Cast: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey
Release Date: Own It Today On Blu-ray™ Combo & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 10/10
Oliver Queen and his father are lost at sea when their luxury yacht sinks, apparently in a storm. His father dies, but Oliver survives for five years on an uncharted island and eventually returns home. But he wasn’t alone on the island where he learned not only how to fight and survive but also of his father’s corruption and unscrupulous business dealings. He returns to civilization a changed man, determined to put things right. He disguises himself with the hood of one of his mysterious island mentors, arms himself with a bow and sets about hunting down the men and women who have corrupted his city.
Warning: This review contains some spoilers from Season One as well as some potential spoilers from Season Two!!
The second season of ‘Arrow’ picks up following the events that occurred in season one. With all of the destruction and personal loss Oliver has suffered as a result, he has pushed away and made his way back to the island he spent so much time on years ago. Season Two begins with his two friends and associates in battling evil making their way to the island in a desperate attempt to bring him home. Once back home Oliver decides that in order to honor his friends memory he must no longer kill those he fights, but when new evil’s, as well as an evil from Oliver’s past that threatens everyone he loves comes into play, his new way of operating will test him on every level as he struggles to fully become the hero that his city truly needs.
To put it as simply as possible, fans of the series will want to make absolutely certain to pick up a copy of ‘Arrow: The Complete Second Season’ on Blu-Ray as soon as they can. The Blu-Ray release delivers gorgeous high definition video presentations and hard hitting and active lossless soundtracks on all of the season’s episodes, in addition to deleted/unaired scenes in addition to a number of other bonus goodies (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) that fans won’t want to miss out on. This fantastic Blu-Ray set should definitely keep the fans busy until the third season makes its premiere on The CW this October.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Arrow: The Complete Second Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the second seasons episodes. The video presentation looks fantastic and far superior to even the original HD broadcasts in which the season was originally aired. The bright and solid colors always present in the show look spot on, as does pretty much every other aspect of the episode’s video presentations, down to the fast moving sequences that are so common on ‘Arrow’ and no notable faults could be found within for the most part on my end. Fans and those watching the season for the first time here on Blu-Ray should both be thrilled with these high definition video presentations.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 23 Season Two episodes. These lossless soundtracks sound absolutely phenomenal for a television series and while Warner’s TV releases almost always impress in that field, ‘Arrow’ is just another beast entirely. It frequently takes full advantage of all five channels, throwing effects throughout them all during the constant action occurring and the bass is never afraid to really hit hard. As far as television soundtracks go, these DTS-HD MA tracks are a step above the rest and should leave everyone with a smile on their face.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Arrow: The Complete Second Season’ stays true to the previous seasons release, once again including a nice collection of bonus content. Included on the release are unaired/deleted scenes for a good number of the episodes in addition to a gag reel and a bonus recap episode summarizing the highlights of season one. Also included are a number of new featurette’s, such as: ‘From Vigilante to Hero’; ‘How Did They Do That? The Visual Effects of Arrow’; ‘Wirework: The Impossible Moves of Arrow’ and ‘Arrow 2013 Comic-Con Panel.’
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