Futurama – Into the Wild Green Yonder, Blu-ray (2009)

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Futurama – Into the Wild Green Yonder, Blu-ray (2009)

Another feature length animation from the former Simpsons spinoff

Studio: Fox [Release date: Feb. 24, 09]
Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 color 1080p HD
Audio: English 5.1 DTS – HD Master Audio, DD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Cantonese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Extras: Commentary tracks by Matt Groening, David X. Cohen and others; Video Commentary with Picture-in-Picture; Storyboard Animatic of Part 1; “How We Make Futurama So Good”; “The Acting Technique of Penn Gillette”; Treasury of Deleted Scenes; Matt Groening and David X. Cohen in Space; How to Draw Futurama in 10 Very Difficult Steps; 3D Models; Bender’s Movie Theater Etiquette; Zapp Brannigan’s Guide to Making Love at a Woman
Length: 89 minutes
Rating: ****

Everything seems to be going green nowadays so it’s only natural that the latest Futurama feature length adventure would deal with the phenomena in its Simpsons-inspired no-holds-barred parody and satire.  Each of the familiar characters get themselves into unbelievable fixes in various parts of the distant universe. One of the main villains is Amy Wong’s father who is bent on expanding his much-beloved and unique miniature golf course into a miniature golf game played with its individual holes on various planets. There are ancient dark forces bent on stopping the dawn of a wonderful new green-conscious era.

Cyclops Leela takes over leadership of a female protest group and tries to stop the destruction – for expanding the miniature golf empire – of the one planet vital to the greening of the universe. This includes a hilarious running gag about bullhorns and protest groups. Side stories involve Bender’s  falling in love with a fembot married to a Mafia robot and Fry being recruited for a top secret mission to save the universe. Will the crew of the Planet Express as well as their ship make it into the wild green yonder?

Excellent image transfer (as with all animation), good surround use in many scenes and enough extras to keep Futurama fans occupied for many, many hours.

– John Sunier

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