Adventure Time: Season Three (Blu-ray)

February 19, 2014 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

Adventure Time follows the unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, best buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants – and always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades. Finn, a silly kid with an awesome hat and Jake, a brassy dog with a big kind heart, depend on each other through thick and thin. The Land of Ooo is teeming with imposing mountains, lush green plains, accessible forests, ubiquitous prairies and winding rivers, the cities and towns are filled with bizarre characters in need of unique assistance. Whether it’s saving Princess Bubblegum, defeating zombie candy, mocking the “oxy-moronic” Ice King, or rocking out with undead music wiz Marceline the Vampire Queen, with Finn and Jake it’s always Adventure Time.

This third season contains 26 episodes:

  • Conquest of Cuteness
  • Morituri Te Salutamus
  • Memory of a Memory
  • Hitman
  • Too Young
  • The Monster
  • Still
  • Wizard Battle
  • Fionna and Cake
  • What was Missing?
  • Apple Thief
  • The Creeps
  • From Bad to Worse
  • Beautopia
  • No One Can Hear You
  • Jake vs. Me-Mow
  • Thank You
  • The New Frontier
  • Holly Jolly Secrets – Part I
  • Holly Jolly Secrets – Part II
  • Marceline’s Closet
  • Paper Pete
  • Another Way
  • Ghost Princess
  • Dad’s Dungeon
  • Incendium

Video: How’s it look?

Like the first two seasons, Adventure Time simply shines on Blu-ray.  Yes, I knew that the colors would be bold and bright, I was hoping that some of the things that bothered me about the first season might have been fixed, but they really hadn’t.  But in the grand scheme of things, it’s really not that big of a deal as the 1.78:1 VC-1 HD encode really looks pretty darn good.  I’ve yet to catch an episode as it’s been broadcast, but I’m sure the quality is the same if not better on disc.

Audio: How’s it sound?

As with the previous seasons, we’re presented with the same Dolby Digital 2.0 mix that serves its purpose, but not much else.  I don’t know if the third season will feature a more robust sound minx and I doubt it’ll keep me up at night wondering, but simply put – this does what it’s supposed to and not much else.  The vocals are crisp and clear any and all sound effects are present and have no distortion, but in this day and age of uncompressed sound, it really is kind of disappointing to have a show not be presented in at least 5.1 sound – in some way, shape or form.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This third season has a bit more to offer than the previous two, though I’m sure true fans of the show will snatch it up even if it’s feature-less.

  • Audio Commentaries – As with the second season, each one of these episodes features a commentary track by series creator Pendelton Ward.  I listened to the vast majority of them and they do tend to be a bit repetitive, but the enthusiasm is there and it does make for a nice addition to this set.
  • Alternate Show Introduction – I won’t spoil the surprise.
  • Transforming Box – While not a feature of the disc, per se, this is a custom die-cut BMO slipcase which will allow the owner to transform their set into their very own collectible BMO.  How imaginative!

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