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  • Actors: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Phil LaMarr
  • Writers: David X. Cohen, Matt Groening
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Italian, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan. 2002
  • Run Time: 299 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UWNO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,642 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Disc 1:
Episodes--Space Pilot 3000; The Series Has Landed; I, Roommate; Love's Labour's Lost in Space
Special Features--Commentary for each episode; Animatics for "Space Pilot 3000"; Deleted scenes from "The Series Has Landed" (2) and "Love's Labour's Lost in Space" (1); Script and storyboard for "Space Pilot 3000"

Disc 2:
Episodes--Fear of a Bot Planet; A Fishful of Dollars; My Three Suns; A Big Piece of Garbage; Hell is Other Robots.
Special Features--Commentary for each episode; Trailer for Futurama Season One; Deleted scenes from "My Three Suns" (1) and "Hell is Other Robots" (1)

Disc 3:
Episodes--A Flight to Remember; Mars University; When Aliens Attack; Fry & The Slurm Factory.
Special Features--Commentary for each episode; Special featurette; Deleted scene from "When Aliens Attack"; Interactive gallery of stills/concept art--this gallery consists of 44 still images, four of which have buttons to select video segments

Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Sound: 2.0 Surround

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Set in the year 3000, Futurama is the acme of sci-fi animated sitcom from Simpsons creator Matt Groening. While not as universally popular as The Simpsons, Futurama is equally hip and hilarious, thanks to its zippy lateral-thinking contemporary pop cultural references, celebrity appearances (Pamela Anderson and Leonard Nimoy are among a number of guest stars to appear as disembodied heads in jars) and Bender, a distinctly Homer Simpson-esque robot. Part of Futurama's charm is that with decades of sci-fi junk behind us we've effectively been living with the distant future for years and can now have fun with it. Hence, the series stylishly jumbles motifs ranging from Lost in Space-style kitsch to the grim dystopia of Blade Runner. It also bridges the gap between the impossible dreams of your average science fiction fan and the slobbish reality of their comic reading, TV-gawping existence. Groening himself distinguishes his two series thus: "The Simpsons is fictional. Futurama is real."

The opening series (premiered in 1999) sees nerdy pizza delivery boy Fry transferred to the 31st century in a cryogenic mishap. There, he meets the beautiful, one-eyed Leela (voiced by Married with Children's Katey Sagal) and the incorrigible alcoholic robot Bender. The three of them join Fry's great (x30) nephew Professor Farmsworth and work in his intergalactic delivery service. Hyper-real yet strangely recognisable situations ensue--Fry discovers he is a billionaire thanks to 1,000 years accrued interest, Leela must fend off the attentions of Captain Kirk-like Lothario Zapp Brannigan, and Fry accidentally drinks the ruler of a strange planet of liquid beings. --David Stubbs

On the DVD: As with the earlier Fox release of The Simpsons, Season 1 this otherwise excellent three-disc set is let down by clunky menu navigation. There are way too many copyright warnings, no "Play All" facility, and you have to click back and forth to begin each new episode or find the additional features. By way of compensation, the menus look great and there's a goodly selection of extras on each disc. The entertaining commentaries are by Matt Groening and various members of his creative team, including producer David X Cohen and John DiMaggio (the voice of Bender) and Billy West (Fry). There are a handful of deleted scenes for certain episodes, plus the script and storyboard for the very first episode and an interactive stills gallery. The 4:3 picture is pin-sharp as is the Dolby 2.0Surround.--Mark Walker

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By "martin_clark005" on 2 Feb. 2003
Format: DVD
Most people assume that the future will be better than the present. Not so in Futurama. Even a thousand years from now, politicians are still crooked, the Internet is still full of porn and people are just as stupid as they ever were. Maybe even slightly more so.
Futurama is Simpsons creator Matt Groening's second animated show, crashing together the worlds of Star Trek and Springfield in a fast-paced comedy that combines social satire, farce, movie spoofs and hot alien chicks. Loser delivery boy Fry is accidentally frozen on New Year's Eve 1999, getting thawed out a millennium later just in time to see in the year 3000 - in his new job as, you guessed it, a delivery boy. Hooking up with cyclops space captain Leela and surly robot Bender, as well as the other misfit employees of the Planet Express delivery service, Fry gets to experience all the malfunctioning wonders of the 31st Century.
At its best, Futurama is easily as funny as a top-whack episode of The Simpsons - hardly surprising, since many of its writers moved over from Groening's first show. The jokes come just as fast and are every bit as sharp, and each episode stands up to multiple viewings because of the sheer number of sight gags and hidden details tucked away in the background. The writers all appear to be huge science fiction fans as well - spotting every reference, from the obvious to the obscure, is an almost impossible task, but if you get them it's yet another layer of comedy to enjoy.
This boxset actually contains more than the 'official' first season of the show - the four episodes on disc three were held back until the show's second year. Their inclusion here is a definite bonus, bringing the total up to 13.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2002
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In light of the shabby treatment given to Futurama by the Fox network in the States (and by other networks in other countries as well), I was overjoyed to have the first season of this innovative program finally made available on DVD. I'm the first on my block with a set, and probably the only one in town with one, as it is not available yet here in the States. Go figure! But as Matt Groening says in an interview on one of the discs, if you love science fiction, you'll love this. And if you hate science fiction, you'll love this. One word of caution: Disney it ain't, with suicide booths, a malt liquor-swilling foul-mouthed robot, and some rather adult situations. If you like your toons with an attitude, then go for it! It's well worth the price, and the special features will provide hours of enjoyment.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2002
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In my opinion, 'Futurama' is a clear cut front runner for being the best animated TV show ever. Shaking off the shadow of 'the Simpsons' is difficult, but if they have to be compared, 'Futurama' is certainly the more original, witty and imaginative of the two, with a stronger cast of characters and a more inventive context. And, for a pilot series, this is a pretty darn good collection, filled with sharp jokes and some surprisingly poignent moments. So be uncynical and just sit back and enjoy these fantastic adventures of feisty Leela, alcoholic Bender, immature Fry, accident-prone Amy and eccentric Professor Fransworth. Sci-fi and comedy doesn't come any better than this!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug. 2003
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When Futurama was first aired on t.v. It always seemed to be on at a time when I was busy doing something else so I just caught fleeting glances of it as it played in the background, my first impression was "The Simpsons in the future".....how wrong I was.
A friend of mine owned the season 1 dvd box set, and being a big fan of The Simpsons I watched the first episode of Futurama at his house, I was instantly hooked and bought the season 1 dvd the very next week.
The story is about a pizza delivery boy called Fry, who, on new years eve 1999 is sent forward through time to the year 3000 due to a cryogenic freezing accident. Fry then looks up his only relative in the year 3000 who happens to be a professor who owns an intergalactic delivery company and Fry ironically once again becomes a delivery boy (a job he hated in 1999, but loves in 3000 because it involves piloting a spaceship).
Fry teams up with Bender, an alcoholic, kleptomaniac, psychopathic robot. Leela, a cycloptic babe who gives up her job to become Fry's delivery-ship captain. His great great great great great etc. nephew (the mad professor). And a host of other great characters as part of the delivery company.
The animation and humour of Futurama are very similar to The Simpsons (which is no bad thing)the razor-sharp wit, sarcasm, irony, and laughs at other people's misfortune are all there.
But where Futurama differs I personally think is in the scope for inventiveness and creativity on the part of Groening and his team, after all no-one knows what the year 3000 will be like.
I think this gives Futurama an edge over The Simpsons because they can create whatever they want......new planets, new gadgets, different species etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "danielbriggs" on 1 May 2005
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This is the boxset that takes you into the future! Futurama Season one contains the first episodes of this great show, created by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen. Episodes include the famous 'Space Pilot 3000' in which Fry, the main male of the series and a young pizza delivery boy, delivers a pizza on new years eve 1999, unfortunatley enough falls back from a chair and freezes himself for 1000 years. Then he wakes up, in the year 3000. Other episodes include 'Love's Labours Lost in Space,' 'My three suns' and 'Mars University' in which there is a University on Mars- quite obvious from the title, and the University is yet again set around the year 3000. You may have seen these episodes before and want to re-visit them, or maybe you have never seen Futurama before and want to watch the very first episodes. Whatever it is, with these fab graphics and episodes, you won't want to miss a thing.
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