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Hit and miss
on 15 April 2010
As a long time Futurama fan (ever since it aired on Sky 1 in 1999), I was looking forward to these specials. But then I watched Bender's Big Score and I didn't find it anywhere near as good as the original TV series. It played like an episode stretched out rather than a feature-length special, the jokes and visual gags were sparse as the creators concentrated too much on plot. I then lost interest and didn't buy the other DVDs until Amazon priced this box set at a throw-away price.
The other three specials were hit and miss, but they did live up to my expectations more. The Beast With a Billion Backs was good, Bender's Game was very good for the first half and awful for the D&D inspired second half, and Into The Wild Green Yonder was the best of the lot. That said, I enjoyed The Simpsons Movie more than any of these specials, which as I usually greatly prefer Futurama over The Simpsons, says something.
Bender's Big Score - 2.5/5
The Beast With a Billion Backs - 3.5/5
Bender's Game - 3/5
Into The Wild Green Yonder - 4/5
So overall, if you are a Futurama fan then you should buy this box set just so you have seen them, and if you don't think that sounds like a ringing endorsement, its because it isn't. Here's hoping Season 5 is better.
Update: good news everyone, season 5 is much better and it looks stunning on blu-ray too!