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[Blu-Ray Review] ‘The Legend of Korra: The Complete Series’

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The Legend of Korra, Nickelodeon’s critically acclaimed, award-winning animated series, is finally available to own as a complete series on Blu-ray, and if you are a fan of this show, who has not yet bought this show, then this is the set to buy.

The Show

The Legend of Korra is the 2012 sequel series to Nickelodeon’s 2005 series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. The show follows the adventures of Korra, the reincarnation of Aang, the titular Avatar from the previous series. In the world of these series, there are characters who can manipulate the elements (water, earth, fire, and air), but only one person, the Avatar, can manipulate all four, and that person is charged with maintaining balance in the world.

During its run, The Legend of Korra garnered critical acclaim, as well as many awards, including two Annie awards and a Daytime Emmy. The show was not just a hit critically; the fans loved the show as well, with people of all ages tuning in to watch. The attraction for older fans was due to the show’s willingness to delve into deeper subjects than most other “kids” shows, with episodes dealing with fascism, depression, death, and PTSD, among many others. The show also starred a non-white female lead and never felt the need to blatantly point that fact out.

The Set

This collection is absolutely packed with bonus features. Very few television shows, let alone animated series aimed at kids, get this level of care when putting together the DVD and Blu-ray collections. The number of special features in this set is simply massive. I will include the complete list so you can see how huge this set is.

Book 1: Air
  • Audio Commentary (audio track option on all episodes)
  • The Legend of Puppetbender Presents “The Making of a Legend: The Untold Story Part I
  • Creators’ Favorite Scenes: Animatics
  • Welcome to Republic City
  • The Revelation
  • The Voice in the Night
  • The Spirit of Competition
  • And the Winner Is…
  • When Extremes Meet
  • Turning the Tides
  • Endgame
Book 2: Spirits
  • Audio Commentary (all episodes)
  • Scene Bending: Rebel Spirit Scene 1
  • Scene Bending: Rebel Spirit Scene 2
  • Scene Bending: The Southern Lights Scene 1
  • Scene Bending: The Southern Lights Scene 2
  • Scene Bending: Civil Wars, Pt. 1
  • Scene Bending: Civil Wars, Pt. 2
  • Scene Bending: Peacekeepers
  • Scene Bending: Beginnings: Part 1
  • Scene Bending: Beginnings: Part 2
  • Scene Bending: The Guide
  • Scene Bending: A New Spiritual Age
  • Scene Bending: Night of a Thousand Stars
  • Scene Bending: Harmonic Convergence
  • Scene Bending: Darkness Falls
  • Scene Bending: Light in the Dark
  • Kindred Spirits: Tenzin’s Family
  • Inside the Book of Spirits
  • The Re-telling of Korra’s Journey
  • Feuding Spirits: Korra’s Family
Book 3: Change
  • Audio Commentary (all episodes)
  • The Spirit of an Episode: A Breath of Fresh Air
  • The Spirit of an Episode: Rebirth
  • The Spirit of an Episode: The Earth Queen
  • The Spirit of an Episode: In Harm’s Way
  • The Spirit of an Episode: The Metal Clan
  • The Spirit of an Episode: Old Wounds
  • The Spirit of an Episode: Original Airbenders
  • The Spirit of an Episode: The Terror Within
  • The Spirit of an Episode: The Stakeout
  • The Spirit of an Episode: Long Live the Queen
  • The Spirit of an Episode: The Ultimatum
  • The Spirit of an Episode: Enter the Void
  • The Spirit of an Episode: Venom of the Red Lotus
Book 4: Balance
  • Audio Commentary (all episodes)
  • Kuvira vs. Prince Wu
  • Republic City Hustle: Part 1
  • Republic City Hustle: Part 2
  • Republic City Hustle: Part 3
  • The Legend of Puppetbender Presents “The Making of a Legend: The Untold Story – Part II”
  • Legend of Korra: New York Comic-Con Panel Featurette

In addition to these features, the set also comes packaged with a small paperback book that highlights some of the artwork that went into the series.

For me, the biggest draw is the commentaries. I would have been happy with just a select few on the most important episodes, but the fact that they went above and beyond and have included one for every episode is just amazing. I have been a huge fan of commentaries since I was a kid watching Pixar’s DVD’s, so I cannot wait to get into all of these. But that fact that the commentaries are just the beginning is what really makes this set stand out to me. There is so much here that it will literally take you hours to get through. Maybe even days or weeks, if you aren’t a binge-watcher. My only (slight, insignificant) gripe is that it would appear that they did not put in the same level of commitment to the fourth book as they did to the previous three. There are a lot fewer features on Book 4 than the other three. I have not had a chance to watch everything yet, so there is still a chance that the features are longer than in previous releases, but even if they aren’t, I’m not going to complain too much, as they still included all of the commentaries, which, for me at least, is huge.

Final Thoughts

This Blu-ray set is absolutely worth buying, as long as you have not already bought the single season releases. It appears that this complete set is pretty much exactly the same as all previous releases. It has just been repackaged to sell as one complete set. There is nothing wrong with that of course, but for fans looking for some extra incentive to buy this set, there really isn’t much beyond the small art book.

All in all, this is a great release. If you already have the previous releases, there is probably little reason for you to buy this one, other than to save shelf space, but if you are a fan of Korra and don’t already own the series, then you need to own this set.

Purchase: The Legend of Korra: The Complete Series

Amazon: US | CanadaUK

Are you a fan of The Legend of Korra? Will you be adding this set to your collection?

Edited by: Kelly Conley

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About Jonathan North

Jonathan North is writer, photographer, video editor, and animation fan from Iowa. He studied advertising and design at Iowa State University, and also has degrees in multimedia and art. His favorite movie is Fantasia, and his favorite cartoon is Gravity Falls. Or maybe Steven Universe. He can’t decide. You can find more of his work on his blog, as well as his YouTube channel, where he reviews all manner things, including (almost) every version ever of Alice in Wonderland. His favorites are the 1999 version starring Tina Majorino, and of course, the 1951 Disney version. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr, @jonjnorth.
  • Ryan Prieto

    great review Jonathan. I will be buying this. I loved Korra, even though I felt like the ending needed another episode or two. I suppose that is where the comics will come in though.

    • Killsqu8d

      All the episodes are available in HD on kissanime. Save your money

  • I already got my Korra set a while back sadly but so happy this is really great deal!! :DDD

    • Killsqu8d

      Watch all episodes on kissanime

      • I already have my Korra series with me, thank you ^.^

        • Killsqu8d

          Well good enjoy!

  • Killsqu8d

    At least we have the graphic novels coming this year. 2017 here I come!!!???????

  • Fadi Antwan

    If I didn’t like The Last Airbender, could I like The Legend of Korra? Or are they very similar?

    • Kay J.

      I’m sure there are similarities between The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, but I always got the feeling that The Legend of Korra had a more mature and sometimes darker tone and mood. The series explores the consequences and effects of major social issues like inequality, depression, and PTSD. We see Korra experience some of the after effects of her actions and battles in each season, for better or worse. It’s pretty realistic in some cases.