The Flash Season 5 Blu-ray Review

Who would have thought that a season of The Flash could earn Silence of the Lambs comparisons?

by Casimir Harlow
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The Flash Season 5 Blu-ray Review
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The Flash Season 5 Review

Topping the former frontrunner, Arrow, to become the most thrilling of the Arrowverse offerings (notwithstanding the fun of Legends), The Flash gains momentum from future heroes and past villains.

The Flash is, perhaps unsurprisingly, arguably the fastest-paced of the Arrowverse. Whilst Arrow had the edge in terms of combat scenes, and Legends proved the most outright self-aware (and Supergirl devolved into a political pulpit), The Flash continued to move at speed through thrilling adventures involving speedsters and meta-humans. The trouble was, after a few seasons, the whole speedster villain angle became quite tiring - ultimately always involving a super-villain who was a speedster, with some convoluted mystery revelation over their identity dictating the only twists that the show was capable of delivering.

This worked best in the first couple of seasons, but the third started to drag - ironically, given how fast everybody was moving - in terms of repetition, and now in its fifth year, The Flash finally takes some interesting turns, introducing a new colourful heroine from the future to spice things up, and relying upon the best villain of the franchise to give it some tension and weight

 Now in its fifth year, The Flash finally takes some interesting turns, introducing a new colourful heroine from the future to spice things up, and relying upon the best villain of the franchise to give it some tension and weight

After the world-saving events of the season four finale, Team Flash has to deal with their latest addition: Flash and Iris's future daughter, Nora, whose time-travelling antics back to her parent's present cause some unexpected and uncontrollable consequences. As the team reel from the damage, battling a vicious serial killer who targets metas, they have to contend with secrets from within, with Nora having turned to the worst kind of mentor to help her make the trip through time: Flash's arch-enemy, Eobard Thawne.

Like all of the CW's 22-odd episode Arrowverse shows, there's always some filler along the way, but this season of Flash largely appears to avoid too much of that, sticking with its multiple core arcs which revolve around the surprisingly spunky Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy). Sure, the serial killer villain makes for a strong new antagonist, differing from previous predominantly speedster villains, but the double-angle of having the returning Reverse Flash (in proper Hannibal Lector mode) helps bolster this and adds plenty of new complications for the team. Tom Cavanagh (who plays Thawne, as well as multiple instances of his good-guy alter-ego, Wells) steals the show once again (for similar reasons as the first season) and The Flash proves that it definitely still has legs. 

The Flash Season 5 Blu-ray Picture


The Flash races onto its fifth season Blu-ray release with a typically impressive 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 The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season on an LG 55B7 Dolby Vision 4K Ultra HD OLED TV with an LG UP970 Dolby Vision 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player

 Probably the best looking of the whole Arrowverse

Whilst Arrow has the grit, and Supergirl tries to enjoy the NY-inspired landscape, and sequences gifted a different dynamic through flight - and whilst Legends has the whole of history to play with - The Flash remains one of the most consistently strong and reliably stylish shows of the pack, affording clean tech settings, thrumming with vibrant neon intensity, decent enough effects (the speedster stuff continues to improve over its plasticine origins) and some suitably electric bursts of powers - the zaps searing across the screen in a host of striking tones. Throughout the whole series, detail remains strong on facial close-ups, and black levels are deep and rich, and it's probably the best looking of the whole Arrowverse.

The Flash Season 5 Blu-ray Sound


On the aural front, the release's accompanying DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is also a punchy, impressive effort, frantically paced and bursting with speed-force-powered intensity.

 A punchy, impressive effort, frantically paced and bursting with speed-force-powered intensity

Dialogue remains well-prioritised across the frontal array, whilst the effects, large and small, are well observed and distinctly disseminated across the broader surround spectrum. There's plenty of room for exciting soundstage usage with the appearance of the meta serial killer, gifted his own creepy signature backbeat, and two speedster runners frequently leads to double the surround-spinning action. There's some welcome LFE input, and whilst a slight preferential treatment towards front dominance holds this back from being clearly demo material, it often comes satisfyingly close.

The Flash Season 5 Blu-ray Extras


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

The Flash Season 5 Blu-ray Verdict

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The Flash Season 5 Blu-ray Review


As we head to the Arrowverse's own 'Endgame', and some of the shows look like they are running out of steam (Arrow, Supergirl), The Flash shows the complete opposite, whipping you on an increasingly thrilling ride that will simply leave you keen on seeing what is next for the speedster-led team. Great characters and great villains define this season as one of the best, giving hope that The Flash still has a few more years to run.

 Great characters and great villains define this season as one of the best, giving hope that The Flash still has a few more years to run

Warner's UK Blu-ray release of The Flash: The Complete Fifth Season affords excellent video and very good audio, as fans would have 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 likely the series that will keep you invested.


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