Arrow Season 7 Blu-ray Review

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by Casimir Harlow
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Arrow Season 7 Blu-ray Review
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Arrow Season 7 Review

As the Iron Man of the small screen Arrowverse nears his final chapter, we look at his final year on the streets - and behind bars.

Whilst the DC movie universe floundered with bad creative direction (c.f. the journey to Endgame), their animated universe (recently adding the surprisingly good Batman: Hush to the roster) and TV universe have remained on target. The so-called Arrowverse - which may not be what it is referred to once this particular chapter in the universe closes - all started with Stephen Amell's Arrow, an initially lethal vigilante (which was a nice distinction from Batman) whose earlier chapters were the backbone to the Arrowverse in much the same way that Iron Man provided the foundation to the MCU. Unfortunately, the flashback format became very convoluted very quickly, and after fighting some superb opponents, the show started to lose its way, with Team Arrow being one of the greatest failures - an increasingly big group of vigilantes who spent far too long squabbling amongst themselves.

With Amell's contract up, rather than recast the lead, the wise decision was made to persuade him back to do one last shortened season which will deal with his fate as ominously portended in this penultimate season. It's a good time to hang up the quiver, with The Flash and Legends still going strong, Supergirl still too political, and the upcoming Batwoman looks absolutely terrible (but, in terms of setup, making for a logical replacement to Arrow). And this penultimate season certainly builds up with the potential to send Arrow off in a blaze of glory. 

 This penultimate season certainly builds up with the potential to send Arrow off in a blaze of glory

After revealing himself to be the masked vigilante, Arrow, Oliver is promptly sent to prison for life, where he has to face many of the opponents that he has incarcerated over the years - not least guest stars Vinnie Jones and Michael Jai White. Whilst Oliver tries desperately to stay alive, last season's nemesis, Kirk Acevedo's Diaz, is still on the loose terrorising Felicity, and a new Arrow appears to be making an entrance to keep the streets clean. Will Team Arrow be able to pull Star City back from the brink and figure out a way to free Oliver?

A lot happens in the last full season of Arrow, covering much ground both in the present arcs and (courtesy of yet more trips to the island) also in flash-forwards this time, that hint at what is in store. There are also a lot of 'Arrows', not just the new vigilante, but pretty-much everybody who has ever taken up the mantle or been any part of the team, but the presence of villain Diaz, and then the introduction of the Ninth Circle and a whole world of treachery keep things pretty spicy across the duration - not least because it's genuinely difficult to initially see how Oliver is ever going to make it out of prison (some of the most brutal seasons in the entire franchise). The series builds and the final run returns things to Arrow highs, giving it a send-off good enough to close out the show, although the upcoming Crisis will be more than enough to justify a brief reprieve from the end of Arrow

Arrow Season 7 Blu-ray Picture


Arrow tears into its seventh season Blu-ray release with a suitably gritty 1080p/AVC-encoded High Definition video presentation framed in the show's original 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio.

We reviewed the UK Blu-ray release of Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season on an LG 55B7 Dolby Vision 4K Ultra HD OLED TV with an LG UP970 Dolby Vision 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player

 Easily the grittiest of the Arrowverse

Easily the grittiest of the Arrowverse - and thus often the more 'poor' in terms of video presentation, Arrow still maintains the same strong quality of the overall universe, with strong fine detail, clarity, and some striking tones particularly in the brighter sequence. Of course, to play to its Batman vibe, it's plenty dark - darker than the rest of the shows, and that's where the quality stumbles somewhat, with less than optimum shadow detail and variable grain. Nonetheless, it's a very good presentation overall, largely remaining in the general ballpark of its siblings.

Arrow Season 7 Blu-ray Sound


On the aural front, the release's accompanying DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is a thoroughly impressive effort, besting even Flash for thrumming tension and long-take fight sequence intensity.

 A thoroughly impressive effort

Dialogue is on point throughout, from Amell's distinctively gravelly vocals to the ensemble package of Team Arrow, getting strong prioritisation, whilst the action sequences afford tremendous bombast - gunshots, body blows aplenty, and explosions igniting the soundstage. The signature Arrow score thrums throughout, and rounds out an unsurprisingly punchy and veritably demo mix.

Arrow Season 7 Blu-ray Extras


The now-standard salvo of Featurettes, Comic-Con Panel, Deleted Scenes and Gag Reel is bolstered by the two great Flash/Supergirl Crossover episodes

Arrow Season 7 Blu-ray Verdict

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Arrow Season 7 Blu-ray Review


As we head to the Arrowverse's own 'Endgame', Arrow reaches its own conclusion, wisely calling it a day and going out on a high with this last full length season and only a 12-episode finale to go. It's a decent run, and whilst it's a shame that the replacement appears to be Batwoman, it was a better decision to finish the series with Amell rather than with another Arrow.

 Arrow reaches its conclusion, going out on a high with this last full length season and only a 12-episode finale to go

Warner's UK Blu-ray release of Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season affords strong video and excellent audio, as fans would have likely come to expect, and the solid extras package is bolstered by the presence of both Crossover Episodes (something which prior seasons didn't always go out of their way to provide). For fans, it's an easy purchase choice, and for those unfamiliar with the Arrowverse, it's proven the backbone to the universe, and should be the one you first start with.


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