Legion of Super-Heroes


$29.98 Blu-ray, $39.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for some violence and language.
Voices of Meg Donnelly, Harry Shum Jr., Darren Criss, Matt Bomer, Jensen Ackles, Cynthia Hamidi, Gideon Adlon, Ely Henry, Robbie Daymond, Yuri Lowenthal, Eric Lopez, Darin De Paul, Ben Diskin, Victoria Grace, Jennifer Hale, Daisy Lightfoot, Zeno Robinson.

Though it takes a few narrative shortcuts to set up its premise, Legion of Super-Heroes ultimately turns out to be a fun but offbeat animated adventure.

The film is a continuation of the movie series that began in 2020 with Superman: Man of Tomorrow and includes Justice Society: World War II, Batman: The Long Halloween and Green Lantern: Beware My Power, and thus builds off some elements established in those movies while adding to the canon.

Comic book fans know the Legion of Super-Heroes as an intergalactic team of superheroes serving the United Planets in the 31st century. That said, Legion of Super-Heroes is kind of a misleading title for this movie, as its primary focus is on Supergirl (voiced by Meg Donnelly), Superman’s cousin who lives in the 21st century.

The film begins with a flashback to the destruction of Krypton, and how the teenaged Kara Zor-El was sent watch over her young cousin, Kal-El, who goes on to become Superman. Only her rocket gets knocked off course and, with Kara in a state of suspended animation, takes decades to arrive at Earth, by which time her cousin is now much older than her. (These are the same basic details fleshed out in other portrayals of the Kryptonian characters, from “Smallville” to the CW “Supergirl” series.)

Having grown up in the futuristic Kryptonian culture, Kara has trouble acclimating to life on Earth, so Superman (Darren Criss) decides to send her into the far future to train at the Legion Academy. (The Legion apparently contacted Superman in between movies, explaining why he just happens to have a time machine in his pocket.)

From there, the movie plays out more like a sci-fi version of X-Men: First Class or a “Harry Potter” adventure, as the Academy is threatened by the Dark Circle, a malevolent conspiracy seen in the present-day scenes being investigated by Batman (Jensen Ackles) and other members of the Justice League.

So, Kara must join forces with her fellow cadets to save the Academy and stop the Dark Circle from carrying out its plans for universal domination.

Though some traditional Legion members are among the students, such as Mon-El and Brainiac 5, most of the classic Legionnaires are missing throughout the film as part of the mystery story. So a more accurate title for the film would be something like Supergirl and the Legion Academy. But marketers gotta market.

The futuristic setting and characters lend themselves to animation that is bright and vivid in high-definition and 4K, while costume designs don’t take too many liberties from their look in the comics. Comic book traditionalists should especially appreciate the look of Supergirl, who is thankfully given a version of her classic red skirt outfit, and not one of the politically correct redesigns that have popped up over the years.

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The Blu-ray of Legion of Super-Heroes includes four solid featurettes about the film and its source material. In the 4K combo pack, the Ultra HD disc contains just the film, with the extras found on the included regular Blu-ray.

The five minute “The Legion Behind the Legion” offers interviews with the filmmakers about the making of the movie, while the eight-minute “Down to Earth: The Story of Supergirl” lets the filmmakers expound upon the backstory of Supergirl and why they choose her to anchor the movie. The nine-minute “Meet the Legionnaires” profiles the other characters in the film, and the eight-minute “Brainiac Attack: The Intellect Behind the Super-Villain” looks at the history of the Brainiacs, from the original Superman villain to his ancestor, the heroic Brainiac 5 who became a Legion member.

The Blu-ray also contains the two-part episode “Little Girl Lost” that introduced Supergirl to “Superman: The Animated Series” back in 1998.

‘Matrix Resurrections,’ ‘Coming 2 America,’ ‘Yellowstone’ New to Disc March 8, ‘Nightmare Alley’ on Digital

March 8 sees the release of several notable titles to home entertainment formats, with The Matrix Resurrections, Coming 2 America, National Champions, A Journal for Jordan, and the latest seasons of “Yellowstone,” “The Walking Dead: World Beyond” and “Supergirl” landing on Blu-ray and DVD, while Nightmare Alley becomes available for digital purchase.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Matrix Resurrections on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release March 8. The fourth “Matrix” film follows up on the trilogy that ended in 2003, and features Keanu Reeves returning to the role of Neo as he learns about the aftermath of the war between humanity and the machines he thought he ended in the previous films, and whether his reality remains part of a computer simulation. His mission becomes to reconnect with his lost love, Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss). The cast also includes Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Jada Pinkett Smith. The film earned $37.7 million at the domestic box office. Read a review here. A four-movie collection also will be available on Blu-ray and 4K.

Coming 2 America, the follow-up to the classic 1988 Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America, makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut March 8 from Paramount Home Entertainment. In the sequel, newly crowned King Akeem (Murphy) and his trusted confidante Semmi (Arsenio Hall) traverse the globe from their great African nation of Zamunda to the borough of Queens, N.Y., when Akeem learns he has a long-lost son in the United States. In addition to Murphy and Hall, the comedy also stars James Earl Jones, John Amos, Louie Anderson, Shari Headley, Wesley Snipes, Tracy Morgan and Leslie Jones. The film originally streamed on Amazon Prime Video. Read a review here.

The sports drama National Champions will be released on Blu-ray and DVD March 8 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film, three days before the college football national championship game, star quarterback LeMarcus James (Emmy nominee Stephan James; If Beale Street Could Talk, 21 Bridges) and teammate Emmett Sunday (Alexander Ludwig; “Vikings,” “The Hunger Games” franchise) ignite a player’s strike declaring they won’t compete until all student-athletes are fairly compensated. With billions of dollars at risk and legacies on the line, only hours until kickoff, the head coach (Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons; Whiplash, Being the Ricardos) and various power brokers — played by Emmy Winner Kristin Chenoweth (“Pushing Daisies”), Emmy Nominee Timothy Olyphant (“Fargo,” “Justified”), Emmy Winner Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Free Guy), Tim Blake Nelson (“Watchmen”), Andrew Bachelor (Holidate), Jeffrey Donovan (Sicario) and David Koechner (Anchorman) — must race against the clock to protect or destroy the prevailing collegiate athletics system.  

The Denzel Washington-directed drama A Journal for Jordan is being released on DVD and Blu-ray March 8 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Starring Michael B. Jordan with a screenplay by Virgil Williams, A Journal for Jordan is based on the true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King (Jordan), a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior New York Times editor Dana Canedy (Chanté Adams) revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child. 

Paramount Home Entertainment releases Yellowstone: Season 4 on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 8. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, the popular Paramount Network series stars Kevin Costner and follows the story of a multi-generational family that controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. In the fourth season, the fates of Kayce (Luke Grimes), Beth (Kelly Reilly) and John Dutton (Costner) are unknown as Rip (Cole Hauser) and the other wranglers wield their own brand of justice to take revenge and defend the Dutton legacy. The cast also includes Wes Bentley, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Forrie Smith, Denim Richards, Ian Bohen, Finn Little, Ryan Bingham, Gil Birmingham and Will Patton. Jacki Weaver, Piper Perabo and Kathryn Kelly join the cast in guest starring roles. 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment March 8 releases the final installment of the superhero TV series “Supergirl,” starring Melissa Benoist in the title role, on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Supergirl: The Sixth and Final Season, in addition to all 20 episodes, includes an all-new featurette and deleted scenes. Warner Bros. is also releasing Supergirl: The Complete Series, with all 126 episodes from the series, which ran from 2015 to 2021. In the sixth and final season, Supergirl is thrust into the greatest challenge of her life — forced to confront her own mortality, and the prospect of losing all hope. As her friends rally to help her in this difficult fight, a new super villain arrives in National City and tests her resolve.

RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, releases The Walking Dead: World Beyond — Final Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 8. The second and final season of the horror series aired on AMC Networks in October 2021. Set in the same universe as “The Walking Dead,” the second season of “World Beyond” concludes the story of Iris (Aliyah Royale), Hope (Alexa Mansour), Elton (Nicolas Cantu) and Silas (Hal Cumpston) — four friends who journeyed across the country on a mission that transformed everything they knew about themselves and the world. As they face off against the mysterious Civic Republic Military and fight for control of their own destiny, goals will shift, bonds will form and crumble, and innocence will be both lost and found. The cast also includes Nico Tortorella, Annet Mahendru and Julia Ormond.

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Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures’ Nightmare Alley will be available for digital purchase starting March 8. From director Guillermo del Toro, Nightmare Alley is a psychological thriller about a down-on-his-luck grifter in the 1940s named Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), who endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet. Del Toro co-wrote the screenplay with Kim Morgan, based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. Nightmare Alley became available for streaming on Hulu and HBO Max Feb. 1. It arrives on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray March 22.

The documentary The Invisible Father will be released on VOD and for digital purchase March 8 from Virgil Films. In the 1960s, beat poet and experimental filmmaker Piero Heliczer helped shape New American Cinema, and was enmeshed with iconic filmmaker Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground at the very start of their careers. Through interviews with family and friends, found photos, and archival footage, Piero’s daughter Thérèse explores the artistic legacy and life of a man she never knew. The intimate documentary explores the promise and perils of leading an authentic, creative life, and the impact that it can have on the people you leave behind in the process. 

The music documentary 23rd Century Giants: The Story of Renaldo & the Loaf will be released on Blu-ray March 8 from MVD Entertainment Group and Well Dang! Productions. It follows a decades-long friendship that drives an architect and a bio-medical scientist to make the weirdest music you’ve ever heard. Not many bands can boast that one of their albums, Songs for Swinging Larvae, was voted 14th weirdest of all time by Mojo magazine. The documentary chronicles the musical careers of mild-mannered Brits Brian Poole and David Janssen, aka Renaldo & the Loaf, whose sonic experimentation with tape loops, household objects and repurposed musical instruments alike gave them a unique electronic sound that would inspire generations of adventurous music lovers for decades. From childhood friendship, to landing a deal with the record company of their wildest dreams (Ralph Records, home of the like-minded Residents), then not speaking for 20 years only to reunite to worldwide cult status, the duo persisted. This definitive history of the band features interviews with the avant-garde duo themselves, and virtually every key figure in their musical lives. The film also features unseen photos, unheard music and comedic cutout animations that visually represent the strangeness. The band made their long anticipated live debut in Vienna in 2018, footage of which is also included.

Cinedigm’s The Film Detective, the classic film restoration and streaming company, releases Kenneth G. Crane’s classic ‘B’-movie Monster From Green Hell (1957) on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD March 8. From the era of giant bugs and atomic testing comes this low-budget creature feature about mutant wasps. When scientists try to understand the effects of radiation on earth creatures, the result brings them to an area of Africa known as “Green Hell,” where wasps have mutated into monsters. Jim Davis, who later starred in the TV series “Dallas,” plays Dr. Quent Brady, the scientist who starts the whole mess. The film also stars Vladimir Sokoloff (The Life of Emile Zola, Mission to Moscow) as the skeptical Dr. Lorentz and Joel Fluellen (Raisin in the Sun) as Arobi, who warns Brady to beware of the African location. Monster From Green Hell was co-written by Louis Vittes, writer of the classic I Married a Monster From Outer Space. The special-edition release features a 4K transfer, including both widescreen and full frame versions of the film.

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Final Season of ‘Supergirl’ to Arrive on DVD, Blu-ray March 8

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC have set a March 8 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release date for the final installment of the superhero TV series “Supergirl,” starring Melissa Benoist in the title role.

Supergirl: The Sixth and Final Season, in addition to all 20 episodes, includes an all-new featurette and deleted scenes. 

Warner Bros. is also releasing Supergirl: The Complete Series, with all 126 episodes from the series, which ran from 2015 to 2021 on CBS and, later, The CW.  

In the sixth and final season, Supergirl is thrust into the greatest challenge of her life — forced to confront her own mortality, and the prospect of losing all hope. As her friends rally to help her in this difficult fight, a new super villain arrives in National City and tests her resolve.

The Supergirl: The Sixth and Final Season Blu-ray Disc release will include 1080p full HD video with DTS-HD master audio for English 5.1. The disc sets come with a digital code, as well.

In addition to Benoist, the sixth season of “Supergirl” stars Chyler Leigh (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Katie McGrath (Jurassic World, Merlin), Jesse Rath (Defiance, No Tomorrow), Nicole Maines (Royal Pains), Azie Tesfai (Jane the Virgin), Julie Gonzalo (“Dallas,” “Veronica Mars”), Staz Nair (“Game of Thrones”) and David Harewood (“Homeland”). Based DC Comics characters, “Supergirl”was produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner, Jessica Queller and Rob Wright.

“Supergirl” is currently available to own through various digital retailers including Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV, Google Play, Vudu and others.

Crisis on Infinite Earths


Available With:
Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray, $44.98;
Batwoman: The Complete First Season Blu-ray, $44.98;
The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season Blu-ray, $44.98;
Arrow: The Complete Eighth Season Blu-ray, $29.98;
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray, $29.98;

Not rated;
Stars Stephen Amell, Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist, Caity Lotz, Ruby Rose, Brandon Routh, Cress Williams, David Harewood, Tom Cavanagh, Tyler Hoechlin, John Cryer, Matt Ryan, David Ramsey, LaMonica Garrett.

Multiverses are all the rage nowadays.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe and the live-action DC movies are scrambling to introduce the concept in their upcoming blockbusters, filling the Internet with casting rumors of the return of previous versions of certain characters. And one reason they may be motivated to do so is how popular the idea proved in the CW Arrowverse’s big crossover event last season, Crisis on Infinite Earths, which brought together characters from six of the DC superhero shows and featured cameos from several more, and even referenced a few from the big screen.

The TV Crisis is based on a major DC Comics storyline from the mid-1980s, which redefined and modernized all the publication’s classic characters while seeking to streamline convoluted histories that went back decades. In doing so, characters encountered versions of themselves from parallel realities in an epic battle against a villain called the Anti-Monitor who was destroying entire universes.

The CW networks’ “Arrowverse” shows adopted the same basic premise. The series have been doing annual crossovers for a while, and have been laying the groundwork for Crisis on Infinite Earths for years.

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The crossover itself is structured like a miniseries, though each of the five parts are actually an episode from one of the participating series: part one is an episode of “Supergirl,” part two is an episode of “Batwoman,” part three is an episode of “The Flash,” part four is an episode of “Arrow,” and part five is an episode of “Legends of Tomorrow.” Though they use a unified Crisis title card instead of the individual show, the main credits still reflect the cast of that show. This is likely more a matter of contractual obligations, since it probably would have made more sense to produce the crossover as a separate production outside the purview of any of the shows. The fact that these are technically separate episodes of different series makes for some awkward distribution scenarios.

For home video, Warner has chosen to include a special bonus disc containing all five episodes and bonus materials with the relevant season Blu-ray releases of each of the series. It’s the same disc for every show, so “Arrowverse” fans who pick up the Blu-ray for each show will get it five times.

Since the individual parts are also episodes of the shows, they are also included with the regular episode runs for each show on disc. Since the miniseries version is exclusive to the Blu-ray, anyone wanting each part just on DVD has to buy each show’s separate season, and those don’t come with the special “Crisis” extras.

In years past, the crossovers on disc were handled a bit differently, with Warner including all crossover episodes on the Blu-ray for each show’s relevant season as part of the regular episode listings, so that they’ll come up in a “play all” binge.

Either way, it kind of points to a more common sense solution being to release the Crisis disc as a standalone miniseries, and not part of any of the shows’ seasons, but contracts are what they are.

The fact that these are individual episodes of each show makes for some messy plot developments in terms of where certain events happen in relation to what show they are technically happening on. Major life events affecting Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) happen on “Supergirl,” and not his own show, “Arrow.” However, “Arrow” does get a monumental cameo involving The Flash, rather than that bit of fan service actually happening on “The Flash.”

With the central conceit that every TV show and movie ever based on a DC Comics property exists alongside the others in a multiverse, producers have packed in cameos from a number of these other shows, in many cases offering a reunion or update for some of the characters. These range from quick glances at other current shows such as “Titans” and “Stargirl,” as well as drop-ins on the worlds of Superman Returns, the 1989 Batman movie, the 1960s “Batman” series, “Smallville,” the 1990 “Flash” TV show and even the recent Justice League movie.

It’s all in good fun for the fans of these characters who have been following them not just on the CW, but on the other shows as well, not to mention the original comics. The idea of using “Batman: The Animated Series” star Kevin Conroy to play a live-action version of an older Bruce Wayne is just a marvelous idea. As is putting Brandon Routh back in the Superman suit to play an older version of the character. Routh already plays the Atom in the Arrowverse, but physically he seems much more suited to play Superman now that he’s a bit older than he did in 2006, which he was a bit to thin for the part.

For comic book fans, the looks of Conroy’s Bruce Wayne and Routh’s older Superman borrow a lot of influence from the 1990s Kingdom Come miniseries.

Tom Welling also makes an appearance as the “Smallville” Clark Kent, and between him and Routh they just make the Arrowverse’s Superman, Tyler Hoechlin, seem way too undersized for the role.

In addition, Cress Williams shows up in a couple episodes to play Black Lightning from his own CW show. While “Black Lightning” doesn’t have one of the Crisis episodes, it did do its own prelude to Crisis episode similarly to the other participating shows. That episode isn’t included here, but it is available with the third season of “Black Lightning” which is available digitally now and coming to DVD and Blu-ray from Warner Archive Oct. 27.

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Nostalgia aside, Crisis does a lot to resolve several of the storylines from the various shows, not the least of which is to finally put Supergirl and Black Lightnine in the same universe as the other heroes (though that has raised its own plot problems as the shows have continued post-Crisis). It’s an ambitious piece of television that should satisfy fans of the series involved, but the various crossovers and nostalgia bait do a lot to distract from flaws that become apparent on subsequent rewatches.

Primarily, the quaintness of plotting that persists on the five main shows carries over here, and the dialogue can get a bit grating the more one hears it. In some instances the collective writing teams may have been in over their heads coordinating such a big production, as there are many attempts to cram in the supporting casts of the various shows in their series’ respective episodes with subplots that end up going nowhere or having no effect on the larger storyline. Some of these are excuses for cheap cameos, while others just seem like they are giving the characters busy work.

When these shows are syndicated to various stations and streaming services in the future and have to stand on their own, I can only imagine the confusion some viewers might having when encountering the crossover episodes in the middle of a binge and seeing partial storylines that have little to do with the rest of the show they’ve been watching. But, a happy fan is an informed fan, and they should know what they’re getting into with the Arrowverse to begin with.

The extras on the Crisis bonus disc are fun backgrounders typical of the kinds usually found on Blu-rays of DC-based content, particularly the DC Universe animated movies.

Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Architects Return” is a 12-minute featurette that reflects on the original comic book, featuring interviews with its original creators, plus a look at the new comic book tie-in created for the Arrowverse version.

“Crisis Management” is a 13-minute making-of featurette looking at how the five shows coordinated to bring the crossover together.

“Crisis Past and Present: Kevin Conroy Bat Legend” is a three-minute profile of Conroy and bringing him to play a live-action Batman for the first time.

“Crisis Past and Present: Superman vs. Superman” is a four-and-a-half-minute featurette about a showdown between Routh and Hoechlin for super-supremecy.

“Characters in Crisis: Pariah” is a four-minute video about turning Tom Cavanagh’s “Flash” character into the Pariah role from the original comic.

Finally, “Characters in Crisis: The Anti-Monitor” is a five-minute examination of the main villain of the story.

‘Superman: Man of Tomorrow’; ‘Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection’ Now Available for Home Viewing

Superman: Man of Tomorrow, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, tops the slate of new disc releases available Sept. 8.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow is the latest direct-to-video “Superman” movie from Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment — the 40th release in the franchise, to be precise. The film, which was released through digital retailers on Aug. 23, is now available on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. It details the early life of the Man of Steel’s shy alter ego, Clark Kent.

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Also out Sept. 8 are a flurry of disc reissues, most notably the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment of “The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection,” an eight-disc set featuring the films Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds. Psycho for the first time includes the original theatrical cut of the film released in 1960; subsequent home video releases have all featured a version from a 1968 re-release that was slightly trimmed to get an ‘R’ rating from the MPAA. Universal is releasing this version of Psycho as a standalone 60th anniversary edition Blu-ray.

On the TV and web series front, highlights include season five of “Supergirl,” available on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and digital, from Warner Bros.; season four of “Bull” on DVD and digital from Paramount/CBS; and season seven of “Chicago P.D.,” also on DVD and digital, from Universal.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

‘Supergirl’ Season 5 on Disc Sept. 8

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 8. The season’s 19 episodes are available now for digital purchase.

In the CW’s show’s fifth season, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) confronts a shadowy organization called Leviathan, while National City becomes enthralled by an addictive new virtual reality program. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor (Jon Cryer) returns as a global hero thanks to the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover with the CW’s other superhero shows.

The cast also includes Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines, Azie Tesfai, Andrea Brooks, Julie Gonzalo, Staz Nair, Mehcad Brooks and David Harewood.

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Home video extras include deleted scenes, a gag reel and highlights from the DC TV 2019 San Diego Comic-Con panels.

The Blu-ray will also include a limited-edition bonus disc that includes all five “Crisis” crossover episodes, plus six “Crisis” featurettes.

‘Supergirl’ Season Four on Disc Sept. 17

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Supergirl: The Complete Fourth Season on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 17 (order date Aug. 13).

The season deals with Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) confronting an anti-alien movement led by Agent Liberty (Sam Witwer), as well as a conspiracy involving a duplicate of Supergirl trained by a hostile foreign government.

The cast also includes Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Katie McGrath, Jesse Rath, Nicole Maines, April Parker, David Harewood and Jon Cryer.

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The Blu-ray and DVD includes all 22 episodes, plus highlights from the show’s panel at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a “Villains: Modes of Persuasion” featurette, and a featurette about the season’s “Elseworlds” crossover event with other DC TV series.

The Blu-ray will also include the “Elseworlds” episodes from “The Flash” and “Arrow.”

The fourth season is currently available to own digitally, and a digital copy is included with the Blu-ray.

‘Arrow’ Season Seven on Disc Aug. 20

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Arrow: The Complete Seventh Season on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 20 (order date July 16).

The season deals with the aftermath of Oliver Queen’s surrendering to the FBI and publicly admitting to being the vigilante Green Arrow.

The Blu-ray and DVD includes all 22 episodes, plus highlights from the show’s panel at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International, deleted scenes, a gag reel, a “Villains: Modes of Persuasion” featurette, and a featurette about the season’s “Elseworlds” crossover event with other DC TV series.

The Blu-ray will also include the “Elseworlds” episodes from “The Flash” and “Supergirl.”

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The cast includes Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, Rick Gonzalez, Juliana Harkavy, Colton Haynes, Kirk Acevedo and Sea Shimooka.

The seventh season is currently available to own digitally, and a digital copy is included with the Blu-ray.

Stars of 1984’s ‘Supergirl’ Reflect on Film Ahead of Warner Archive Blu-ray Release

Cast members of 1984’s Supergirl were on hand at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con International July 19 to promote the July 24 Blu-ray release of the film from Warner Archive.

The two-disc set includes the film’s 125-minute international cut remastered for Blu-ray, with commentary from director Jeannot Szwarc, a vintage behind-the-scenes featurette, plus a copy of the rare 139-minute director’s cut on DVD.

Helen Slater, who was an unknown actress when she was cast as the title character, said it was a bit intimidating to appear in a cast that included Peter O’Toole, Mia Farrow and Faye Dunaway as the main villain.

“It’s definitely intimidating, especially since those actors were crazy talented and Academy Award=winning;  and Lawrence of Arabia for goodness’ sake,” Slater said. “I think part of the advantage of being 18 and turning 19 is that you don’t really know to be totally freaked out because you’re just so young. Like now if it happened I’d be more nervous.”

Slater later returned to the DC Comics realm by playing Superman’s mother on “Smallville,” and Supergirl’s adopted mother on the current “Supergirl” TV series starring Melissa Benoist.

Marc McClure played Jimmy Olsen in the film, reprising his role from the “Superman” films that starred Christopher Reeve, who was meant to have a cameo in the film.

“I think the producers just wanted to tie it in,” McClure said. “I think the plan was that Chris was supposed to be in the film, and then he was doing something else, and it was good for Jimmy to get the nod. And I had a great time.”

Instead, Reeve appears on a poster seen by Supergirl as his theme music plays.

Slater said they tried many versions of the costume, and that she had the same trainer as Reeve to prepare her for the physicality of the role.

“When I got the part I was probably 20 pounds underweight from where they needed me to be,” she said.

But the effects of the training paid off when she put on the costume.

“I was bulked up so there was a feeling of being powerful,” she said.

Slater said that she was a brunette when she was cast and dyed her hair blond for the role.

“One of the losses when they dyed my hair blond was that I couldn’t swim,” Slater said. “I went swimming three times a week for my training, and [they said] you can’t go back into the water now that your hair’s blond. They were just too worried it was going to go green.”

On top of that, they gave her a brunette wig to play Supergirl’s alter ego, Linda Lee.

“They should have done it the other way,” Slater joked.

McClure, who later appeared in the “Back to the Future” films and Apollo 13, said he’s been fortunate in his career to work with great directors and act in iconic films.

“To be able to be involved in one film that has legs, you’re a lucky actor, let alone some of the films I’ve been involved in,” McClure said.

Slater said she hasn’t had a chance to watch the new Blu-ray yet, but said it has been a while since she’s seen even part of the film.

“All the years my daughter was in our house [she and my husband] would make these birthday movies, and for my 40th birthday she was obsessed with Harry Potter and he had her, since he’s a wiz with filmmaking, use a greenscreen and had her on a broomstick flying through different movies,” Slater said. “And at the end he has her fly into Supergirl, where I’m flying, she’s on her broomstick, and she says ‘Hey Mom … See you in 20 years! Don’t forget to name me Hannah!”