Two years passed, and the creators and investors of Futurama realized the calamitous decision they had committed to. Fortunately for the fans, it was a brief hiatus and the show came back (gloriously) on Comedy Central after the first four seasons had been running in syndication for a year and a half.
Bender's Big Score marks the heralding of the show's first triumphant return, and it comes out swinging hard! Even on DVD, the movie pops off the TV. It's the best comparison to Blu-ray that I can think of for an animated series, especially considering it came out RIGHT BEFORE the HD transition occurred. The sound is fantastic with all the favorite jingles mixed in with some new synths. All of your favorite classic cast members return, along with some OK new cast member choices; I personally like Dr. Cahill the most ("Dr. Goodnsexy"). The Sprungers are a little baroque for me, but that's the tongue-in-cheek-joke about everyone else being prudes in comparison to them. None stop parody, satire, and innuendos ensue.
But it's the plot of Bender's Big Score that truly shines. Time travel movies are notoriously rife with paradox, confusing side plots, and loose ends. BBS manages to keep it not only follow able, but neatly ties up the paradoxes quite well at the end. Think too hard on it, and you'll notice the errors, but that's inherent to any time travel episode/series. It also juggles comedy, sci-fi shout outs, romance/shipping, and satire excellently, a feat that the other movies and some of the later season episodes had trouble with.
The case for this disc is one of the two "carbon neutral" cases administered by 20th Century Fox, the other was for Beast with a Billion Backs. It is thinner cardboard than normal, with about half of the normal packaging missing, a thin transparent window to show the lenticular cover art, and a removable laminated paper backing with the production information. That sounds like a lot, but it's actually way less than what you'll see on typical Blu-ray and DVD cases. Main menu is pretty self explanatory; play movie, settings, scenes, and extras.
Bender's Big Score remains the best of the four movies that CC made for Season 5 before the show came back to its normal cadence in 2010. It is adamantly recommended, do not pass it up!