Blu-ray Review: Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Based on the characters from DC Comics,  ARROW is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Wendy Mericle and Sarah Schechter. The series stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Arrow, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt, with Josh Segarra as Adrian Chase/Prometheus and Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance.  

In Season Five, newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City. With his right hand, John Diggle, back in the military and his sister Thea adamant about hanging up her vigilante hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity – but they’re no longer the only vigilantes in town. Green Arrow’s public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles rather than allies in the field. The arrival of a deadly new adversary will force Oliver to confront questions about his own legacy, both as mayor and as the Green Arrow.

The writing for season five continued to be interesting and took everyting in a new direction. The main characters are still there but a lot of new ones are introduced and they all bring something to the table. There’s still some relationship issues going on while some characters made their return from the grave (again) and a few sadly didn’t fair too well. The big bad this season was the sinister vigilante Prometheus who definitely had Oliver’s number. This is a mysterious character that’s tied to Ollie’s past and has a vendetta against the hero. So how does Ollie counter this new threat? He recruits the help of some of this biggest enemies – like Deathstroke! Oliver continues to get his flashback scenes that kind of links to whatever it is he’s going through in each episode. This season it deals with Russians and these flashbacks link Oliver and Prometheus together in a weird sort of way.

So what else makes a show like Arrow tick? The sets and locations for this series continued to look impressive and large in scale, especially for a television series. Team Arrow got some new recruits and more neat new gadgets to play with. It took a few episodes but the newbies also got their own costumes as well as their own code names. Once again the talented cast did another amazing job with these interesting characters that are really fun to watch. There was also some great action scenes/stunts and impressive special effects throughout the season. When they brought in the supernatural element/meta humans it meant there would be more visual effects used and once again it all looked great on screen.

The impressive list of guest stars this season includes Chad Coleman as the tough as nails gangster Tobias Church; pro wrestler Cody Rhodes as the “Stardust” dealing Derek Sampson; Wil Traval as Christopher Chance aka the Human Target; Katie Cassidy returns as Laurel Lance’s doppelgänger aka Black Siren; Lexa Doig as Talia al Ghul and Katrina Law reprises her role as Nyssa al Ghul; China White (Kelly Hu), Cupid (Amy Gumenick) and Lady Cop (Rutina Wesley) get to cause a little mischief; John Barrowman returns as Malcolm Merlyn who finally kind of redeems himself in the finale, there’s Dolph Lundgren as the sinister Russian mobster Konstantin Kovar; and last but not least there’s Manu Bennett who returns as the fan favorite villain Deathstroke.

The packaging comes with a nice slipcase – the same kind all of the other home video release like this from WBHE come in. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes season five details, some images from this season, and list of special features. There’s also a booklet inside that includes a list of the episodes with synopsis, original airdates, more images, and series credits. All four of the Blu-ray discs have a green tint and feature a silhouette of the hero and series logo. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season went in a completely new direction and introduced a whole new Team Arrow that Oliver had to train from scratch. I really like this flawed group of newbies and each of them had something important to add to this new team! The writing is still good and they’re keeping the stories as interesting as they can even though this season may have stalled down just a bit. Maybe? Once again, I did like the introduction to the new recruits and hope these characters continue to develop as the series moves forward. Stephen Amell continues to do a fantastic job as this grounded hero who not only has to deal with Promtheus this season but he’s also fighting a battle within which ultimately ends in self-forgiveness. I don’t think this one was as good as some of the first couple of seasons but Arrow is still a fun series to watch. Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season released on a four-disc Blu-ray set on September 19th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 4 Discs / 23 Episodes / 970 Minutes

  1. Legacy
  2. The Recruits
  3. A Matter of Trust
  4. Penance
  5. Human Target
  6. So It Begins
  7. Vigilante
  8. Invasion!
  9. What We Leave Behind
  10. Who Are You?
  11. Second Chances
  12. Bratva
  13. Spectre of the Gun
  14. The Sin-Eater
  15. Fighting Fire With Fire
  16. Checkmate
  17. Kapiushon
  18. Disbanded
  19. Dangerous Liaisons
  20. Underneath
  21. Honor Thy Fathers
  22. Missing
  23. Lian Yu

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include 2016 SDCC panel footage, three featurettes, deleted scenes, a gag reel and a digital copy of the fifth season.

  • Arrow: 2016 Comic-Con Panel (27:19)
  • The New Team Arrow (09:48)
  • Allied: The Invasion Complex (Arrow) (12:44)
  • Returning to the Roots of Arrow: Prometheus (15:18)
  • Deleted Scenes – Located on each disc with the episodes
  • Gag Reel (05:23)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

 

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