Summary of "The Complete 2nd Season: Limited Edition - Still a great show": I feel as though I was rewarded for putting my faith in Glen Mazzara; he certainly didn't let me down. Some people complained that the early part of the season was boring, but I didn't find that at all. I liked that they were constantly on the run, and had a chance to settle down and try to lead a "normal" life, at least for awhile. I enjoy the mental aspects of watching "survivor" shows; the group dynamics, how they're going to survive, not just from zombies, but from everything else, and what other people they'll come in contact with. Last season I didn't have "favorite" characters either, but this season I became attached to a few of them, though I won't say who.
This BD set is quite good, though I'm still bothered that there are videos on the AMC website that aren't included in this set. I really, really hope they don't choose to double-dip again in a few months by releasing a "Season 2: Special Edition" set like the did with season 1. That was pretty horrible for the fans, even though the initial set didn't cost tons of money. The featurettes found here are all under 10 minutes, yet they pack a lot of content into little time. I think it helps that each featurette is so focused, as opposed to something that's a longer piece trying to cover so many aspects of the production. The set I received was the "Limited Edition," with the BDs packed inside the zombie head. That thing wasn't too popular around my house, even though I loved it. My wife said it was too creepy, and that I had to take it to the basement, and my dog would bark and growl at it any time he saw it (yeah, I have a "zombie watchdog"). The head actually makes for a really cool special package; you jab the screwdriver into the eye socket to unlatch the hinge on the head. Open it up and the BDs are sitting there in a regular BD case. A lot of thought went into creating something that is cool to look at, is functional, and most importantly, holds a regular BD case inside.
I've been resisting reading the comics because I don't want to spoil the show, but I think I'm going to go ahead and take the plunge and crack some of these beautiful hardcover books I have sitting on my shelves. Hopefully there are enough things different that I can enjoy both of the stories, plus the Telltale game, and the upcoming Walking Dead video game based on the show, and whatever else they decide to come out with. As for season 3, I say bring it on... in a year when it's out on BD. (read entire review)
Summary of "Season 1 - Braaaaaiiiiinnnnnnsssss": I really enjoyed the show, and I'm glad I waited to watch it on BD, but I have a little rant in terms of the bonus material. There's NOTHING special about the material on this set. With the exception of "On Set with Andrew Lincoln," it's all available on AMC.com. In fact, there's tons more material that wasn't used on the set, and I find that really annoying. I want to see new material on the DVD/BD releases, stuff like commentaries, or featurettes that weren't available elsewhere. If you're going to just include web material, include all of it. Why isn't there a featurette on turning the comic book into a TV series? It's on the website. Why don't they have stills from the first issue of the comic book? It's available on the Image Comics website for free.
Complaints about the bonus material aside, I enjoyed the set. The set is only $23 (as I type this) on Amazon.com for the BD; a heck of a deal for nearly 5 hours of TV, especially quality TV. If you haven't already ordered this, you should really pick it up. My wife wouldn't watch it with me because she said it'd be too scary, but I didn't find it scary at all. Sure, there are some tense moments, but nothing that should make you jump, just feel a bit uneasy.
Now that I've seen the show I'm going to order the comics ASAP. Of course I'll have to get through a few series' I'm reading before I jump into them, but they'll look nice on my shelf until then.
P.S. The PR people behind The Walking Dead release had a lot of fun; the package that contained the set had a bloody footprint on it. It really freaked out the FedEx guy who brought it to my door (he was ready to file a report because it had been stepped on). (read entire review)
Top Honors to The 2nd Season; Other HMM Awards to Thrones, Burnett, Friends, Morphin', More!
Early in March we let you know about the voting for the 2013 Home Media Magazine Awards, and now the balloting and judging is over, and the award-winners have been announced! We're pleased to mention... (read entire news item)
Pricing Now Available for 'The Complete 3rd Season: Limited Edition'
Back in October, when it first debuted, we brought you the heads-up that The Walking Dead - The Complete 3rd Season for DVD ($69.98 SRP) and Blu-ray ($79.99 SRP) was up for pre-order at Amazon.com, so... (read entire news item)
An Early Look at 'Limited Edition' Packaging for 'The Complete 3rd Season'
As the fans anxiously await the return of The Walking Dead - The Complete 3rd Season to broadcasts on AMC this coming Sunday, following the mid-season break, the folks at MTV Geek has yesterday posted... (read entire news item)
BDs, DVDs of the Just-Debuted Season 3 are Even Now In-the-Works!
Two weeks ago saw the debut of the third season of the AMC channel show, and Amazon.com has already begun taking pre-orders for home video releases of The Walking Dead - The Complete 3rd Season for both... (read entire news item)
Finalized List of Bonus Material for 'The Complete 2nd Season' on DVD, Blu-ray
August 28th sees the releases of The Walking Dead - The Complete 2nd Season on DVD, standard-package Blu-ray Disc, and Limited Edition "zombie head" packaging (see images of each of these below). In... (read entire news item)
'2nd Season' Press Release: Trailer, Final Details, Art for DVD, Blu-ray, Limited BD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT
BRINGS BACK THE DEAD WITH
THE WALKING DEAD
THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
ON BLU-RAY AND DVD AUGUST 28, 2012
A LIMITED EDITION ZOMBIE HEAD DESIGNED
BY... (read entire news item)
Street Date, Extras Overview is Revealed for DVD, Blu of 'The Complete 2nd Season'
Back in early April we brought you word that The Walking Dead - The Complete 2nd Season is coming to DVD and also to high-def Blu-ray Disc...and in a special collectable package for the latter, too! ... (read entire news item)
DVD and Limited Edition Blu-ray Package Coming for 'The Complete 2nd Season'
After wrapping up its 13-episode run a couple of weeks ago, the sophomore year of the hit AMC series is up on Amazon.com, where they have begun taking pre-orders for The Walking Dead - The Complete 2nd... (read entire news item)
Press Release for Season 1 Special Edition
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT
GIVES YOU A COLLECTION TO DIE FOR
WITH THE OCTOBER 4 RELEASE OF AMC'S
"THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 1SPECIAL EDITION"
Three Versions Available Oozing with Extras Including
a... (read entire news item)
Our Last 3 Online Video Clips Before 'The Complete 1st Season' Attacks!
The street date of the Dead is almost here! Next Tuesday, March 8th, sees AMC's release of The Walking Dead - The Complete 1st Season on both high-def Blu-ray Disc and standard DVD formats. We've previously... (read entire news item)
Preview Clips for Extras on 'The Complete 1st Season'
As most of you probably know, on March 8th Anchor Bay is releasing The Walking Dead - The Complete 1st Season on both DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc. A couple of weeks ago we showed off an online trailer... (read entire news item)
Online Trailer for 'The Complete 1st Season' on DVD and Blu-ray
Take a walk on the undead side, as the groundbreaking, genre-bending AMC original series "THE WALKING DEAD" rises again when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the Blu-ray and DVD of the hit show that... (read entire news item)
AMC/Anchor Bay's Press Release for 'The Complete 1st Season' on DVD and Blu-ray
For Immediate Release
"THE BEST NEW SHOW ON TV" - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES
THE WALKING DEAD:
The Complete First Season
ON DVD AND Blu-ray
MARCH 8, 2011
Beverly... (read entire news item)
Early Info About Extras are Revealed for 'Season 1' on DVD and Blu-ray
Bit by little bit, info has slowly come out from various sources about the AMC/Anchor Bay release of The Walking Dead - Season 1, coming to DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc on March 8th. This week's print... (read entire news item)
Front Cover Art Shambles In for Season 1 on High-Def Blu-ray
The other day we showed off an early picture of the package art for The Walking Dead - Season 1 on DVD. This is coming to both DVD and high-def format from AMC and Anchor Bay, and should be available... (read entire news item)
'Season 1' DVD and Blu-ray Release Date Clarified; Early DVD Box Art
A week ago we posted the press release from AMC and Anchor Bay, passing along word that a deal had been struck for AB to release AMC's The Walking Dead on DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc. At the time, we... (read entire news item)
Press Release Announces AMC's 'Dead' DVD/BD Distribution Deal with Anchor Bay
NOTE: Amazon.com is currently showing a ship date of March 8th. We are informed that this date is not correct, although it's close. We will report a street date for this title once it has been finalized.... (read entire news item)
AMC's Zombies are Planning to Invade Your House via Home Video!
Waking up in an empty hospital after weeks in a coma, County Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finds himself utterly alone. The world as he knows it is gone, ravaged by a zombie epidemic. The Walking... (read entire news item)