Cast: Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz
Release Date: August 29, 2017
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
The fight for order and control in Gotham is deadlier than ever with the introduction of cunning, new DC Super-Villains who might alter the future of our heroes and their beloved city. With the Indian Hill fugitives on the loose, Jim Gordon takes matters into his own hands as a bounty hunter in order to save the city that he loves, but will he accomplish his mission to find deranged mastermind Hugo Strange and Fish Mooney, one of Strange’s villainous subjects? While Gordon plays bounty hunter, Gotham City Police Department’s Bullock and Barnes remain on the frontline in Gotham, fighting against crime and destruction in the monster-ridden city. The city seems to be descending further and further into chaos and darkness as burgeoning DC Super-Villains Penguin, Edward Nygma/The Riddler and more are joined by the future Poison Ivy, now transformed into a young woman who’s harnessed the full power of her charms, and Jervis Tetch aka Mad Hatter, a. talented hypnotist teetering on the edge of madness. All the while, a young Bruce Wayne discovers that there are still more secrets behind his parents’ murder as he peels back the curtain on the infamous criminal organization known as the Court of Owls.
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.
Season three of ‘Gotham’ picks up following the escape of various monstrous villains led by the modified Fish Mooney which concluded season two. Now, monsters continue to roam the streets and things have only become increasingly worse; James Gordon is now on his own with Lee gone, no longer a cop and currently spending his days making quick cash as a bounty hunter, tracking down the various monsters still on the loose. Meanwhile Fish begins to set plans in motion to enact revenge on those who did her wrong, while also attempting to track down and acquire the doctor who just may be the only one capable of fixing her. Elsewhere, a new hypnotist arrives in town with some extraordinary abilities that can have deadly consequences and Gordon has found himself directly in his sights. Get ready for another season filled with backstabbing, murder, mayhem and madness like only ‘Gotham’ can deliver. With plenty of surprises in store including villains running for city office, the return of some familiar, smiling faces and a whole lot more.
The third season of ‘Gotham’ returns with all of your favorite dastardly, conniving and sadistic villains and brave, yet troubled heroes as the war for Gotham reaches new levels of insane. Taking viewers further into the demented minds and origins of numerous beloved baddies from the Batman comics, as well as the continued rise of some key good guys, the third season also introduces some more favorites in its own unique style including the arrival of Jervis Tetch, aka The Mad Hatter who makes his dazzling debut while leaving heaps of mayhem and carnage along the way. The latest season also contributes plenty of nods at the Batman comics (and even a couple at the Tim Burton directed films if I’m not mistaken) with a deeper exploration of the infamous Court of Owls, not to mention making some real headway with other characters such as Edward Nygma who begins to truly embark upon his path as The Riddler this year. It doesn’t have quite the outright jaw-dropping effect that the show’s sophomore (and by far best) season miraculously retained throughout, but it still manages to craft some twisted and memorable moments that are on par with the show’s finest. All eventually building to a wild and almost apocalyptic set of events perfectly suited to conclude the third season and take things into the fourth which is just getting started on Fox. Any fellow fans of the series that haven’t yet had the chance to check this season out definitely won’t want to miss out on all of the twisted and bloody fun it has to offer and will want to make a point of trying to catch up as soon as possible.
Overall, the third season of ‘Gotham’ delivers all of the action-packed mayhem and insanity with flair and gorgeous scenery around every turn that fans of the series have come to love, while also introducing some more famous Batman baddies in the show’s own twisted style and revisiting numerous returning favorites as well. Offering some new twists, surprises and alliances to keep fans on their toes, the third season is another tense, gloomy and violent journey into the darkness of Gotham City that may not quite match the overall insanity of the sophomore season but still manages to serve up plenty of delightfully twisted fun to keep fans enthralled. Fellow DC fanatics and fans of this series in particular that have been collecting the previous BD season releases will definitely want to consider purchasing a copy of ‘Gotham: The Complete Third Season’ on Blu-ray if you haven’t already in order to have the ability to revisit any or all of the season’s twisted, action-packed fun at any time you desire, and with the solid high definition video and audio presentations included on this 4-disc Blu-ray set.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Gotham: The Complete Third Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the third season’s episodes. The video presentations look pretty great overall, and aside from suffering somewhat lacking bitrates as usual they still manage to deliver sharp, detailed and clean presentations on every episode, with little to no noticeable faults to be found throughout. They hold up admirably even during the numerous darkly lit and fast moving sequences, never causing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are pretty fantastic high definition video presentations that are easily the best possible way in which to experience or revisit the season.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 22 Season Three episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks offer crisp, clean and notably aggressive audio presentations on each episode of the season. They consistently take advantage of all five available channels in order to immerse the viewer within the on screen insanity and fun, sending plenty of bullets, explosions, debris, vehicle activity and a whole lot more regularly zipping throughout the various speakers, and never causing any dialogue or other simultaneously occurring auditory elements to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, these are wonderful 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtracks that compliment the series splendidly and should easily thrill both fans and first time viewers alike.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Gotham: The Complete Third Season’ includes a few solid extras that fans will likely want to check out. Included on the release are ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ from ten of the season’s episodes, in addition to the ‘Gotham: 2016 Comic-Con Panel’ (running approximately 28 minutes in length) and a few behind the scenes Featurettes that include behind the scenes footage, interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus more. The included Featurettes are: ‘Madness Rising: The New Villains of Gotham’ (running approximately 10 minutes), ‘The Dark within the Dark: The Court of Owls’ (approximately 12 minutes) and ‘Ben Mckenzie’s Directorial Debut’ (2 minutes).