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Futurama – Volume 7 (Fox DVD Set)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: B     Episodes: A



Futurama is back and better than ever!  Though the episodes housed in Volume 6 were very well done, at times it did seem out of line with the previous Futurama mythos and style.  Futurama: Volume 7 is a return to the Futurama we all know and love; heavy on nerdy/nostalgia and less so on today’s pop-culture.


Futurama: Volume 7 delivers 13 episodes from the latest season that aired on Comedy Central.  The episodes on Volume Season are as follows:

1.    The Bots and the Bees

2.    A Farewell to Arms

3.    Decision 3012

4.    The Thief of Baghead

5.    Zapp Dingbat

6.    The Butterjunk Effect

7.    The Six Million Dollar Mon

8.    Fun on a Bun

9.    Free Will Hunting

10.  Near-Death Wish

11.  31st Century Fox

12.  Viva Mars Vegas

13.  Naturama


There are stand out episodes like “ZappBingbat” and “A Farewell to Arms,” but in reality all are truly wonderful.  The series is absolutely crazy with each character (and their flaws) shining through, making each episode an absolute joy.  I laughed throughout each episode and left me wanting more; FINALLY I had the Futurama back I once knew!


My one complaint about this season (and perhaps the last) is that whereas the series was never exactly linear, it had a nice flow that allowed for large story arcs (spanning seasons) and logical continuity; Volume 7 appears to somewhat break that pattern.  I found myself confused by some of the characters choices and departures from their normal doings/misdoings; straying from an established path and messing with continuity.  This is a minor gripe that would only be noticed by nerdiest of Futurama fans, but nevertheless a gripe.


Again the entire season is wonderful and the only thing that would make it better would be able to view it on Blu-ray High Definition.


The technical features on this DVD release are nice, but not as nice as the previously reviewed Volume 6 Blu-ray.  The picture is presented in a 1.78 X 1 Widescreen that has crisp, clear image and bright colors.  The image is of wonderful quality, but again not the same as what is delivered on Blu-ray.  The sound is a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound that uses the full speaker range with dialogue and musical scores coming through with ease.  It does not have the boisterous, rounded quality of a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, but fine nevertheless.


Extras include the following:

·         Full Length Audio Commentaries on all 13 Episodes

o        Very fun, very informative with much of the cast and crew participating.

·         Bonus Commentary on “A Farewell to Arms”

·         Alternate Ending for “Zapp Dingbat”

·         Christopher Tyng’s Big Score: A Jam Session with Futurama’s Innovative Composer

o        A featurette that truly exemplifies the hard work and brilliance that goes into bringing the series musical scores to life.

·         Futurama Karaoke: Sing Along With Your Favorite Characters

·         Mobius Trip: Infinite Futurama Screen Loops

·         Too Good for TV: A Smorgasbord of Deleted Scenes



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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