DVD/Blu-ray Review: ARROW: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (Arrives September 17, 2013)

Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity on ARROW on The CW

Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity on ARROW on The CW

Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards on ARROW

Stephen Amell and Emily Bett Rickards on ARROW

“Arrow” is The CW’s #1 show and releases its first season on DVD and Blu-ray on September 17, 2013. For those completely new to the character of Oliver Queen, and his superhero role as Green Arrow, all the way to diehard fans, this is a show that will entertain. Some viewers will say, “Hey, enough with the ads for this show, you had me at hello.” And they would be correct.

Arrow (played by Stephen Amell) is an activist. You clearly see him refining his value system and acting on it. There’s a reason this show is simply called, “Arrow.” This places Oliver in his 20s, still finding his feet, and with a journey ahead of him before he becomes “The Green Arrow.” That’s what this show is all about, a journey. It is that specificity that should keep it running smoothly.

Arrow, while incredibly buff, definitely uses his brains quite a bit and is not afraid to be a geek. One of his crew, Felicity Smoak (played by Emily Bett Rickards) steals the show every time as a very capable hacker and great geek role model. I can tell you that, if you’re a “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” fan, then you may turn out to be an “Arrow” fan, although don’t expect too much in the way of classic snark.

The show takes a lot of its direction from two Green Arrow comics titles–and no, it’s not the Denny O’Neil/Neal Adams run from the ’60s, although there’s a clever nod made to it. The titles are Mike Gnell’s 1987 “The Longbow Hunters,” which provides gritty realism; and Andy Diggle and Jock’s 2007 “Green Arrow: Year One,” which provides the backstory of Arrow’s finding himself while lost on a deserted island for five years. Plus writers Greg Berlanti (“Dawson’s Creek,” “Green Lantern,” “Brothers & Sisters”), Marc Guggenheim (“Eli Stone”) and Andrew Kreisberg (“Fringe”) have brought in some intriguing new details like the mysterious role of Oliver’s mother; and Diggle, who finds himself becoming something of a sidekick to Arrow.

You don’t have to know a thing about comics to enjoy this show. There are relationships, rivalries, intrigue, all the timeless elements of power struggles and myth. And, if you are superhero fan, then this is a top tier show just for you. Visit The CW webiste for more details here. And you can get your copy of the first season of “Arrow” right here.

Press Release Follows:

Arrow: The Complete First Season Blu-ray and DVD Debut September 17th

Based on the iconic DC Comics character, Arrow, a modern-day re-imagining of the superhero for television, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group (WBHEG) on September 17, 2013. In its debut season, Arrow was the #1 TV series on The CW with Total Viewers, averaging over 4 million every week. Renewed for a second season, Arrow will return to The CW this fall. Arrow: The Complete First Season contains all 23 gripping episodes from the first season, plus over an hour of bonus content, including a documentary, two behind-the-scenes featurettes, highlights from the Arrow panel at Paley Fest 2013, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. Arrow: The Complete First Season is priced at $59.98 SRP on DVD and $69.97 SRP on Blu-ray Combo Pack.

After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns home with a mysterious agenda and a lethal set of new skills that he uses in a war on crime in this hard-hitting action series. Reinventing the DC Comics character for a modern-day audience, Arrow is not a super hero … but a hero, every bit as dangerous as the criminals he’s hunting.

Arrow: The Complete First Season 9-disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (4 Blu-ray discs, 5 DVD discs) features a hi-definition Blu-ray, standard definition DVD and a standard definition UltraViolet copy of all 23 episodes from Season 1. UltraViolet allows consumers to download and instantly stream the episodes to their computers, tablets and smartphones. The UltraViolet episodes are a limited-time offer. Restrictions and limitations apply. Go to UltraViolet.Flixster.com/Info for details. The Blu-ray will be released in 1080p Full HD Video and will feature DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice, Hung), Katie Cassidy (Gossip Girl, Melrose Place), Colin Donnell (Pan Am), David Ramsey (Blue Bloods, Dexter), Willa Holland (The O.C.), with Susanna Thompson (Cold Case, NCIS) and Paul Blackthorne (The River). Based on characters published by DC Comics, Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Green Lantern, Brothers & Sisters), Marc Guggenheim (Eli Stone), and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe).

Blu-ray & DVD Features:

Arrow Comes Alive! (Documentary): From the minds of Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg comes Arrow, with its solid nod toward the roots of the famous DC Comics character. These creative forces, along with their stellar cast, will guide this documentary, as they describe their modern update of the Green Arrow for a television audience.
Arrow: Fight School/Stunt School (featurette): From expertly choreographed fights, to stunts that give feature films a run for their money; Arrow takes aim to present the best that television can offer. Experience the extraordinary effort that goes into each stunt sequence.
Arrow at Paley Fest 2013: Highlights from the Paley Fest 2013 Arrow panel including the cast and producers
Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel

23 One-Hour Episodes

Honor Thy Father
Lone Gunmen
An Innocent Man
Muse of Fire
Year’s End
Trust But Verify
The Odyssey
Dead to Rights
The Huntress Returns
Unfinished Business
Home Invasion
The Undertaking
Darkness on the Edge of Town

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One response to “DVD/Blu-ray Review: ARROW: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (Arrives September 17, 2013)

  1. Jennifer Daydreamer

    I really enjoyed what I saw.

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