Cast: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
Release Date: August 27, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9/10
Shortly after defeating The Thinker, Barry Allen/The Flash and his wife, Iris, were stunned by the arrival of their already grown, speedster daughter from the future, Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy). However, acclimating to their lives as parents won’t be the only challenge they face, as Season Five pits Team Flash against Central City’s latest scourge – the DC Super-Villain Cicada (Chris Klein).
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 fifth season of the popular DC superhero series ‘The Flash’ picks up immediately where the fourth season concluded, with Barry and the team celebrating after the defeat of The Thinker only to have Barry and Iris’s full-grown daughter Nora arrives at their door from the future. Already struggling to adapt to the fact that they’re parents and confronted with their adult daughter, the team soon begins to accept her help when they are tasked with taking on a deadly new Super-Villain named Cicada intent on murdering every meta-human there is. But unfortunately, he won’t be the only problem they’ll have to face in the thrilling fifth season!
‘The Flash’ returns at full speed for its fifth season filled with new personal struggles, a daughter that Barry and Iris have never known now suddenly appearing in their lives and of course plenty of new and old baddies for our heroes to take on. With the new big bad this season making for a dangerous adversary with some relatable moments and portrayed fiercely by Chris Klein of the ‘American Pie’ franchise who delivers an impressive villain, and one certainly to be feared. The latest season also makes sure to keep the action at full force and serves up more than enough thrilling, action-packed excitement to appease the action junkies and plenty of heart to compliment it. All coming together into another tense, touching and massively entertaining season that fans definitely won’t want to even think about missing out on if you haven’t already had the pleasure.
Dedicated fans that look forward to collecting each new season on Blu-ray should be generally satisfied with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s 4-disc Blu-ray set for ‘The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season’. Collecting all 22 episodes of the season (in addition to both additional crossover episodes) and delivering solid high definition video and audio presentations on each, combined with over 30 minutes of ‘Deleted Scenes’ and hours of additional extras (please see the special features section in the technical specification coverage of the review below for more detailed information) that fans should enjoy. It’ll likely have no trouble at all proving to be another must own for those that prefer having the physical ability to revisit any or all of the new season whenever you might desire, and in the best quality available.
Overall, the fifth season of ‘The Flash’ brings another exciting and fast-paced collection of episodes filled with action-packed fun and heartfelt drama around every turn, and plenty of noteworthy moments and events that fans are certain to appreciate. Diehard fans who pick up the latest season on Blu-ray each year should also be more than content with 4-disc Blu-ray collection for ‘The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season’ which provides great high definition video and audio presentations on each and every episode, plus hours of enjoyable extras. The only element some may have trouble with is the new pattern of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s season Blu-ray releases which have been adapting a mastering and operating method similar to Warner Archive Releases (and utilized on the latest Blu-ray season releases of ‘Gotham’ and ‘Arrow’) which doesn’t include the disc-to-disc continuous play all option or the ability to explore the entire set’s contents on each disc; although rest assured that the overall quality of the content itself does remain on par.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the fifth season’s episodes (and the two additionally included parts of the Elseworlds Crossover event). The video presentations look pretty great altogether, providing sharp, smooth and colorful presentations on every episode without any noteworthy issues to be uncovered throughout. They hold up quite capably even during the various fast moving, darkly lit and heavily populated sequences quite frequent throughout, never allowing anything onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are generally fantastic high definition video presentations that should easily satisfy the fans.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 22 Season Five episodes (and of course the additional 2 bonus episodes from the crossover event). These multichannel soundtracks deliver crisp, clean and hard hitting audio presentations on each episode that constantly embrace all five available channels in order to send heroes, villains, bullets, explosive debris and a great deal more regularly whipping throughout the various channels, while always making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously never become distorted or rendered inaudible along the way. Overall, these are wonderful 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtracks that deliver across the board and repeatedly contribute plenty of extra to fun to the mix.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season’ includes hours of solid extras that fans should have fun with, although for those that collect the releases from multiple DC shows please note that many of the Featurettes are included on various releases (Arrow, Gotham, etc.). Included on this release are ‘All 3 Parts of the DC Superhero Crossover Event Elseworlds’, along with ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ for 13 of the season’s episodes (running approximately 32 minutes in length altogether), in addition to a ‘Season 5 Gag Reel’ (running 8 minutes) and some Featurettes that delve into the show and the entire DC TV universe. The included Featurettes are: ‘The Evolution of Killer Frost’ (running approximately 11 minutes), ‘Inside the Crossover: Elseworlds’ (running approximately 45 minutes), ‘Villains: Modes of Persuasion’ (approximately 38 minutes) and ‘Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2018’ (61 minutes).