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The Flash Season 6 Blu-ray Review

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Season 6 of “The Flash” is a busy one.

“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 19 episode sixth season (which was truncated due to the Coronavirus outbreak), Barry Allen, Iris, Cisco, Ralph, Joe, Cecile, Caitlin/Killer Frost, and Kamilla have their hands full to say the least. The season is essentially divided into 2 parts (3 if you can the 5 part “Crisis On Infinite Earths”). The first part deals with Ramsey Rosso who becomes the villain Bloodwork while the second half deals with the villain Mirror Master and Iris being trapped in the mirrorverse (while a fake Iris infiltrates the real world). Of course, that is but a small part of the overall season as there are plots involving black holes (and a Black Hole organization), a young metahuman Allegra who joins the fold, Cecile becoming a defense attorney for metas, a new Wells (Nash), the return of Breacher, the meddlesome Sue Dearborn, the Maelstrom group, the aftermath of Crisis, Speed Force issues, and returning foes like Amunet Black, Gorilla Grodd, Eobard Thawne, and Rag Doll.

Despite the fact that the season isn’t quite complete due to being shortened, season 6 is still nonetheless crammed with stories. Perhaps TOO many stories. On one hand, I appreciate the format change as it’s nice to see one long drawn out arc involving a main villain for the entire season. On the other hand, it feels like too much is happening this season with 2 main villains (Mirror Master and Bloodwork) and a plethora of other returning foes (not to mention all the character storylines weaving in and out of these episodes). It feels a bit excessive and unwieldy and perhaps needs to be more focused on the central storylines. Still, one thing is for sure, there’s never a dull moment here!

While I am continually involved in all of the character dynamics and the threats they face, I think it goes without saying that “Crisis On Infinite Earths” was the main draw this season. Granted, it is only 1 episode of “The Flash,” but the epic 5 episode arc (which is included in full on this Blu-ray set) plays heavily into season 6 as Barry faces a possible impending doom. The fallout of Crisis is also focused on quite a bit as well. Going back to the arc though, this is the type of event that will make fan’s heads explode. I’m not going to even begin to get into all the surprises and events that transpire within it, but the main story involves the baddie the Anti-Monitor and planets being erased from the multiverse. What makes it such a rewarding viewing experience though is the sheer amount of cameos from the vast history of DC film and TV history. You even get to see Brandon Routh reprise his role as Superman while also being Ray Palmer/The Atom! That’s not even scratching the surface!

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? This is the best way to watch the series on home video. 

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 5.1 track does not disappoint. 

Extras:
* Digital copy
* Bonus disc with all 5 crossover episodes and a whopping 6 featurettes titled “Crisis On Infinite Earths: The Architects Return,” “Crisis Management,” “Crisis Past And Present: Kevin Conroy Bat Legend,” “Crisis Past And Present: Superman Vs. Superman,” “Characters In Crisis: Pariah,” and “Characters In Crisis: The Anti-Monitor.”
* Deleted scenes from episodes 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 16, and 19
* “Kiss Kiss Breach Breach- Noir Episode”- A B&W version of episode 5
* A solo commentary on “Kiss Kiss Breach Breach- Noir” by showrunner/exec producer Eric Wallace
* An amusing 7 minute gag reel
* “The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019”- A 51 minute collection of interviews and panel footage of all the DC shows.

August 18, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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