Blu-ray Review: Supernatural: The Complete Twelfth SeasonBlu-ray Review: Supernatural: The Complete Twelfth Season
Review of the Season 12 Blu-ray set for the TV series Supernatural Blu-ray Review: Supernatural: The Complete Twelfth Season

Season Twelve. When the story of the Winchesters first unfolded on The WB Network in 2005, did we have any clue that we’d still be watching the adventures of Supernatural’s Sam and Dean in 2017 and beyond?

This week, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released Supernatural: The Complete Twelfth Season on Blu-ray and DVD. The set contains all 23 episodes from Season 12 and you can find Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s release about the set below.

The Winchester family business adds a little more family in Season Twelve! Continue the thrilling and terrifying journey with the Winchester brothers when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Supernatural: The Complete Twelfth Season on Blu-ray and DVD on September 5, 2017. The set contains all 23 gripping episodes from Season Twelve and is packed with over four hours of bonus content – including 3 Mythology featurettes, commentaries, the show’s packed Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes and a priceless gag reel.

In the show’s twelfth season, Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles) are reunited with their mother, Mary Winchester (Samantha Smith), newly resurrected by the apocalyptic force known as the Darkness. But Mary Winchester is not the only family appearing this season. In addition to Lucifer being sprung from Hell, he’s also expecting a son. Now, the Winchesters – with Castiel’s help – must not only contend with Crowley, Lucifer and his spawn, and the arrival of the conniving British Men of Letters (who’ve come to “complicate” their hunting days), but they’ll also have to relearn what it is to be a family again after all these years.

“After twelve captivating seasons on the air, Supernatural has remained a strong seller on all home entertainment platforms and ratings hit for The CW,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “We’re thrilled to offer the show’s ravenous fans the latest season to add to their Blu-ray and DVD collections – loaded with hours of new behind-the-scenes bonus content.”

Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th, Gilmore Girls) and Jensen Ackles (Smallville, My Bloody Valentine) as Sam and Dean Winchester, in addition to Misha Collins (24, Girl Interrupted) as Castiel and Mark A. Sheppard (In the Name of the Father, White Collar) as Crowley. Created by Eric Kripke (Revolution, Timeless), the twelfth season of the hit series was executive produced by Andrew Dabb, Robert Singer (Timecop, Lois & Clark), Phil Sgriccia (Smallville), Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming (Lois & Clark) and Jeremy Carver (Frequency, Being Human) Produced by Warner Bros. Television, Supernatural returns for its thirteenth season this fall on The CW.

So how’s the set?

The Episodes: I loved what the presence of a revived Mary (Samantha Smith) adds to the mix. As is pointed out on the set, Dean only knew her when he was very young, and Sam never really got to know her at all. Whenever Supernatural focuses on the Winchesters or their ancestors, that family aspect just works best for me. For Season 12, the boys have to deal with the British Men of Letters among other threats, and some faces like Lucifer come back to the surface. Also – spoiler warning! – I’m really curious where the show is headed next, as a whole new world is introduced by season’s end… literally.

The Extras: This is where you see why Supernatural is worth buying on Blu-ray… beyond the superior picture quality. Quite aware of the popularity of the show among its fans, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment continues to go all out for Supernatural DVD extras. All three of the mythology features, focusing on Mary, The Hunter’s Life, and the Clash of the British Men of Letters, are fantastic, and there are even some interviews with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki within. There’s a gag reel, and Supernatural’s are often among the best. They’ve got the 2016 Comic-Con panel, and I pray the 2017 one is on next year’s. The set includes deleted scenes. But best of all: There are commentaries! “Rock Never Dies” has Rick Springfield and composer Jay Gruska. “Family Feud” has Ruth Connell and writers Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner. “The British Invasion” features writers Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner with actors Adam Fergus and David Haydn-Jones. Again, it’s the attention to the fans with details like these that make these sets special.

I’m also pretty sure I’ve said this, but whenever there’s a feature on the behind-the-scenes aspect of the show, I’m impressed. I’ve been to the set a half-dozen times now and it’s really something special, a team of people who love what they’re doing. Getting glimpses of them at work on the extras is really neat.

Is It Worth It? Absolutely. For a fan, it’s a no-brainer; but in general, I’m impressed that Supernatural remains entertaining and good this far into its run. Definitely check it out!

Craig Byrne, Editor-In-Chief

KSiteTV Editor-In-Chief Craig Byrne has been writing about TV on the internet since 1995. He is also the author of several published books, including Smallville: The Visual Guide and the show's Official Companions for Seasons 4-7.

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