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Samurai Jack Season 5 Blu-ray Review


The fifth season of “Samurai Jack” may divide fans.

After a 13 year hiatus, “Samurai Jack” returns with a fifth and final 10 episode season. The series, which is set 50 years after season 4, finds that Jack has stopped aging and has lost his sword. He’s roaming the land bearded and grizzled with motorcycle and high tech weapons. Aku’s reign continues and he has destroyed the time portals. Plot wise, the season contains stories involving Jack trying to get back to the past (of course), Jack fighting robots, creatures and villains like Scaramouche and Lazarus, the Daughters of Aku (a human cult trying to kill Jack), Jack struggling with injuries, inner demons, and moral quandaries, a Daughter of Aku (Ahi) questioning her allegiance, a mysterious man on horseback, people Jack saved, and Jack searching for his sword.

When it came to the first 4 seasons of Genndy Tartakovsky’s beloved stylistic animated series “Samurai Jack,” I liked it well enough, but I was never what you would call a huge fan. I certainly admired its artistry and was entertained by what I saw, but it never really grabbed me like, say, Genndy’s other series the original “Star Wars: Clone Wars.” My opinion of the series hasn’t really changed with season 5.

As with the previous seasons, the show is beautiful, colorful, and as skillfully directed as ever, but story wise, it’s a bit lacking. The story doesn’t unfold the way it did in previous which may disappoint some fans. This is a much more serialized and adult take on the character as it heavily explores Jack’s mindset and spiritual journey. That’s not to say there isn’t action and elements of the original 4 seasons because there is. On top of that, fans do get some closure here. Will everyone be pleased by the finale? Probably not, but it’s a miracle this series was able to close out at all. That’s something a lot of shows are unable to do.


Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? A flawless transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This 5.1 track does not disappoint in delivering the goods for this action heavy series.

Extras: Digital copy, “The Evolution of Jack” featurette that talks about the show’s absence and return, and pitch movies (narrated feature length motion storyboards) for episodes 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9 of season 5.

October 20, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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