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Futurama Volume 7 DVD Review

Futurama Volume 7 DVD

The Comedy Central era of “Futurama” remains the same.

Bender, Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Zoidberg, Amy, Leela, and Hermes have returned for 13 new episodes. In these outings, expect to see stories about Bender impregnating a soda machine and having a child, an end of the world prophecy, Richard Nixon running for President (again), Bender becoming a paparazzi, Leela’s mom dating Zapp Brannigan, a nutritional supplement “steroid,” Hermes getting robot body parts, Oktoberfest, Bender trying to discover the meaning of life, Professor Farnsworth’s parents, robot foxes, a casino heist and a nature documentary parody.

If you have been disappointed by the Comedy Central era (and or the movies) like I have, you probably won’t think much of these 13 episodes as they are more of the same. Much like “South Park,” “Futurama” seems more concerned with spoofs these days since the characters have been more or less exhausted. In this batch of episodes, there are spoofs about everything from the Mayan prophecy and elections to celebrity culture and Four Loko. This is all very topical material even though this series is set in the far future! I guess some things never change even in the future?

On the plus side, there are some highlights. The baby Bender and made by hand opening credits for “Viva Mars Vegas” elicited laughs. The real highlight here is the “Nuturama” episode. While this nature spoof may be gimmicky like the “Reincarnation” episode, I appreciate episodes that are departure from the usual formula.


The series, which is presented in 1.78:1, contains very colorful and sharp looking animation. This set is also available on Blu-ray if you prefer watching the series in hi-def (and really, who doesn’t?).

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is as lively as can be for DVD. From the opening title theme song to the sci-fi sound f/x, the track is an aural treat.

* “Too Good For TV: A Smorgasbord Of Deleted Scenes”- Nearly 13 1/2 minutes of deleted scenes. Some are finished, some are storyboarded.
* “Christopher Tyng’s Big Score: A Jam Session With Futurama’s Innovative Composer”- A nearly 8 ½ minute featurette showing the series composer at work in his studio.
* Commentary on all 13 episodes by the following folks: Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, Eric Morsted, Billy West, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche, Peter Avanzino, Stephen Sandovak and Lee Supercinski, Josh Weinstein, Patric M. Verrone, Eric Rogers, Frank Marino, Claudia Katz, Lauren Tom, Crystal Chesney-Thompson, Dan Vebber, Michael Rowe, Raymie Muzquiz, Lance Kramer, Edmund Fong, Michael Sakin, and Neil Mukhopadhyay . As usual, the commentaries are very talkative, informative, laidback, and amusing. Be on the lookout for a bonus animator commentary on “A Farewell To Arms” featuring Claudia Katz, Peter Avanzino, Raymie Muzquiz, Aldin Baroza, Darin McGowan, Mike Wodkowski, and Chad E. Cooper.
* An alternate ending for “Zapp Dingbat.” You can even play the episode with the alternate ending.
* “Futurama Karaoke: Sing Along With Your Favorite Characters” gives you option of playing “Welcome To Robot Hell,” “This Toy Shop’s Going To War,” “That Was Then And This Is Too,” “The March Of The Non-Union Elves,” and “Even If It’s Not A Good Idea (The Bureaucrat Song)” with or without vocals.
* “Mobius Trip: Infinite Futurama Screen Loops” gives you the option of playing Aquarium or Terrarium infinite loops. Not sure why these are extras, but they are there nonetheless.

Summary: If you like any and all “Futurama” then you will love this set.

December 29, 2012 - Posted by | DVD review |

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