Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Futurama - Bender's Big Score|
Actors: John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal, Billy West, Al Gore, Sarah Silverman
Director: Dwayne Carey-Hill
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Animation
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I'm walking on Sunshine!! The Future is now!
Kevin J. Loria | New Orleans, LA USA | 08/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes! The Year 3000 is back!! This is all-new material, NOT RECYCLED or from 4 seasons offered in volumes 1-4 or Monster Fun. All new from the Simpson's creator Matt Groening and the Futurama team.
It's here the first of the 4 "NEW" FUTURAMA direct-to-DVD videos, 3 of which will be released throughout 2008. Following "BENDER'S BIG SCORE" will be, "INTO THE WILD GREEN YONDER" then, "BENDER'S GAME" and THE BEAST WITH A BILLION BACKS." The features will be cut into an episode format to air eventually on Comedy Central, not Cartoon Network.
Each of these feature the brilliant original voice talent, from the short-lived fox series: John Di Maggio (as Bender and others), Dave Herman (as the Honorable Mayor C. Randall Poopenmayer and more ) Katey Sagal (Leela), Phil LaMarr (Hermes), Lauren Tom (Amy Wong), Billy West (Fry, Zoidberg, Farnsworth, an other Futurama, but known as Stimpy and from the Howard Stern Show, West does the best LARRY FINE in the business), old school veterans like Frank Welker (here for Nibbler but he's the original Fred Jones, if you saw Saturday morning, you can bet he was in it) and Maurice LaMarche (as Morbo, but LaMarche was on the original Transformers, amoung other projects) and Tress a.k.a. "Skinner's Mom" MacNeille (most recently played the "Spider-Pig" in Simpson's Movie). This time around Sarah Silverman is a guest along with others, like Star War's Mark Hamill.
The Planet Express crew are back, only to be accidently sold to evil nudist aliens in an internet racket (remember kids don't give out personal info. on-line). The aliens desire information and upon learning the secret of paradox-free time travel is tatooed onto Fry's butt, the turn Bender into an evil (well more-evil) time-traveling killing/stealing machine. Incidently, Leela nearly wed, a major character is beheaded and the Universe is torn asunder.
This paradox-free nature creates an op for lots of return appearances and cool cameos. The opening credits goof nicely on the epic-DVD movie release, filled with glam-shots of the characters and their full names. Any questions explained are quickly replaced by more confusing questions.
The spirit of the original series is easily matched and able to sustain the 89 min. movie format.
As always the Futurama DVD extras are insanely funny and worthly of the name "special features." For example, a full-episode of "EVERYBODY LOVES HYPNOTOAD" (a 20+ min. gag that you need to let run in its course to fully appreciate the joke), an animated promo for Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth, a MATH LECTURE, I said a "MATH LECTURE" really! Many of the Producers & writers involved with Futurama are Math Majors even PHDs. So the Math Lecture is a full segment in which a Math Prof. discusses and explains the use of math in the original series as well as the new material. The lecture also explains the ALIEN SYMBOLS and even reveals a hidden character to help truly OCD fans to decode the latest symbols.
Other extras include Comic-Con full-cast Futurama comicbook reading!
I can't wait for the next installment of the DVD series."
Bender's Big Score -- Misleading title, but funny nonetheles
evanjamesroskos | nj | 11/16/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Just got a chance to see this thanks to a friend in the dying newspaper industry who had the joyous task of reviewing it. It's nice to have friends.
The movie is hilarious. The jokes are fast and furious. Expect the classic Futurama experience -- visual gags, great one-liners, and a ludicrous plot.
Not all of the characters get a chance to shine (Zapp only appears briefly; Zoidberg is background and unfortunately Hermes gets more screentime than even the Professor). But any screentime is good for a show that has been off the air for so long (and the reruns don't count in my world!)
There are 2 great songs, one that is introduced in the most forced way possible. The other is sprung without warning.
The plot is crazy and I won't ruin it here. Suffice it to say it involves time travel and a number of familiar cameos from season's past (Globetrotters, Santa, and, yes, Al Gore).
The title is really just trying to exploint Bender's popularity. The "score" is not really "his" -- [the following is known early in the film, but you might call it a small spoiler]: he's just a tool of the scamming aliens that end up controlling earth.
But the real story is Fry and Leela -- and while it works, the movie doesn't handle it that well. Plus, it's not any better than the final episode of the series itself (which was more heartfelt.) The storyline ends up jumping back and forth between 3007 and a span of 12 years from 2000-2012 where a version of Fry is living. the jumps are a bit much and the stuff in the past is not nearly as funny as the stuff in the present. Finally, there is a plot twist that is blatantly obvious, even though the revelation of the twist is pretty funny.
I'm not complaining -- there are enough laughs to keep the thing moving right along. And if this is the first of 3 more great offerings, then I will be pleased."
Not Bad, But Definitely For The Fans
Matthew Gardner | San Diego, CA United States | 12/08/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I wasn't let down; if you're a fan, buy it, buy it now, maybe two copies. Supposedly we'll get four more of these, and if you're like me, you can't comprehend how Family Guy got revived while Futurama sat fallow these long sad years. All that said, this is a little long, a little light on jokes, and a little heavy on series references and in jokes for fanboys. As a fanboy, I love it, but if you don't know every episode inside and out, you might not be down. The villains are truly disgusting to look at; the letterbox format doesn't fit the format all that well; and the lines turned jagged and funky on my copy. Not the homerun we'd hoped for, but we'll take what we can get. The disc is worth the price for the full length episode of "Everyboyd Loves Hypnotoad," perfect to have on screen in the background of drunken parties. Commentary throughout as always, and the geekiest extra ever: a Futurama math lecture make this a must by despite the flaws."
Did I expect too much?
Tim Brown | Ooltewah, TN | 01/02/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Don't get me wrong, I love Futurama and I am very glad it is back, but this movie left a lot to be desired. The writing on the original series was tight, full of one liners and wonderfully dry humor, while this one felt like the writers were tied to a chair and forced to make one 22 minute episode into four. There were some very funny parts, but they were few and far between. I really don't think I was expecting much in the way of comedy either, as my favorite episodes are the character driven, newer ones ("Jurassic Bark", "The Sting", "Roswell That Ends Well", and "The Devils Hands are Idle Playthings"). I will continue to faithfully follow Futurama, but I hope for better things in the future."