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Supernatural Season 7 Blu-ray Review

Supernatural Season 7 Blu-ray Review

The seventh season of “Supernatural” is hit-and-miss.

Season 7, which consisted of 23 episodes, was a busy one to be sure. Castiel went bad, Leviathans (and Leviathan clones) were unleashed, Sam is haunted by Lucifer, a new big bad (Leviathan Dick Roman) emerged, Bobby goes into a coma, Dean becomes a dad, and Sam gets married (these last two aren’t what you’d expect). On top of all of that, there are stories about a monster girl, Dean on trial, a witch, the FBI, psychic mediums, traveling in time to 1944, fears, a demon, cursed objects, a monster hunter named Garth, a haunted house, a hacker named Charlie, Crowley, a new Prophet, and blood.

If you’ve stuck with “Supernatural” throughout its seven season run, you probably know what to expect from the show by now. Like “The X-Files,” each season has a mixture of stand-alone stories (some of which tend to be gimmicky or quirky) and ongoing story arcs. Either way, there’s something for every fan here even if everything doesn’t work for you.

If you gravitate towards the story arcs, you will be happy to see some major character arcs for fan favorites like Bobby, Crowley, and Castiel. On the downside, there is also one way too many Leviathan centric stories which fans have understandably (and justifiably) grumbled about. The Leviathan arc is definitely the weak point of the season. Additionally, while the Castiel arc is interesting, it really fizzles out after holding so much promise, but I won’t go into spoiler territory on that.

If you prefer the stand-alone episodes (as I do) you will find some fun ones here. Whedonverse fans will no doubt get a kick out of several episodes such as “Shut Up, Dr. Phil,” “The Girl With The Dungeons And Dragons Tattoo” and “The Girl Next Door” which feature James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter, Felicia Day and Jewel Staite respectively. Genre fans should also keep there eyes pealed for the likes of Nicholas Lea (of “The X-Files” fame) in “Time After Time After Time” and DJ Qualls (“Lost” and “Road Trip”) in “Party On.”

Video/Audio:

The series, which is presented in 1.78:1 1080p, offers an astonishing level of clarity. You can’t ask for a better transfer.

From the classic rock to the sound f/x, the 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is certainly lively. It certainly blows away the broadcast audio.

Extras:
* Ultraviolet digital copy.
* Deleted scenes from “Defending Your Life,” “Slash Fiction,” “Death’s Door,” “Adventures In Babysitting,” “Time After Time After Time,” “Repo Man,” “Party On, Garth,” and “Of Grave Importance.”
* An amusing 6 minute gag reel. The gag reels are always reliable with “Supernatural.”
* “Directing The Supernatural”- A 20 minute featurette in which the season’s directors chat about their work.
* “Jensen Sings Outtake”- Dean Winchester sings “I’m All Out Of Love.” Another funny bit.
* “Washboards And Tommy Guns: Scoring “Time After Time After Time”- A featurette about the score for the time travel period piece episode.
* Commentary on “Slash Fiction” by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. With these 2 on the commentary, I expected better, but there are still some interesting behind-the-scenes stories, set and casting information, etc.
* Commentary on “Death’s Door” by Jim Beaver and Steven Williams. Again, this one is pretty dry, but still slightly informative.
* A very dull commentary on “Survival Of The Fittest” by producers Sera Gamble and Robert Singer.
* “Supernatural Creature Fest Drive-In”- 10 featurettes that cover the writers, death, the series mythology, the creatures, practical and special f/x, Lily Dale, Osiris, doppelgangers, Leviathans, Japanese Kitsune, Hindu vetala, and an episode preview for “Time After Time After Time.”

Summary: Leviathans aside, there are some memorable episodes in the series’ seventh season. Recommended for “Supernatural” fanboys and fangirls.

January 7, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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