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Futurama Volume 6 (2-disc) - 2011 [Blu-ray]
(Creator: Matt Groening)
Review by Gary Tooze
Video: 20th Century Fox
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 0:21:40.299 X 7 / 0:21:39.339 X 6
Disc One Size: 40,135,205,978 bytes / Disc Two: 42,075,499,749 bytes
Episodes Size: 7 = 38,764,627,968 bytes / 6 = 35,406,071,808 bytes
Video Bitrate: 28.43 Mbps / 30.63 Mbps
Chapters: 28 / 24 (4 per episode)
Case: Custom Cardboard Blu-ray case
Release date: December 20th, 2011
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3493 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3493 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries: Dolby Digital Audio English 224 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 224 kbps
English (SDH), French, Spanish, none
Description: Blast off your inhibitions as The Simpsons creator Matt Groening brings you another far-out collection of FUTURAMA™ fun! In addition to a full payload of outrageous extras not shown on TV, Volume Six delivers 13 mind-Bendering new episodes that involve time travel, self-replication, covert missions, alien eggs, and more robot roughhousing than you can shake a girder at. It’s a scream...the good kind!
During its original run, Futurama was one of the highlights of the TV schedule. The misadventures of the Planet Express crew - Fry, Leela, Bender, Zoidberg, Amy et all - make for some outstanding re-visitation - years post initial cancellation. This is great fun and fans should rejoice at the 13 NEW episodes! Most impressive is the inventive writing and hilarious animated execution of the plots and characters. I could watch this 24/7 and never grow tired of the comedy and unique situations. Let's hope this runs as long as The Simpsons! Bravo!
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
This looks equally as impressive as Into the Wild Green Yonder and Bender's Game on Blu-ray. Colors are spectacularly rendered with tight lines and creeping depth. Digital animation, especially at the hi-def level, should be perfect - and this is. There are none of the deficiencies associated film-to-digital like noise and artifacts. This is exactly how the animators and 'creators' intended it to look. The only complaint could be with the animation style of any lack of continuity in motion - sometimes referred to as 'jaggies'. The 'Futurama' style, without dramatic change, has been around since 1999 - more advanced than Groening's original The Simpsons - and it balances nicely between simplistic and recognizable to extravagant and epic sci-fi venues. This series is so much fun. The two Blu-rays are both dual-layered housing 13, 21-minute, episodes and the 1080P transfer supports deep rich contrast and black levels producing some surprisingly strong visuals. Looks fabulous!
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Excellent audio via a DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at 3493 kbps. The opening theme music has some potent depth and the effects and voice characterizations are all wonderfully crisp. There are decent separations and a flaw could not be detected in the transfer. This lossless rendering sounds perfect and there are optional subtitles available.My Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
There are about 15-minutes of hilarious Deleted Scenes spread over the two discs and fun audio commentaries available for all 13 Episodes. On disc two are added Professor Farnsworth's "Science of a Scene" explanation for about 17-minutes, a Reincarnation Explained! With Director Peter Avanzino for about 7-minutes and the funny Futurama F.A.Q. (Frequently Axed Questions) running 11.5 minutes. Great for us fans who cannot be sated!
December 19th, 2011
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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