How to Spend $20
By Eric Hughes
November 4, 2008
Welcome to How to Spend $20, BOP's look at the latest DVDs to hit stores nationwide. This week: Futurama releases another movie, Jack Black kicks some Kung Fu butt and William Hurt kisses a dude.
Pick of the WeekFor people who wish all our oil woes could be solved with a little thing called dark matter: Futurama: Bender's Game
Futurama's experimental fifth season rolls onward, with the third of four planned straight-to-DVD movies available for purchase today. This time, with fuel prices higher than ever before, the gang goes on a dangerous mission to investigate the world's only dark-matter mine, which fuels all spaceships. But once they get there, they happen upon a medieval land of sorcery, dragons and drunken knights who oddly look a lot like Bender. The story is said to be a spoof of Dungeons and Dragons.
For those readers who'd rather not pay for the third chapter, Comedy Central will air the movie in episodic blocks some time next year. And the final straight-to-DVD movie, Into the Wild Green Yonder, will be released in February 2009.
Disc includes: Audio commentary, storyboards, animator discussions, Futurama Genetics Lab, Dungeons & Dragons & Futurama featurette, How to Draw Futurama in 83 Easy Steps featurette, deleted scene, outtakes, Bender's Anti-Piracy Warning, sneak peek at the next Futurama movie: Into the Wild Green Yonder
For people who understand the difference between Kung Fu and karate: Kung Fu Panda (available November 8th)
DreamWorks took an appropriate break from the venerable Shrek franchise to bring us yet another story featuring a plus-sized character. Here we've got a panda named Po (Jack Black), whose fandom of everything Kung Fu comes in handy one day when he's unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient Kung Fu prophecy by studying alongside his idols (the legendary Furious Five) and their leader, Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman). Things turn dangerous, however, once the group finds out the deadly snow leopard Tai Lung (Ian McShane) is headed their way, setting up an inevitable battle between the highly skilled animal and a (thought to be) completely useless Po.
Also available this week is Secrets of the Furious Five, a companion movie that tells the untold stories of each of the movie's Furious Five (voiced by Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross). And since we're talking about Dreamworks here, you can expect to see Kung Fu Panda 2 in theaters in 2011.
Disc includes: Audio commentary, Meet the Cast featurette, Pushing the Boundaries featurette, Sound Design featurette, Kung Fu Fighting music video, Mr. Ping's Noodle House featurette, How to Use Chopsticks featurette, Conservation International: Help Save Wild Pandas featurette, Dragon Warrior Training Academy featurette, printables, weblinks, Dreamworks' animated video jukebox