Cast: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh
Release Date: September 17, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
In season four, Supergirl faces a bigger threat than she’s ever faced before – a new wave of anti-alien sentiment, spreading across National City that’s fomented by Agent Liberty. As Kara mentors a new reporter at CatCo, Nia Nal, and tries to use the power of the press to shine a light on the issues threatening to tear the city apart, Supergirl takes to the skies to battle the many villains who rise up in this era of divisiveness. But how does Supergirl battle a movement when she, herself an alien, represents one of the main things people are fearful of?
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 fourth season of ‘Supergirl’ finds our heroine and her friends tackling terrifying threats and dangers like they never expected. With hatred of alien citizens by many of their human neighbors reaching unprecedented new levels, new threats from the human end of the spectrum start appearing in increasing numbers, including the deadly new masked avenger known only as Agent Liberty who soon finds nothing short of a full blown cult supporting his violent, anti-alien ways of thinking, slowing pitting humans against aliens across the globe. As if that alone wasn’t enough for our heroes to handle, a smart and determined new boss at the DEO and her by the book attitude and hunt for the truth about Supergirl’s identity make things dangerous for everyone Kara has trusted with her secret; while the unexpected arrival of Lena’s infamous brother Lex Luthor is only the icing on the cake.
Season four of ‘Supergirl’ soars in with plenty of noteworthy newcomers hitting the scene this season, both in the form of new heroes and allies for our team of protectors and some worthy villains for them to combat. Including the mysterious Agent Liberty, the masked leader of a radical new human rights and anti-alien group that threatens everything already built toward peace, along with the unexpected arrival of Lena’s diabolical brother Lex Luthor, played with near perfection by Jon Cryer (best known to many for his unforgettable portrayal of Alan on the sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men’) who does a magnificent job of capturing the infamous villain’s style, charm, and cunning demeanor. Add plenty of personal trials and struggles for our characters to tackle along the way and no shortage of memorable moments and it all forms together into a worthy new season that fixes many of the hiccups season three found itself a victim of and fans who haven’t yet had the pleasure will definitely want to try and catch up sooner than later. As far as the physical Blu-ray release itself is concerned, Warner’s 4-disc Blu-ray set of ‘Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season’ flies in sporting great overall high definition video and audio presentations on each and every episode, in addition to numerous fun extras for the fans including ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ from over half of the season’s episodes, plus more (please see the special features section in the technical specification coverage of the review below for more detailed information) which will likely make it well worth picking up for the dedicated fans that have already been collecting the previous season releases.
Overall, the fourth season of ‘Supergirl’ swoops in with nearly everything fans love about the series, while also introducing a few notable new characters into the fold including the new hero Dreamer to help Kara and her team, along with some dangerous new villains including the show’s introduction of Jon Cryer who is nothing short of fantastic as the infamous Superman baddie Lex Luthor. Those that enjoy the series and are otherwise caught up aside from season four will definitely want to try and find time to check it out before the fifth season debuts in October. The ‘Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season’ 4-disc Blu-ray collection itself is definitely recommended for fans of the series that make a point of collecting each new season release. Once again offering up solid high definition video and audio presentations on each episode, along with some worthwhile bonus goodies and even matching the packaging design of the previous sets in order to fit perfectly in your collection alongside the previous three season releases.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the fourth season’s episodes (and the two additionally included parts of the Elseworlds Crossover event). The video presentations look pretty great altogether and provide sharp, smooth and detailed presentations on every episode, with no notable faults to be found throughout. They hold up smoothly even during the numerous darkly lit and fast moving action sequences, never allowing anything occurring onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are solid high definition video presentations that should please the fans, especially those consistently satisfied by the previous season releases.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 22 Season Four episodes (plus the additional 2 bonus episodes from the crossover event). These multichannel soundtracks deliver crisp, clean and hard hitting audio presentations on each episode. They constantly take advantage of all five available channels in order to send heroes and villains swooping throughout the various speakers, along with gunfire, vehicles, music and crowd chatter, plus more whenever fitting, and never causing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, these are another wonderful batch of 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtracks that more than deliver while repeatedly contributing plenty of additional fun to the viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season’ includes a number of enjoyable extras, although many of the Featurettes are also available on the other recent season releases of other DC-TV shows. The release includes ‘All 3 Parts of the DC Superhero Crossover Event Elseworlds’, in addition to a nice chunk of ‘Deleted Scenes’ from 15 of the season’s episodes (running approximately 22 minutes in length altogether) and a new ‘Gag Reel’ for Season Four (running approximately 7 minutes). We are also treated to a few Behind the Scenes Featurettes (each of which is also available on a few other recent season Blu-ray releases including ‘The Flash: Season 5’ and ‘Arrow: Season 7’) including ‘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).