REVIEW: Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-Ray/DVD
A month ago, the hilarious and completely mathematical fourth season of Pendleton Ward’s Adventure Time has been released on Blu-Ray and DVD formats. Aptly titled Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season, the set packs in all 26 episodes that make up the fourth season of the multi-award winning animated series, along with a few bonus content by way of exclusive featurettes and commentaries.
Any Adventure Time fan already knows what they’re going to get with the fourth season; Finn and his best friend Jake are still exploring the Land of Ooo! And having as much fun possible, coming across various regular characters like Princess Bubblegum. The Ice King, or Marceline the Vampire Queen, while facing deadly challenges at every turn. It’s typical (by typical, we meant Awesome!) ADVENTURE TIME. What’s in question is whether the Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-Ray/DVD is worth it.
In terms of packaging, The Complete Fourth Season fits in well with the rest of the home video collections released so far, but it’s definitely going to stand out due to the color scheme. While the packaging of previous collections use the show’s trademark skyblue color schemes, the new collection is black. Mainly due to the fact that the cover is graced by the vampire queen herself, Marceline. The packing looks sleek and it still undeniably Adventure Time, but this time geared more towards Marceline’s fans.
When it comes to content, the box comes with either two DVD discs or a single Blu-Ray disc, containing 26 episodes. The episodes are a given, but with home video releases, it’s usually the bonus content that serves as the dealbreaker. Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season doesn’t disappoint in this aspect, as it contains the following bonus content:
Distant Bands is a 20 minute featurette that takes a candid look at the music of Adventure Time. Featuring creator Pendleton Ward, creative director/writer Pat McHale, and storyboard artists Jesse Moynihan and Rebecca Sugar.
Season Four Audio Commentaries are also included, as they should be. These days a home video release feels lacking without commentaries, so we’re glad that Adventure Time never forgot. Pendleton Ward himself does the commentaries, with help from storyboard artist Rebecca Sugar, writer/storyboard artist Cole Sanchez, writer/storyboard artist Andy Ristaino, writer/storyboard artist Tom Herpich, storyboard artist Jesse Moynihan, writer/storyboard artist Ako Castuera and several others.
Finally, we get to the A/V quality. In terms of audio, the series uses 320 kbps Dolby Digital 2.0 audio tracks. Audiophiles will most likely be disappointed, but for the average viewer it’s more than serviceable, especially considering that Adventure Time doesn’t have the kind of epic score that you expect to hear from, say, The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars.
Visually, Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season comes in strong with 1080p/VC-1. There’s a handful of issues like aliasing and soft pixilated frames of animation, but this is mostly source-based (the show uses faux zooms regularly) and fits in rather nicely with the show’s minimalist art style.
On the whole. Adventure Time: The Complete Fourth Season is a must if you’ve already added the previous home video collections to yourself. Even if you’re new to the franchise, this collection isn’t a bad starting point either.