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  Black Lightning: Season 1

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 6/20/18

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”

I watch this series every week, and I've enjoyed it a lot. Every week it actually gets even better. I thought the season finale was fantastic.

I'm so glad to get this DVD. Cress Williams is excellent as high school principal Jefferson Pierce, who's also the superhero Black Lightning. It's so unusual to see an older person as a superhero, let alone the star of a show. Pierce had given up being a superhero, but he's forced to get back into the game.

The characters in the show are very well done, as good as the special effects and costumes. They're all well-rounded, real people. Pierce has two daughters, Jennifer and Anissa, who also discover that they have powers. He has an ex-wife doctor, Lynn, who isn't thrilled about them all having powers, or being super heroes, but she helps them out when she can.

Pierce is assisted by old friend Peter Gambi (James Remar, one of my favorite actors), who makes their costumes and tech. We find out in the first season that Peter has many secrets of his own. Jefferson not only fights against gangsters and local drug dealers, but against a secret government organization that has done experiments on the citizens of their town of Freeland. There are many colorful bad guys to enjoy.

I only have two complaints about the show, and they're minor ones. First, there are a lot of characters to try to learn and keep track of. Second, the name of the bad guys' gang is "The 100," which is also the name of a CW show. They can't help that, I suppose, since that's the name of the characters in the original comic book. Still, I laugh every time they say "The 100."

The DVD set is awesome and has many wonderful features that any fan should enjoy. I can't wait for season 2.



All-New Extras Include 2017 Comic-Con Panel,
Gag Reel, Deleted Scenes and Much More!

Get the Blu-ray & DVD June 26, 2018
Before They Bolt Off the Shelves

BURBANK, CA - From Warner Bros. Television, DC Entertainment and Berlanti Productions, the producers of the hit series The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and DC's Legends of Tomorrow, along with Akil Productions, comes the next Super Hero breakout hit, as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Black Lightning: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD on June 26, 2018.

Black Lightning delivered the most-watched series premiere in the past two years, and remains The CW's second highest-rated show just behind The Flash. Fans that purchase the set will be able to watch all 13 electrifying episodes from the first season, supercharged with extra content including the 2017 Comic-Con panel, new featurettes, deleted scenes, gag reel and more. Black Lightning: The Complete First Season is priced to own at $29.98 SRP for the DVD and $39.99 SRP for the Blu-ray.

Black Lightning follows Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), a man wrestling with a secret. As the father of two daughters and principal of a charter high school that also serves as a safe haven for young people in a neighborhood overrun by gang violence, he is a hero to his community. Nine years ago, Pierce was a hero of a different sort. Gifted with the superhuman power to harness and control electricity, he used those powers to keep his hometown streets safe as the masked vigilante Black Lightning. Almost a decade later, Pierce's crime-fighting days are long behind him...or so he thought. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, Black Lightning returns - to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community.

"In only its first season on the air, Black Lightning has quickly established itself as a hit series with its action-packed episodes and stellar storyline," said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. "We are very excited to release the first season on Blu-ray and DVD, so fans and newcomers alike can add the new hit series to their collections along with newly added bonus content."

With Blu-ray's unsurpassed picture and sound, Black Lightning: The Complete First Season Blu-ray release will include 1080p Full HD Video with DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1. The 2-disc Blu-ray will feature a high-definition Blu-ray and a Digital Copy of all 13 episodes from season one.

Black Lightning stars Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie, Code Black), China Anne McClain (House of Payne, Descendants 2), Nafessa Williams (Code Black, Twin Peaks), Christine Adams (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Batman Begins), Marvin "Krondon" Jones III, Damon Gupton (Whiplash, Bates Motel, Empire) and James Remar (Dexter, Sex and the City, The Path). Based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning is executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Riverdale), Salim and Mara Brock Akil (The Game, Being Mary Jane, Girlfriends), and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow).

  • Black Lightning Comic-Con panel
  • A Family of Strength
  • Black Lightning Come Visit Georgia
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  1. The Resurrection
  2. LaWanda: The Book of Hope
  3. LaWanda: The Book of Burial
  4. Black Jesus
  5. And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light
  6. Three Sevens: The Book of Thunder
  7. Equinox: The Book of Fate
  8. The Book of Revelation
  9. The Book of Little Black Lies
  10. Sins of the Father: The Book of Redemption
  11. Black Jesus: The Book of Crucifixion
  12. The Resurrection and the Light: The Book of Pain
  13. Shadow of Death: The Book of War
Street Date: June 26, 2018
BD and DVD Presented in 16x9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx 572 min

Price: $29.98 SRP
3 DVDs
Audio - English (5.1)
Subtitles - English SDH

Price: $39.99 SRP
2 BDs
BD Audio - DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 - English
BD Subtitles - English SDH

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world. BLACK LIGHTNING and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and (c)DC Co

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