Futurama Season 4 has finally arrived on DVD but unfortunately it is a bitter sweet victory to the fans of the show as the series was untimely cancelled in the US last year. For those that are unfamiliar about Futurama, it follows the exploits of a futuristic shipping company called Planet Express. The crew of Planet Express include the loveable yet dim-witted Fry (Billy West), a reject from the 20th century who accidentally cryogenically freezes himself and wakes up 1000 years later, the sarcastic yet "humane" robot Bender (John DiMaggio), the sexy girl power Leela (Katey Segal) and a variety of other characters such as lobster-type aliens, Jamaican tax collectors and dithering old fools. If Futurama appears familiar to some readers, that is because the show was created by The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening who once again puts his own unique humour into this entertaining series.
This season of Futurama contains over 18 episodes (4 short of the previous season) that has its highlights and lows as all television series do. Probably some of the most memorable episodes include "The Devils Hands Are Idle Playthings" that has Fry making a deal with devil in order to woo Leela into thinking he is a cool guy and of course "Less Than Heroes" that has the gang turn into super heroes that not only pays homage to the cartoons of the 60's but also to a variety of comic book super heroes. Another impressive episode is entitled "Where No Fan Has Gone Before" that actually stars William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy with Shatner singing "I'm the slim shady the real Shady" that is probably the funniest thing I have ever heard.
The video quality of Futurama is brilliant and features sharp images and extremely bright and vibrant colours. There were no errors whatsoever on this collection and I should mention that the producers have done a wonderful job at the menu system of this entertaining series. Futurama also combines true animation with computer generated images that merges flawlessly together and actually makes you wonder whether you are watching hand draw art or computer graphics... either way, it's a nice job. The series is presented in a ratio of 4:3 that is the original aspect ratio as it was shown on television.
The audio quality of season 4 of Futurama is also perfect and features some amazing sound effects, extremely clear audio and a brilliant musical score by Christopher Tyng. The disc also supports Dolby Digital 2.0 surround sound.
The collection also includes a plethora of extras that include audio commentary for every episode, over 15 minutes of deleted scenes, various storyboards, Easter eggs, 3D models, galleries, how to draw the Futurama characters and even an interactive game. Fox have really outdone themselves with the extras included in this collection and I must say it is a fitting reward to the fans of the show.
In conclusion, Futurama Season 4 is worth every penny and I would recommend this to DVD collection to everyone from children to adults. Although the majority of human is visual, there are lots of adult innuendos hidden throughout the entire series that will pass over the heads of the younger viewers with older viewers laughing out loud. Unfortunately this is the final series of Futurama as the show was never renewed in the US. A real shame but fortunately fans of the series can enjoy this masterpiece time and time again.
Kif Gets Knocked Up A Notch
Love & Rocket
Less Than Hero
A Taste Of Freedom
Bender Should Not Be Allowed On TV
Crimes Of The Hot
Teenage Mutant Leelaís Hurdles
The Why Of Fry
Where No Fan Has Gone Before
The Farnsworth Parabox
Three Hundred Big Boys
The Devilís Hands Are Idle Playthings
How to Draw Characters