Cast: Melissa Benoist, Chyler Leigh, David Harewood
Release Date: September 8, 2020
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9/10*
In season five, Supergirl faces threats, both new and ancient. National City becomes enthralled with addictive virtual reality technologies created by CatCo’s charming-but-secretive new owner, Andrea Rojas. As Kara uses the power of the press to try to expose this danger, she must contend with challenges put up by rival reporter William Dey, renegade Martian Malefic J’onzz, a shadowy organization called Leviathan, and the shocking return of Lex Luthor who, in addition to his plot for world domination, seeks to claim the soul of Supergirl’s best friend (and his sister) Lena. With humanity choosing to lose itself in technology, can Supergirl save the world yet again?
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.
Newcomers to ‘Supergirl’ will want to strongly consider starting at the beginning due to the show’s serialized nature and various continuing story elements within. You can find our reviews of the previous season Blu-ray releases below!
Season Five of ‘Supergirl’ rejoins our hero and her friends as they are faced with a handful of new threats including a terrifying ancient force known as Obsidian with the ability to control the elements of nature, not to mention the dreaded Crisis looming which could spell the end of the multi-verse as they know it if our heroes united are unable to stop it. At the same time Kara must deal with the new conflict between her and Lena Luthor following some revealed secrets on both ends that threaten to destroy their friendship, especially when Lex suddenly returns on the scene with a new diabolical plan at the ready. So get ready for a tense, action-packed and emotional new season filled with threats and family on all sides; fortunately we also have the heroic Supergirl and her allies to help keep the city safe.
The fifth season of ‘Supergirl’ offers a great batch of new episodes and some fresh threats for our hero and her friends to take on, including an ancient force that can control elements of the Earth itself and some more personal challenges that the group will have to find their way through. I must admit that while I generally tend to enjoy the series as a whole, it’s no secret that ‘Supergirl’ has had a mixed run, occasionally struggling to find a balance between their need to be so inclusive (something that’s to be commended but also feels overly forced at times) and curious directions for some of the characters along the way, but it’s been improving a great deal over the last couple of seasons. The addition of Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor has been significantly helpful (you can also read my review of the ‘Supergirl: Season Four’ Blu-ray for more of my praise regarding Cryer’s performance in the role) and many of the characters who they seemed to struggle to build for a while have really come into themselves and now make great additions to the show’s roster. Fans of the series who may have fallen a bit behind or had their interest occasionally slip over the last few years are encouraged to try and catch up and you just might be impressed with how well the series has balanced itself and forged its own unique style while also delivering a handful of noteworthy action sequences that rarely disappoint.
Overall, Season Five of ‘Supergirl’ is a fun ride with some new threats for Supergirl and her friends to combat, along with a looming Crisis that’s liable to change everything if they can survive it. Add in some fresh new villains and some returning favorites along with plenty of heart and action-packed fun along the way and the fifth season of ‘Supergirl’ is a solid new run that’s another significant improvement over some of the previous seasons. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s 4-disc (not including the limited edition ‘Crisis’ Bonus Disc) Blu-ray release of ‘Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season’ shouldn’t disappoint fans who collect the Blu-ray season sets and are pleased with what they have to offer. The latest Blu-ray release features great high definition video and audio presentations on all nineteen episodes of the shortened fifth season, plus a Limited Edition ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ Bonus Disc and a few other enjoyable extras which will likely be more than enough to satisfy fans.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the fifth season’s episodes (in addition to all five episodes featured on the limited edition Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover event Bonus Disc with the exception of a few scenes that are presented in Cinemascope). The video presentations look pretty wonderful altogether and offer sharp, clean and nicely detailed presentations on each episode with no notable faults or troubles to be found throughout. They hold up smoothly even during the numerous fast moving and darkly lit sequences, never allowing anything onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are great high definition video presentations that should easily please the fans, especially those who are consistently satisfied with the season releases on Blu-ray.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 19 Season Five episodes (plus all 5 episodes featured on the crossover event bonus disc). These multichannel soundtracks are just as marvelous as always, serving up clean, smooth and hard hitting audio presentations on every episode that repeatedly contribute to the fun. They constantly take full advantage of all five available channels in order to send music along with characters, weapons and debris plus plenty more whipping throughout the various speakers quite regularly, and never causing any dialogue or other audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible in the process. Overall, these are fantastic 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtracks that are a constant treat and never even come close to disappointing.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season’ includes some enjoyable extras that fans should have fun with including ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ from 14 episodes (running approximately 20 minutes in length altogether), along with a ‘Gag Reel’ for the season (running approximately 7 minutes) and ‘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 (the Bonus Disc is identical to the one also included on the ‘Arrow: Season Eight’, ‘The Flash: Season Six’ and ‘Batwoman: Season One’ 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).