'Samurai Jack - Season 3'
(Phil LaMarr, Mako, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (2001) 2006 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: In the distant past, a Japanese samurai embarks on a mission to defeat the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. Before he can complete his task, though, he is catapulted thousands of years into the future. He finds himself in a world where Aku now enjoys complete power over every living thing. Dubbing himself "Jack," he sets out on a new quest--to right the wrongs that have been done by his enemy and to find a way back to his own time so he can destroy the evil for good.
DVD Verdict: Season Three of acclaimed Cartoon Network series 'Samurai Jack' is finally out on DVD. Like the first two seasons, there's two discs with 13 episodes of the really great show and a few DVD extras to boot ! One of those features happen to be "The Martial Arts of Samurai Jack," featuring behind-the-scenes footage uncovering the martial arts moves used in the show; reminicent to moves used in the series "Avatar: The Last Airbender." Another feature is "The Lost Art Work Gallery", self-explanatory. Finally, the moment you've been waiting for, here's the Season Three top five episodes ! Which are: 5. "The Birth of Evil" (parts 1 & 2) - This two-part special tells the origin of AKU and how he was first defeated way before the birth of Jack. To see and hear more, select the optional audio commentary on the two-parter by Genndy Tartakofsky himself in the special features section; 4. "Chicken Jack" - A wizard grouchily turns the samurai into a chicken ! But even as a chicken, Jack is still quite the fighter!; 3. "Jack and the Clenches" (a.k.a. "The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful") - Jack is in for a wild, wild-western train ride when he's up against a bounty hunter couple also boards the train. (Look for Quick-Draw McGraw in this episode!; 2. "Jack and the Temple" - Jack comes across a mysterious hidden temple of monks in training with moves just like Jack. The Ancient Master of the temple even informs Jack of a time portal to send him home; and 1. "Jack and the Rave Slaves" - This happens to my most favorite episode in the whole series ! In this episode, Jack finds a huge group of teenagers pillaging the town he's staying at, and one of them was the innkeeper's daughter. He goes undercover to find out what's going on. It turns out the kids were being brainwashed by killer techno-dance music and Jack defeats AKU's dastardly deejay. Honorable Mention: "Jack and the Labyrinth" - Jack goes through a winding labyrinth in order to find a treasure. Little did he know, a theif is after this treasure, too. Well, that about covers it. I hope season four is just as good when that comes out! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) and comes with the Special Features of:
13 episodes on two discs
Commentary on "Birth of Evil" episode
The Martial Arts of Samurai Jack
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)