(aka 'Futurama: The Beast with a Billion Backs')

Directed by Peter Avanzino
USA 2008

 

The thrilling conclusion to Futurama: Bender's Big Score. Bender and the planet express crew must contend with a massive cosmic team that sends the world into panic.

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The Planet Express crew must work to fix rips between their universe and another inhabited by a planet-sized, tentacle alien which soon takes over the Earth and uses it's ability to control Fry to command an entire religion which takes over and convinces the inhabitants of Earth to abandon the Earth to live in a pseudo-heaven, leaving the robots of the world to inherit the planet!

Release Date: June 24th, 2008

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Distribution 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:28:42 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 3.67 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
Subtitles English, Spanish, French, None
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Release Information:
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary from creator Matt Groening, David X. Cohen, actors Billy West, John DiMaggio, and Phil LaMarr etc.
• ”Futurama: The Lost Adventure"
•  Storyboard Animatic (21:44)
• 6 Deleted Scenes (3;21)
• David Cross Featurette (2:01)
• 3-D Models with Animator Discussion (4:11)
• Blooperama (2:11)
• A Brief History of Deathball (2:01)
• Benders Game (Sneak Peek at Next Futurama Movie) - 2:00

DVD Release Date: June 24th, 2008

Custom Case
Chapters: 12

 

Comments:

I have a caveat to state here - this DVD was sent to me as a screener and occasionally the Fox logo pops up into alternating corners of the screen. I strongly suspect that the disc itself is of somewhat lesser quality (it is only single-layered) than will be commercially available... but they sent it to me to review - so here it goes.

The animation looks quite strong excepting the more prominent artifacts than on the first Futurama Movie (Bender's Big Score) and the bitrate is decidedly low making me further assume that this is for screener purposes only and the eventual consumer product must be dual-layered. It is anamorphic and colors look strong - it is also progressive. I'm disappointed that these still don't appear to be going 1080P (since it's Fox - Blu-ray) but SD digital animation, like this, can look extremely darn great and the differences in an upgrade may not be cost prohibitive in this case. Detail is exceptional - I saw no shimmering and the only deficiency was the artifacts that probably won't be present in the upcoming release. The 5.1 audio was clear and had moments of separation - no flaws or complaints. There are optional English, French or Spanish subtitles supporting the dialogue.

Supplements include another fun, gang-commentary with creator Matt Groening, and some of the cast and crew. My screener copy couldn't enable "Futurama: The Lost Adventure" quoted as a full-length production adventure for the Futurama Video game. It has an optional commentary by Groening, Cohen etc. There were 20 minutes of fairly boring Storyboard Animatic- six very short deleted scenes (3 minutes worth) and kind of humorous. A 2 minute featurette on David Cross, the voice of Yivo, some 3-D models stuff with animators discussion lasting about 4 minutes, a Blooperama (2 minutes of bloopers while doing the voices), a Brief History of Deathball (2 minute featurette) and Benders Game - a sneak peek at next Futurama Movie.

This was a definite notch below the first feature in my opinion but it was still fun as heck. I do think the $20 price tag is a bit much, as aside from the commentary, the extras are a bit 'filler-ish'. But saying that I don't see too many fans passing it up - they have us hooked with many of the same lovable characters - Zap, Nixon's head, Nibbler, Kif, Wernstrom etc! This will get a lot of play with my two boys - they both love one-eyed Turanga Leela... and I've always had a crush on Amy! 

Gary W. Tooze

 

 



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