Adult Swim has announced the details for a box set that will include all five seasons of the recently-ended animated TV series, Samurai Jack.
Created by Genndy Tartakovsky, Samurai Jack is an award-winning series that tells the story of a samurai who fights a shapeshifting demon in a dystopian future. The series premiered with a TV movie on Cartoon Network in 2001 and ran for four seasons. The show ended in 2004 with its 52nd episode. The series was revived in 2017 for a 10-episode fifth season that aired on Adult Swim, a late night programming block on Cartoon Network. The series concluded in May.
Adult Swim will soon release Samurai Jack: The Complete Series, which will include the first four seasons from its run on Cartoon Network along with the revival. Though the first four seasons are already available on DVD, this will be the first time fans will be able to purchase the seasons on Blu-ray. Fans can also look forward to a great deal of extras that will be included in the box set:
Featuring all 62 heart-pounding episodes of the critically acclaimed animated show, Samurai Jack: The Complete Series also arrives with action-packed bonus content, including exclusive featurettes, behind the scenes looks and special commentary. Fans will also relive the first four seasons in HD for the first time as each episode has been remastered to perfection. The box set also features a one-of-a-kind metal art print, created especially for the show's devoted fans.
Samurai Jack's creator, Genndy Tartakokvsy (who also created Dexter's Laboratory) envisioned the series as a show that is "cinematic and scope" and combines "action, humor, and intricate artistry." The critically-acclaimed, story-driven series focused on the adventures of a samurai (voiced by Phil LaMarr), who was sent into the future by the demon Aku (voiced by Mako). The samurai has to navigate through a strange world filled with dozens of science fiction and fantasy elements, including flying cars, aliens, mythological monsters, and robots.
The new series was able to keep many of the things that fans loved about Samurai Jack by bringing back Phil LaMarr and others to voice the characters. However, the show faced the challenge of replacing the voice of Aku. Mako, who previously voiced the character, passed away in 2006. Greg Baldwin was brought in to mimic Mako's voice.
The revival on Adult Swim allowed Samurai Jack to take on a more mature and darker tone when it was revived on Adult Swim. That artistic change in style and direction was well-received by critics. Many were understandably concerned that the revival wouldn't be able to live up to expectations, considering that the first four seasons had won a multitude of awards, including four Primetime Emmy Awards, six Annie Awards, and one OIAF Award.
Samurai Jack: The Complete Series hits Blu-ray/DVD on October 16, 2017. A soundtrack for the fifth season of Samurai Jack has also been announced.
Source: Adult Swim