Blu-ray Review: Titans: The Complete First 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.

TITANS is based on comic books published by DC Comics. The series stars Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson/Robin, Anna Diop as Koriand’r/Starfire, Teagan Croft as Rachel Roth/Raven, and Ryan Potter as Gar Logan/Beast Boy. Also featured in the series’ first season are Minka Kelly as Dawn Granger/Dove, Alan Ritchson as Hank Hall/Hawk, Seamus Dever as Trigon, Curran Walters as Jason Todd/Robin, Conor Leslie as Donna Troy, and Rachel Nichols as Angela Roth. The live-action drama series is executive produced by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, Greg Walker and Sarah Schechter.

Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes from across the world of DC as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Former Gotham City vigilante Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could unleash Hell on Earth. Joining them in their quest are the mysterious Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes while battling villains, demonic forces … and encountering familiar faces from across DC’s legendary canon.

The first season of Titans introduces each team member individually and gives each one of them a little bit of a backstory with a twist, especially Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth. These two characters are the heart of the first season, especially Rachel who’s on the run from some sinister figures, but when she encounters Dick in a chance meeting, a new friendship is formed and he vows to protect her. What’s funny is, young Rachel doesn’t need too much protecting because she’s an extremely powerful being with a dark past. There’s also the dynomite space girl Cori who’s suffering from amnesia through most of the season but the one thing she knows is that she must find Rachel. Cori also comes with some cool retro music! Then there’s Gar who meets Rachel in an arcade and they hit it off immediately. There’s also an innocence to Gar. He starts out as a member of the Doom Patrol, who we get to meet briefly in one of the episodes, but then he moves on with his new team – the Titans.

Something that standouts out in the first season is the introduction of Hank and Dawn aka Hawk and Dove. These two vigilantes have a past with Dick and are allies in the fight against crime. We even get a touching backstory for these two and how they first met. We even get to meet Donna Troy aka Wonder Girl who has a close connection with Dick. I can’t leave out Jason Todd who picks up the mantle as Robin after Dick’s departure from Bruce Wayne. The team finally assembles where they find themselves on the run together from this sinister organization that wants Rachel. The crazy thing is, the three newbies (Rachel, Cori and Gar) don’t really know they’re actually hanging out with the original Robin until the time calls for it and then they’re kind of starstruck for a moment because he’s a total badass when it comes to fighting and he’s the only one who doesn’t have any kind of special powers. As the first season comes to an end, the team finally finds out who is actually after Rachel and just when this is revealed we’re left with a shocking cliffhanger.

The packaging comes with a 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 at the top of the page and the back includes series details, some images, and list of special features. There’s also an insert inside that includes a list of the episodes with short synopsis and original airdates. The two Blu-ray discs feature the series logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was 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, I had a blast watching Titans: The Complete First Season and it’s now my favorite DC series followed closely by Krypton. Let me add that I haven’t watched any episodes of Doom Patrol or Swamp Thing yet, so until I get a chance to check them out this is where my rankings will stay. I thought the stories for each episode were extremely well written and the strongest part of the first season, along with the impressive cast that does an amazing job with their characters. The first season has a dark, supernatural element to it because the main focus is on Rachel and her origins but there are some light moments here and there along with a little humor. There’s also lots of action and I’m talking well choreographed stunts and fight scenes that rival what we get in blockbuster movies. The same goes for the special effects because it all looked extremely impressive. All in all, Titans got off to a really strong start and I’ve found myself fully invested in these awesome characters. Titans was the inaugural original series from the DC UNIVERSE digital subscription service and has already been greenlit for a second season.Titans: The Complete First Season will be available on a 2-disc Blu-ray set (plus Digital) on July 16th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 2 Discs / 11 Episodes / 501 Minutes

  1. “Titans”
  2. “Hawk and Dove”
  3. “Origins”
  4. “Doom Patrol”
  5. “Together”
  6. “Jason Todd”
  7. “The Asylum”
  8. “Donna Troy”
  9. “Hank and Dawn”
  10. “Koriand’r”
  11. “Dick Grayson”

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

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

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include thirteen featurettes that has interviews with some of the cast and crew and a digital copy of the first season.

  • Raven and Robin: Dark Rebirth (08:08)
  • Team Titan (02:25)
  • Anna Diop Having Fun with Teagan Croft (03:10)
  • Hawk and Dove Origin Story (02:35)
  • Igniting Starfire (02:15)
  • Becoming Beast Boy (02:01)
  • Conjuring Raven (02:22)
  • Meet the Doom Patrol (02:15)
  • The New Robin (02:17)
  • From Page to Screen (02:23)
  • The One and Only Wonder Girl (02:13)
  • The Redemption of Robin (02:29)
  • What does it Mean to be Cast as Starfire? (01:53)
  • Digital Copy
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