Cast: Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill
Release Date: August 23, 2016
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
From the creative team behind ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’ and more arrives the ultimate DC Comics team-up series; ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ which joins rogue time-traveler Rip Hunter as he travels to the year 2016 in an attempt to recruit a collection of the most unlikely individuals imaginable in order to hopefully assist in his ongoing mission to take down the evil tyrant Vandal Savage who murdered his wife and child and continues to plague the world from various periods in time. After enlisting a team consisting of such drastically different individuals as scientists, resurrected warriors, thieves and timeless lovers, Rip and the unlikely new crew of his time traveling craft The Waverider will have to learn how to work together as they embark on a quest throughout time and space in the hunt for Savage, and if they aren’t incredibly careful in the process their actions could have a devastating effect on time itself.
The debut season of ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ is a welcome arrival to the ever expanding world of DC Comics Television and also quite a unique treat as it also serves as the first superhero team up series. This new DC series collects characters from both ‘Arrow’ and ‘The Flash’ while additionally introducing numerous new individuals to the mix, then adding in a spaceship and a purpose that allows for our super-team to travel throughout time and space and the end result is one incredibly fun ride that only continues to improve each subsequent episode. The various times and places our heroes visit also allows for a unique approach unlike any of the other shows in the DC Comics television roster, providing continually fresh settings and some hilarious and heartwarming moments as we watch our team attempt to adapt to the world they occupy time and again. It’s certainly no surprise that the powerhouse creative team behind the majority of current DC Comics Television productions including ‘The Flash’ and ‘Arrow’ were capable of providing another worthy addition to the universe(s) they have already explored (and continue to explore), but ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ is something truly special and already up there with the best of their other efforts. Any DC Comics fan and those who enjoy ‘The Flash’, ‘Arrow’ and/or ‘Supergirl’ will definitely want to make sure to check out ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ if you haven’t already had the pleasure, chances are you won’t want to miss out on this fantastic ride.
Overall, many fans of the continually expanding DC Comics television universe, along with fans of ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’ in particular who caught the debut season while airing earlier this year on The CW will likely want to grab a copy of ‘The Complete First Season’ on Blu-ray in order to have the ability to (re)watch the season any time with the solid high definition video and audio presentations the Blu-ray release provides on every episode, along with a few enjoyable extras. Those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to check the show out and enjoy the world of DC Comics and/or any of the other ongoing shows from the creative team will definitely want to give this one a shot, it’s already up with there with the best of them and delivers a consistently entertaining ride that is more than worth a watch; I highly recommend it.
The Blu-ray release of ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the first season’s episodes. The video presentations look pretty fantastic overall, and even while only allotted two discs between the 16 episodes and extras, the end result is surprisingly satisfying, providing sharp and detailed presentations on every episode with no notable faults to be found within. They hold up admirably even on the numerous fast moving and/or darkly lit sequences in the series, never resulting in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected, let alone rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are solid high definition video presentations that should largely please the fans.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 16 Season One episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks deliver consistently crisp, clean and fairly aggressive audio presentations on every episode. Regularly utilizing all five available channels in order to fully immerse the viewer within the out of this world action and sending spaceships, bullets, beams and plenty of additional action (and space) related auditory effects whipping throughout the various speakers, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, these are fantastic 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtracks that shouldn’t disappoint in the slightest.
The Blu-ray release of ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season’ includes a few enjoyable extras. Included on the release are a few Behind the Scenes Featurettes that include interviews/comments with the cast and crew, they include: ‘A Fantastic Voyage: Touring the Waverider Set’ (running approximately 9 minutes in length), ‘Jonah Hex: Hex Marks the Spot’ (running approximately 7 minutes), and ‘History in the Making’ (approximately 13 minutes. We are also treated to the ‘DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: 2015 Comic-Con Panel’ (approximately 19 minutes), and a ‘Gag Reel’ (7 minutes).