says:

    Design my own case? I hadn’t thought of that! I could actually do this! :-)

    One of the best movie quotes ever. I was gravely disappointed that it did not appear on the AFI’s top 100 quotes list. But, then again, I disagreed with half of the ones they had on there…
    http://www.afi.com/tvevents/100years/quotes.aspx

  4. Kevin says:

    Got a post bitching about DVD packaging on my site as well. It sucks. I hate when they do this. I’ve been told to try designing my own as well. I just don’t have the willpower.

  5. Dave2 says:

    Strange. We both posted the same subject with the same conclusion on the same day! Funny thing is that I had grabbed the photo off of “TVShowsOnDVD” days ago to write about it, but didn’t have time until yesterday.

    Oh… and before The Simpsons fiasco, the biggest offender in the packaging switch was Six Feet Under. Their Season 1 release had an interesting pop-up feature when you opened the box. Then I receive Season 2 in the mail and it’s just a plain box with no pop-up that’s a good half-inch shorter on the shelf. I was so mad that I vowed to never buy another DVD for Six Feet Under. Alias is another that doesn’t look good on the shelf together. I won’t be buying Season 4. Law & Order another… they switched from paper to plastic with an entirely different look. CSI has done the same, but at least they made an effort to keep the look similar. I am just waiting for Friends Season 10 to see if they finish up with the same look, or switch to something entirely different and stupid-looking.

  6. Brad says:

    Dave,

    I’m hanging outside your place right now. Can you bring some Franco-American back for us to eat? I’ll reimburse you when you return.

    Still looking for the key to get inside,

    Brad

    ps Alberto Gonzalez just came by. I told him you were in Spokane for the summer. You should be safe for a couple of months.

  7. Oh my gosh.. that would scare me so bad, being tracked down..

  8. Sonny says:

    Fox has actually been pretty cool about this. I just purchased season six last night (thanks, Wal-Mart, for breaking the street date), and as soon as I opened the new box, there was a little card explaining that anal-retentive DVD collectors can call a 1-800 number and get an old-school box that matches 1-5.

    I lost the number already, and was trying to google it when I ran across your site. Thought you’d like to know.

  9. Dave2 says:

    Now THAT’S cool.

    I wish that all the rest of the idiots who change case designs were so accommodating. I’d love to have my sets for Alias, Six Feet Under, CSI, and all the others that are mixed up be corrected so they look nice on the shelf.

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