Blu-ray Review: The Flash: 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.

The Flash stars Grant Gustin Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Hartley Sawyer, Danielle Nicolet, Jessica Parker Kennedy and Chris Klein, with Tom Cavanagh and Jesse L. Martin. Based on the characters from DC, The Flash is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale), Todd Helbing (Spartacus, Black Sails), Eric Wallace (Teen Wolf, Z Nation) and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, Riverdale, Black Lightning, Supergirl).

Shortly after defeating The Thinker, Barry Allen/The Flash and his wife, Iris, were stunned by the arrival of their already grown, speedster daughter from the future, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy). However, acclimating to their lives as parents won’t be the only challenge they face, as Season Five pits Team Flash against Central City’s latest scourge – the DC Super-Villain Cicada (Chris Klein).

Barry and Iris get a surprise visit from the future when their daughter Nora mysteriously shows up in the past to visit them. Nora grew up not even knowing her father and this is when Barry finds out that he’s still missing in the future. There’s some tention between Iris and her daughter and that’s all explained as the season plays out. The thing is, Nora went most of her life not even knowing she was a speedster so she’s new at the whole superhero thing. She isn’t aware of what all she can do so this is where Barry comes in so he can show her the ropes. Nora means well but she gets in all kinds of trouble and causes several major problems during her visit, but the thing is, she means well. She’s also able to show her full heroic side during the finale.

The new threat in the fifth season is Cicada who wants to kill all metahumans because he blames them for what happened to his niece. The thing is, she’s one too! Team Flash recruits Sherloque Wells to help them in their fight against the mysterious Cicada. There’s a few other super-villains who show up throughout the season, like Gorilla Grodd and King Shark who shows a more human side of himself this time around. There’s even Icicle, Killer Frost’s long-lost father who shows up to stir up some trouble in a few episodes. Cisco is still desperately looking for a girlfriend. There’s also Elsworlds, the 3-part crossover episode that ended up being the best crossover to date. Even Eobard Thawne aka Reverse Flash has a key role this season plus he has a connection to Nora. Team Flash also comes up with a metahuman cure for anyone who wants to take it and one of their own even decides to take it.

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 four details, another image of the titular character 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 color coded red and feature the titular 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, The Flash continues to be the best of The CW’s superhero series as far as I’m concerned. I’m not really concerned about it but it is the best one. The writers continue to come up with some great stories that covers everything from dysfunctional families to introducing all-new supervillains that Team Flash has to go up against. The heart of the series is this talented cast and I have to admit that I enjoy watching these characters in each and every episode. Especially the characters portrayed by Grant Gustin and Candice Patton who are the nucleus to this incredible cast. They go through so much but they always find a way to get through the difficult times. The best part of the fifth season was the addition of Jessica Parker Kennedy because her character Nora was such a wonderful new part of the cast because she brings a special kind of innocence with her. The Flash continues to feature some fantastic special effects and the fifth season was loaded with some crazy looking visuals, stunt work, props, set designs, etc. The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season will be available on a 4-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus Digital) on August 27th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 4 Discs / 22 Episodes + 2 Crossovers / 1016 Minutes

  1. Nora
  2. Blocked
  3. The Death of Vibe
  4. News Flash
  5. All Doll’d Up
  6. The Icicle Cometh
  7. O Come, All Ye Thankful
  8. What’s Past Is Prologue
  9. Elseworlds: Hour One
  10. Elseworlds: Hour Two
  11. Elseworlds: Hour Three
  12. The Flash & The Furious
  13. Seeing Red
  14. Memorabilia
  15. Goldfaced
  16. Cause and XS
  17. King Shark VS Gorilla Grodd
  18. Failure Is an Orphan
  19. Time Bomb
  20. Godspeed
  21. Snow Pack
  22. Gone Rogue
  23. The Girl with the Red Lightning
  24. Legacy

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 2018 Comic-Con panel, character spotlight, crossover featurette, villains spotlight, a gag reel, deleted scenes and a digital copy of the fifth season.

  • The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panel San Diego 2018 (1:00:59)
  • The Evolution of Killer Frost (11:31)
  • Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds (45:01)
  • Villains: Modes of Persuasion (38:05)
  • Gag Reel (08:00)
  • Deleted Scenes – Located on each disc with the matching episodes.
  • Digital Copy

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