Cast: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins
Release Date: September 5, 2017
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8/10
In the show’s twelfth season, Sam and Dean Winchester(Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles) are reunited with their mother, Mary Winchester (Samantha Smith), newly resurrected by the apocalyptic force known as the Darkness. But Mary Winchester is not the only family appearing this season. In addition to Lucifer being sprung from Hell, he’s also expecting a son. Now, the Winchesters – with Castiel’s help – must not only contend with Crowley, Lucifer and his spawn, and the arrival of the conniving British Men of Letters (who’ve come to “complicate” their hunting days), but they’ll also have to relearn what it is to be a family again after all these years.
Please Note: 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.
The twelfth season of the long-running CW series ‘Supernatural’ picks up shortly after the world defining events involving God, the Darkness (and of course Dean) that concluded the eleventh season. Believing Dean to surely be dead following his intended ultimate sacrifice, Sam returns to the bunker only to be confronted by a mysterious woman claiming to belong to a British chapter of the Men of Letters who promptly shoots and kidnaps him for a road trip filled with pain and torture. Meanwhile Dean has not only been returned safely to earth, but granted an unexpected gift in the resurrection of his long-dead mother as gratitude from the Darkness. While both mother and son try wrapping their heads around this shocking event, they soon return to the bunker themselves only to find Sam missing and blood left behind. Now, as Dean and their mother head out to reclaim Sam, they soon find themselves in a whole new predicament as the British Men of Letters clearly have plans for the Winchester family who already have more than enough to currently deal with including a new mess of family issues and the deadly Lucifer who is currently jumping from one vessel to another resulting in an ongoing killing spree.
Even with eleven prior seasons under its belt (we hit the two-hundred episode mark way back in season 10), ‘Supernatural’ still impressively manages to deliver consistently riveting, hilarious and bloody fun each subsequent year and the twelfth season is certainly no exception. While many hour long show’s focusing on two key characters would have serious trouble maintaining itself and refraining from becoming painfully stale after so many episodes, but ‘Supernatural’ is one such series that seems to have no trouble doing just that, maintaining an increasing sense of dread each subsequent year and miraculously still managing to regularly up the stakes without making things truly ridiculous (or at least no more so than normal). Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki still deliver such convincing performances that it might be somewhat difficult to picture them in many other roles at this point (a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it) and recent regulars Mark A. Sheppard and Misha Collins have never been better, each once again offering some of the season’s most memorable and downright hilarious moments (Castiel and Crowley teaming up on a hunt as Agents Beyonce and Jay Z was priceless). One thing is for certain, any fellow fans of this continually thrilling and just flat out enjoyable show that might have recently fallen behind (I can certainly relate) definitely won’t want to abandon the series which still holds up remarkably well and still has no trouble regularly eliciting laughs, goose bumps and emotion after all of these years. Fans won’t want to dream of missing out on the latest season and might want to grab a copy of the Blu-ray release in order to try and catch up before the thirteenth season debuts on the CW this fall.
Overall, fellow fans of this long-running and still surprisingly fantastic series that have been collecting every season throughout the years will almost surely want to make sure to purchase a copy of ‘Supernatural: The Complete Twelfth Season’ on Blu-ray to add to your collection as well and therefore have the ability to enjoy yet another powerful, action packed and hilarious season of the Winchester’s journey at any time you might desire. The Blu-ray release of Season 12 delivers quite impressive high definition video and audio presentations on all 23 included episodes, in addition to some worthwhile extras including ‘Audio Commentary’ tracks and ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ on a number of episodes, along with more which should easily make this latest release another definite must own for the hardcore fans. Fans of the series who haven’t yet had a chance to check out the latest season will want to at least consider seeking out a possible rental option in order to catch up before the thirteenth season debuts this October as I can’t imagine a better way to experience the latest season than via the wonderful high definition video and audio presentations offered on this solid 4-disc Blu-ray collection.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Supernatural: The Complete Twelfth Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the twelfth season’s episodes. The video presentations look wonderful as a whole and provide sharp, detailed and clean presentations on each and every episode with no notable faults to be uncovered along the way. They hold up admirably even during the numerous darkly lit and fast moving sequences that are quite prominent within the series, and never allowing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are highly capable high definition video presentations that look great every step of the way and should have no trouble satisfying the fellow fans.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 23 Season Twelve episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks sound fantastic and provide crisp, clean and notably aggressive audio presentations on every included episode. They frequently utilize all five available channels in order to send a plethora of supernatural and action related effects whipping throughout the various speakers with regularity, in addition to the show’s noteworthy music and some crowd chatter along with more; never conflicting with any dialogue or additional auditory elements that might be occurring simultaneously. Overall, these are fantastic 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtracks that provide hard hitting and just plain fun audio presentations that compliment the show perfectly.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Supernatural: The Complete Twelfth Season’ includes some fun extras that fans of the series should enjoy. Included on the release are ‘Audio Commentary’ tracks on 3 of the season’s episodes, in addition to a ‘Gag Reel’ (running approximately 11 minutes in length) and ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ from 7 episodes. We are also treated to the ‘Supernatural: 2016 Comic-Con Panel’ (running approximately 31 minutes) and 3 ‘The Winchester Mythology’ Featurettes that each include interviews/comments with the cast and crew: ‘Mary Winchester’ (approximately 10 minutes), ‘A Hunter’s Life’ (16 minutes) and ‘Clash of the British Men of Letters’ (15 minutes).