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  • Actors: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche
  • Directors: Dwayne Carey-Hill
  • Writers: David X. Cohen, Eric Horsted, Eric Kaplan, Matt Groening, Michael Rowe
  • Producers: Claudia Katz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DZOC46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,518 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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With fuel prices skyrocketing, the Planet Express crew sets off on a dangerous mission: to infiltrate the world's only dark-matter mine, source of all spaceship fuel. But deep beneath the surface lies a far stranger place... a medieval land of dragons and sorcery and intoxicated knights who look suspiciously like Bender. So park your hover-car and saddle up your unicorn for Futurama's grandest adventure yet: BENDER'S GAME!

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At once a merciless skewering of all things fanboy and an extremely satisfying addition to the Futurama franchise, Bender's Game is among the best of the animated series' feature length adventures. The game in question is Dungeons and Dragons, and Bender wants in--only robots aren't programmed with the necessary imagination. Naturally, Bender's plans to develop one go completely awry and land him in an android asylum. The role-playing plotline later re-emerges--in typically convoluted Futurama fashion--via a subplot involving Professor Farnsworth's conversion of dark matter into spaceship fuel, which created a key to a very D&D-influenced universe where our hapless heroes eventually find themselves. The alternate world storyline allows for much lampooning of fantasy tropes, with Lord of the Rings receiving the lion's share of the tweaks. Seeing as how the writers have already devoted much of the movie's running time to parodying Star Wars and Star Trek (and their Lego offshoots), one might think that Bender's Game might suffer from pop-culture overload, but surprisingly, it all feels fresh and frequently funny, and the writers are wise to ground the story in their eccentric characters rather than pinballing them through an endless string of gags. The result is probably the strongest of the direct-to-DVD Futurama releases to date, and one that newcomers to the show's cracked universe can appreciate as much as longtime fans.As with previous Futurama DVD releases, the extras come fast and furious on Bender's Game: commentary by members of the cast and production team (including Matt Groening) is both informative and funny, while interviews with the writers and producers discuss, among other topics, the influence of Dungeons and Dragons on the series and the 3D models used in the feature. Aspiring animators might appreciate "How To Draw Futurama in 83 Easy Steps and the storyboard animatic for the first part of the story, while the "Genetics Lab" feature allows for some amusing Dr. Moreau-style cross-breeding of the characters. Recording session bloopers and a deleted scene offer their own laughs, but the most enjoyable extra must be the preview for the next Futurama feature, Into the Wild Green Yonder, which suggests a shocking development for one of the show's regulars. -- Paul Gaita

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Great picture, excellent sound.
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If you like Futurama and Lord of the Rings, you will probably like the latest movie.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Aberwak on November 4, 2008
Format: DVD
This movie is completely independent from the other two films, with everything back to normal at the beginning of it from when the last ended. It's pretty easy to follow along for thsoe who haven't seen the other two, or even the rest of the series. As others have mentioned, this movie takes on a D&D / Lord of the Rings feel to it as it explores the fantasy realm, but it's nicely explained as to why it happens that way. Everything seems to blend together well in this movie (the various subplots set up at the beginning join together). The movie also refers back to the original series and explains various things: a possibile origin between the Farnesworth-Wordstrom rivalry, more on the Mom-Farnesworth relationship, Nibbler being picked up off Vergon 6 as it implodes (and why it does implode), and a few other things. I think all of these add to what's known in the Futurama universe without taking away from anything, and fits very well in to what is already established.

I really enjoyed the movie, probably more than the other two movies. The one thing I didn't like so much about the DVD were the features. I didn't find them all that exciting. I enjoyed seeing how to draw the characters, and the genetics lab was somewhat interesting (but limiting). Everything else wasn't bad, but just seemed a bit short.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Senor Zoidbergo TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2008
Format: DVD
The first two Futurama movies were ok (well, to be honest, Beast with a Billion Backs was terrible), but this third installment is a winner. It has all the sly humor from the classic Futurama seasons that you've missed, and then some. I enjoyed the greater inclusion of Dr. Zoidberg.

The premise is quite true to life; the Planet Express crew must deal with the increase in dark matter fuel prices. This somehow segues into a Lord of the Rings plot which I won't spoil, but it actually works out quite well. We have an interesting tie-in between Mom and Professor Farnsworth.

All the old favorite characters are here too, including Morbo the Annihilator, Nibbler, Sal, Scruffy the Janitor, and George Takei. I didn't see Zapp Brannigan or Kif, but they weren't missed, and would've detracted from the story, or rather, the semblance of a story.

In conclusion, I think it's the unmistakable stench of dwarf urine that makes this Futurama movie a winner!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Tresca VINE VOICE on December 15, 2008
Format: DVD
I'm the target audience for Bender's Game. A lifelong gamer of over two decades (yeeck, I'm getting old), I also know and love the book by Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game. With the title alone, the Futurama writing staff is clearly letting me know this is the movie for me.

Bender's Game starts promising, with jokes about the rising cost of fuel prices. There's also a sly joke about Leela's anger issues, which are controlled by a shock collar. A shock collar Leela starts to find ... titillating. Just when things get interesting and this plot point could turn into something awkward and funny, it's dropped.

Bender discovers that he has no imagination and, aggravated that he can't participate in a game of Dungeons & Dragons, flips out Mazes & Monsters-style, renaming himself Titanius and wandering the sewers. He then gets sent to the HAL institute, Arkham Asylum for robots. This plot point is pursued to a point and then dropped.

Meanwhile, Mom (that's her name) has been controlling dark matter prices for years, but there is a means of invalidating her stranglehold on fuel prices. Professor Farnsworth accidentally invented "anti-backwards matter" which, should it ever encounter dark matter, would render dark matter useless. It just so happens that this anti-backwards matter is a 12-sided die. Hilarious, right?

As our lovable misfits build towards a confrontation with Mom and her Killbot goons, reality shifts and suddenly everyone's in a parallel fantasy dimension. And then we get, in descending order of comedic value: D&D jokes, Greek myth jokes, Lord of the Rings jokes, Star Wars jokes, Call of Cthulhu jokes, and did I mention the Lord of the Rings jokes?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By idiotech on January 11, 2009
Format: DVD
I love the Futurama series, but after the first season the quality and frequency of the jokes seemed to fluctuate a lot, and this trend has continued in the movies. While I usually take the good with the bad, with Bender's Game there just wasn't enough good to make the taking worthwhile.

The basic problem is the subject matter. "Role-playing geeks are lame" seems to be the rallying cry, and do we really need anyone to tell us that? I don't see the point in satirizing something that's already been so thoroughly mocked. You might as well make a comedy about fat people or mothers-in-law. And yes, I realize that both those things HAVE been done, and recently, but that doesn't make it okay.

D&D-related material aside, the jokes are few and far between. I laughed a couple of times (hence the second star), but I spent an awful lot of time wincing too. At one point, Fry (transformed into a dragon) confronts Mom (also a dragon) with the challenge "You're no match for me" (or words to that effect). Mom then breathes fire at him which singes his wings off. What does he say next? "Whoa. Maybe you are a match for me." I'm sorry, but even the Cosby kids couldn't get away with a line that lame.

Finally, there's the plot, or lack thereof. One of the things I most liked in Bender's Big Score (my favorite of the movies so far) was the way the writers kept careful track of all the time-travel paradoxes and used them to create a story that made perfect sense (sort of). They took no such care in Bender's Game: their explanation for the gang's journey through a medieval fantasy land was feeble even by Futurama standards.
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