The Flash: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray Review
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Last season, Barry Allen aka The Flash (Grant Gustin) used his extraordinary abilities to travel back in time and save his mother’s life, and inadvertently created an alternate timeline known as Flashpoint. The phenomenon not only gave birth to the villainous God of Speed known as Savitar, but changed the lives of Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) forever. With the help of his adoptive father, Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), his fiancé Iris West (Candice Patton), and his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs – Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) and Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanaugh) — Barry continues to protect the people of Central City from the meta-humans that threaten it. But first, he’ll have to escape the Speed Force – an extra-dimensional entity teeming with unknown dangers – that Barry sacrificed himself to in order to save Central City.
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’ has always been an enjoyable watch for me, especially with the first couple of seasons being fantastic. However, things have dropped a tad bit this season in quality, but improvements need to be made for next season. The premise of the season sees Team Flash attempt to rescue Barry Allen from the Speed Force to take down The Thinker. Grant Gustin plays Barry Allen/The Flash and he is still great in the role, he is a very likeable character but he really had to do a good job with the drama being given to him and he excels in this role. The supporting cast is large this season and definitely a mixed bag, Carlos Valdez/Vibe is easily one of the highlights of the show, he is such a positive character and I really enjoy the life that he brings to the show.
Season 4 got back to the show’s roots with more comedy and an intricately well plotted season arc. Grant Gustin is honing his chops for an award winning acting career ahead
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
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Special Features: 7/10
The Final Word
The brightness, the energy, the characters, it’s easy to watch. Even though I do agree some episodes are hard to keep focus, they seem to correct it by the next one. Overall this season was the weakest yet but is definitely worth a watch if you are a fan of this show.
Overall Rating: 8/10