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Episodic versions of Futurama movies

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So it’s come to my attention through a friend on Facebook that Hulu apparently has the episodic broadcast versions of the Futurama DVD movies. I don’t have Hulu, a way to capture streaming media, or (currently) a properly functional internet connection - does anyone here have a way to capture these versions of the DVD movies through Hulu?

Also, do TV/HDTV captures of the original broadcasts of these movies on Comedy Central exist? I’ve searched for years and never found them, but I admit I don’t have access to every private site that might be hoarding these or the patience to sift through every public site. If anyone has such captures I’d love to know/get my hands on them - they’d certainly be useful to compare to the Hulu versions to make sure those are accurate to the original broadcast and not a “syndication cut” if nothing else.

That is, of course, assuming capturing Hulu video is feasible and worth doing.

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I’d be interested in this as well.

It’s certainly possible to capture Hulu, that’s not an issue. I’ve checked, and it appears Hulu does indeed have the episode length versions of the movies (They’re titled as Bender’s Big Score, Part 1, Part 2, etc).

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The DVD versions are four 90-minute long movies. The TV/Hulu versions are sixteen 22-minute long episodes, which are edited differently, with some jokes cut, some added, and new opening credits “tagline” jokes that aren’t in the DVD versions (since they have one opening credit sequence for each film, rather than four for each when they were edited into episodes for syndication).

I haven’t seen all of the episodic versions, so I don’t know what all is different in detail.

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Futurama has begun airing on the Sci Fi channel.


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True, but wouldn’t a Hulu capture be a better source if it is the TV edits of the movies than SyFy, which would have station logos and ads plastered all over the screen the whole time?

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ChainsawAsh said:

The DVD versions are four 90-minute long movies. The TV/Hulu versions are sixteen 22-minute long episodes, which are edited differently, with some jokes cut, some added, and new opening credits “tagline” jokes that aren’t in the DVD versions (since they have one opening credit sequence for each film, rather than four for each when they were edited into episodes for syndication).

I haven’t seen all of the episodic versions, so I don’t know what all is different in detail.

You can find the differences listed on Infosphere, the Futurama Wiki.

For example, here are the film to episode edits for Bender’s Big Score, Part 1:

https://theinfosphere.org/Bender's_Big_Score_Part_1

The introduction is moved to the beginning and instead of the whole cast, only Zoidberg is still seen in a character shot. The Ambulance is also removed.
There is now a sponsor by Torgo’s Executive Powder prior to the first commercial break.
Various “minor” bits of scenes, usually with dialogue, are removed and some music is adjusted to fit the re-edit:
There is less lingering on the nudists at the beach.
The scene that first shows the “Box” executives is shortened to less than a second.
Leela isn’t seen giving her credit card number to save pygmy rhinos.
West Johnson Porniversity’s home page isn’t seen, and most of Bender’s dialogue about porn is cut.
Zoidberg says less about his supposed royal relative.
Bender doesn’t announce that he’ll handle Nudar when he shows that Planet Express is now his.
There is less lingering on the office set up in the hangar.
Lars’ estimate on Hermes’ body taking up to a year to fix is gone.
Nudar doesn’t ask Farnsworth to “do more things”.
Amy doesn’t call Nibbler adorable.
The owl’s flight is slightly slower than it is on the DVD.

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Oh, that’s good info! It’s not quite detailed enough to do a proper reconstruction using the DVDs/Blu-Rays, unfortunately, and there are quite a few TV-cut-only shots that would require a capture of the Hulu versions, but it might be a good reference to make sure the Hulu versions are the initial broadcast cuts and not, for instance, syndication cuts that are even shorter than the original broadcast cuts.

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So what is the best way to capture Hulu video? Do you have to do a capture over HDMI or is there software to rip the stream itself? If it’s the latter and someone can point me in the right direction as far as capturing/ripping/downloading software goes, I’ll get myself a Hulu subscription and get these over Thanksgiving while I’m at my grandma’s with decent wifi.

Then I’ll probably rip my Blu-Rays of movies 3 and 4 and do a high-quality reconstruction of episodes 9-16 - too bad movies 1 and 2 are only out on DVD…

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If you can point me to Bender’s Big Score and The Beast with a Billion Backs on Blu-Ray in any region, I’ll gladly purchase them right away and be forever grateful to you.

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I know, I have those. I’m looking for high-bitrate, lossless-audio Blu-Rays, like movies 3 and 4. If I can get the Hulu episodes capped, then IMO there’s little point in replacing the Hulu video with another digital download since any quality difference would likely be marginal at best.

And no, no luck. I can confirm that the Hulu copies are the sixteen 22-minute episodes rather than the four 90-minute movies, but I can’t figure out any software to capture and download the stream.

Freemake Video Downloader and KeepVid both no longer seem to work to capture Hulu streams, and I don’t know that I trust the quality of screen recording software. I also have zero idea how to capture video over HDMI, or even if I can with a laptop with no capture card.

Suggestions and/or help would be appreciated!

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