Cast: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
Release Date: August 25, 2020
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9/10*
Last season, Team Flash spent the last year dealing with not one, but two Cicadas, the return of Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse Flash, and the surprise arrival from the future of Barry and Iris’ daughter, Nora West-Allen, aka XS. The stakes were higher than ever during the season five finale. In season six, Team Flash contends with not one, but two all-new villains – Bloodwork and Mirror Master!
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 sixth season of ‘The Flash’ rejoins Barry and Iris after the events that concluded Season Five leave them struggling to move on after helping their grown daughter from the future and losing her in the process. Now, with the dreaded Crisis looming, The Flash must force himself to overcome the knowledge of his seemingly inevitable fate in order to help prepare the team for a time when he won’t be around to lead them. Meanwhile an old friend of Caitlin’s arrives on the scene and determined to cure the disease that took his mother ends up accidently causing himself to transform into something unexpected, leaving it up to Team Flash to intervene and save the city yet again. But unfortunately for the team, this will only be the beginning of a truly unpredictable year filled with loss, love, terror and hope.
Season Six of ‘The Flash’ is another exciting, emotional and addictive season of the popular DC series, with higher stakes than ever before and two new big baddies for Team Flash to take on, while simultaneously confronting the looming Crisis which could mean the end of everything they know, or at least a life without their hero according to The Monitor’s bleak predictions. Even with the season’s episode count being unavoidably cut short due to the pandemic, it still quite possibly manages to deliver more tense excitement, twists and heartfelt moments than any of the last few seasons, albeit occasionally getting a bit overloaded when attempting to tackle so many stories so quickly. Yet even so it does a pretty solid job of balancing things out and not detracting from some time with the show’s secondary characters who still receive plenty of opportunities to shine along the way. ‘The Flash’ always seems to be one of the DC shows in the ArrowVerse that never has any apparent trouble finding clever and occasionally even shocking new ways to keep things generally fresh while never forgetting its roots in the process. It’s certainly no easy task for a show that’s approaching its seventh season on the air, but ‘The Flash’ always tends to make it seem effortless and this latest season is certainly no exception. Fans of the show who haven’t had a chance to catch up will definitely want to try and do so whenever possible because this is one series that just like The Flash himself keeps running along strong without losing its steam.
Overall, the sixth season of ‘The Flash’ takes us for another fast-paced and often action-packed set of adventures with the fastest man alive and his trusty group of friends and family, this time with stakes higher than ever as they are forced to combat multiple new villains on top of a Crisis that could mean the end of everything. As for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s 5-disc Blu-ray release of ‘The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season’ it zooms home with great high definition video and audio presentations for all nineteen episodes spread between four discs, along with some solid extras, not to mention a Limited Edition Bonus Disc that includes the entire Crossover event and more supplements (see the technical specifications section of the review below for more detailed information regarding the video, audio and special features) which altogether is likely to make this one another must own for the dedicated fans of the series that make a point of collecting each season on Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the sixth season’s episodes (and all five episodes featured on the limited edition Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover event Bonus Disc aside from a few scenes that are presented in Cinemascope). The video presentations look pretty wonderful as a whole and deliver another batch of sharp, clean and nicely detailed presentations without any noteworthy faults or troubles to be uncovered along the way. They hold up quite admirably even during the numerous fast moving, darkly lit and heavily populated sequences that certainly aren’t uncommon in the series, never allowing anything occurring onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are great high definition video presentations that shouldn’t have any trouble satisfying the fans.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 19 Season Six episodes (plus all 5 episodes featured on the crossover event bonus disc). These multichannel soundtracks sound great and provide clean, crisp and consistently aggressive audio presentations for every episode. They constantly take full advantage of all five available channels in order to send characters, weapons and other various action effects, plus bits of crowd chatter, nature elements and more regularly zipping throughout the various speakers while never resulting in any dialogue or other audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously becoming distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, these are fantastic 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtracks that never disappoint and repeatedly contribute their share of extra fun the viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season’ features some noteworthy extras that fans of the series should enjoy. Included on the release are ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ from 9 of the included episodes (running approximately 15 minutes in length altogether), along with an amusing ‘Gag Reel’ (running approximately 7 minutes) and the ‘Kiss Kiss Breach Breach – Noir Episode’ presented in black and white and available both with or without Audio Commentary. Also included is ‘The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels, San Diego 2019’ (approximately 51 minutes).
The Blu-ray release will also initially include a Limited Edition ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Bonus Disc (identical to the one also included so far on the ‘Batwoman: Season One’ and ‘Arrow: Season Eight’ Blu-ray releases) which includes all five episodes from the epic crossover event, along with some related extras. In the way of bonus content, the Crisis Bonus Disc includes a handful of Behind the Scenes Featurettes exploring the process of bringing the event to life. They include: ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Architects Return’ (running approximately 12 minutes in length), ‘Crisis Management’ (running approximately 13 minutes), ‘Crisis Past and Present: Kevin Conroy Bat Legend’ (approximately 3 minutes), ‘Crisis Past and Present: Superman vs. Superman’ (4 minutes), ‘Characters in Crisis: Pariah’ (4 minutes) and ‘Characters in Crisis: The Anti-Monitor’ (5 minutes).
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Disc Rating: 9/10*
‘The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season’ Races Home onto Blu-ray & DVD August 25, 2020 from DC Entertainment & Warner Bros Home Entertainment
*= Rating with Limited Edition Bonus Disc included as extras.