DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW: THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON – A Blu-ray/DVD and Digital HD Review by John Strange
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-raytm I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season starts immediately after this season’s epic multi-show crossover, unlike the other series that I have reviewed recently (Arrow: The Eighth and Final Season – 5/10/2020; The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season – 8/24/2020; and Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season – 9/7/2020).
This gives us a different dynamic for the season. From the very beginning, the cast of characters are trying to fit into the large, very drastic changes brought unto the multiverse by the crossover.
The Time Bureau has been dismantled, leaving Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) a member of the Legends. She joins the intrepid captain (and her girlfriend) Sara Lance/White Canary (Caity Lotz), Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell), Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), Nate Heywood (Nick Zano), and Behrad Tarazi (Shayan Sobhian). Wait, WHO?
Behrad Tarazi. He’s Zari’s brother. The dead one… But remember this is post-crossover (the fifth episode of the crossover is the FIRST episode of the Legend’s season), complete with doppelgangers. There is a living Zari, his sister, but she’s not the one who was the tech-savvy totem-wearing lover of Nate Heywood. No, we find out this and so much more as the season rolls through like a steamroller.
But enough about that, let’s get to the real meat of the season. John Constantine (Matt Ryan) with Gary Green (Adam Tsekhman) as his apprentice, is at the heart of the season’s raison d’être – evil men and women are returning from Hell to reap souls for John’s greatest regret, Astra Logue (Olivia Swann). These “encores” are impossible to kill with ordinary weapons. The team has to juggle this along with all of their normal emotional wrangling (really, these are truly NOT mature adults, but we wouldn’t want them any other way, would we?).
Guest appearances by Ramona Young (Mona Wu), Courtney Ford (Nora Darhk), Amy Louise Pemberton (Gideon), and my personal favorite – Neal McDonough (Damien Darhk). Mona is off writing novels as Mick’s ghostwriter, Nora is still a Fairy Godmother (and happy, in love with Ray), and Damien, well, Damien is being Nora’s father… in spades!
And with this very chaotic though very cool season, we get two types of extras, a separate disk with all five crossover episodes and their associated bonus extras plus the standard extras we get with each season (deleted scenes, gag reel, and a new featurette “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 Post-Production Theater”).
The crossover episodes are not new if you follow all the DC series. But if you don’t, I think they are amazing. I admit I have watched them all over again with each DC offering I review this year! This crossover is the best one yet!
The season’s extras are, sadly, not up to par with the season itself. The deleted scenes are okay but not worth talking about. The gag reel is a little better but still not really all that awesome. The “Post-Production Theater” is fun as a change of pace. It is the “gem” in this batch.
Overall, the extras don’t hurt the season’s overall rating much. This is still a strong 4.5-star season offering. Different in many ways from the previous seasons but with all of the action, heart, and humor we have come to expect from this continuously evolving ragtag crew of heroes!
- Greg Berlanti, Phil Klemmer, Keto Shimizu, Grainne Godfree, Sarah Schechter
- Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Tala Ashe, Jes Macallan, Courtney Ford, Olivia Swann, Nick Zano,Dominic Purcell, Matt Ryan
- Crisis on Infinite Earths: Hour Five
- Meet The Legends
- Miss Me, Kiss Me, Love Me
- Slay Anything
- A Head of Her Time
- Mortal Khanbat
- Parker’s Cul-de-Sac
- Romeo V Juliet: Dawn of Justness
- Zari, Not Zari
- The Great British Fake Off
- Ship Broken
- Freaks & Greeks
- I Am Legends
- The One Where We’re Trapped on TV
- Swan Thong
- Deleted Scenes
- DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 Post Production Theater (featurette)
- Gag Reel
- Blu-Ray Bonus Disc
- All Five Epic Episodes of the DC Crossover Event Crisis on Infinite Earths from Supergirl, Batwoman, The Flash, Arrow and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
- Special Features:
- Crisis Past and Present: Kevin Conroy Bat Legend
- Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Architects Return
- Crisis Past and Present – Superman vs. Superman
- Characters in Crisis: Pariah
- Crisis Management
- Character in Crisis: The Anti-Monitor
- 680 Minutes
- 13 Minutes
- Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
- A/1 (U.S. and Canada only)
- 5 Stars
Bonus Features Rating:
- 0 Stars
Picture Quality Rating:
- 5 Stars
Audio Quality Rating:
- 5 Stars
Selig Rating Scale:
5 Stars: Should add to your DVD collection at any cost
4 Stars: Worth owning, but try to catch it a sale
3 Stars: Plan to get it, but wait to buy it used
2 Stars: Worth taking a look at, but not owning
1 Star: Pick it up at a garage sale and use it for drinks
0 Stars: Makes a great Trap Shooting target