Cartoon Network finally releases its most weird but fun series yet with the Adventure Time: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a fan when it first came out, as I thought it was a silly looking show that made little sense. But after finally casting aside my prejudices and giving it a chance, I was hooked. And like most fans, I’ve been waiting for a perfect release of the series on the home video front.
Well the wait is finally over! Featuring all 26 episodes (which run about 11 minutes each) there’s a little over 5 hours of Adventure Time goodness packed onto a single Blu-ray disc, making this is the ultimate release that will have fans screaming “Mathematical!”, while showing newcomers exactly what time it is…Adventure Time!
For those new to the show, Adventure Time follows the adventures of a boy named Finn and his brother, who happens to be a magical dog that can change shape and stretch to near limitless proportions named Jake (Jake’s family adopted Finn who is an orphan and may very well by the last human alive). Whether it’s fighting off the wannabe villainous Ice King, helping folks they come across, or performing tasks for the lovely Princess Bubblegum, Finn and Jake are always getting into something weird and fun in the land of Ooo.
This is both the best and worst thing about the series, as its random weirdness will either make people love it or hate it. But it’s put together so well, that most will like it at least. A good example is how the show kicks off with the first episode “Slumber Party Panic”, which features Princess Bubblegum making a potion to bring her dead candy citizens back to life. But the potion makes them turn into zombies who have a taste for sugar, which just happens to be the living candy people of her kingdom. Then there’s “Ricardio the Heart Guy”, where a heart-like creature (voiced to comedic perfection by Star Trek’s George Takei) takes a liking to the Princess and makes Finn jealous. The random weirdness just spirals out of control from there, from having episodes where Finn gets turned into a foot and leads a band of mutants, to meeting a legendary warrior simply named Billy (voiced by Hulk star Lou Ferrigno), the show is always zany and never predictable.
Watching the show in high-definition on Blu-ray was a dream come true, as the unique and colorful look of the show really shines here. Everything comes in bright and beautiful looking while the audio makes sure every crazy line of dialogue is heard loud and clear. The extras are just as wild as the show, as there’s audio commentaries on four of the episodes, including “Ricardio the Heart Guy” with George Takei and the cast having fun discussing the episode. There’s also a few behind the scenes featurettes, a live-action music video with people dressed up as characters from the show, and a mini bonus episode called “The Wand”.
Diehard fans are sure to have already picked up this Blu-ray of Adventure Time: The Complete First Season, but those who have been wanting to find out what all the fuss is about can easily do so with this disc. 26 episodes and loads of fun features make this a wild, weird and zany show that’s full of fun and random silliness that young and old can enjoy when given a chance. It’s probably the best show that Cartoon Network has ever produced, and do yourself a favor and set aside some Adventure Time for yourself, as you won’t regret it.
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