All six episodes from the brief but successful initial run of AMC's The Waking Dead are collected on this release. The show concerns a police officer who wakes out of a coma to discover that a zombie causing plague has swept through the world. He sets off to find his wife and child, and soon falls in with a band of survivors attempting to keep the flesh-eaters at bay.
Pilot episode: the black & white version
Audio commentaries on all 6 episodes
We are the Walking Dead
Bring out the dead: KNB and the art of making zombies
Digital decay: the VFX of the Walking Dead
No more room in hell: the Walking Dead phenomenon
Adapting the dead
Killer conversations: Frank Darabont & Greg Nicotero
Andrew LincolnRick Grimes
Sarah Wayne CalliesLori
Chandler RiggsCarl Grimes
Norman ReedusDaryl Dixon
Scott WilsonHershel Greene
Lauren CohanMaggie Greene
David MorrisseyThe Governor
Michael RookerMerle Dixon
Emily KinneyBeth Greene
Frank DarabontExecutive Producer
Gale Anne HurdExecutive Producer
David AlpertExecutive Producer
Charles H. EgleeExecutive Producer
Glen MazzaraExecutive Producer
Jack LoGiudiceCo-Executive Producer
Circle of ConfusionProduction Company
Valhalla EntertainmentProduction Company
Darkwoods ProductionsProduction Company
AMC StudiosProduction Company
Gregory NicoteroMake Up
Gregory MeltonProduction Designer
Creature Film,Prime-Time Drama [TV]
The Walking Dead
3 Discs, DVD, Special Edition
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
Blood and Gore
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Special Edition] [3 Discs] [DVD]
One of the BEST, intensely realistic, apocalyptic visions on television today! AMC definitely pushes the limits and crosses the line when it comes to edge-of-your-seat entertainment! And they do it with high class!
The masterful make-up effects from Greg Nicotero and crew are stunningly spectacular and state-of-the-art, rivalling anything seen in big screen, theatrical releases! The actors certainly know their craft and bring the 'human experience' to its fullest measure in this outstanding, classic television achievement!!!
My review is biased due to my love for zombies, so I really doesn't matter. Although, if you care... This series has got to be one of my favorites. Like many of the suspenseful TV shows out there, expect cliffhangers at the end of almost every episode.
Grab your favorite snacks and get ready to start a season 1 marathon when you get this. You may not have intended a marathon, but it'll happen.
This review is from The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Special Edition] [3 Discs] [Blu-ray]
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rick Grimes' journey begins
This 2 disc set contains all six Season 1 episodes. The picture quality is excellent. What's even better is the abundance of extras. In the section called "Special Features," there are 11 featurettes, including a 30 minute "Making of" segment of the whole season, and an appoximately 5 minute "Inside" segment for each episode. There are also zombie make up tips and a panel discussion from Comic Con. There's another section called "Extra Footage" with six 3/12 minute segments featuring some of the actors and special effects. It was interesting to see the origin of the 3 characters who survived up to the current (9th) season. Even though the season only had 6 episodes, this set is worth it for the extras alone, plus I got a Black Friday deal for 3.99.
Not reviewing the DVD/Blu-Ray on this review but if you have NOT seen this series on AMC, then you missed out on one of the best zombie movies/shows of all time. I thought the progression from episode 1 through the season ending was fantastic with how they not only approached the zombie apocalypse but also the human side of how people would be if this were to happen. The acting was good for what they had to spend it on and they really drag you into the plot. As for the "make-up", TOP NOTCH. I didn't think I would see that much blood or violence outside of the movies.
I can't wait for season two, which if I am correct is about 15 episodes. Can't wait to see what will happen between the two sheriffs, where they are going to head out to, the father/son that he first met and as anyone who watches a ton of horror/zombie flicks, wonders when and how they will bump into the guy they left on the side of the road to turn into a zombie. Did he shot himself or fully turn, I can't wait to find out. See you all on the Zombie Side and will be picking this up on day one of its release.
As to the "DVD Extras", can't comment so giving it an average.
This series had probably the best planned season premiere by launching on Halloween (IMHO this is when all horror genre films and series should premiere) on the AMC cable network.
The show is based on comic book (graphic novel) and follows the story of a group of survivors of a viral apocolypse that turned friends, family, neighbors, etc. into zombies.
The story takes place (and from what I understand is actually filmed on location) in Atlanta, GA, and because it is on cable they can push the envelope with regards to content and graphic nature of the story (so it may not be to everyone's taste).
The only downfall of this first season is that there are only 6 episodes. However, the series was quickly renewed for another season and word is there will be 13 episodes. On my cable provider (Comcast) subscribers also had access to bonus content (behind the scenes, makeup...). Season 2 is scheduled to premiere October 2011 during AMC's Fearfest (just like Season 1 launched).
1- Days Gone By
3-Tell It To the Frogs
Bonus Features (per another source):
Extra Footage and Featurettes including The Making Of THE WALKING DEAD
Inside THE WALKING DEAD Episodes 1-6
A Sneak Peek with Robert Kirkman
Behind the Scenes Zombie Make-Up Tips
Convention Panel with Producers
THE WALKING DEAD Trailer
I was riveted by this series. It was fantastic and the quality of every aspect about it made it quite cinematic. It never felt like a television show.
Every zombie movie touches upon the difficulties of adjusting to life once society breaks down. However, in those zombie movies, they are only able to devote a few moments, out of the 90-120 minutes, to that enthralling subject.
In this series they go through a painstaking detail about what it's like to lose your family, dealing with "dangerous" survivors, the logic of racism when there is no longer a real race left, sacrificing survivors for the betterment of the others, how to maintain a family and raise children in an apocolypse, figuring out the vulnerabilities and behavior of the zombies, and whether life is really even worth living in such a bleak world.
The zombies are pretty much secondary since they just exist to create this stunning landscape to establish a top notch drama. This is as good as anything that could be out there. Even my wife, who would never willfully watch a "zombie" movie, was totally engrossed by this captivating drama.
This is a "perfect ten" of a piece of entertainment!