Blu-ray
Highly Recommended
4.5 stars
Overall Grade
4.5 stars

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The Movie Itself
4 Stars
HD Video Quality
4.5 Stars
HD Audio Quality
4.5 Stars
Supplements
4 Stars
High-Def Extras
0 Stars
Bottom Line
Highly Recommended

Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season

Street Date:
September 8th, 2015
Reviewed by:
Review Date: 1
October 13th, 2015
Movie Release Year:
2014
Studio:
Warner Brothers
Length:
967 Minutes
MPAA Rating:
Unrated
Release Country
United States

The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer's Take

I'm so happy that a television show like 'Supernatural' has had ten full seasons, with an eleventh season currently airing in a primetime slot. There are not a lot of shows out there like 'Supernatural' that have lasted this long, and for this show to be on for more than a decade now is truly a milestone in television. There is a huge following for this show with no signs of it letting up, which is probably due to the excellent characters and fun writing 'Supernatural' offers week in and week out.

Much like 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', 'Supernatural' has an excellent vibe and style in that it never takes itself too seriously. 'Supernatural' combines wit, charm, comedy, and horror all into one series, where brothers Sam and Dean usually try to fight off evil monsters, witches, and ghouls each week. In addition to a new monster or case each week, there are some bigger and longer story arcs that fill each episode as well, giving the fans some much needed continuity, but the show also poked fun at itself and is very self aware, delivering inside jokes to long time fans of the series.

It's highly entertaining and a lot of fun to watch, which brings us to season ten, which marks the 200th episode of the show. The big story arcs here feature the Mark of Cain and the Blade, which have played roles in previous seasons as well, but come to a climax with this tenth season. There are also some overarching villains this time around with Rowena the witch (Ruth Connell), who seems to cause a bunch of headaches for Sam and Dean.

There are also some good gimmicks with some of the episodes, including one where the use of social media goes a long way in solving a brutal case, or in the 200th episode where familiar faces appear on screen. It's quite a lively and energetic season for sure that never lets up. The characters are pushed forward where everything ends up an excellent cliff-hanger, making you want to  watch season eleven immediately. Actors Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are both so amazing in these roles.

They each bring their A-game day in and day out and have truly fallen into these characters which we all have grown to love. Their emotions, wit, and charm are a ton of fun to watch each week. The visual effects have gotten better over the years as well, and they never disappoint in this tenth season, leaving this particular string of shows one of the better seasons in a while.

The Blu-ray: Vital Disc Stats

'Supernatural: The Complete Tenth Season' comes with 4 - 50GB Blu-ray discs along with a digital copy code. There is also an insert booklet, detailing each episode, which is housed inside a blue plastic case along with a cardboard sleeve. 

The Video: Sizing Up the Picture

'Supernatural: Season Ten' comes with a great 1080p HD transfer and is presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Like previous seasons, this image looks almost flawless. Most of the show takes place in dark settings and very low lit scenes, but that doesn't hinder any detail by any means here. The detail is rather vivid and sharp throughout, revealing excellent closeups that show each individual hair, bead of sweat, wound, facial line and make up blemishes quite nicely. Fine stitching in the wardrobe also shows up very well.

Wider shots never go soft either, even in the darker sequences, while keeping a rather filmic look to the show. Colors are bold and bright, even in the lower lit scenes, with each color being well-balanced and saturated. Nothing looked muted or vague. Black levels are deep and inky and the skin tones were always natural. The was some very minor video noise here and there, but it's nothing to write home about. There were zero other compression or video issues, leaving this video presentation with excellent marks.

The Audio: Rating the Sound

This release comes with an impressive lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix and is everything you'd want in a sound design for this show. Sound effects and ambient noises are in full force here, as each surround speaker is utilized to the fullest degree throughout the show. Each sound effect is robust, lively, and packs a powerful punch, no matter what action or supernatural occurrence is happening. This track will fully immerse you in each setting and cause you to look over your shoulder or behind your couch to see if something is actually there.

Every noise is well-balanced and layered with excellent directionality. It just doesn't get better than this for a television show. The score and music is handled well and always adds to the tension and drama of each scene. The dialogue is always crystal clear and easy to follow, and free of any pops, cracks, hiss, or high shrills. The bass has a great rumble to it without crossing into rocky territory either. The LFE here is excellent and the dynamic range is very wide, leaving this audio presentation with amazing marks.

The Supplements: Digging Into the Good Stuff

Audio Commentaries - There are three audio commentary tracks for three episodes, which feature some of the cast and crew, discussing how they made those certain episodes, along with some fun anecdotes from the set. You can tell they still enjoy making this show after ten seasons.

A Very Special 'Supernatural' Special (HD, 30 Mins.) - The cast and crew of the show talking about their favorite moments from the entire series with tons of memories and discussions on how and where the show has gone from season one. 

'Supernatural' at Comic Con 2014 (HD, 29 Mins.) - The Comic Con panel for 'Supernatural' where the cast and crew answer fan's questions and talk about the show.

'Supernatural' Theatre: Staging the 200th Episode (HD, 26 Mins ) - This extra focuses on how they made and shot the 200th episode.

The Winchester Mythology: Battling the Mark and the Blade (HD, 21 Mins.) - The Mark of Cain and the First Blade play important roles in this season, and this extra centers around these two vital story lines.

'Supernatural' FANS (HD, 57 Mins.) - A mini-film that showcases tons of fans and their devout love for the show, and why they adore the series and its characters so much.

Deleted Scenes (HD, 8 Mins.) - Several scenes that didn't air on television, none of which add to any key moments of the series, but are worth your time if you're a fan of the show.

Gag Reel (HD, 7 Mins.) - This has some funny moments with missed cues, flubbed lines, pranks, and tons of laughter.


HD Bonus Content: Any Exclusive Goodies in There?

There are no HD exclusives.

Final Thoughts

'Supernatural: The Complete 10th Season' is highly entertaining and worth your valuable time. Even if you haven't watched the show before, you'll want to watch this season. It's highly addicting. It's a great blend of comedy and horror, much like 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' was back in the day. The video and audio presentations here are both top notch, and the extras are all worth watching. WB really outdid themselves with this tenth season. Highly recommended!

Technical Specs

  • 4 - 50GB Blu-ray Disc Set + Digital Copy

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p MPEG-4 AVC

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.78:1

Audio Formats

  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Spanish/Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles/Captions

  • English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Supplements

  • A Very Special Supernatural Special
  • Supernatural Theatre: Staging the 200th Episode
  • The Winchester Mythology: Battling the Mark and the Blade
  • Supernatural Fans
  • Supernatural at Comic-Con 2014
  • Three (3) Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

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