Chicago Fire season 6 DVD review

CHICAGO FIRE -- "Put White On Me" Episode 617 -- Pictured: (l-r) Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "Put White On Me" Episode 617 -- Pictured: (l-r) Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Morris/NBC) /

Chicago Fire’s season 6 DVD set is now available, but is it worth owning? Here’s a look at what is included in the latest Chicago Fire DVD set.

Three months after the season ended, Chicago Fire season 6 has come to DVD. Universal Studios Home Entertainment released the most recent set of episodes on Tuesday.

The goal is for One Chicago fans to be able to purchase the sixth season before the seventh cycle starts in just under a month, but is this release worth your money?

The DVD set is six discs, and contains all 23 episodes from the sixth season. They include the only crossover of the season (“Hiding Not Seeking”) and both two-hour “movie events” that combined two episodes (like the season finale).

When compared to the TV broadcasts, the Chicago Fire season 6 DVD collection is normal quality for a DVD release. It’s not as sharp as NBC‘s high-definition broadcast, but a cut above what you saw if you were watching in standard definition.

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And of course, there’s the obvious bonus of having a physical copy of the episodes, and not being dependent on digital or streaming services like Hulu to watch again (especially as we know Hulu is limited in how many episodes it lets fans see).

But that’s where things about this release start to get a little dicey.

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Once again, there are no special features included on the Chicago Fire DVD release. There weren’t any last year and there generally haven’t been any.

The packaging tries to pass off the Chicago PD crossover episode as a special feature, but it’s not really; it’s just good business practice to include the other half of a crossover as part of this set.

As far as actual, original content created specifically for this release goes, Universal Studios hasn’t included any.

The technical details are also a bit lacking. There are closed captions in English, but the only other language supported is French (subtitles), which is way less than Universal Studios provided for the fifth season. That set had two language tracks and three subtitle options, not including English. So this set is actually less accessible than the one before it.

Add in another run of the mill plastic slipcase, and this really isn’t a remarkable set. The $28 price tag comes out to about $1.21 per episode, which is less than you’d pay on iTunes (which normally sells HD versions of episodes for $2.99 and SD for $1.99). But that discount and being able to physically hold onto the episodes are the only pluses for a set that should be much better after six seasons.

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The Chicago Fire season 6 DVD collection is now available on Amazon for $27.99 as of this writing. It is also available now at other major retailers.