I first talked about the second Futurama straight-to-DVD movie last month and I did not have a favourable opinion. But the official release happened here on the 30th and I was committed to purchasing a copy no matter what. Some spoilers may follow here.
Now I love Futurama, so it's especially hard for me to get through this and be so negative about it. But the honest truth is it's below average for a Futurama story. While the 3D Effects include some staggeringly beautiful moments (especially the shots of Earth and the anomaly), the jokes are often recycled, the dialog is weak and the overall plot is very unsatisfying.
The Extras on the DVD are up to the usual standard provided by the Futurama crew. The entire plot of the Futurama video game is included as a "Lost Adventure", several deleted scenes are included (one of them were Scruffy dies, that one should have made it into the final cut imo), a short interview with David Cross (which is every bit as funny as he always is), video of the cast recording dialog, some shots of 3D models and how the Death Ball game was designed. Then last of all comes a sneak preview of "Bender's Game", which is clearly inspired by "Dungeons and Dragons" and also includes a D12 (my favourite die!).
The commentary sheds some light on the thoughts and feelings of the cast, they seem to have a very different opinion of the movie compared to me. They're quite proud of their production and enjoy watching it a lot more than I did. Of particular note is the dialog where David X. Cohen talks about "Sock Barrelling", which is where a show unintentionally reuses the same joke on more than one occasion. He notes that it happens with two occasions of an underplayed 'ow'. But it's not that reuse that irked me. It's all the other recycled jokes that occured in this movie that made it less fun for me and they seem to be oblivious to how many of them there are.
There's not that much to talk about when it comes to the packaging, it's very standard. The artwork is nice enough (if rather misleading) and it evokes the old style of past B-movies. It matches up well enough with Bender's Big Score and Monster Maniac Robot Fun so I'm content enough with it.
Currently it can be had for around £13 and it runs for 85 minutes. This is a staggering 15p per minute, which - when combined with the overall weak nature of the film - makes it a really poor purchase. This is one for die-hard fans only right now, for everyone else I'd say "Wait until Bender's Game comes out and pick this one up once it's dropped in price".
Final Score: 55%