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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this shiny metal ass, 2 Feb 2003
This review is from: Futurama - Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Due, in no small way, to absolutely ridiculous scheduling by Channel 4 (“Oh, the cricket’s finished early, what have we got to fill a twenty-minute gap?”), Futurama, Matt Groening’s follow up to The Simpsons, has never quite achieved the popularity that the dysfunctional yellow family commands in the UK. Which is a huge shame, because Futurama is bigger, ruder and funnier than The Simpsons ever was.
Following the adventures of Philip Fry, an idiot who got cryogenically frozen by accident and defrosted in the year 3000, Futurama brings together a group of freaks and oddballs and lets the chips fall. You can forget the science-fiction aspect of it because there isn’t really one – this comedy is all about human interaction and family values.
This exquisitely designed boxset contains the entire second production season (which translates to half of the second and third broadcast seasons). That’s nineteen episodes, spread across four discs. Those who lament Region 2’s inferiority might like to bear in mind that there’s still no release date for either this or the first season boxset in the US.
The episodes are universally great, not a single duff gag to be found. If you’re a fan of the series these are worth having just for all the rude jokes that get cut for TV. And if that wasn’t enough, every single episode has a full-length commentary with Matt Groening, David X Cohen (Exec Producer) and a host of others (including voice talent) which rarely fail to be entertaining, even if you do occasionally notice the strain of filling 437 minutes.
More gems can be found in the extras menus; deleted scenes, animatics, character profiles and Easter eggs abound.
It’s to be expected that the picture is in TV format with mere stereo sound and this is not in any way a detraction from the value of the set. Quality-wise, both are immaculate. Rarely has a disc been so deserving of your money.
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