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

Legends of Tomorrow has grown from a the lowest wrung of the Arrowverse all the way to arguable the best show of the bunch. In its third season, the show has proven that year two was no fluke and they are able to sustain and continue on with that level of quality. Hell, the show even includes a HUGE moment to cap off that feels like big statement, making us wonder how the movies can’t have the guts to go bonkers like this show is willing to go with and in big moment no doubt. Once again, Warner Bros is bringing it to Blu-ray, in a nice 3-disc set. It has some of the same bonus material found on all four other (Maybe five if Gotham has that Comic Con panel thing too) releases and just a hair of its own. You’ll want to pre-order from the Amazon link so you can collect, catch up or relive the third year adventure when it comes out on September 25th.

Season 

After defeating the Legion of Doom, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow face a new threat created by their actions. By revisiting a moment in time that they had already participated in, they’ve essentially fractured the timeline and created anachronisms all across time! In Season Three, the Legends must find a way to return all the anachronisms to their original timelines before the time stream falls apart.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow took its inaugural season to find just about every hiccup it could, but now feels like its found what works and is running with it (With glee, I might add). The third season keeps the same leadership and drive that worked with its second season. It also brings int some newer outside elements in terms of both friends, foes and other obstacles.

Constantine was brought over to sort of test him for the fourth season. He’ll be joining full time for the next season. He works quite well, bringing a weird mystical and supernatural horror factor to the show that can steer it in some cool direction. The Legends also have a group of time agents akin to Rip Hunter to cooperate with and Sarah Lance also has a more intimate relationship with. These elements work wonderfully and bring some of the more serialized B-storylines a bit more strength than they have before.

The team sees a big shakeup in this season, with one of their founding crew members (Well, two of them) heading off to the sunset and some newbies join up. Most notably Tala Ashe as Zari Tomaz, who brings a new level of goofiness to the ship. I mentioned Constantine who is there for an episode, but for the last run of the season, Kid Flash is added to the group and fits in decently, though he won’t be around as a regular next year. He worked well for this run.

The show has managed to find a balance on time adventure of the week and serialization that works in spades. Each week gives us some new flavor and is also able to rotate the focal characters so everyone gets some face time. I won’t spoil for those who haven’t seen, but I friggin’ LOVE how this damn season ends and takes out the big bad. Holy hell, that’s amazing. Legends feels like its in a stride and the strongest show of the bunch, even though it keeps getting the shortest episode orders, but maybe that’s key to the success. Here’s to season 4 and more John Constanine!

Episodes

Aruba-Con

Freakshow

Zari

Phone Home

Return of the Mack

Helen Hunt

Welcome to the Jungle

Crisis on Earth-X, Part 4

Beebo the God of War

Daddy Darhkest

Here I Go Again

The Curse of the Earth Totem

No Country for Old Dads

Amazing Grace

Necromancing the Stone

I, Ava

Guest Starring John Noble

The Good, The Bad and the Cuddly

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, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish (Castilian), Dutch, Spanish (Latin American), Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish

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 Third Season is a 3-Blu-ray Disc set that comes with an Ultraviolet digital copy of every episode as well as an insert booklet.

Disc 1

Deleted Scenes – Helen Hunt (HD, 1:39), Welcome To The Jungle (HD, :46)

Disc 2

Inside the Crossover: Crisis on Earth-X (HD, 41:59) – A very awesome roundtable discussion of showrunner/producers of each of the series as they talk about this past year’s crossover, what goes on in bringing these worlds together, how they compliment each other and more.

Deleted Scenes – Crisis on Earth-X: Part 4 (HD, 2:02), Beebo the God of War (HD, 3:07), Daddy Darhkest (HD, :54)

Disc 3

The Time Calibrators: Legends Assemble! (HD, 17:52) – A look at how the mythos of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is imagined. Executive Producer Phil Kemmer discusses the anachronisms in three of this season’s episodes.

Post Production Theater (HD, 6:12) – This goes over the lengths the production team goes through to bring a week to week superhero action show to life.

Gag Reel (HD, 7:28)

The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2017 (HD, 58:27) – Instead of the usual “just The Flash panel” form SDCC 2017, they’ve mad one grand DC montage panel that even includes Gotham in the mix.

Deleted Scenes – No Country for Old Dads (HD, 1:00), Amazing Grace (HD, 3:39), Necromancing the Stone (HD, 1:44), Guest Starring John Noble (HD, 2:33), The Good, the Bad and the Cuddly (HD, :38)

Summary 

Legends of Tomorrow continues to bring all the factors that work so well for all the other shows while also crafting its own path. Warner Bros continues delivering Blu-ray sets for the show featuring some top notch audio and video presentations. The extras have been kinda skimpy across the board with the Arrow’verse shows, but Legends particularly feels a bit lighter than the others. Still, its a solid set, and the season is terrific, worthy of being in the collection.

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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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