Adventure Time-Complete First Season (2010)

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Released 7-Nov-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Animation Audio Commentary-Various Episodes
Audio Commentary-Animatics - Various Episodes
Featurette-Behind The Scenes
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-Behind the Scenes of the Behind the Scenes
Featurette-Music with Casey and Tim
Music Video
Gallery-Finndemonium
Bonus Episode-The Wand
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 299:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Larry Leichliter
Studio
Distributor

Madman Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI ? Music Timothy Kiefer
Casey James Basichis
Nick Jennings


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Fans of the cartoon network animated series Adventure Time, worldwide, uttered an almighty: "what the glob!?" when it was announced that the much loved series would be making its début on DVD in a Best of format. Two editions of Adventure Time collected episodes have already been released in this Region. Another is slated for release in April 2013.

However, completist's and general Adventure Time devotees can console themselves with the fact that the complete First Season is now available on DVD. Not only does this collect all the 26 episodes of the first season but it also contains two hours of extra materials which are boon for fans.

For those who haven't been indoctrinated into the world of Finn and Jake, Lady Rainicorn, the Ice King etc etc check out either or both of my reviews of the earlier releases My Two Favourite People and It Came From the Nightosphere .

Of course, those who've already purchased the first two sets will have some of these episodes on the shelf. The question is whether this makes the First Season set a redundant purchase. Not a chance. There is enough unseen material on here to justify the expense which is, as it turns out, not that expensive at all.

The episodes on this set are as follows:

Disc 1

  1. Slumber Party Panic %
  2. Trouble in Lumpy Space *
  3. Prisoners of Love
  4. Tree Trunks *
  5. The Enchiridion!%
  6. The Jiggler
  7. Ricardio the Heart Guy *
  8. Business Time
  9. My Two Favorite People *
  10. Memories of Boom Boom Mountain
  11. Wizard %
  12. Evicted!*
  13. City of Thieves
  14. The Witch's Garden

Disc 2

  1. What is Life?
  2. Ocean of Fear
  3. When Wedding Bells Thaw
  4. Dungeon *
  5. The Duke
  6. Freak City
  7. Donny
  8. Henchman
  9. Rainy Day Daydream %
  10. What Have You Done?
  11. His Hero
  12. Gut Grinder

Recognise any of them? I have put a * next to the ones on My Two Favourite People and a % on those on It Came From the Nightosphere.

So, 10 Episodes out of 26 are repeats. That might be a deal-breaker for the casual fan but check out the extras below to see what else you get.

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Transfer Quality

Video

Adventure Time brings the First Season, as with the earlier releases, to DVD in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio consistent with its wide screen origins. It is 16x9 enhanced.

The show is intentionally animated in a slightly raw simplistic manner.

The transfer is pretty sharp with no Aliasing.html" TARGET="Aliasing" STYLE="text-decoration: none">aliasing to be seen and compression does not present a problem.

There are subtitles in English for the Hearing Impaired.

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Audio

The sound for Adventure Time is English Dolby Digital 2.0 running at 224 Kb/s.

This is quite satisfactory for this show. The dialogue and sounds are well delivered and all the dialogue is clear and easy to understand.

The music usually consists of off-beat songs and tunes from creator Pendleton Ward and Casey and Tim. Wacky doesn't even come close.

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Extras

There are a host of fun special features on this release:

Behind the Scenes Featurette (9.15)

Creator of Adventure Time Pendleton Ward takes us on a tour through the creative enclave where the show is put together. It is a fun and entertaining journey although chaos breaks loose when a miniature animated Finn escapes and causes havoc!

Behind the Scenes of the Behind the Scenes Featurette (2.27)

I could tell you what happens in this fun Making of Making of featurette but suggest you just watch yourself. It is a hoot!

Adventure Time Music with Tim and Casey(9.54)

I was hoping to enjoy this feature a little more than I did. The fault is not with the two zany musical creators nor with the choppy editing style used but rather the fact that the guys talk in detail about the work they did on particular episodes and it would have been nice to see the segment intercut with the actual episodes to give a context the discussion.

Animatics

These animatics (basic storyboards) feature commentary by Pendleton Ward, Adam Muto, Pat McHale and Derek Drymon . The episodes are: Rainy Day Daydream, Slumber Party Panic,Dungeon and The Enchiridion!

Audio Commentaries

Select episode commentaries from cast members and special guests including:

Whether or not you enjoy these commentary tracks depends upon whether you're a budding animator wishing to learn the secrets of the masters or whether you're someone who wants to hear a bunch of funny guys and girls riffing on each other and generally having chaotic fun. These commentary tracks definitely fall into the latter category and are enjoyable for their humour. And don't forget George Takei!

Music Video (1.56)

A pretty indescribable music video where a boy and his dog become at one with the Adventure Time universe.

Finndemonium (1.56)

A pop culture tribute to Finn and the rest of the Adventure Time gang featuring a mash up of music and quotable quotes from the show and a huge amount of fan art and cosplay goings-on.

The Wand (2.05)

A short bonus episode for the show where Finn and Jake have to work closely with the Ice King to defeat an evil magical wand.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

  The DVD release in Region 1 appears identical. Buy local.

Summary

   

It's ad-venture time,c'mon grab your friends,
we'll go to very distant lands.
With Jake the dog and Finn the human,
the fun will never end, it's adventure time!

Just buy it alright!

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© Trevor Darge (read my bio)
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDCambridge 650BD (All Regions), using HDMI output
DisplaySony VPL-VW80 Projector on 110" Screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer SC-LX 81 7.1
SpeakersAaron ATS-5 7.1

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