“Adventure Time: Distant Lands” Blu-ray Review

Adventure Time Distant Lands Blu-ray DVD release 2022
Adventure Time: Distant Lands DVD (Image: WBHE/PR)

Revisit the beloved characters of Adventure Time with the Blu-ray collection of the sequel series Adventure Time: Distant Lands, releasing March 8, 2022.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Adventure Time: Distant Lands Blu-ray that I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.

Popular Cartoon Network animated series Adventure Time ended its ten-season run (in 2018) with a conclusion that was both satisfying for its characters and a landmark moment for LGBTQ+ representation in children’s media. A couple of years after the series finale, the adventures of Adventure Time continued in a series of four special episodes for the streaming service HBO Max titled Adventure Time: Distant Lands (the first special premiered on June 25, 2020). Now, on March 8, 2022, viewers that want to relive those four episodes or experience them for the first time can do so when Adventure Time: Distant Lands arrives on Blu-ray.

The Blu-ray collection is neatly packaged with the four episodes on a single disc. The menu screen features the series artwork and is easy to navigate. There are three language options for audio, and two for subtitles. Unfortunately, those hoping for more insight into the world of Adventure Time, the making of the episodes, or other fun additional content will be disappointed by the lack of bonus features on the disc.

Each of the four episodes focuses on a group of characters from the series and involves the exploration of another world. The first episode, “BMO,” focuses on the titular robot as they find themselves on a far-off planet. The second episode, “Obsidian,” focuses on Princess Bubblegum and Marceline as they travel to another kingdom to take on a returning threat. The third episode, “Together Again,” focuses on Finn’s quest to reunite with Jake in the afterlife. The final episode, “Wizard City,” focuses on Peppermint Butler and his attempt to start fresh at a school for wizards.

Each episode is set after the events of the original series and provides a great opportunity to revisit fan-favorite characters while introducing new ones. The series’ familiar trademarks of humor and heart punctuate every episode and each installment has a satisfying conclusion that should resonate with fans both young and old.

While each of the four episodes is strong, the two standouts of the collection are “Obsidian” and “Together Again.” “Obsidian” builds on Marceline and Princess Bubblegum’s groundbreaking romantic reunion in the series finale, exploring their life as a couple as well as making their relationship stronger than ever by the episode’s end.

“Together Again” does a great job of emphasizing the importance of Finn and Jake’s friendship and the lengths Finn will go to reunite with Jake.

Fans of Adventure Time will enjoy this Blu-ray release of Adventure Time: Distant Lands, as the stories are a worthy addition to the Adventure Time lore. While there’s a lack of bonus features, it is still something nice for anyone who wants a physical copy of the HBO Max exclusive series.

Take note; Adventure Time: Distant Lands will release on Blu-ray on March 8, 2022. And while Adventure Time: Distant Lands has concluded, fans will soon be able to return to the world of Adventure Time with the in-development spinoff series focused on Fionna and Cake.

Author: Jessica Wolff

Jessica Wolff is a graduate of Drexel University with a BS in Film/Video. She has a passion for entertainment and representation in entertainment. She currently resides outside of Washington, DC.

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