Blu-ray Review: DA VINCI’S DEMONS: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON

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From Creator and Executive Producer David S. Goyer, DA VINCI’S DEMONS: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON stars Tom Riley as Leonardo da Vinci, Laura Haddock as Lucrezia Donati, Blake Ritson as Count Girolamo Riario, Elliot Cowan as Lorenzo de Medici, Lara Pulver as Clarice Orsini and James Faulkner as Pope Sixtus IV and The Prisoner and Gregg Chillin as Zoroaster.

The third season picks up right where season two left off with a new threat coming in by sea that is making its way towards the city of Florence. Leonardo notices that his very own long lost mother is in this fleet but commits to defending the city anyway so the city is protected from this one threat and Leo mourns his mother’s death while second guessing his decision. The thing is, this is all short-lived and the Ottoman navy fleet isn’t defeated at all and it ends up attacking the city with a huge twist thrown in. The city of Otranto is torn apart by this Ottoman invasion and the fleet is using weapons created by Leonardo da Vinci. So who would betray Leo and steal his very own ideas and creations to help this enemy?

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This betrayal will haunt Leo long after the battle is decided, as will the deaths of loved ones lost in the fighting. When Rome instigates a Crusade against the Turks, he seizes the opportunity to join, but his mission is complicated by a series of grisly murders that terrorize Italy and threaten the Crusade itself. It’s true, Leo loses a number of people close to him but he stays focused until his mission is completed. He also goes through some brutal torture along the way that allows him to have these flashbacks and hallucinations of a much happier life – at times. This also leaves him mentally scarred which allows his “witchy” mother to visit and warn him about the book page that he’s been searching for this entire time.   

It’s Rome, Italy and the Catholic Church versus the Turks and this army of Islam in a war of religions that ends up dividing people even more before it all ends. After his surrender to the Turks to try and keep his people safe, Lorenzo somehow makes his return to Florence but he’s a changed man, both mentally and physically. With his return, Florence ends up declaring its independence from the Catholic Church and even Italy because of the corruption that is finally being revealed. Lorenzo wants to keep his home safe no matter what the cost so even more lines are divided within the ranks and this includes Leo and his creations. There’s also Girolamo Riario who has one hand left in his deck to play and he uses it against Lorenzo to turn his own people against him and to ultimately get even with the imposter Pope. A revenge long overdue and a satisfying closure for these two. As far as Leo goes, he’s lost so much but he’s finally ready to start a new chapter with his sister in his life. Leo has been haunted mentally for so long and now it is all over.

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Okay, the third and final season ended up being a really good watch and much darker than the first two. Unlike the second season that took us around the world, season three stays in and around Italy where the threats are brought in this time. The writing and storylines are still epic along with the settings and locations. There’s still the special effects and amazing gadgets that Leonardo da Vinci has created and they all look fantastic. I mean, this is taking place in the 1400’s and Leo creates tanks and what I believe to be the very first missile launch! The gorehounds should also enjoy the third season which included its fair share of blood and gore. Hello decapitations!

Now let’s get to the characters in this series who are so interesting. The drama and backstabbing continues in the third season but this time everything finally gets resolved, but not without the loss of loved ones. Season three still features the twists and mysteries with the biggest one being who actually betrayed Leo. Leo finds out he has a younger sister this season but it comes under heartbreaking circumstances and even Vlad the Impaler makes an appearance, along with his Armor of the Dragon that plays an important part in the finale. This dark anti-hero becomes an uncomfortable ally in the war against the Turks and proves that he is indeed very hard to kill.

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The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes season three details and some images. The packaging folds out and features a background image on one side and the list of episodes on each disc along with the writers and directors. All three discs feature matching artwork. 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.

Bottom line is, Da Vinci’s Demons: The Complete Third Season truly is an epic conclusion to this amazing trilogy of seasons that followed this young genius/madman who not only created some amazing gadgets and devices plus he was also a world traveler and adventurer. Leonardo da Vinci was a passionate man who loved his friends but was haunted by his love for his family. The third season offered more fantastic storytelling with these great characters and these thrilling adventures of theirs. This is a story of the first true “Renaissance man” and this 3-disc Blu-ray set arrives on January 26th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Anchor Bay

Run Time: 3 Discs /10 Episodes / 534 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

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

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 and Spanish Mono

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: None! For some strange reason this third and final season Blu-ray release didn’t include any extras unlike the first two seasons. I wonder if we’ll be getting a Special Edition sometime soon or maybe even a trilogy set that will include all kinds of bonus features. Who knows?

 

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