**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.**
Arrow fans, we’re in the home stretch with just a few weeks left until Oliver and whoever survived the Lian Yu explosion returns!
So, what better way to prepare for the return than re-watch Arrow season five on DVD/Blu-ray? The collection has all 23 episodes (of course), the 2016 Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes, and a gag reel.
If you hadn’t gotten a chance to see the SDCC panel through bits and pieces of social media, here’s your chance, as the DVD continues the tradition of featuring the panel for 2016.
The gag reels are always fun and featured one that fans had heard about, Stephen Amell asking for real chains for his scenes in “Kapiushon” and the result of that request ending up in the gag reel.
There are a few extra special features scattered throughout the four DVDs including a look at recruiting the new additions to the team, which unfortunately didn’t include Dinah aka The Black Canary (who joins during the second half of the season). The DVD also offers a look at Oliver’s growth throughout the series in the form of the 100th episode special feature that highlights the Oliver that entered the crossover event and the Oliver we see coming out of it. It was interesting to see what the writers and executive producers envisioned certain aspects of the hour to mean and what many fans eventually took from it.
One of my favorite features was “Returning to the Roots of Arrow: Prometheus,” offering some insight into the villain who has become a fan favorite and rivaled Deathstroke in Arrow villain rankings. The feature looked at the dichotomy between Adrian’s origins and Oliver’s origins and how things could have been different had Oliver chosen differently. It was nice seeing that what fans had been discussing over the season about what Prometheus means and the mark he left on Oliver this season aligned relatively closely to the writers’ intent.
The DVD also had a few deleted scenes throughout the episodes. The Prometheus scene that had Adrian explaining his motivations, leaning more towards telling rather than showing, made sense to cut. But the Diggle/Lyla/JJ scene from “Dangerous Liaisons” would have been interesting to see where it was placed in the episode and offered some domestic insight.
Overall, if you’re a fan of the show own the DVD and Blu-ray always provides an opportunity to re-watch, binge, or bring friends and family into the show.
Arrow season five is out on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD now!
Arrow returns on a new night and time, Thursday, October 12 at 9 p.m. on the CW.