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Futurama: Volume Four (1999)

Billy West , John DiMaggio  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Phil LaMarr
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 22 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002B15J2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,819 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Futurama: Volume Four" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 18 episodes on four discs: Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch, Leela's Homeworld, Love and Rocket, Less Than Hero, A Taste of Freedom, Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV, Jurassic Bark, Crimes of the Hot, Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles, The Why of Fry, Where No Fan Has Gone Before, The Sting, Bend Her, Obsoletely Fabulous, The Farnsworth Parabox, Three Hundred Big Boys, Spanish Fry, The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings
  • Commentary on all 18 episodes, plus an extra on "Jurassic Bark"
  • Deleted scenes
  • Storyboard images
  • International clip
  • Animatic
  • Easter eggs
  • 11 segments of 3-D models from rough drafts with narration
  • Two "how to draw characters" galleries of Bender and Professor Farnsworth
  • Still gallery and nine pencil test segments

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Product Description

Volume 4 includes the following episodes --
Season Four: Love and Rocket, Leela’s Homeworld, Where No Fan Has Gone Before

Season Five: Crimes of the Hot, Jurassic Bark, A Taste of Freedom, Kif Gets Knocked up a Knotch, Less than Hero, Teenage Mutant Leela’s Hurdles, The Why of Fry, The Sting, The Farnsworth Parabox, Three Hundred Big Boys, Spanish Fry, Bend Her, Obsoletely Fabulous, Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV, The Devil’s Hands are Idle Play Things

Included Easter Eggs –
Star Trek panel (consists of three clips)
Table Read Audio (played over a static card)
Tied Together as a Single Asset (writer Goodman on guest voice actors; writer Goodman on script changes; actor Di Maggio on Bender)

No more good news, everyone--this fourth volume of Futurama is the show's last. By turns frenetic and far-sighted, Matt Groening's futuristic comedy provided belly-laughs for self-confessed sci-fi nerds, but somehow failed to connect with a broader audience, even though it was often funnier and sharper than stablemate The Simpsons. So now bid farewell to the Planet Express team--Fry, Leela, Zoidberg, Bender, Amy, Hermes, Prof Farnsworth--as well as to kindly Kif, cloned Cubert, megalomaniac Mom, mutants in the sewer, the cast of robo-sitcom All My Circuits, swashbuckling space lothario and William Shatner wannabe Zapp Brannigan, Elzar the four-armed chef, and all the other characters that made Futurama such a unique experience.

This fourth and final year has all the elements that fans enjoyed so much--but also those elements that partially explain its cancellation. Recurring characters are great if you've watched the show before, as are the in-jokes; and the many parodies of classic science fiction are fine for the initiated, but risk leaving other viewers out in the cold. The show's strengths and perceived weaknesses are exemplified in the episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before," in which the original cast of Star Trek play themselves: hilarious for Trekkers, but not really for anyone else. Elsewhere we find Leela discovering her real parents aren't aliens at all but in fact live in the sewers; Kif getting pregnant; Fry discovering the fossilized remains of his faithful pet dog; and Bender being converted to steam power. Despite some ups and downs, it's still the funniest animated TV show. Multifarious DVD extras include cast and crew commentaries, deleted scenes, animatics, galleries and Easter eggs. --Mark Walker

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210 of 228 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unfortunate End to a Great Show June 29, 2004
By Beamer
Very little on television could match Futurama. At it's height (seasons 4-8) the Simpsons squeaked a narrow lead in the laughs-per-minute category, but it was also allowed a better chance to grow and mature than Futurama did.
Futurama, quite obviously, takes place in the future. And while it has sci-fi themes and many references to "classic" sci-fi, it's more a show about the pop culture of our time. Pop culture references are mostly endless, and always very, very sharp. One needn't appreciate science fiction in order to adore this show.
This season gives us the following:
- Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch - Not one of the best episodes, but still quite humorous. As the name implies, Kif finds himself pregnant. 6/10
- Leela's Homeworld - Slightly better than the previous episode, this explores Leela's past, and how she came to the orphanage. 7/10
- Love and Rocket - A Bender episode, and a high quality one. Bender woos the new AI in the Planet Expresship. We all know how serious Bender is about commitment, and you can see disaster coming lightyears away. 8/10
- Less Than Hero - Fry and Leela manage to aquire superpowers and fight evil with Bender, who forces himself in the group. Largely a parody of 60s superhero shows, this is another quality episode. 7.5/10
- A Taste of Freedom - An episode with deeper meaning, and an episode centered on Zoidberg, leading to an episode low on laughs. 4/10.
-Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV - Bender finally makes it onto All My Circuits. Biting commentary on the impact of television on children. 8/10
- Jurassic Bark - Fry delves into his past and manages to find his dog. His petrified dog. Hilarity certainly ensues, 9/10.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robots Rule! September 28, 2005
By Tina
I have never laughed so hard as I have at the Planet Express crew. Matt Groening pokes fun at everything imagineable and it all adds up to absolute hilarity!

You've got a displaced human, a one-eyed alien love interest, a homicidal robot, a scientist boss with a love of sending his crew on hopeless missions... and, of course, I can't leave out Kif, the straight guy to Zapp Brannigan (an even more arrogant send-up of Captain Kirk). In other words, great characters with equally funny storylines. The writing is absolutely brilliant and never underestimates the audience's intelligence.

You just can't go wrong with this set. I have pared down my DVD collection, but couldn't bring myself to part with ANY volume of Futurama. In my opinion, it outshines The Simpsons by far. So do yourself a favor... order all four volumes and sit back and enjoy!
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SHOW June 13, 2004
By MMAfan
Futurama is a really cool and funny show and any one that's a fan of almost any Fox cartoon show will like this. There are a few Easter eggs (secrets) in this DVD set. I don't know what they are yet but I'll have to buy it to find out.
Here is a list of the episodes in SEASON 4. If it has a * beside it has a commentary included, if it has a - beside it has no commentary.
*Kif Gets Knocked Up a Notch (deleted scenes)
*Leela's Homeworld (deleted scenes)
*Love and Rocket (deleted scenes)
*Less Than Hero (deleted scenes)
*A Taste of Freedom (deleted scenes)
-Bender Should Not Be Allowed on TV
-Jurassic Bark
*Crimes of the Hot (deleted scenes)
*Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles (deleted scenes)
*The Why of Fry (deleted scenes)
*Where No Fan Has Gone Before (deleted scenes)
*The Sting (deleted scenes)
*Bend Her (deleted scenes)
*Obsoletely Fabulous (deleted scenes)
*The Farnsworth Parabox (deleted scenes)
*Three Hundred Big Boys (deleted scenes)
*Spanish Fry (deleted scenes)
*The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings (deleted scenes)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars <-----Tear drops from eye August 16, 2004
By Stealth
The end of Futurama. :( I don't see how people can badmouth this show. it was great. Unfortunatly it was NEVER given a chance. I can't say how many times I tried to turn this show on and the beginning of the show was cut oof due to football or other sports shows. I am a Simpson fan from season 1 and by the time Futurama came on I acually liked it better than the Simpsons. I still watch them but they are getting more and more off course and just coming up with stupid plots. Futurara However stayed freh. with the show based in space it was left lot more open to plots. Buy this DVD!!!!!
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Show cancelled by FOX... June 10, 2004
By A Customer
Futurama is one of THE best cartoons ever. It's hilarious, very clean and cool looking, with tons of memorable characters. For some reason FOX likes to put alot of crap on the air that sucks and then take the good shows that are actually worth watching and move them all around the schedule so that no one can find them. I used to watch this show when it first debuted then after that i never knew when it was on. They did the same exact thing to Family Guy, but unlike Family Guy, Futurama didn't get picked up again. It's airing on adult swim on Cartoon Network right now. And now that i actually know what time the show is on i watch it everytime. I can't believe how funny it is!! Fox is stupid they need to pick this show back up!!! But until then, we'll always have the DVD's.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best episodes of the futurama series
Published 3 days ago by deangela
5.0 out of 5 stars Existential humor as you've never seen it before!
One of the best seasons of the whole series, the episodes within were winners of several prestigious awards and they DESERVED it! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christine Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The icing on the cake.
Published 2 months ago by linda maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Futurama is great
I miss the show on TV. Glad to have a chance to buy the DVDs. I feel like this show will stand the test of time.
Published 3 months ago by chiefjohn
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll never stop...
buying Futurama for my Kindle. I need these seasons like... an addict also needs Futurama. That is to say a lot.
Published 5 months ago by ValliereA
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Hubby and I watch it in bed before going to sleep like a bed time story. Great season, with fantastic shows. We love it!
Published 7 months ago by Lisa West
1.0 out of 5 stars poor quality
I ordered all 7 of these. I returned them all. Two came with the disc sliding around inside. When I opened one of the seasons I found out why, cardboard sleeves. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars What you Expect
You get exactly what you expect with this. It is season 4 of Futurama. I love the show and this season is no different.
Published 8 months ago by Matthew Klein
4.0 out of 5 stars slightly damaged case.
I ordered a new product and when I opened the case to remove a DVD, all four DVDs fell out do to cardboard case being ripped. DVDs all worked just fine though
Published 8 months ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good season
Great show, had a good run. This was a fun season with some classic episodes. The extra features are all neat.
Published 10 months ago by Erik Schmalenberger
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