Arrow: Season 4 Blu-Ray Review

 

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*Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-Ray I received in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own

Arrow: Season 4 Blu-Ray Review: 

Contains All Action-Packed Episodes from the Fourth Season,

Plus All-New Featurettes, The 2015 Comic-Con Panel, Deleted Scenes and a Gag Reel!

The Crusade Continues On Blu-ray™ including Digital HD & DVD August 30th, 2016

Just in time for Arrow’s fifth season on The CW, viewers can catch up with the thrilling series as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-rayTM including Digital HD and DVD on August 30, 2016. Averaging 4 million viewers weekly for each original episode, Arrow is The CW’s #3 show among Total Viewers, behind The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and the #2 series on The CW amongst Adults 18-34.* The release contains all 23 exhilarating episodes from the fourth season, and The Flash crossover episode; plus over an hour and a half of extra content, including the 2015 Comic-Con Panel, never-before-seen featurettes, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season is priced to own at $49.99 SRP for the DVD and $54.97 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

After defeating his most formidable foe to date and riding off into the sunset with longtime flame Felicity Smoak, Oliver Queen (aka The Arrow) left Star City with the hopes of beginning a new life. But will Oliver ever truly be able to leave behind his past as The Arrow, and, if so, what becomes of the team he has worked so hard to assemble? Will military vet John Diggle, Oliver’s sister Thea Queen, and lawyer-turned-vigilante Laurel Lance continue Oliver’s fight without him? And with Malcolm Merlyn having ascended to the top of the League of Assassins as the new Ra’s al Ghul, is anyone really safe?

With Blu-ray’s unsurpassed picture and sound, Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. The 4-disc Blu-ray will feature a high-definition Blu-ray and a Digital HD copy of all 23 episodes from Season Four, as well as The Flash crossover episode.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice), Katie Cassidy (Gossip Girl, Melrose Place), David Ramsey (Blue Bloods, Dexter), Willa Holland (The O.C.) and Emily Bett Rickards (Brooklyn), with John Barrowman (Desperate Housewives, Doctor Who), and Paul Blackthorne (The River)Based on the characters from DC Comics, Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot), Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone), Andrew Kreisberg (The Flash, Supergirl), Wendy Mericle (Desperate Housewives) and Sarah Schechter (The Flash, Supergirl).

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Star Crossed Hawks featurette
  • Star Crossed Hawks: The Hunt for Vandal Savage featurette
  • Smooth Criminal: The Damien Darhk Story featurette
  • Arrow: 2015 Comic-Con Panel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

23 ONE-HOUR EPISODES, PLUS THE FLASH CROSSOVER

  1. Green Arrow
  2. The Candidate
  3. Restoration
  4. Beyond Redemption
  5. Haunted
  6. Lost Souls
  7. Brotherhood

8a. Legends of Today (The Flash; 1st part of 2-hour crossover event)

8b. Legends of Yesterday (Arrow; 2nd  part of 2-hour crossover event)

  1. Dark Waters
  2. Blood Debts
  3. A.W.O.L.
  4. Unchained
  5. Sins of the Father
  6. Code of Silence
  7. Taken
  8. Broken Hearts
  9. Beacon of Hope
  10. Eleven-Fifty-Nine
  11. Canary Cry
  12. Genesis
  13. Monument Point
  14. Lost in the Flood
  15. Schism

DIGITAL HD

The fourth  season of Arrow 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 30, 2016

BD and DVD Presented in 16×9 widescreen format

Running Time: Feature: Approx 1056 min

Enhanced Content: Approx 85 min

DVD

Price: $49.99 SRP

5 DVD-9s

Audio – English (5.1)

Subtitles – ESDH, Latin Spanish, French

BLU-RAY

Price: $54.97 SRP

4-Disc Elite

BD Audio –DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English

BD Subtitles – ESDH, Latin Spanish, French

The Season 4 Review: 

While Season 4 may not have been the strongest season yet, it still had a great deal to offer. In this season, we saw the rise and fall of Olicity as a domestic couple and then a heartbreaking breakup. The first episode introduced our villain, Damien Darhk. He was menacing and infuriating and a great rival for team Arrow. For much of the season, we saw the threat that HIVE presented and even brought back Andy, Diggle’s brother. A lot of the season was spent preparing for the DC’s Legends of Tomorrow spinoff, which got to be taxing in some ways. HIVE was a big driving force in the show and even reunited Felicity with estranged father, Noah (Tom Amandes) and was a huge manipulator in the season.

We became acquainted with Lonnie, a part-time mob enforcer who was originally hired by H.I.V.E. to stop Jessica Danforth from running for mayor. After his disfigurement, he became an anarchist with the intentions of destroying everyone. Thea continued to struggle with her bloodlust and Diggle tried desperately to save his brother Andy. The battles seemed to be endless and the pay-offs were hit and miss.

Perhaps the most talked about episode was “Eleven Fifty Nine” that solidified our hatred for Darhk and Andy when Laurel ends up dead. This marked an ignition of the war between HIVE and Team Arrow. The finale, “Schism” was a wrap up of season 4, with a final battle between Ollie and Damien Darhk, Ollie’s inner struggle, and the threat of nuclear war. Overall, the season had a great deal to offer, with some wins and losses. Either way, I am excited for season 5 of Arrow!

The Blu-Ray:

Disc One has three unaired scenes; one from “Green Arrow,” “Beyond Redemption” and “Haunted.”

Disc Two has unaired scenes from “Blood Debts” and contains the special features, Star-Crossed Hawks which is a story that shows the two lovers and their struggle being hunted by Vandal Savage as well as Star-Crossed Hawks: The Hunt for Vandal Savage which talks about the evolution of the character from the comic books to the modern day portrayals. This seems to be something that would be more of the DC Legends of Tomorrow Blu-Ray but it is intriguing nonetheless. It adds a level of depth to the characters for those who aren’t as familiar with them or with the comic books.

Disc Three has an unaired scene from “Sins of the Father,” “Code of Silence” and “Taken.”

Disc Four has unaired scenes from “Canary Cry,” Monument Point,” and “Schism.” The features on this disc include Smooth Criminal: The Damien Darhk Story, which shows the evolution of the character from the comic books to his portrayal now; Arrow: 2015 Comic Con Panel and the much anticipated Gag Reel. The runtime for the Smooth Criminal Special feature is 14 minutes and 57 seconds. and has various scenes and people discussing the character’s evolution. The writers determined that the character from the comic book wouldn’t work and they needed to take and work the character to what would work for the show and the modern day. Neal McDonough discusses the character and how he adapted the character. Writer Brian Ford Sullivan and executive producer Wendy Mericle discuss the character, the actor and the evolution of the character. It is a really interesting feature, especially for fans of the comics. The 2015 Comic Con Panel is on this disc as well. Many people have already seen it but probably not in a good quality so it is worth checking out. There is a fun little intro to Comic Con itself, which  is fun and shows a lot of the craziness that is happening at Comic Con. The Gag Reel is always a highlight for me, especially for a show as serious as Arrow, so give yourself a break and a laugh and check it out.

Overall, the Blu-Ray has some really interesting features that will pique the interest of comic book lovers and fans of the show. It is a wonderful collection to any Arrow fan’s library. Don’t for get to check it out August 30th, on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD.

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