Blu-ray Review: Gotham: The Complete Fourth 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.

GOTHAM was developed by Bruno Heller, who executive produces with Danny Cannon and John Stephens and is based on the DC Comics characters. The series stars Ben McKenzie as Jim Gordon, Donal Logue as Detective Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Morena Baccarin as Dr. Leslie “Lee” Thompkins, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/Riddler, Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan/Tigress, Drew Powell as Butch Gilzean/Solomon Grundy and Maggie Geha and Peyton List as Ivy Pepper/Poison Ivy.

The impressive list of guest stars for the fourth season include Crystal Reed as Sofia Falcone, Alexander Siddig as Ra’s al Ghul, Michael Cerveris as Lazlo Valentin/Professor Pyg, Anthony Carrigan as Victor Zsasz, Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox, Benedict Samuel as Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter, Nathan Darrow as Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze,  Cameron Monaghan as Jerome/Jeremiah Valeska, Charlie Tahan and David W. Thompson as Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow, Camila Perez and Michelle Veintimilla as Bridgit Pike/aka Firefly, and BD Wong as Professor Hugo Strange.

Horror fills the streets as season four of Gotham witnesses the emergence of the criminal landscape for which Gotham City is best known while Bruce Wayne begins the path to vigilantism, showing signs of the caped crusader to come. Gotham City Police Department Captain Jim Gordon and Detective Harvey Bullock remain at the forefront of the fight against the most depraved and unhinged villains from Penguin to The Riddler and numerous others in between. Detective Gordon also finds himself fighting personal demons like never before.

The fourth season of Gotham has a lot going on with all of these amazing characters that sort of end up forming mini-factions and new families of their own. Penguin has his click; Riddler and Lee form a close relationship/romance, even though Lee still has feelings for Jim; Butch transforms into Solomon Grundy and he’s kind of mixed up with the Penguin and the Riddler; the beautiful and power hungry Sofia Falcone is introduced; Professor Pyg is a lone wolf who’s on the prowl and he’s not afraid to slice and dice his victims; the terrifying Scarecrow is back poisoning his unsuspecting victims with fear; Jerome’s twin brother Jeremiah is introduced and he’s even more of a nightmare than his brother; Ivy Pepper has another surprising transformation; Barbara, Tabitha and Selina become the Sirens; and last but not least Ra’s al Ghul continues to force Bruce down the path into becoming A Dark Knight that Gotham needs.

The fourth season of Gotham is split up in two parts with the main focus in the first half of the season being on Professor Pyg, a terrifying new villain that has entered the city and is murdering his victims like a mad butcher. Nobody is safe from the masked serial killer except for Jim Gordon because the deranged Pyg has a fondness for the new Captain. While this is going on Solomon Grundy rises from the swamp and makes his presence known but Tabitha doesn’t see the Butch she once loved in this menacing undead figure – at first anyway. The relationship between Bruce and Selina continues to grow and the two have never been closer, even though they’re still on the opposite sides of the law – well kinda. One thing is for sure, Ra’s al Ghul still has plans for Bruce and nothing can stop him from fulfilling this destiny – not even death!

The second half of the fourth season sees the return of Jerome who is as Mad as a Hatter and he brings a lot of his pals from Arkham Asylum with him when they break out. Jerome’s very own twin brother, Jeremiah, is introduced and he’s nothing like the psychopathic clown in the beginning but Jerome always has an agenda and gameplan, even when it comes to his own blood relative. Let’s just say something happens and this triggers Jeremiah into becoming a madman like his brother except he takes this madness and insanity to the next level. Jeremiah wants to destroy Gotham and he ends up getting a little help from Ra’s al Ghul. Some big bangs happen and a lot of city is left in ruins because of this new villain who’s hellbent on destruction and even though the masses evacuate Gotham, Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne stay behind to fight and A Dark Knight will be born from the ashes.

The packaging comes with a nice slipcase like the previous three Gotham home video releases have. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes season four details, an image of the cast and list of special features. There’s also a booklet inside that includes a list of the episodes with synopsis, more images and series credits. All four Blu-ray discs also include artwork that features the Gotham 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, Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season ended up being the best entry into this dark and gritty television series and the bar has definitely been raised. The smart writing for this season was absolutely the best so far and I really enjoy following these wonderful characters that continue to evolve. The talented cast does a fantastic job with these fan favorite characters from the DCU. I really like how these characters are slowly transforming into the iconic heroes and villains we all know from the comic books plus we get to watch their relationships grow and why some of them do the crazy things they do. This season featured a lot of insane action, the costumes and props are as good as it gets and the sets are on a grand scale. There’s several major threats plaguing Gotham this season (Professor Pyg, Ra’s al Ghul and Jeremiah Valeska) that finds Jim Gordon, Bruce Wayne and the others against all odds. The entire fourth season teases the rise of A Dark Knight that will conclude in the fifth and final season. Gotham: The Complete Fourth Season is now available on a 4-disc Blu-ray set and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 4 Discs / 22 Episodes / 965 Minutes

  1. Pax Penguina
  2. The Fear Reaper
  3. They Who Hide Behind Masks
  4. The Demon’s Head
  5. The Blade’s Path
  6. Hog Day Afternoon
  7. A Day in the Narrows
  8. Stop Hitting Yourself
  9. Let Them Eat Pie
  10. Things That Go Boom
  11. Queen Takes Knight
  12. Pieces of a Broken Mirror
  13. A Beautiful Darkness
  14. Reunion
  15. The Sinking Ship The Grand Applause
  16. One of My Three Soups
  17. Mandatory Brunch Meeting
  18. That’s Entertainment
  19. To Our Deaths and Beyond
  20. That Old Corpse
  21. One Bad Day
  22. No Man’s Land

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, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a SDCC panel that includes all of the DC series, two character featurettes, deleted scenes and a digital copy of the season.

  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017 – Disc 4 (58:27)
  • Solomon Grundy: Born on a Monday – Disc 4 (09:53)
  • The Sirens Take Gotham – Disc 4 (12:57)
  • Deleted Scenes – Located on all discs
  • Digital Copy
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