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Samurai Jack: Season 1
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Samurai Jack: Season 1

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The hit animated show Samurai Jack slices its way to DVD under Cartoon Network's Collector Series banner. Presenting the entire first season on two discs, the set is a class act with fine audio and video presentation and a handful of fun extras that should please any fan of the show. Image quality is stellar, as are the original Dolby Stereo Surround tracks.

Overview

The hit animated show Samurai Jack slices its way to DVD under Cartoon Network's Collector Series banner. Presenting the entire first season on two discs, the set is a class act with fine audio and video presentation and a handful of fun extras that should please any fan of the show. Image quality is stellar, as are the original Dolby Stereo Surround tracks. Extras begin with a commentary track on episode "VII" on the first disc, with creator Genndy Tartakovsky and writer/storyboard artist Brian Andrews dissecting the "Three Blind Mice" episode. Easily the standout of all the first season's episodes, it's not hard to see why they singled this one out to cover above the others. Talk ranges from the particular style they chose to the hurdles that they needed to jump in making an episode without virtually any dialogue. Bonus material continues on the second disc, where there is a seven-minute making-of featurette, along with the original animation test and an original artwork section that includes various early sketches of the series' characters. With 13 episodes and solid extras that give nice insight on the production, this set is a sure-fire seller that will certainly amaze and delight.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Samurai Jack -- an innovative, highly stylized series by Dexter's Laboratory creator Gennady Tartakovsky -- was an instant cult classic upon its premiere in 2001, earning an Emmy nomination. Samurai synthesizes disparate influences like a Quentin Tarantino movie, blending anime, samurai films, sci-fi, and Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns into a unique whole. Visually sophisticated and cinematic in its storytelling, emphasizing action over dialogue, the inaugural episodes play like a mini-movie (they are also available as such on DVD). Jack, whose sword is enchanted "with the magic power of righteousness," trains his body and his mind to confront Aku, the evil, shape-shifting wizard who dethroned Jack's emperor father. During their pitched battle, Aku dispatches Jack into the future through a time portal. The solitary warrior's single-minded quest is to find his way back to undo the devastation of Aku's tyrannical rule. Tartakovsky, who directed episodes of The Powerpuff Girls, creates fight scenes that are clang-tastic, with Jack battling a succession of fantastic foes. Among the series’ many interesting twists, the last of the 13 episodes presented here includes an especially delicious one: Concerned that Jack's legend has gained currency on the playgrounds, Aku begins a propaganda offensive, gathering wary children and telling stories that recast himself as the hero and Jack as the villain. Samurai's distinctive look (with its malleable framing and split screens that propel the action), laconic hero, and monstrous villains stand up to repeated viewings. And that's the fact, Jack.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
UPC:
0053939674125
Rating:
NR
Source:
Cartoon Network
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
4:58:00
Sales rank:
32,222

Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Making of Samurai Jack"; Creator commentary; Original animation test; Original artwork

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Samurai Jack: Season 1 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No doubt about it, this series is the pinnicle of animation. Beautiful artwork, simple yet satisfying plot, great action, well developed characters, and a good sense humour. With the ability to convey a grand, epic story, or a more lighthearted, whimsical one, Samurai Jack can do no wrong. I can't wait for the movie and I hope Cartoon Network revives the emmy-winning series that it never should have canceled.
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