Blu-ray Review: THE FLASH: THE COMPLETE THIRD 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 is based on the characters from DC Comics and is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Gabrielle Stanton, Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing and Sarah Schechter. The series stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe, Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West/Kid Flash, Tom Felton as Julian Albert, with Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells, and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West.

Struck by the supercharged fallout of a particle accelerator explosion, forensic scientist Barry Allen becomes the fastest man alive:  The Flash!  With his newfound time-warping speed and help from the S.T.A.R. Labs team – Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon and Harrison Wells – and his adoptive family, Detective Joe West and Joe’s daughter Iris, the Scarlet Speedster runs circles around other metahumans set on wreaking havoc in Central City, while traveling between alternate universes and protecting our world from otherworldly threats.  Last season, new dangers arrived from a parallel earth known as Earth-2, under the direction of an evil speedster named Zoom.  In Season Three, Barry faces the unknown – as he irrevocably alters the timeline by saving his mother from the clutches of the Reverse-Flash.   The only question now is – as he wrestles with the consequences of his own Flashpoint Paradox, including the wrathful Speed God Savitar – will he be able to find a way out?

This season Barry Allen ends up screwing things up big time when he goes into the Speed Force to try and save his mother. He knows better than to do something this but he does it anyway! This creates Flashpoint and changes/alters the lives of everyone he knows. He realizes that he’s made a huge mistake and has to work hard to not only fix what’s broken but earn the trust of his friends again. Something else that happens is that the big bad Savitar escapes from his prison inside the Speed Force and decides to hurt Barry in the worst way possible – by killing Iris West. The main focus this season is how they can save Iris but Savitar is always one step ahead of Team Flash where they finally find out why and it’s a total shocker of a reveal. At the end of this season, Barry not only battles it out with Savitar (which also comes with a major sacrifice) but he also has to pay the ultimate price for screwing with the Speed Force.

Now, that’s not all that’s happening in the third season of The Flash. Caitlin Snow is battling her own chilling demons this season where she finally gives into her cold powers and becomes Killer Frost full-time. The team has to fight her a few times but there’s still a special bond between she and Cisco and even though she overcomes her urge to be evil, things will never be the same. Caitlin and Cisco both get love interests this season so we’ll see where this goes. There’s also the super crossover that features The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow where they go up against a sinister new alien threat – The Dominators. Supergirl and The Flash also get to do a little singing and dancing in one of the episodes and to be honest, I can pretty much live without these. This was the only thing I didn’t like about the season even though it’s not a super big deal.

There’s plenty of allies and villains dropping by for the third season. Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) makes a return at the beginning of the season along with the introduction of another speedster called The Rival (Todd Lasance). Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp) shows up to give Barry some helpful advice. Harrison Wells’ daughter Jesse Quick (Violett Beane) arrives for a while where she and Wally become an item. Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) shows up and is ready to dance the night away. Even Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm (Robbie Amell) and Leonard Snart/Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) show up this season. And last but not least, there’s also King Shark and Gorilla Grodd who both return briefly.

So what all makes a show like The Flash tick? The large sets for this series are really impressive, especially for a television series and they help bring this comic book world to life. S.T.A.R. Labs has everything a superhero needs to save the world and if it’s not there, Cisco can build it. There’s also the cool looking suits that some of the heroes and villains sport, as well as some neat gadgets and props they all get to use. To top all of this off, there were even more amazing visual effects than what the previous two seasons had offered. For a television series, these SFX are absolutely impressive and better than a lot of movies that hit the big screen. Savitar’s awesome suit, Gorilla City and Killer Frost’s powers in season three are just an example of how impressive the SFX are.

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 three details, some images and list of special features. There’s also a booklet 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 orange 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: The Complete Third Season was another fantastic entry into this superhero television saga that is easily my favorite series that I watch on the small screen. As cool as the special effects are for The Flash it’s still all about these wonderful characters and their relationships. This cast is simply amazing and they all do such a great job with their wonderful characters. All of the stories for the third season were so much fun plus things got a little emotional at times. That’s what happens when you care about these characters and tragedy strikes! The Flash continues to be story and character driven to the max and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Just like the previous seasons, we got to see the return of some familiar faces as well as get introduced to a few new ones – including Savitar. And of course, the third season ended with a major cliffhanger that left me wondering – so what happens next? This four-disc Blu-ray set releases on September 5th and comes highly recommended.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 4 Discs / 23 Episodes / 975 Minutes

  1. Flashpoint
  2. Paradox
  3. Magenta
  4. The New Rogues
  5. Monster
  6. Shade
  7. Killer Frost
  8. Invasion!
  9. The Present
  10. Borrowing Problems from the Future
  11. Dead or Alive
  12. Untouchable
  13. Attack on Gorilla City
  14. Attack on Central City
  15. The Wrath of Savitar
  16. Into the Speed Force
  17. Duet
  18. Abra Kadabra
  19. The Once and Future Flash
  20. I Know Who You Are
  21. Cause and Effect
  22. Infantino Street
  23. Finish Line

Rated: Not Rated

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

Blu-ray Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! There’s over two hours of bonus material that includes behind-the-scenes featurettes on the “Invasion!” cross over episode and the “Duets” musical episode, a conversation with Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith,  deleted scenes, and a digital copy of season three.

  • The Flash: 2016 Comic-Con Panel (29:50)
  • A Flash in Time: Time Travel in the Flash Universe (21:47)
  • Villain School: The Flash Rogues (07:42)
  • Allied: The Invasion Complex (The Flash) (09:49)
  • Rise of Gorilla City (09:08)
  • The Flash: I’m Your Super Friend (02:43)
  • The Flash: Hitting the Fast Note (04:08)
  • Harmony in a Flash (15:34)
  • Synchronicity in a Flash (20:59)
  • A Conversation with Andrew Kreisberg and Kevin Smith (03:55)
  • Deleted Scenes – Deleted scenes are located on each disc with the episodes.
  • Gag Reel (04:04)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

 

 

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