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Old 06-24-08, 11:40 PM
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While I certainly enjoyed Bw/BB, I was pretty disappointed with it, and consider it a rather weak effort for Futurama.

The preview for the next installment makes it look like it could be a hit or miss, with the drastic change in setting and obvious parodies.
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Old 06-25-08, 12:28 AM
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I have always been a huge fan of Futurama. I was really happy with the announcement of these four straight-to-DVD-movies. I really enjoyed Bender's Big Score, and have watched it several times. Simply put, The Beast With A Billion Backs didn't live up to its predecessor. That being said, I still thought it was a good movie/episode.

General thoughts about what happened in the movie:
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The only time the movie kind of lagged was during the courtship and moving in of the universe. And in that situation, I kind of feel that it was intentional. "Heaven" seemed pretty boring, so I suppose it makes sense why that part kind of lagged. I liked how everything came full circle, with Colleen and the idea of relationships. Something Fry had wanted, commitment and intimacy, is the very thing he violated with Vivo, because he couldn't be without his friend Bender. Was also nice (surprisingly) to see Bender admit to his feelings for his coworkers.

I liked the subplot of Bender and the League of Robots, enjoyed David Cross' cameo, and was definitely glad to see more of Zapp. Thought the parts with Kif's parents were funny too. Stephen Hawking had a funny cameo as well. One thing I had wondered was how this movie would deal with Fry and Leela, seeing as how Lars was in fact Fry, so I was glad that was touched upon at the end.


I'm looking forward to the next movie.

EDIT: The only special feature I have checked out thus far (aside from the preview of Bender's Game) was The Lost Adventure. While it was kind of cheesy and had a very thin plot (which I assume takes place in an alternate timeline or universe), it was still a nice "bonus episode" for those of us that haven't had the chance to play the Futurama Videogame.

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Old 06-25-08, 01:10 AM
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Originally Posted by crs
If you don't want to have the disc in that cardboard slot though, the covers for both Bender's Big Score and Billion Backs are wide enough to actually fit a digipack tray.

If you have spares of these laying around,



just glue it over the slot.
where can i get these
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Old 06-25-08, 03:08 AM
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Yeah, where can I get some of those.

I love the artwork, but I hate not having my DVD safely on a hub.
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Old 06-25-08, 08:32 AM
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A pricematch worked for me at BB with the CC ad. My local CC hadn't even received their shipment yet yesterday... so I wasn't aware that it didn't actually cost 13.99 at CC, even more reason why I'm glad I went over to BB.
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Old 06-25-08, 09:50 AM
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Quote:
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the title of the movie is a slight sexual play on words.
Originally Posted by Groucho
You don't say?

I must be slow, because I don't see this. Help?
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Old 06-25-08, 11:57 AM
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"Making the Beast with Two Backs" is a euphemism for sex.
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Old 06-25-08, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Groucho
You don't say?
Obviously it wasn't aimed for you, all knowing one.

Actually I feel honored to have been
"groucho'd"
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I own all the season sets and love the heck out of Bender's Big Score. I wanted to love this movie...I really did. But man...it just fell flat in so many areas. It was utterly awful. All over the place, and it just didn't feel like it had much of a focus.

One of the main disappointments so far this year.
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Old 06-25-08, 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by sb5
"Making the Beast with Two Backs" is a euphemism for sex.
Yeah, it's a phrase that some dirty old man named Will Shakespeare popularized in what apparently must have been some sort of X-rated porn that he called "Othello"


(...or something like that )
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Old 06-25-08, 11:59 PM
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Watched the preview for the third movie and it doesnt look too good. Ill still buy it regardless though.
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Old 06-26-08, 07:19 AM
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There was a regular episode of Futurama in which Fry's nose was stolen by aliens to be used as an aphrodisiac. They go on the hunt for it and stop in "The Beast with Two Bucks - $1.99 Sex Shop" for leads.
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Old 06-26-08, 12:51 PM
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so i finally got a chance to check this out.... i kept my expectations low so i enjoyed it. although i can see peoples' points about it not living up to its previousALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD
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Old 06-26-08, 03:10 PM
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For anyone who didn't get it for $13.99, here's the Circuit City flyer scan for it...

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Old 06-26-08, 07:35 PM
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It's disappointing to hear that it falls short of Bender's Big Score. That movie wasn't too good. I loved the series, but only got a few laughs out of BBS.
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I think I actually liked this better than Bender's Big Score. Benders Big Score was a really nice return for Futurama, lots of inside jokes and the whole plot revolved around stuff we knew from the entirety of the series as we knew it. But Beast With A Billion Backs felt like what I wanted, an episode of Futurama, albeit one that was an hour and a half long. I think there was sooooooo much going on in the first feature length Futurama, that it made it feel longer than it was. This film I felt for the most part, knew its pace.

So don't quite read into a lot of people saying that they felt the first one was better, on some levels it was, and on others it isn't.
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Old 06-26-08, 10:33 PM
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Originally Posted by calhoun07
I own all the season sets and love the heck out of Bender's Big Score. I wanted to love this movie...I really did. But man...it just fell flat in so many areas. It was utterly awful. All over the place, and it just didn't feel like it had much of a focus.

One of the main disappointments so far this year.
Agreed. Just finished it and felt the same way.
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Originally Posted by mzupeman2
I think I actually liked this better than Bender's Big Score. Benders Big Score was a really nice return for Futurama, lots of inside jokes and the whole plot revolved around stuff we knew from the entirety of the series as we knew it. But Beast With A Billion Backs felt like what I wanted, an episode of Futurama, albeit one that was an hour and a half long. I think there was sooooooo much going on in the first feature length Futurama, that it made it feel longer than it was. This film I felt for the most part, knew its pace.
You summed up exactly how I feel.
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Old 06-27-08, 12:14 AM
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holy crap! Can't believe how many people didn't like this. It wasn't all THAT bad! It was extremely entertaining... not the best Futurama, certainly not the worst!
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holy crap! Can't believe how many people didn't like this. It wasn't all THAT bad! It was extremely entertaining... not the best Futurama, certainly not the worst!
But at least the worst on TV was over in 20 minutes.

And the bar is raise for these releases. While I appreciate they are basically direct to DVD episodes, they really are viewed as direct to DVD movies by the consumers. I have higher expectations for these than I do for an average episode.
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Old 06-27-08, 07:10 PM
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The bar shouldn't be raised for these releases though. It's just more of the Futurama we love, and I think that's part of the problem. A lot of people wanted much more. Remember folks, these are going to be played in actual 20 minute episodes eventually, just broken up.
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Did it occur to anyone else that Yivo was
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a version of The Flying Spaghetti Monster?
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Old 06-29-08, 12:03 PM
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I'm surprised Futurama fans are disappointed in these movies. Of course they're not going to be the greatest thing ever released in the history of cinema, but as a longtime Futurama fan, I'm really happy to get more of the show I love. They look great, make me laugh a lot, and are really fun. I don't know what more I could want. I think they stand alongside the four seasons of the show very well, and I wouldn't consider my Futurama collection complete without them. Bring on the third film.

Also, for what it's worth, I enjoyed the new movie a little more than Bender's Big Score as well.
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Old 06-30-08, 10:23 AM
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If you read the thread, most of the people are saying that while the movies aren't great, they're still enjoyable and welcome. As for me, so far I haven't met a Futurama episode that I haven't enjoyed on at least a moderate to high level. It's like pizza or sex. Even when it's bad, it's still pretty good.
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Did it occur to anyone else that Yivo was
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I noticed that too. I even mentioned

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in my review.
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