New Futurama Beast DVD

Monday, 23 June 2008 07:42

“The Beast with a Billion Backs”, the second direct-to-DVD feature-length episode is now available, and for fans it has certainly been worth the wait!

For those of you who thought the show had been cancelled with no future, the excellent DVD sales of the original series saw a deal to create four full-length movies, which will be split up into quarters for syndication on American cable networks. The smart piece of marketing is that these four films make their debut on DVD first!

Beast WIth A Billion Backs DVDSo, picking up where the first “Bender's Big Score” left off, we catch up with our heroes a month after “space ripped open like flimsy human skin” – a description that could only come from alien newsreader Morbo. We soon discover that what we are dealing with here is a bridge to another universe.

Amy gets screen-time early on, as Kif has proposed to her. This will involve the ceremony of the Fonfon Ru, a marriage of curious import. This sees the cast jet off to Amphibios 9, Kif’s homeworld, with proceedings conducted by the midwife from “Kif gets knocked up a Notch”, the episode where our unlucky alien ended up pregnant.

Meanwhile, Fry decides to move in with Colleen (Brittany Murphy - King of the Hill, “Sin City”), his latest squeeze who he is smitten with. Even after making the discovery that he is just one of five boyfriends she shares her time with, he is not put off sharing space with these half-dozen occupants of her apartment. Perhaps the clue that something was wrong cames with Dr Zoidberg’s reaction – despite his assertion that vomiting from both his salt water and fresh water stomachs is a joyful response, the writing was surely on the wall?

Farnsworth comes to metaphorical blows concerning the anomaly with fellow scientist Professor Wornstrom. Having had a long-running intellectual battle across many decades, each tries to out-do the other in concocting the best possible exploratory mission. Zapp Branigan, after doing little in “Bender's Big Score”, gets to be heroic - as only he can - in tackling the space menace.

Bender is given a hilarious sub-plot when he discovers that the mythical “League of Robots” is for real, and presided over by his hero, Calculon, star of soap opera “All My Circuits”. Unfortunately, rather than being on-par with the “League of Super-Heroes”, it’s more like a private Gentleman’s club in its demeanour!

For those of you just coming in, it’s certainly the case that Futurama is now aimed squarely at the more mature audience. The first film had naked aliens, as well as unclothed regular cast members, and this time we get references to various parts of the anatomy in a surfeit of gags.

We have references to previous episodes, too - Stephen Hawking's “head”, voiced by the man himself, makes a return appearance, as does President Nixon, and the Harlem Globetrotters are in a blink-and-you’ll-miss 'em cameo. Add in Amazon Women, King of the Demons Pazuzu, and Robot Satan (again voiced by Dan ‘Homer Simpson’ Castellaneta), and there’s plenty for fans to use the DVD pause button on.

Let’s have a look at the extras on this disc. As with the first DVD, this one is generous with its contributions. The commentary track is not short on numbers, featuring cast members Billy West, John DiMaggio, and Maurice LaMarche, creators Matt Groening and David X Cohen, producers Claudia Katz, Lee Supercinski and Michael Rowe, and director Peter Avanzino.

There's also a full-length “Futurama: The Lost Adventure”, which is assembled from the bits between gameplay in the Futurama videogame. There’s the customary deleted scenes selection (Original Opening; Fry and Colleen Meeting; St Asimov Parade; Zapp and Scientists; Amy, Fry and Leela; and Scruffy, the Janitor), a feature on the history of spoof game Deathball, “Meet Yivo!” (going behind the scenes with David Cross), and a storyboard animation of the first section of the movie.

Added to all this is a trailer for the next adventure in the series, “Bender's Game”, which has guest stars including George Takei and Rich Little, due out in time for Christmas 2008.

Futurama – The Beast with a Billion Backs is in a single disc set with a main feature running time of approx 85 minutes, and has a recommended retail price of £15.99, or less from

And now, thanks to Cult TV and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, you could had the opportunity to put one of three copies available to win on to your mantelpiece, in our prize competition. All you had to do was tell us the answer to the following: Who Voices Robot Satan in “The Beast with a Billion Backs”? The answer was Dan Castellaneta, and the winners were Alberto Pantrini of Birmingham, Glyn Wigley of Barnsley, and Ian Wareing of Liverpool - well done all!

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