Futurama Vol. 3 Leads DVD Delivery

Fry, Bender and the rest of the Planet Express crew are back for another box set release from Fox Home Entertainment. Futurama Vol. 3 will be sharing shelf space with the full-length feature Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo and the long awaited DVD release of Hammer’s One Million Years B.C.

Containing all 22 episodes from the third season, Futurama Vol. 3 continues Matt Groening’s Emmy Award-winning, animated adventures in the year 3000. The four-disc set also includes commentaries by Groening and co-creator David X. Cohen on all episodes, deleted scenes, Easter eggs, animatics, storyboards and more. The set runs 483 minutes and lists for $49.98.

It’s ironic that as the Winnie the Pooh legal battle rages on, Buena Vista Home Entertainment today releases Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo. Directed by Elliot M. Bour and Saul Andrew Blinkoff, the title gives Roo his first starring role in a feature as the little marsupial tries to bring the Easter spirit back to the Hundred Acre Wood when Rabbit decides spring cleaning is more important than playing Easter Bunny. Exra features include the bonus Pooh shorts Honey for a Bunny and Trap as Trap Can. There are also interactive activities for kids like "Sounds of Spring," "Decorating Rabbit’s House" and "Disney’s Art Project." The release runs 65 minutes and carries a suggested retail price of $29.99 DVD and $22.99 VHS.

Harryhausen fans have been waiting for the DVD release of the 1966 Hammer classic One Million Years B.C., featuring stop-motion animation dinosaurs brought to life by the master. Directed by Don Chaffey, the film stars Raquel Welch and John Richardson as far too attractive primitives struggling to survive in a world of towering monsters and territorial tribes. Included are a five-minute restoration comparison featurette and the original theatrical trailer. The Warner Home Video release lists for $14.95 and is also available as part of the five-disc Raquel Welch Collection featuring Fathom (1967) Bandolero! (1968), Myra Breckenridge (1970) and Mother, Juggs & Speed (1976).

Also arriving on DVD and VHS today is SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob Goes Prehistoric. The special aired on Nickelodeon last week, drawing nearly six million total viewers. The fun begins when fanatical SpongeBob fan club president Patchy (played by SpongeBob voice Tom Kenny) invents a time machine and goes back to a prehistoric Bikini Bottom to retrieve a never-before-seen episode of the show. The live-action segments introduce classic installments of the show and the all-new prehistoric episode features a giant version of SpongeBob’s loyal pet snail, Gary, and has the whole cast of characters speaking an unintelligible caveman language throughout. It runs 110 minutes and retails for $16.99 on DVD.