“ Genre: Television / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: Frank Darabont, Ernest R. Dickerson, Guy Ferland, Gwyneth Horder-Payton, Michelle Maxwell MacLaren / Actors: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn ... / Blu-ray released 2011-05-16 at E1 Entertainment / Features of the Blu-ray: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen „
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When this American TV series started back in 2010, all I can say is that i was addicted from day one! I am now on the latest season and it is still going strong.
The start of series begins with a small town sheriff waking up from a coma in a deserted hospital. Not having a clue of what is going on; he leaves the hospital only notice that it is not just the hospital that is deserted. The streets and the Town he once lived and worked in are now empty of human life and instead rampaged by Zombies.
The story continues to focus on the search for his wife and son, as he journeys in this exciting adventure armed with his gun and little knowledge of the whereabouts of his family or his friends. He along the way meets fellow survivors that will aid him on his goal.
The Making of the Walking dead- This gives a great insight into the creation of the show, interviews with the some of those involved in the show from actors to producers, As well as a behind the scene look at the show.
Inside the walking dead- This goes into detail of each episode, including episode summary and how characters influence the flow of the story.
Sneak Peek With Robert Kirkman: This is basically a preview of the season and a small sediment on making of the show.
Zombie make up tips- This unfortunately does actually show the secrets behind the creating the on screen zombies, however does illustrate some fun tips on how to make zombie like costumes.
Convention Panel with Producers: producers of the show talk in detail about the show.
Season 2 trailer is also available to watch
other extras are Zombie School, Bicycle Girl, On Set With Robert Kirkman, Hanging With Steven Yeun, On Set With Andrew Lincoln.My Personal Review:
This show is truly engrossing and highly addictive, it engages you in the story very well as well as building audience empathy towards the characters. The Character development done in this season is done very well, with each character bringing something to the table.
Each episode leaves a gripping cliff hanger; leaving you wanting more.
One this i will warn viewers about is the gore level of the show. Be warned there are a few seasons blood and gore which should be expected for a Horror drama type of zombie series.
Overall i would give this season 10/10 and would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves horrors, dramas and series with a solid continuous story.
The walking dead is a hit US tv show originally shown by AMC. It was first broadcast on October 31st 2010 and has won many awards. It smashed records when recording over 9 million viewers for it's season 2 finale as it became the most watched basic cable drama telecast in history. This post apocalyptic drama first began life as a comic book written by three individuals with a zombie dream. Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard.
My First Thoughts -
When I saw the trailer for the show I first thought not more zombies. Everywhere you look nowadays there they are in films, games and now tv shows. It seems we can't get enough of them.
After watching the first episode my opinion soon changed and I was so excited to see what happens next.
The Plot -
Rick Grimes the local sherrif has just woken from a coma into his living nightmare. The whole town and the world as he knows it has been flipped upside down. He must find his family and figure out what has happens the only thing standing in his way is a lot of flesh eating zombies.
Along the way Rick encounters a variety of people some good some who would do anything to survive. There are many shady characters
that Rick has to contend with and many secrets that makes this not just gun wielding zombie show. In fact most of the time you will forget they even exist as there is so much emotional emphasis on the characters that the viewer becomes hooked.
The Bly ray makes the show come alive. Especially the chase scenes and along with the music the sound quality is epic. If your thinking of purchasing this little gem then definatley get the blu ray version.
**TV SHOW ONLY REVIEW**
The Walking Dead begun life as a monthly comic, written by Robert Kirkman with art by Tony Moore. Due to delays with the art, Moore soon relinquished interior artwork choosing to remain on cover art duties, whilst Charlie Adlard took over from the sixth issue onwards. As a result, all three have creator credits on the TV adaptation of their work.
The genesis for the comic came from Kirkman remarking how he hated the fact zombie movies had to end after two hours and he wanted to chart the extended story beyond the traditional time frame for a zombie movie. With the concept working so well in the monthly comic book format, it seemed a no-brainer for television executives to adapt the idea into a weekly television show.
The Walking Dead beings with our protagonist, Rick Grimes, coming out of a coma to find that the dead have risen and taken over the world. He manages to stumble out of the hospital in a 28 Days Later inspired sequence, and tries to locate his wife and child, whom he is convinced survived the zombie apocalypse. Where a normal Hollywood movie would focus on this odyssey for a whole movie - this is only the beginning of the TV show which soon develops into an ensemble drama about a group of survivors who are consistently under the threat of death.
Rick is played by Andrew Lincoln, a British actor who is famous for appearances in This Life, Teachers and Love Actually. Here, Lincoln, adopts a fairly convincing American accent and a constant state of bewilderment at the situation he finds himself in. Out of all the cast members, Rick seems to be the most heroic, as he is our lead character, and he also seems to be the one who gets the more dramatic scenes.
This first series follows the basic structure of the first volume from the comic book series, which is available in a collected format for just under £6. Fans of the comic book shouldn't worry about it being a straight adaptation, since the series does deviate in places from the comic, with the addition of new characters and in the case of the finale, a whole new location and sub-plot.
Being a fan of the comics, I would say that the show seems its weakest when it does branch out and attempt 'original material' as I found the season closer to be the worst episode of the six on the Blu-Ray and I should have been more on the edge of my seat because it was the unknown. Despite some problems with it's new material, I did like the introduction of completely new character, Daryl Dixon, who features heavily in the TV series despite no appearance in the near 100 issues of the comic.
With the concept of a weekly zombie TV show, you would expect there to be a large amount of special effects and crowd scenes, and while there are really good set-pieces, the show manages to be clever in maintaining an effect of a mass populous of zombies without wasting too much of their budget on showing this. The special effects used on close-up sequences, such as the half-torso crawling zombie featured prominently in the premiere, as well as promotional materials, is fantastic. They look the same calibre as the zombies you would see in a big-budget George A. Romero film.
I would recommend this show to any fans of zombie movies, apocalyptic drama or just plain horror fans. There is a good balance of action and character moments, in order to make you care about these desperate survivors moments before they are ripped to pieces by an undead creature. At six episodes, the first season may seem short, but it is well-paced and contains the whole first chapter of the Walking Dead saga with some 'directors cut' scenes.