Proving direct-to-video(blu-ray)spin-offs can work, when done well, "FUTURAMA: INTO THE WILD GREEN YONDER" is now available on blu-ray and dvd from FOX.
The loveable characters from the hit fox cartoon series, "FUTURAMA," Bender, Fry, and the rest, provide numerous laughs as they attempt to save the galaxy when businessman Leo Wong, chooses to turn it into a giant miniature golf course. Filled with various sub-plots, Fry's love for Leela, continues to be the best long-running aspect of the series and this film. Unfortunately, the filmmakers try too hard to make what works best as short episodes into a long, comprehensive plot, and it actually weighs the film down more than in the previous films. Still, even with only about 50% of the laughs working, it's far funnier than most comedies available on tv or in the movies.
However, fans of the series, will enjoy re-runs more than the film as a whole.
FOX has provided a 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. It looks outstanding! From beginning to end, colors are vibrant and the look and texture of this entry ranks it up there with the best looking animation blu-rays available! While the animation never tries to be too elaborate or layered, what's presented looks great and offers terrific clarity. TERRIFIC!
FOX has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. It's an extremely creative and aggressive mix, making full use of all speakers and with plenty of sub-woofer effects. Dialogue and music are perfectly balanced, and the mix is just as impressive as the image.
In addition to a never dull commentary, the same commentary is also available as a visual companion. Storyboards are provided in standard resolution, but a "Spinal Tap"like mockumentary is provided for in full 1080p. Deleted scenes are provided in standard resolution and some other mini-features are provided in full 1080p. All of the extras are worthwhile.