Cast: Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Alan Tudyk
Release Date: October 1, 2019
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
Following the mysterious disappearance of their leader, Dr. Niles Caulder (“The Chief”), these reluctant heroes will find themselves in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg, who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.
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 second DC Universe original series, ‘Doom Patrol’ introduces us to a bitter, disillusioned, yet caring and remarkably talented (not to mention powerful) group of individuals living together in general isolation under the care and assistance of their beloved Chief, Dr. Niles Caulder. But when a dangerous and clever villain dubbed ‘Mr. Nobody’ initiates a wave of strange happenings and kidnaps their Chief in the process, it’s up to this rag tag group of super powered nobodies to rush in and save the day, as well as rescue their mentor. That is if they don’t screw up too badly and destroy the world along the way.
The first season of ‘Doom Patrol’ introduces a group of strange, yet endearing super powered individuals who find themselves forced to be the heroes they never thought they were. Loaded with twisted fun, offbeat humor and laughs, ‘Doom Patrol’ cleverly forms itself into something entirely different from the standard super hero movies and shows we’re most accustomed to. Never hesitating to dive into some adult language as well as content that oddly enough helps a great deal in allowing the show’s twisted sense of humor and dramatic content to feel even more natural and organic in its delivery and approach, as does the talented and well selected cast which includes Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Alan Tudyk, Matt Bomer, Brendan Fraser, Joivan Wade and Timothy Dalton. As far as the physical 3-disc Blu-ray release of ‘Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season’ is concerned, it brings home all fifteen episodes from the debut season sporting wonderful high definition video and audio presentations on each, and while the release is somewhat lacking when it comes to bonus content, it does feature a couple fun extras including ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ for a number of episodes (please see the special features section in the technical specification coverage of the review below for more detailed information) and overall still makes a pretty solid Blu-ray collection for this clever and unique show’s first season; even spreading the fifteen episodes between 3 discs as opposed to the more common 2-disc format which fans are sure to appreciate.
Overall, the debut season of DC’s ‘Doom Patrol’ offers a smart, violent and funny new comic book series that’s drastically unlike the more common superhero shows and movies populating Hollywood these days, utilizing a unique batch of offbeat characters, plus a smart and very meta approach that comes together into a wonderfully entertaining new series that’s also a welcome breath of fresh air in the genre. For fans of the series who would like to add it to their physical collection, Warner’s 3-disc Blu-ray release of ‘Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season’ is definitely recommended. It may not offer a great deal in the way of bonus content, but the great high definition video and audio presentations for every episode of the show itself should still make it worth picking up, especially if you were already contemplating doing so.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original Aspect Ratio (approximately 2.20:1) on all of the debut season’s episodes. The video presentations look wonderful as a whole and provide clean, smooth and nicely detailed presentations on every episode with no notable faults or troubles to be uncovered throughout. They hold up admirably even during the various darkly lit, fast moving and heavily populated sequences, never causing anything onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are great high definition video presentations that consistently look great and should easily please fans of the show looking forward to owning it on Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 15 Season One episodes. These multichannel soundtracks are quite fantastic, delivering crisp, clean and hard hitting audio presentations on each episode. They frequently take full advantage of all five available channels in order to send music, action and vehicle activity, along with nature effects, bits of dialogue and more throughout the various channels quite regularly, and never allowing any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible along the way. Overall, these are top notch 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtracks that sound wonderful and continually offer plenty of extra fun to the overall viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Doom Patrol: The Complete First Season’ is a bit light in the extras department, although it does offer a few fun bonus goodies. Included on the release are ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ for 5 of the season’s episodes (running approximately 15 minutes in length altogether), along with a ‘Gag Reel’ (running approximately 4 minutes) and a ‘Doom Patrol: Come Visit Georgia PSA’ (approximately 5 minutes).