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All right humans, Bender's back on the screen and you better hide your
“Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder" is now available on Blu-ray.
An offshoot of Matt Groening's imaginative mind, "Futurama" was always a
fun show to watch. After the show ran its course on the Fox network, the
"Futurama" crew went to work on series of feature-length movies. "Into the
Wild Green Yonder" is a fun one. It's as though the crew of Planet Express,
and their human creators, haven't missed a beat.
The show was always funny, but not as funny at Groening's other famous
creation, "The Simpsons." While watching episodes of "Futurama," I've never
laughed so hard as to make my belly ache. Yet, the show won me over with its
sly references to sci-fi and sci-fi movies. The main characters have also
been enjoyable. Fry isn't the most fascinating character ever to grace
the television screen, but thankfully the rest of the cast rounds him out.
"Into the Wild Green Yonder" focuses on the demolition of Mars Vegas and the
expansion of a giant space miniature golf course. Bender gets involved with
the Donbot's wife, and Leela joins a fringe group of environmentalist women.
The plot seems absurd, but it's not and it's also quite fun. Oh, and Snoop
Dogg is the head judge in a court. Yeah, you have to see it to see what I'm
This is a Blu-ray reference disc, in my opinion. The picture quality is
superb, though going from a digitally produced animated show helps.
Everything is crystal clear in the picture department. The color scheme is
Sound quality comes via DTS-MA and it sounds excellent. The soundtrack does
get loud in passages, but it's all mixed very well. It's kind of fun
listening to the "Futurama" theme in high quality sound.
So yeah, "Futurama" geeks, it's back and still rocks the universe. Forgive
the rudeness of my review. Bender found some kind of machine that transmits
his thoughts into my head. Rude robot!
Special thanks to Click Communications
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Blu-ray Quick Glimpse
Another fun filled "Futurama" adventure
Director: Peter Avanzino
Cast: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio
Commentary, "How To Draw," and much more
The animation's clairity on Blu-ray shines
Aspect Ratio (1.78:1)
BLU-RAY RELEASE DATE
February 24, 2009