Last July 14th, Warner Home Video released a new Adventure Time home video collection in both Blu Ray and DVD formats, titled Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season. In case the title doesn’t make it clear yet, the collection compiles all the episodes that make up the fifth season of the multi-award winning series.
The Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season release is in line with the previous season releases, in the sense that it comes in a handsome custom slipcase. The design is fairly simplistic outside of the die-cut design – with Jake’s face prominently displayed in the front and his yellow (which is slightly tan and orangey, forgive me if I can’t remember the exact color name) color used for the whole case.
What makes this release stand out from the previous ones is that it collects all of the episodes that ran between November of 2012 to March 2014, which make up the show’s fifth season as a result of its odd production cycle. That’s a total of 52 x 15 minute episodes – twice as long as previous seasons’. What this boils down to is that the The Complete Fifth Season is a good starting point if this is your first time to buy a home release, and is also a must for people who have already started collecting the Adventure Time Blu Ray/DVD sets. Mostly because of the sheer amount of episodes it contains.
Content-wise, the fifth season is also noteworthy because it’s the season in which series creator Pendleton Ward stepped down as showrunner, citing a need to get away from the pressures of helming such a popular franchise. Fortunately for fans of the series, the quality of the series did not dip, and those who can recognize any subtle differences between other writers and Ward won’t have to worry because he’s still contributing to the series as a writer and storyboard artist.
The Fifth Season is supposed to pick up where the last season left off, with the gang hunting down The Lich and ending up transported to an alternate reality. The changes brought by this event (which had Jake and Finn living on a farm with the former being relegated to the role of a normal dog) is rectified easily with the fifth season’s two-part opener, so people who have to catch up don’t have to worry. Whatever plot point they missed will be moot because the status quo is back by the time the second episode rolls in.
The episodes you’ll see in the collection run the gamut and will include all the fan favorites such as the Fiona and Cake gender swaps and the Flame Princess stories. Of course, there’s also the extras to consider if you want content that is exclusive to the home video releases. There’s a dearth of audio commentary but in its place is a 15 and a half minute featurette called Adventure Time Forever, which had staff and crew reflecting on the history of the show. There are also animatics (filmed storyboards with soundtrack) per episode and a couple of the expected promo videos.
All in all, Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season is a recommended purchase for fans of the series or for people who want to check out why the franchise is so popular. The amount of content included in the release is enough for someone to make an informed decision on whether to continue following the series or not, and the quality that made it so popular in the first place is retained, despite the absence of Pendleton Ward from the proverbial steering wheel.
The Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season Blu Ray and DVD is out now under the SRP of $39.99 and $29.97, respectively.