The Flash: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review
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After witnessing his mother’s strange murder and his father’s wrongful conviction for the crime, Barry Allen becomes a brilliant but socially awkward crime scene investigator for the Central City Police Department. An advanced particle accelerator malfunctions during its public unveiling, bathing the city center with a previously unknown form of radiation. Awakening after a nine-month coma, Allen discovers he has the ability to move at superhuman speeds and vows to use his gifts to protect Central City from the escalating violence of “metahuman” criminals.
Studio: Warner Brothers
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Run time: 946 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 4 BD
‘The Flash’ is such a diverse, fun yet thrilling show to watch, switching from light fluffy humour to dark and show changing when you least expect it. The season sees the very welcome return of Villains such as Gorilla Grodd, Captain Cold, The Trickster (The amazing Mark Hamills one) and the Weather Wizard. Add into the mix the arrival of brand new and exciting villains such as Tar-Pit, King Shark and Zoom and the season is non stop every episode fun!
The Flash is an accomplished series with great writing, direction and acting. It does seem like it was made by fans, for fans and regardless whether you like superhero stories or not, or maybe you’re a sci-fi fan or not, the core of the series is the great story-telling and the characters; you will enjoy it.
Anchoring the ensemble cast is Grant Gustin who has quite the acting range; the man has talent and he wears the role of Barry Allen with great panache. Other main cast members are equally strong, with Tom Canavagh (Harrison Wells) filling in multiple roles throughout 3 seasons, Jesse L Martin (Det. Joe West) as the father figure, Carlos Veldes (Cisco) and Danielle Panabaker (Caitlyn) as the adorable nerds of Team Flash.
But the driving force of the series are the writers, who somehow crammed decades worth of Flash comic material into 3 seasons so far with near masterful execution, focusing the theme of what it means to be a hero; the tragedy of it, the choices made and their unintended consequences – all while traveling through time and dimensions.
Movie Content: 9/10
The print is presented in 1080p/ AVC MPEG-4 codec with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. I watched the entire season on broadcast television sporting a fantastic looking print when I initially watch this show. Now that the third season has been released on Blu-ray, in full 1080p the image quality is astounding. Where on broadcast TV, there were artifacts on the screen whenever The Flash would start running very fast this is not an issue on Blu-ray. Colors are fantastic with reds, blues, and browns taking center stage throughout. I felt at times like there was an explosion of colors on the screen. I was very impressed by the details throughout the show. Each episode varied from day to night scenes and I will say that the lighting was well done, especially in the darker scenes.
Video Quality: 9.5/10
Audio quality is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. Like the print being close to reference quality, the audio is no slouch at all here. The soundfield takes advantage of the rears and front speakers with the special effects giving the viewer the feeling that they are right in the middle of the action. “The Flash” is a happy medium between dialogue and action scenes. There were times where I thought there was a tornado in my living room when The Flash was running at the speed of light. Dialogue is clear through the center channel, but there were a few times where it was on the softer side.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10
- The Flash: 2016 Comic-Con Panel
- A Flash in Time: Time Travel in the Flash Universe
- Villain School: The Flash Rogues
- Allied: The Invasion Complex (The Flash)
- Rise of Gorilla City
- The Flash: I’m Your Super Friend
- The Flash: Hitting the Fast Note
- Harmony in a Flash
- Synchronicity in a Flash
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
Special Features: 7/10
The Final Word
I enjoyed reading The Flash comic books back in the 1990’s. In my opinion, this television series is one of better attempts of bringing the comic book superhero to the screen. The series is true to the comic book story and depiction of The Flash. I have truly enjoyed watching each episode with my kids.
Overall Rating: 8/10