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Customer Review

on March 25, 2003
I picked up the Futurama DVD today, and was glad to see that the set contains the entire first season which was PRODUCED, not broadcast. So in addition to the nine episodes that aired in "season one" (spring of 1999) on Fox, the first four episodes that aired in season two are included as well: A Flight to Remember, Mars University, When Aliens Attack, and Fry and the Slurm Factory. While the show has aired--sporadically--since spring of 1999, only four seasons (72 episodes) were produced. You can check out more specific information about what episodes should have "really" been in seasons 2, 3, and 4 on epguides.com/futurama
As far as the show itself, if you've watched Futurama, you probably already know if you want the collection. While I haven't had time to go through all of the discs yet, the extras do seem a bit sparse. There are a few deleted scenes, a brief (5-minute) promo video found on disc 3, and a relatively skimpy design gallery (also on disc 3). It is interesting to see the progression of sketches for characters, and also to learn that Hermes was originally named Dexter (?!?). There is (according to the box; I haven't had time to check them all out yet) full commentary on each and every episode, which should make up for any shortcomings in other bonus materials.
Picture quality is nice and clear, as well as sound (although it's only Dolby surround). One of the greatest advantages to having the series on DVD is to get a good, clear freeze-frame to take in every detail and hidden joke. In summary, if you like Futurama, you know you want it, so get the DVD. If not, you can bite Bender's shiny metal . . . well, you know.
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