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Legends Of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray Review)

My personal favorite of the DC Arrow-verse programming on the CW Network is the team up show Legends of Tomorrow. After a rough first season, the show quickly found its stride in letting loose, showcasing fun character interplay to go along with some bonkers, shameless storytelling and action. The fourth season continues these escapades as the team explores a fallout from the end of the previous season. Legends’ seasons run shorter and starts later in the year than its other brethren even though its the network’s #3 show. So, no overkill just yet. This fourth season comes out with plenty of time and includes a couple of featurettes. It hits shelves and digital stores on September 24th. They’ll be a part of the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, but their own fifth season won’t arrive until January 2020.

Season 

After defeating the demon Mallus by cuddling him to death last season, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow join John Constantine and Ava Sharpe’s Time Bureau to save their world – and their legacy – from magical creatures from myths, fairytales and legends who have escaped and infected history. As the Legends time-travel across historical events and encounter famous figures, they now have to contend with an added shot of magical craziness!

The Legends welcome on board John Constatine in a regular sized role during the fourth season, with a story that relies around him as a centerpoint to a degree, having the villain prey upon a prior relationship of his. But, the season as a whole focuses on the relationship in different pairings of the group. Things go to dark places, come to a head and take many tolls on the group. Nick Zano’s Nate even has two separate pairings he’s dealing with (His father and staring new chemistry with fellow legend Zari). Sara hits a rough patch Ava, Ray and Nora’s flirtation is explored and more as the crew deals with this new nemesis.

One of the strongest aspects of the show is its perfect use of some wild, juvenile and weird humor as to its benefit. As if the show’s finale last season wasn’t gangbusters enough, this season opens with killer unicorns and in a but gusting moment of revelation for the heroes. If you’re not struggling to breathe, I really don’t know what makes you tick. This season is full of that, good emotion and really creative comic book/superhero storytelling that feels above and beyond, different and innovative compared to anything else out there. The show is a big standout and I hope it continues to accelerate uphill as it has been for 3 seasons now.

Episodes

1.The Virgin Gary
2.Witch Hunt
3.Dancing Queen
4.Wet Hot American Bummer
5.Tagumo Attacks!!!
6.Tender is the Nate
7.Hell No, Dolly
8.Legends of To-Meow-Meow
9.Lucha de Apuestas
10.The Getaway
11.Séance & Sensibility
12.The Eggplant, the Witch & the Wardrobe
13.Egg MacGuffin
14.Nip/Stuck
15.Terms of Service
16.Hey, World!

Video 

Encoding: MPEG-4 AVC

Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Layers: BD-50

Clarity/Detail:  Legends of Tomorrow has a nice cross of vibrancy and is darker in its look being a hybrid of some of the DC shows.  Fitting as its a blend of all of them.  The image is nice, sharp and full of cool details like costuming ticks and and territorial textures.  This is a nice uptick from the the TV broadcast picture and manages to hold onto keeping the CG looking solid.

Depth:  This is a very nice, loose, free and spacey image.  Movements are natural and smooth.  There are some great action scenes that give a real 3 dimensional vibe to the whole ordeal.  Maybe the best of all the DC shows in this regard.

Black Levels:  Blacks are deep and rich.  No crushing witnesses.  Shading, darker lit scenes and the shadows are strong suit and look pretty good.

Color Reproduction:  Coloring is rich and bold, with good reds, yellows and blues among the many.  White actually carries a strong palette and looks nice.

Flesh Tones:  Skin tones are natural and maintain consistency throughout the season.  Some scenarios, flashbacks and places can change the tones to fit color timing, but overall, the natural state of things is solid.  Facial details like freckles, dimples, wrinkles, stubble and cuts and scrapes all come through crystal clear.

Noise/Artifacts: Clean

Audio 

Audio Format(s): English 5.1 DTS-HD MA, Italian 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, Italian SDH

Dynamics:  Legends of Tomorrow sounds beautiful here in this 5.1 mix.  It might be the most action packed of the group of DC shows.  There are scenes with a lot going on and this track manages to capture it all and rapt the viewer up in the middle of it.  Effects are well layered with good distinction.  A nice healthy balance of the mix of score, vocals and effects carry this over nicely.

Height: N/A

Low Frequency Extension:  Explosions, gun blasts, giants stomping and a lot of sci-fi noises (lol) fill the subwoofer with many different twists and turns and beats and bumps.

Surround Sound Presentation:  Legends of Tomorrow provides a lively 5 channel performance.  Many full on battle scenes take an edge to give some buffer to the rear speakers while building an awesome back and forth up in the front.

Dialogue Reproduction:  Dialogue is crisp, set to a great volume and plenty clear.  All diction comes intact.

Extras 

Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fourth Season is a 2-Blu-ray Disc set that comes with a digital copy of every episode as well as an insert booklet.

Disc 1

Post Production Theater (HD, 5:06) – This is pretty fun, it shows insert footage from the visual effects team that displays a missing shot they may need or want and have to act out to insert it in their office.

Legendary Storytelling (HD, 3:16) – The executive producer quickly goes over their stories and how they just know sometimes which ones are going to be “winners”.

Deleted Scenes (HD, 9:51) 

Disc 2

Gag Reel (HD, 9:35)

Deleted Scenes (HD, 10:22)

Summary 

Legends of Tomorrow just keeps on trucking with such a fun and unpredictable show. Predictable, though, is the Blu-ray release with the per usual terrific audio and video presentation. The extras are a little light, but offer something different than the other CW sets. Also worrisome is the minuscule effort being put into all of these shows’ menus/audios/subtitles. Coupled with the fact that Black Lightning Season 2 is only currently going to be available on MOD DVD, the future may not be so bright for these shows on Blu-ray or any newer ones (Batwoman). So if you like them and want to truly own them, show your support.

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Writer/Reviewer, lifelong obsessive film nerd. As eager to educate in the world of film as I am to learn. An avid lover of horror, schlock and trash, Brandon hosts the Cult Cinema Cavalcade podcast on the Creative Zombie Studios Network (www.cultcinemacavalcade.com) You can also find more essays on his blog Naptown Nerd (naptownnerd.blogspot.com).

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