The Simpsons
Backstage Pass

Starring: Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright & Yeardley Smith
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

RRP: £15.99

Certificate: PG
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Another collection of Simpsons episodes for those who don't want to shell out for the box sets. This volume includes the episodes Homerpalooza, A Tale of Two Springfields, Homer's Barber Shop Quartet and The Otto Show.

This time around the episodes are all music based. In Homerpalooza Homer hits a mid-life crisis and, worried he is out of touch with the times, he purchases tickets to the Hullabalooza music festival and ends up touring with the bands.

A Tale of Two Springfields sees Homer on a mission to divide his home town in two. As designated Mayor of West Springfield, Homer wages war on the East. However, when The Who is scheduled to play in East Springfield, Homer takes it upon himself to lend the band his side of town.

Homer's Barber Shop Quartet sees Bart and Lisa discover an old 'Meet the Be Sharps' album with a picture of Homer on the front cover. Homer tells them how he, Principal Skinner, Apu and Barney formed the Barber Shop Quartet years earlier. With a record in the charts, success looked guaranteed for the Fab Four!

The Otto Show sees Bart dreaming of becoming a heavy metal rocker after going to a Spinal Tap concert. As an encouragement, Homer and Marge buy a guitar for Bart. Otto demonstrates his ability on Bart's guitar, causing the school bus to run late. Upon losing his job, Otto is forced to move in with the Simpsons.

This is a pretty fine collection of episodes but personally I would be tempted to avoid this and simply purchase the box sets as they are released. But if you can't wait for your Simpsons fix then this is worth getting your hands on.

There is also a video montage of Otto's finest moments which is fun but nothing special.

Ray Thompson


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