Blu-ray Review: Arrow: The Complete Seventh 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.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, Colton Haynes, Kirk Acevedo and Sea Shimooka. Based on the characters from DC, Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Beth Schwartz (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) and Sarah Schechter (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Black Lightning).

Following Oliver Queen’s shocking decision to turn himself over the FBI and reveal his identity as the Green Arrow to the public, Oliver has spent the past five months in prison while his team was left behind to protect Star City. In the wake of Ricardo Diaz’s escape, Oliver has yet again turned into someone else inside Slabside Maximum Security Prison. Determined to keep a low profile to shorten his sentence for the sake of his family, Oliver’s limits will be tested when he and Team Arrow are pitted against the most ruthless villains they have yet to face.

The first quarter of season seven has Oliver (Stephen Amell) locked up in prison and he’s having a tough time because not only is Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo) still a major threat on the outside but the vigilante hero has to deal with some villains that he’d put away over the years. Oliver has to come face-to-face with Danny Brickwell (Vinnie Jones), Derek Sampson (Cody Runnels) and Ben Turner (Michael Jai White) who give him all kinds of problems on the inside. The thing about Ben is, Oliver finds out he’s not such a bad guy after all. There’s also the arrival of a mysterious new archer who’s taking out more villains in Star City during Oliver’s absense but the big question is, who is it? So, what’s left of Team Arrow is getting a little extra help from this mysterious new figure and they’re kind of okay with it even though they want to know who’s behind the mask. The Star City police department also wants to know!

What happens is, Oliver ends up getting released from the pen and returns to his family but the happy reunion doesn’t stay happy for long but at least Diaz is finally out of the picture. No spoilers! Oliver finds out that his long-lost sister Emiko Queen (Sea Shimooka) has arrived in the city but she’s a tough character to read and keeps her distance from her big brother. She’s also full of surprises! There’s another major threat in the city who’s kind of linked to Diaz who goes by the name of Dante (Adrian Paul) and he’s even worse than Diaz was. Team Arrow goes up against this highly-skilled villain but there’s something else to him because he actually answers to someone in the shadows who’s been calling the shots the whole time. The Ninth Circle is behind the headaches that Oliver and his team have been dealing with and a shocking discovery comes with it when he finds out who the leader is. In the end, Oliver Queen finds out what’s waiting for him in the future that will conclude in the next crossover event, Crisis on Infinite Earths.

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 at the top of the page and the back includes season seven details, some images, and list of special features. There’s also an insert inside that includes a list of the episodes with synopsis, original airdates, more images, and series credits. All four of the Blu-ray discs are black and feature the 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, even though this season was probably the weakest that Arrow has produced in its seven year run, it was still an entertaining watch. It just felt like something was off and I think it was because the main character got pushed to the back quite a bit by other characters, especially the female ones. This is a Hollyweird trend (agenda) going on right now and it’s happening in every superhero series on The CW. Here’s a crazy idea, how about we give all the characters the same amount of screen time? Crazy, I know! Or maybe since the series is called Arrow we continue to tell his story until the series finale – which is coming up soon. Anyway, The storytelling was noticeably weaker this season but there were still a few standout episodes. I really enjoyed the 3-part crossover event and the season finale. Thankfully, these characters are still fun to follow and I really do like the cast. Well, most of them. Stephen Amell still makes an awesome Green Arrow and the proof is in his work ethic and leadership. We still get to see plenty of cameos just like the previous seasons and there’s all kind of wild and crazy action scenes and stunt work in each episode. Did I mention the time jump? Arrow is still a good watch, just not a great one like it once was. Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season will be available on a 4-disc Blu-ray set (plus Digital) on August 20th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 4 Discs / 22 Episodes + 2 Crossovers / 1014 Minutes

  1. Inmate 4587
  2. Longbow Hunters
  3. Crossing Lines
  4. Level Two
  5. The Demon
  6. Due Process
  7. The Slabside Redemption
  8. Unmasked
  9. Elseworlds: Hour One
  10. Elseworlds: Hour Two
  11. Elseworlds: Hour Three
  12. My Name is Emiko Queen
  13. Past Sins
  14. Emerald Archer
  15. Star City Slayer
  16. Brothers & Sisters
  17. Training Day
  18. Star City 2040
  19. Inheritance
  20. Lost Canary
  21. Spartan
  22. Confessions
  23. Living Proof
  24. You Have Saved This City

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

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include the show’s 2018 Comic-Con Panel, a crossover featurette, a DC villain documentary, deleted scenes, a gag reel and a digital copy of the seventh season.

  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panel San Diego 2018 (1:00:59)
  • Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds (45:01)
  • Villains: Modes of Persuasion (38:05)
  • Gag Reel (04:41)
  • Deleted Scenes – Located on each disc with their episode.
  • Digital Copy

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