Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray Review
In Season Five, newly appointed Mayor Oliver Queen finds himself challenged as he fights on two fronts for the future of Star City. With his right hand, John Diggle, back in the military and his sister Thea adamant about hanging up her vigilante hood as Speedy, Team Green Arrow is down to just Oliver and Felicity – but they’re no longer the only vigilantes in town. Green Arrow’s public defeat of Damien Darhk at the end of Season Four has inspired a new crop of masked heroes to step up and defend the city, though their painful inexperience makes them obstacles rather than allies in the field. The arrival of a deadly new adversary will force Oliver to confront questions about his own legacy, both as mayor and as the Green Arrow.
Studio: Warner Brothers
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Run time: 1012 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 4 BD50
I have always really enjoyed arrow but I will admit the last couple of seasons were weaker so I am happy to say that season 5 Is a real return to form for the show. The premise of the season sees oliver queen attempt to train a new team of vigilantes in an attempt to stopping a serial killer while trying to be star city’s mayor during the day. Stephen amell is oliver queen and he is absolutely fantastic in this role, he totally nails the character and you really empathise with him. At times his character goes through hard times and he totally sells the anguish that he goes through so well and this is probably his best season for a dramatic performance. The supporting cast is used better this time, felicity smoak played by Emily bett Rickards becomes a lot less annoying this season and was used perfectly in her role so she didn’t take over the show like I believe she has in previous seasons.
The script is really good because this is the darkest of the dctv shows so it’s drama is heavily relied upon and I thought really well handled. When the humor is needed it also is done pretty well to help break the tension. The style like most seasons of arrow has great action scenes that feel very gritty and real that sucks you into it, I also really enjoyed the links to the first season that is a big theme of this season. However, my one criticism of this season is that there are a few filler episodes around the half way mark that deviate from the main plot and I didn’t enjoy it as much.
Movie Quality: 9/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. I have to say that I am pretty impressed with the image quality. Having watched every single episode of this series on broadcast television in high definition, this show looks really good in its transfer to Blu-ray. Colors are strong throughout and vary from episode to episode to fit with the atmosphere. Details are great especially with scenes where the camera is up close. Black levels are very strong considering that the series has many dark scenes throughout each episode. There is also grain and noise throughout the transfer, it never becomes obtrusive or distracting. Fans of the show will not be disappointed the slightest.
Video Quality: 9.5/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. The soundfield is immersive at all times no matter if it is the special effects or dialogue. I was literally amazed with the amount of dynamic panning from each speaker in the rears. Bass was punchy. Dialogue is also well placed in the center channel sounding crisp and clear. The best part of this all around aggressive soundtrack is that it is well balanced between the dialogue and sound effects.
Audio Quality: 9/10
- 2016 Comic-Con panel [HD]
- The New Team Arrow [HD]
- Allied: The Invasion! Complex Arrow [HD]
- Returning To The Roots Of Arrow: Prometheus [HD]
- Gag Reel [HD]
- Deleted Scenes [HD]
Special Features: 7/10
This is a truly fantastic season of arrow that includes possibly my favorite finale of any of the seasons and the whole season is a must watch for comic book fans. If you have taken some time off from ‘Arrow’, this is a good time to come back.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10