Samurai Jack: The Complete Series
- Samurai Jack: The Complete Series is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Warner Brothers with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.33:1 (for the first four seasons) and 1.78:1 (for the fifth and final season). This is a pretty remarkable upgrade from the previously released DVDs, though it looks like some elements from the first episodes, including the title sequence (which recurs thereafter) have at least some moments that have been upscaled, so that eagle eyed viewers may catch some quick moments of relatively minor stairstepping and the like. Other than this anomaly, and a kind of strange softness that accrues in some of the fourth season episodes, I can’t imagine fans of this series not enjoying the presentation here. Line detail is sharp and precise looking, and the series’ wonderfully diverse animation styles are rendered with clarity and a refreshing lack of issues like banding. The palette of Samurai Jack is continually appealing, and widely variant (perhaps part of its appeal), and the color space across the five Blu-ray discs is continually quite impressive.