DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete 1st Season Blu Ray Review

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete 1st Season Blu Ray Review

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Packed with Extras Including Featurettes, Comic-Con Panel, Deleted Scenes and a Gag Reel!

The Mission Is Simple: Save the Future and Buy The Blu-Ray™ including Digital HD and DVD August 23, 2016

Control your own fate and catch up with DC’s Legends ofTomorrow as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the complete first season of the epic series on Blu-rayTM including Digital HD and DVD on August 23, 2016. Before the second season returns on The CW, fans can watch all 16 exhilarating episodes from the first season, plus nearly an hour of extra content, including the 2015 Comic-Con Panel, featurettes, and a gag reel. DC’sLegends of Tomorrow is The CW’s #2 show among Total Viewers, coming in only behind The Flash.*  DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season is priced to own at $39.99 SRP for the DVD and $44.98 SRP for the Blu-ray including Digital HD.

*Source: Nielsen National TV View L+7 US AA%; excluding repeats, specials, and <3 TCs; Season To-Date = 9/21/15-2/7/16

From the creators of The Flash and Arrow comes this Super Hero team-up that combines characters from both series, as well as new heroes from the DC Comics pantheon.  Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront the unstoppable threat of the immortal Vandal Savage— a threat which not only puts the world at stake, but all of time itself.

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. The 2-disc Blu-ray will feature a high-definition Blu-ray and a Digital HD copy of all 16 episodes from season one.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Victor Garber (The Flash, Titanic), Brandon Routh (Arrow, Superman Returns), Arthur Darvill (Doctor Who), Caity Lotz (Arrow, Mad Men), Franz Drameh (The Flash, Edge of Tomorrow), and Ciara Renée (The Flash), with Dominic Purcell (Prison Break, The Flash) and Wentworth Miller (Prison Break, The Flash).  Falk Hentschel (The Flash), and Casper Crump (The Flash, Arrow) are recurring guest stars in the series. Based on the characters from DC Comics, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, The Mysteries of Laura), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Phil Klemmer (Chuck, Political Animals), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Blindspot, Supergirl, The Mysteries of Laura) and Chris Fedak (Chuck, Forever).

BLU-RAY & DVD FEATURES

  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: 2015 Comic-Con Panel – Warner Bros. Television Presents a Night of DC Entertainment at Comic-Con 2015: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
  • Jonah Hex: Hex Marks the Spot – Journey behind the scenes of “The Magnificent Eight” as producers bring the legend of Jonah Hex and the ways of the Old West to life.
  • A Fantastic Voyage: Touring the Waverider Set – Journey behind the scenes with the production design team responsible for bringing the Waverider to life.  From the origin of the time traveling ship, to the VFX that completes the illusion, a complete look.
  • History in the Making – Explore the cross over between fact and fiction, as the Legends team makes contact with a variety of eras thought the series.  Time travel with the heroes and villains of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
  • Gag Reel

16 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

  1. Pilot, Part 1
  2. Pilot, Part 2
  3. Blood Ties
  4. White Knights
  5. Fail-Safe
  6. Star City 2046
  7. Marooned
  8. Night of the Hawk
  9. Left Behind
  10. Progeny
  11. The Magnificent Eight
  12. Last Refuge
  13. Leviathan
  14. River of Time
  15. Destiny
  16. Legendary

DIGITAL HD

The first season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is also currently available to own on Digital HD.Digital HD allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital HD is available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. A Digital HD copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage through participating UltraViolet retail services including CinemaNow, Vudu and Flixster Video.

BASICS

Street Date: August 23, 2016

BD and DVD Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Running Time: Feature: Approx 704 min

Enhanced Content: Approx 58 min

DVD

Price: $39.99 SRP

4 DVD-9s

Audio – English (5.1)

Subtitles – ESDH, Latin Spanish, French

BLU-RAY

Price: $44.98 SRP

2-Disc Elite 2 BD-50s

BD Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English

BD Subtitles – ESDH, Latin Spanish, French

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc. 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games.  Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics.

Season One Review (Courtesy of Gabriel Alcantara): 

Okie dokie, let’s make this one quick, shall we? This review will be mostly spoiler-free.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow was quite the gamble. It asked a lot from its viewers. Sure, you could simply just start watching the show and learn about its characters with each passing episode, but to really get a better sense of who these characters were, where they’ve been, the battles they’ve fought (or caused), you really needed to be caught up on all seasons of Arrow and The Flash being that this show is a spinoff from those two shows. Even though things do get complicated during this first season, the basic premise is quite simple. It features a dashing time traveler named Rip Hunter who, against the orders of the Time Masters, wants to prevent a dangerous immortal villain named Vandal Savage from causing a devastating, war-torn future. Rip’s main motivation is to go back in time to save his family from being murdered by Savage. In order to do that, he arrives in the year 2016 to put together a ragtag group of superheroes and villains – characters from both Arrow and The Flash – to travel through time and space to save the future and defeat Vandal Savage.

In all fairness, this is a fantasy show, through and through. Yes, it’s quite ambitious, and each episode is connected to one another, giving you that serialized sense of storytelling, but it feels like the main intention is to simply give you a thrill on a weekly basis. At least, that’s how I see it. When it comes to time travel stories, I’ll admit, that stuff can go over my head if I try to think about it too much. I mostly just go with it, unless it’s clearly told in an idiotic fashion. Legends, I feel, tells its story with enough style and class to not insult your intelligence, but to also just give you a fun ride, even if its logic isn’t always sound.

One of the show’s strongest aspects is the team. Every member – with the exception of one who, let’s just say… isn’t always around – has something truly great about them. They are all very likable, though some can come off as annoying in some episodes. Each of them have a fine level of development throughout the first season. Everybody gets an arc of some kind, some better than others. There’s obviously the occasional scrobble between members, which can play out well at times, and lame in others. My personal favorites are the snarky Leonard Snart aka Captain Cold, played so perfectly by Wentworth Miller, and his partner in crime Mick Rory aka Heatwave. Dominic Purcell plays this big, dumb, brute of a character in such a impeccable manner, you can’t help but enjoy his antics and that things he says. And my last true favorite, the assassin who oozes pure bad assery, Sarah Lance aka White Canary, played by the sexy Caity Lotz. I don’t know, I’ve always liked her in Arrow, and I enjoy her bravery and ass kicking skills in this show. She has terrific chemistry with each member.

The greatest aspect the show and the team has to offer is how awesome they fight as a unit with some of the wildest action I’ve seen on TV. It’s so much fun watching those special effect driven wide shots of each member using their powers and skills against foes. It is literally like the action taken directly off a comic book page. It is glorious to behold. I wait patiently for those scenes, and most of the time, it’s a grand payoff. It’s also cool to see a show with lasers. There are plenty of laser gun battles mixed in with the well choreographed hand-to-hand combat and martial arts. The pacing and editing is also quite nice. Few times does this show feel boring. It absolutely delivers a fun experience each week for an hour, especially if you’re into comic books, fantasy, or if you’re a fan of all the other DCU shows.

With plenty of reason to like the show, it can often depend on how much you can handle from it and how much you can invest in it. Even though I liked the team and the situations they got into, this show doesn’t carry a whole lot of emotional weight. Early in the show, they made it quite clear these characters can face certain danger, possibly death, but not every episode felt as urgent. In fact, there were too many filler episodes. There were also times where they seemed like they were trying too hard to give nods and easter eggs to DC fans. There would be episodes where they would travel to a certain timeline to give you a guest appearance by a well known character. Now even though these episodes were fun, like the time when they travel to the Old West, they had some silly moments that kind of brought the show’s credibility down. But I mean, it is a time travel show. You have to expect some filler episodes and silly fish-out-of-water moments.

The major issue is with the main villain, Vandal Savage. I mean, I like how evil he is, and I’m sure Casper Crump was directed to portray the character a certain way, but I felt like the character was too cartoonish, and not all too menacing. He had more of a villain of the week feel rather than the main villain of the entire season. I never felt threatened by Savage, and I really just wanted the team to be done with him.

I do feel the show needs improvement in order to stick around for a while. I like its level of fun and light heartedness, but it’s not a show I can praise too highly because it just feels like a limited series rather than an ongoing one. To be honest, this could have been cancelled after one season and I wouldn’t have made a fuss over it. I want to love the show as much as I love Arrow and The Flash, but I’m not quite there yet. It just needs a little more punch. The first season was enough of a success, but the second needs to strive for more. There was a cool setup for the next season, so I do think the stakes will be higher and the storytelling more ambitious. I look forward to another fun ride with season two.

I give DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season One a B

The Blu-Ray Review: 

This Blu Ray set only has two discs.

Disc One has episodes 1-8 and the special features “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: 2015 Comic-Con Panel” and the Gag Reel.

Disc Two has episodes 9-16 and the special feature “A Fantastic Voyage: Touring the Waverider Set,” which gives us a look at the origins and VFX that complete the vision. The disc also includes special features “History in the Making,” which gives us a look at time travel through the different eras as well as “Jonah Hex: Hex Marks the Spot,” which talk about bringing the legend of Jonah Hex to life.

Written by
Ashley Menzel is an avid film lover and lives in Los Angeles, CA. She loves foreign films and dramas and reading books that have film adaptations. Her favorite movie of all time is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. She loves Doctor Who, Supernatural, Arrow, iZombie, Blacklist, and Grimm.

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