Blu-ray Review “The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season”

walking-dead-3Actors: Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, David Morrissey, Danai Gurira, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, IronE Singleton, Chandler Riggs, Scott Wilson and Melissa McBride.
Number of discs: 5
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2013
Run Time: 678 minutes

Season: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Like the zombies have taken over the world in “The Walking Dead”, the show is taking over TV and pop culture. When this show first started, there were doubts that it would even last longer than one season. Now it is one of the biggest shows on TV and shows no sign of slowing down. I thought that season two was epic with killing off character like Shane, Dale and Sofia but season three definitely took the cake. The show has pounded the idea into our heads that no one is safe. The show itself just really expands outside the world of zombies and introduces us to character like The Governor and the town that he has created. All-in-all this season feels very rounded, all of the characters have great arcs including Rick and Daryl. If you are a fan of this show, I would actually recommend getting the Limited Edition “Zombie Head Tank” release, which is designed by Mcfarlane Toys. Get ready for season 4 of “The Walking Dead”, which premieres on AMC this October. I will be counting down the days!

Official Premise: In this uncertain world, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors must not only fight the dead, but also face a whole new fear: the living. In this 16 episode season, the series Entertainment Weekly called the “greatest thriller ever produced for television”, Rick and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. This season also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan-favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.

The third season of “The Walking Dead” Blu-ray looks equivalent to the first two and deliver a well rounded solid presentation. I feel that since this season feels much more massive with the town and the prison, all that comes off very well in each episodes 1080p. It has this certain claustrophobic feeling yet it also depicts the show’s large scale. The star of the show on this Blu-ray is easily, the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 surround track. This season has no shortage of action from the military team in the town and the season finale blowout. This track handles at the superbly and delivers every bullet or explosion with precise clarity.

Also like past seasons, this release does have any shortage of special features found on disc five of the release, minus some episode commentary tracks. Speaking of those, they are easily the main draw for this Blu-ray. First off, we have director Guy Ferland and actor IronE Singleton chatting about “Killer Within”. Director/Co-Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Artist Greg Nicotero and Danai Gurira take over the talking on the episode “Say the Word”, great track. Executive Producer/Writer Robert Kirkman, Executive Producers David Alpert and Gale Anne Hurd, and Danai Gurira for “Made to Suffer”, good but not my favorite. ale Anne Hurd and Danai Gurira are together again on the track for episode “The Suicide King”. Lastly Greg Nicotero and Michael Rooker for “This Sorrowful Life”, another great track. So like I said easily worth the purchase of the Blu-ray alone.

So the rest of the extras consist of eight very informative and interesting featurettes. First we have “Rising Son”, which looks at Chandler Riggs’ character and how its changed. “Evil Eye” focuses on the kick-ass role of “The Governor” and the beauty that David Morrissey brings to him. “Gone, But Not Forgotten” looks at the death of the key characters and their effects, which is also similar to the extras “Guts and Glory”. “Heart of a Warrior” looks into the world of Michonne and Danai Gurira’s portrayal. “Michonne vs. The Governor” looks into the face-off of these two characters. “Safety Behind Bars” looks into the sets and location shooting for the season. “Making the Dead” takes into the mind of Nicotero and his zombies. Lastly there are about 15 minutes of deleted scenes from the following episodes ”Walk With Me,” “Say the Word,” “Hounded,” “Home,” “I Ain’t No Judas,” and “Clear”.

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