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Supernatural Season 12 Blu-ray Review

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“Supernatural” stumbles in season 12.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

In the 23 episode season 12 (yes, 12), there are plenty of plots and subplots. Sam and Dean reunite with their formerly deceased mother who has been resurrected, Crowley wants to rule hell, Lucifer is on the loose and his child (Nephilim) is on the verge of being birthed, the Winchesters search for a special revolver known as The Colt, and the British Men of Letters (which include Lady Toni Bevell, Arthur Ketch and Mick Davies) are up to no good. Plenty of characters get their own arcs here including Castiel (naturally), Billie the Reaper, Kelly (the mother of Lucifer’s child), Crowley’s mother Rowena the witch, Dagon the demon, and fan favorite characters Claire Novak and Sheriff Jody Mills (who may be starring in their own potential spin-off). Of course, there are the usual cases along the way which feature ghosts, Nazi necromancers, demons, witches, vampires, hellhounds, werewolves, a vengeful lover of a deceased angel, and Moloch.

After 12 seasons, “Supernatural” is starting to show its age as it feels like it is running on empty. While the season does offer up some stand-alone supernatural cases, it is once again very mythology heavy. It wouldn’t be a problem if the mythology arcs were engrossing, but they’re drawn out, messy, and more than a little exhausting. Add in the fact that the season includes far too many scenes of characters being captured and far too many characters being killed off (including a fan favorite who is allegedly not coming back) and you might find yourself more than a little frustrated by it all.

As with any season, there are highlights to be sure such as Dean killing Hitler, the delightful Tarantino inspired “Stuck In The Middle (With You)” episode, and the action packed season finale which was clearly the most memorable (and shocking) part of the entire season. Granted, the events of the finale may be distressing, but it at least took risks and set the stage for a potentially intriguing season 13 which starts October 12, 2017.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The hi-def transfer is better than that of the HD broadcasts.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? It may not be the most dynamic track, but it does the job.

Extras: * Digital copy. * Deleted scenes from episodes 8, 13, 14, 17, 21, 22 and 23. * Commentary on “Rock Never Dies” by Rick Springfield and Jay Gruska. I never expected to hear Rick Springfield on a commentary but here it is. Unfortunately, it’s a pretty dry track. * Commentary on “Family Feud” by Ruth Connell, Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming. * Commentary on “The British Invasion” by Adam Fergus, David Haydn-Jones, Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner. * An 11 minute gag reel. Entertaining as always. * “The Winchester Mythology: Mary Winchester”- A 10 minute featurette on the character and her return to the series. * “The Winchester Mythology: A Hunter’s Life”- A near 16 minute featurette on the hunters. * “The Winchester Mythology: Clash Of The British Men of Letters”- A 15 minute featurette on, you guessed it, the British Men of Letters organization and characters. * The near 32 minute San Diego Comic Con 2016 panel featuring Rob Benedict, Richard Speight, Jr., Robert Singer, Andrew Dabb, Jarad Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Mark A. Sheppard and Misha Collins.

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September 8, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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