Blu-ray Review: Arrow: The Complete Sixth 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 as Oliver Queen/Arrow, David Ramsey as John Diggle/SpartanWilla Holland as Thea Queen/Speedy, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt/Mister Terrific, Rick Gonzalez, as Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog and Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake/Black Canary, with Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance/Black Siren and Paul Blackthorne as Quentin Lance. 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 BerlantiMarc GuggenheimWendy Mericle and Sarah Schechter.  

Following the devastating explosion on Lian Yu, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns home to confront a challenge unlike any he’s ever faced: fatherhood. Oliver is determined to embrace this new role while continuing to serve and protect Star City as both Mayor and The Green Arrow. But enemies past and present, including Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), Vigilante (Johann Urb), Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo), Cayden James (Michael Emerson) and others, threaten him on all fronts. And bonds within the ranks of Team Arrow—veteran John Diggle (David Ramsey); tech genius Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards); former police captain Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne) and brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum), plus newest team members Rene Ramirez/Wild Dog (Rick Gonzalez) and metahuman Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy)—have become dangerously decayed. The future of Star City is at stake in all 23 of Season Six’s ferociously fast-paced, can’t-miss episodes.

Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season has a lot going on and maybe a little too much. Can there even be too much going on? Maybe! Oliver always talks about failing his city but this time it really happens and the price is huge. Not only is he juggling being the mayor of Star City as well as the Green Arrow but now he’s handling parental responsibilities and it’s all putting a lot of stress on him, to the point things start falling apart around him. The first half of the season Team Arrow is dealing with tech genius Cayden James who wants to get his revenge for what happened to his son and he blames Oliver for that tragedy. Standing in the shadows and patiently waiting for his turn is Ricardo Diaz who starts out as a simple street thug but ends up forcing his way to the top of Star City’s underworld and becomes the most powerful crime boss who ends up taking over the entire city.

There’s a lot of stress and friction happening within the ranks of Team Arrow this season and they end up going their seperate ways because of trust and leadership issues and to top that off the FBI is now hot on the trail the vigilante leader who ends up having to reveal his identity so he can get the help he needs to save the city from Diaz. Laurel Lance also makes her return (from Earth-2) and ends up playing both sides until she has to make a choice and thanks to the unconditional love Quintin shows her, she makes the right one. Team Arrow assembles one more time and gets some much needed help from the FBI as they go up against Diaz and his goon sqaud and even though they ultimately save the city, it does comes with a price. Diaz is able to escape, Oliver get the help he needed under certain conditions and if that’s not enough the team ends up losing a valuable ally in the end and like always there’s a shocking cliffhanger.

This season was full of non-stop action and I really liked the story arc of how Team Arrow was falling apart and had to come back together so they could save the city from this cold-blood villain. This is a villain who doesn’t have super powers like so many of the metahumans in these series but instead is just a cold-hearted, power hungry thug who shows no remorse at all for his victims. The team and its members are flawed and they’re not getting along at all because of trust issues and poor leadership and this weighs heavy on Oliver as the season plays out. What I like most about Arrow is that it continues to be the most grounded of DC’s heavy stable of superhero series so it doesn’t depend as much on the wild and crazy visual effects like the other ones. Sure, there’s a little here and there but Arrow features more exciting fight sequence, wire stunts and bullets flying than anything else and it’s all well executed and looks great on screen.

Just like the previous five seasons, there’s also some fantastic cameos in the sixth season that includes Slade Wilson / Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) who’s dealing with a little family drama of his own with his son, Christopher Chance/Human Target (Wil Traval) who arrives just in time to help Oliver when he needs it the most, Roy Harper/Arsenal (Colton Haynes) makes his surprise return where he reunites with Thea and the two of them go back into hiding together. There’s also some brief appearances by Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law), Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell) and even Sara Lance/White Canary (Caity Lotz) who makes an appearance in the emotional final episode of the season.

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 six 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 have a green tint 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, Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season ended up being another exciting entry into this long-running superhero series that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. As a matter of fact, it’s already outlived its originally planned life expectancy of the original planned four seasons. The stories continue to be fresh and the actors do a great job with their characters that are still fun to follow after all these years. I’ve invested a lot of time in these characters over the past six seasons so I care about what happens to them and when one of them goes down, it kinds of hurts, if you know what I mean. It’s also always good to see familiar faces make their return and this season has lots of that going on. Arrow is the most grounded out of all of the DC superhero series which makes it a little different form the others and that’s what I conttinue to like most about it. Sure, it’s slowed down a bit over the years but it’s still a fun watch that’s jampacked with some exciting action. Arrow: The Complete Sixth Season is now available on a 4-Disc Blu-ray Set (plus Digital HD) and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 4 Discs / 23 Episodes / 1098 Minutes

  1. “Fallout”
  2. “Tribute”
  3. “Next of Kin”
  4. “Reversal”
  5. “Deathstroke Returns”
  6. “Promises Kept”
  7. “Thanksgiving”
  8. “Crisis on Earth-X, Part 2”
  9. “Irreconcilable Differences”
  10. “Divided”
  11. “We Fall”
  12. “All for Nothing”
  13. “The Devil’s Greatest Trick”
  14. “Collision Course”
  15. “Doppelgänger”
  16. “The Thanatos Guild”
  17. “Brothers in Arms”
  18. “Fundamentals”
  19. “The Dragon”
  20. “Shifting Allegiances”
  21. “Docket No. 11-19-41-73”
  22. “The Ties That Bind“
  23. Life Sentence

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 / Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! Even though there’s aren’t as many extras as the previous seasons, there’s still over two hours of bonus content that includes highlights from the 2017 Comic-Con panel, three character/behind-the-scenes featurettes and a digital copy of this season.

  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017 (58:27) – Disc 4
  • The Split of a Man: Deathstroke (11:48) – Disc 1
  • Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X (41:59) – Disc 3
  • Revenge in Ones and Zeros: The Story of Cayden James (10:52) – Disc 3
  • Digital HD Copy

 

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