Futurama: Volume 8 Blu-ray Review

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Futurama has always been a personal favorite show of mine. The show takes some a lot more liberties and has a wider range of stories since it’s all based in the “future”. This is of course in comparison to the other show that Matt Groening created, The Simpsons. However, the formula remains the same with its cooky storylines, silly adventures, inconspicuous messages, etc. Every season Futurama has always managed to deliver great episodes that simply hit on all emotional levels and this season they did it again. Mind you there are some spoilers ahead so I suggest you stop reading now.

The season was primarily about Fry and Leela’s relationship evolving into something more. Obviously, this is one aspect that many fans have been waiting for years. Fry’s incessant attempts to win Leela’s heart is finally coming to a culmination. But the show didn’t only touch this subject, but also other’s like Fry’s longing for his family, which in previous seasons we have been given exceptional episodes that are simply heartbreaking (like “The Luck of the Fryish” and “Jurassic Bark”). But this time he finally gets one last time with his mom. In essence the creators are still capable of delivering such moments that really do not need many words to touch its audience.

Volume 8 has been a very rewarding and quite frankly touching set of episodes (keep in mind Volume 8 is essentially the second part of Season 7). I will say that a few episodes of this volume and 1 or 2 in the middle lacked in terms of story, but it ended in a very peculiar and strange way. Regardless the story telling and adventures put forth in this season were entertaining. Now let’s just hope Season 7 is not the last we see on TV.

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Futurama: Volume 8 arrives with a 1080p MPEG4-AVC encode framed at 1.78:1 aspect ratio. From the get go we see the animation with vivid and vibrant colors. The mixture of hand drawn and 3D animation really looks great in high definition. Dark colors are deep and inky. Many episodes have a very clean look and the best part out of this is that there are no noticeable issues with the video. There are no signs of banding or other issues that would normally appear in animated shows. Futurama looks great.

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Futurama: Volume 8 arrives with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. To clarify, each episode of the release is presented with a DTS-HD track. The dialogue is clean and intelligible. The fronts offer great directionality and while most of the show heavily relies of them, they are always spot on. The surrounds are discreet, but when they are called upon, they offer great support with the soundtrack. The LFE output is also very discreet; there are far too few scenes and episodes that require it. I can’t complaint about the track because it offers everything that you could ask for an animated show.

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Audio Commentary on Fort Percent Leadbelly – Featuring Executive Producer Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, Co-Executive Producer Patric M. Verrone, Cast members Billy West, John DiMaggio, and Phil LaMarr, Supervising Director Peter Avanzino, Director Stephen Sandoval and Producers Claudia Katz and Lee Supercinski.

Audio Commentary on 2-D Blackdrop – Featuring Executive Producer Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, Co-Executive Producer Josh Weinstein, Staff Writer Eric Rogers, Cast members Billy West and Lauren Tom, Supervising Director Peter Avenzino, Director Raymie Muzquiz and Producers Claudia Katz and Lee Supercinski.

Audio Commentary on T.: The Terrestrial – Featuring Executive Producer Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, Co-Executive Producer/Writer Josh Weinstein, Cast members Billy West and Lauren Tom, Supervising Director Peter Avenzino, Director Lance Kramer and Producers Claudia Katz and Lee Supercinski.

Audio Commentary on Fry and Leela’s Big Fling – Featuring Executive Producer Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, Writer Eric Rogers, Cast members Billy West and Lauren Tom, Supervising Director Peter Avenzino, Director Edmund Fong and Producers Claudia Katz and Lee Supercinski.

Audio Commentary on The Inhuman Torch – Featuring Executive Producer Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, Co-Executive Producer Patric M. Verrone, Co-Executive Producer/Writer Dan Vebber, Cast members Billy West, John DiMaggio, and Phil LaMarr, Supervising Director Peter Avanzino, Director Frank Marino and Producers Claudia Katz and Lee Supercinski.

Audio Commentary on Saturday Morning Fun Pit – Featuring Executive Producer Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, Co-Executive Producer/Writer Patric M. Verrone, Co-Executive Producer Josh Weinstein, Cast members Billy West, John DiMaggio, and Phil LaMarr, Supervising Director Peter Avanzino, Director Crystal Chesney-Thompson and Producers Claudia Katz and Lee Supercinski.

Audio Commentary on Calculon 2.0 – Featuring Executive Producer Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, Co-Executive Producer Patric M. Verrone, Cast members Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Supervising Director Peter Avanzino, Director Stephen Sandoval and Producers Claudia Katz and Lee Supercinski.

Audio Commentary on Assie Come Home – Featuring Executive Producer Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, Co-Executive Producer Patric M. Verrone, Cast members Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Supervising Director Peter Avanzino, Director Raymie Muzquiz and Producers Claudia Katz and Lee Supercinski.

Audio Commentary on Leela and the Genestalk – Featuring Executive Producer Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, Co-Executive Producer Patric M. Verrone, Cast members Billy West, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille, Supervising Director Peter Avanzino, Director Lance Kramer and Producers Claudia Katz and Lee Supercinski.

Audio Commentary on Game of Tones – Featuring Executive Producer Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, Cast members Billy West, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille, Supervising Director Peter Avanzino, Director Edmund Fong and Producers Claudia Katz and Lee Supercinski.

Animator Audio Commentary – Featuring Supervising Director Peter Avanzino, Director Edmund Fong and Producers Claudia Katz, Assistant Director Darin McGowan, Background Designers Jeff Mertz and Alan Esmaelian and Director Lance Kramer.

Audio Commentary on Murder on the Planet Express – Featuring Executive Producer Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, Writer Lew Morton, Cast members Billy West and Lauren Tom, Supervising Director Peter Avenzino, Director Frank Marino and Producers Claudia Katz and Lee Supercinski.

Audio Commentary on Stench and Stenchibility – Featuring Executive Producer Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, Co-Executive Producer/Writer Eric Horsted, Cast members Billy West, John DiMaggio, Tress McNeille and Lauren Tom, Supervising Director Peter Avenzino, Director Crystal Chesney-Thompson and Producers Claudia Katz and Lee Supercinski.

Audio Commentary on Meanwhile – Featuring Executive Producer Matt Groening and David X. Cohen, Co-Executive Producer Patric M. Verrone, Lew Morton, Cast members Billy West, John DiMaggio, and Maurice LaMarche, Director Peter Avanzino, and Producers Claudia Katz and Lee Supercinski.

Precious Trimmings: A Compendium of Deleted Scenes (16:06)- This is just a series of deleted scenes from the season.

Futurama University – This featurette is split into three segments: Character Design (07:52), Color (08:00), and 3D Modeling (08:40).

Inside Futurama: The Writers’ Room of Tomorrow (13.25) – Viewers get a view at the writer’s room where Futurama is created. The tour is hosted by Peter Avenzino.

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Futurama Volume 8 is one good season after a few lows that the show hit, this season is very enjoyable. The show continues on its on semi-continuous story line and delivers good moments. The season was short in my opinion, but to each their own. The Blu-ray is feature rich, mostly in audio commentaries, but nevertheless you get to hear the creators talk about each episode. The video and audio are very fitting and they deliver everything according to expectations. For fans of the show, this should be an easy buy!