Arrow: Season 1 (Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet)
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Based on DC Comics, Green Arrow superhero comic book series, Arrow has been reinvented for a modern day audience and comes to DVD and BD for the first time. After being marooned for five years on a remote island, billionaire Oliver Queen 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. After suffering unimaginable ordeals on the island, the Oliver returns to Starling City a new man -- determined to right the wrongs of his father and sworn to bring justice to those who've corrupted his city. But Oliver finds his crusade complicated by his friends and family who are all affected by his return.]]>
Top Customer Reviews
First, the selection of Stephen Amell as Green Arrow was excellent. I was worried the role would go to a male model more concerned with being pretty than being a hardened man on a mission. With Stephen Amell as Green Arrow you get a guy who comes off more as an MMA fighter, which makes Arrow so much more believable. The action scenes are crisp and effective. Arrow starts out with grit and has an edgy quality that keeps you interested. The plot contains plenty of room for mystery and the dialogue/acting is pretty good. It makes no difference if you are a Green Arrow fan or not, this show is about enjoying a unique action hero. Maybe a bit too much glorification of 'taking the law into your own hands' but, OK, maybe we'll see if the main character grows beyond this.
This appears to be a Canadian production. That may explain why the producers of Arrow seems to be taking more risks in making a DC comic action hero into an actual action hero (and showing a bit more respect for the intelligence of superhero fans young and old).
I look forward to seeing more from this series. One thing the producers could add - a touch of humor. Nothing sets up an audience for action and dramatic twists than a touch of humor (the Firefly TV show first comes to mind as well and the most recent Avengers film). And, that's why I went with 4 stars instead of 5.
Like superheros? Check out Arrow. Let's see if we can keep this on the air a few years.
That said, my review:
This series is really well-done, the cast is exceptionally strong considering their lack of fame, the acting is well above average for the genre, and particularly for a television series. It's dark, often creepy (but not so much that I wouldn't let a nine- or ten-year-old watch it), plenty of action, with a wonderfully believable set of characters. Stephen Amell is quite good, charming and gritty by turns, Katie Cassidy (Lauren) is quite talented and I really hope she gets a chance to show what she can do. Susanna Thompson (Oliver's mother), is a long-time favorite of mine (truly wonderful in NCIS as Lt.Col. Mann and Gibbs' brief love interest) has a character who is suitably deep and challenging for her. David Ramsey as John Diggle is prickly, distrusting and just cynical enough. His character is the one I am most concerned about, as it would be far too easy for the writers to allow him to become to prototypical "convert to the cause".
The show gets a little moralistic, but that may serve as a caution to the intended audience to mitigate the violence.Read more ›
I had seen some bits and pieces of Season 2 in closed captioning, while at a gym (of all things! :) ), and my curiosity was piqued. The few sporadic 'partial scenes' I'd watched (albeit with somewhat screwed up closed captioning) left me wondering what the show was about.
When the Season 1 price was slashed, in conjunction with a Black Friday special, I jumped at the opportunity to grab a copy of the set, for later viewing.
Well, that time ultimately came, and I ended up watching the series in 'marathon' fashion. After viewing an episode, I couldn't wait to see the next, and was/am bummed to have reached the end of the season.
While I've never been someone who gravitated to the print version of comics, I nonetheless have always loved a good story, compelling action, and characters who are 'brought to life' in an indelible manner. This show is not the first appealing-to-me television or film creation whose origin ultimately rests with print comics -- and in particular, involving a primary character with hero qualities which were 'forged' by difficult and/or mysterious circumstances, and whose 'other life' and 'alter ego' (so to speak) is kept a secret from nearly everyone.
This is a fantastic show, and I am astonished at its high production value -- and the martial arts sequences blow my mind with respect to how skillfully they're 'choreographed' and so very well actioned and acted (to have such set-the-bar-high -like quality associated with such, week after week, and which would most often be reserved for expensive-to-create blockbuster movies, is not only noteworthy, but SO impressive).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved it...... Action packed and constantly changing story..... The flash backs add much to the story line as well... Watching season 2 now...Published 5 days ago by DK.
Great to catch the season together without commercials! Great pricing for the amount of viewing! Catch things you missed when the episodes were on TV!Published 8 days ago by Cuthbert
I am old, but I love the Arrow. At a time of a tragic double loss in my life, when I was depressed, and unable to focus on what I needed to be doing, the only thing that made me... Read morePublished 9 days ago by M. Bristol
It was somewhat disappointing. The plot seemed to follow that of ABC's Revenge. We watched the first 8 episodes and then put it away. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Pete D
I was really surprised! I thought that this show would be a little bland, but it is crazily great. The main character is a real hunk and he has mad skills! Read morePublished 15 days ago by Meerkat24
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|What is with the price?||
I'm not willing to pay nearly $50 for this set. Best bet is wait until Black Friday or closer to Christmas and it will go down to $25 bucks! Love this series, but it's too expensive.
Sep 15, 2013 by Brian | See all 11 posts
|bluray have more special features?||
Does the blu ray have ANY special features? The DVD lists several short featurettes, gag reel, etc. on its back packaging, the bluray doesn't mention a thing about special features on its box art... Weird..
Aug 4, 2013 by J. Laurene | See all 9 posts
|is arrow going be part of the DC Cinematic Universe||
I sure hope so! They've already introduced Deathstroke, Deadshot, ARGUS, Black Canary, Ra's al Ghul/Leage of Assassins, the Huntress, and made references to Ted Kord (Blue Beetle) and Ray Palmer (the Atom). Not to mention the Flash is coming! So it better be part of the DCCU.
Nov 3, 2013 by Muhammad B. Islam | See all 2 posts
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|What does the 9 disc version have that the 4 disc version does not?||Be the first to reply|
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