Futurama: Volume Two
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Matt Groening's second season of the 31st century sci-fi sitcom Futurama maintained the high scripting standards of the first and also well brought improved digital animation. Couch potato Fry now seems thoroughly reconciled to his new existence, transported 10 centuries hence to "New New York" and working for Professor Farmsworth's delivery service. He's surrounded by a cast of freaks, including the bitchily cute Amy (with whom he has a romantic brush) and Hermes, the West Indian bureaucrat. Most sympathetic is the one-eyed Leela (voiced by Katey Segal). Like Lisa Simpson, she is brilliant but unappreciated; she finds solace in her pet Nibbler, a tiny creature with a voracious, carnivorous appetite. By contrast, Bender, the robot, is programmed with every human vice, a sort of metal Homer Simpson with a malevolent streak.
In one of the best episodes, Bender is given a "feelings" chip in order to empathize with Leela after he flushes Nibbler down the toilet. Elsewhere, Fry falls in love with a mermaid when the team discover the lost city of Atlanta, Fry and Bender end up going to war after they join the army to get a discount on gum, and John Goodman guest stars as Santa Claus, an eight-foot gun-toting robot. Brimful with blink-and-you'll-miss-them hip jokes (such as the sign for the Taco Bellevue hospital) and political and pop satire, Futurama isn't a stern warning of things to come but rather, as the makers put it, "a brilliant, hilarious reflection of our own materially (ridiculously) overdeveloped but morally underdeveloped society." --David Stubbs
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And the characters are the true strength of Futurama, just like the ensemble cast of the Simpsons. Add to that Futurama's stunning animation, and sharply subversive storylines that use the classic sci-fi method of lampooning real life in the guise of a future society. Fry, Leela, and the relentlessly hysterical Bender were fully developed in the first season and are further solidified here. In this second season, the supporting cast receives star treatment in several episodes. This includes Dr. Zoidberg in "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love," the Professor in "A Clone of My Own," and Hermes in "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back." Amy is the sole remaining character that still needed a personal showcase by the end of the second season.
Included in this Season Two package is "The Problem with Popplers," the most uproarious episode ever, if only for that hippie-eating scene; and a second round of scene stealing by Zap Brannigan and Kif in "Brannigan Begin Again." The extras in this set aren't much to get excited about, mostly deleted scenes. But thank the Gods that you have these Futurama DVD's in your possession. Watch them instead of whatever crud Fox is showing tonight. [~doomsdayer520~]
I watched this with headphones, and I noticed the detailed amazing sound work which I never noticed before.
Other than that this is an excellent package with fun extra goodies if you are a futurama collector.
All in all getting the updated version is a better option than this one.
Video: Excellent! nothing to complain! this show since the first volume looks top-notch... the blend of 2D and 3D animation couldn't look better.
Audio: Booooo! Hissss! Again, Fox released this volume with the Dolby 2.0 (sounds good, but the 5.1 sounds muuuuuch better), even, i think that this serie have more chances for the 5.1 than the Simpsons (and they got this audio treatment), anyway, you cannot notice any hiss or sound alteration in this track.
Foreign language support: Very good, with english, french, and spanish audio tracks, plus the subtitles in the same languages (besides, Fox Latam have never released the Vol. 1 in Mexico or Latin America (Region 4), so, if you like this show, better buy it in amazon ;) )
Extras: I haven't checked them, but a fatal flaw (again!) was the absence of the PLAY ALL function (they put this on the Simpsons, but not here... go figure!)
The menus are very good (not more the static menus of the Vol 1, but not irritating like many others dvds), and i love the package (the slim cases for each disc are so cool... i like this presentation more than the Fold-in packaging of the simpsons sets (that, i must add are beauty, but they cannot hold the DVD's very good)