Cast: Brenton Thwaites, Teagan Croft, Anna Diop
Release Date: July 16, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8/10
Titans follows a group of young soon-to-be Super Heroes from across the world of DC as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Former Gotham City vigilante Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could unleash Hell on Earth. Joining them in their quest are the mysterious Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes while battling villains, demonic forces … and encountering familiar faces from across DC’s legendary canon.
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 debut season of ‘Titans’ follows Dick Grayson in a new life, now working as a police detective and believing that he’s finally left Gotham, Bruce Wayne and his life as Robin behind, when he encounters a curious young girl named Rachel Roth who possesses unique and somewhat terrifying abilities and pleads for his help. But when he and Rachel begin to investigate her claims, they soon discover that things are worst than they first imagined and nowhere seems safe to hide. Unintentionally building friendships with other stragglers whose paths cross theirs, including the powerful Koriand’r, aka Starfire and the caring teen Gar Logan aka Beast Boy, they begin to form an unstable team in order to try and uncover the truth of those hunting them and possibly even save the world along the way as the reality of the dangers they face continue to become more uncertain and terrifying.
Kicking off the lineup of DC Universe original programming, the debut season of ‘Titans’ introduces viewers to a notably darker and far more brutal series than those found on the CW and other familiar channels, with the creative team embracing the lack of network television restrictions in order to offer a uniquely different take on the Titans team and its characters that’s never forced to hold back or pull its punches. While never going out of its way to be excessive with the content, it is definitely intended for adults (there’s certainly no shortage of graphic violence and profanity to say the least) which allows for a grittier and more realistic exploration of these lost heroes struggling to find themselves as well as the encounters and danger they face along the way. It’s definitely a promising new entry in the DC Television department to say the least that has a lot to offer fans of the Titans roster and/or the overall DC Comics universe. For hardcore DC fans and anyone at all interested in the show that hasn’t yet had the chance to check it out, I would strongly encourage you to try and make a point of doing so whenever possible. As far as the technical merits of the release are concerned, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s ‘Titans: The Complete First Season’ 2-disc Blu-ray collection offers solid high definition video and audio presentations on all eleven episodes, in addition to numerous behind the scenes Featurettes that explore bringing the series to life, altogether making for a nice overall set that shouldn’t disappoint.
Overall, the debut season of ‘Titans’ delivers a tense, violent and well-crafted series for adults that doesn’t disappoint, only getting better as it progresses and engulfs you in the lives of these heroes, although that certainly doesn’t mean it won’t have your complete attention after the first episode or two either. Fans of the series who would like to add it to their collection should be generally pleased with the 2-disc Blu-ray release of ‘Titans: The Complete First Season’ which delivers fairly impressive high definition video and audio presentations on every episode, along with some enjoyable extras that take you behind the scenes. I would also highly recommend any DC fans along with anyone already intrigued by the show to make a point of giving it a chance if you haven’t yet had the pleasure; odds are you won’t be disappointed in the slightest.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Titans: The Complete First Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 2.00:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the debut season’s episodes. The video presentations look fantastic as a whole and deliver smooth, sharp and detailed presentations on every episode that do a great job of capturing the somewhat gloomy atmosphere of the series and its accompanying colors. They hold up impressively even during the various darkly lit and fast moving sequences throughout, never causing anything occurring onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are pretty great high definition video presentations that should easily please the show’s fans.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 11 Season One episodes. These multichannel soundtracks serve up crisp, clean and quite hard hitting audio presentations on each episode. They frequently embrace all five available channels in order to send various action effects, music, nature activity and plenty more whipping throughout the various speakers with regularity and never allowing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, these are wonderful 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtracks that more than deliver across the board and contribute their share of additional fun and excitement to the overall viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Titans: The Complete First Season’ includes numerous, brief Behind the Scenes Featurettes that explore different aspects of bringing the show to life and including interviews/comments with members of the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are ‘Raven and Robin: Dark Rebirth’ (running approximately 8 minutes in length), ‘Hawk and Dove Origin Story’ (running approximately 3 minutes), ‘Igniting Starfire’ (approximately 2 minutes), ‘Becoming Beast Boy’ (2 minutes), ‘Conjuring Raven’ (2 minutes), ‘Meet the Doom Patrol’ (2 minutes), ‘The New Robin’ (2 minutes), ‘From Page to Screen’ (2 minutes), ‘The One and Only Wonder Girl’ (2 minutes), ‘The Redemption of Robin’ (2 minutes), ‘Team Titan’ (2 minutes), plus ‘What Does It Mean to Be Cast As Starfire?’ (2 minutes) and ‘Anna Diop Having Fun with Teagon Croft’ (3 minutes).