The Walking Dead (The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review)

The Walking Dead (The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review)

📅15 September 2012, 00:36

The Walking Dead (The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review)
Created By: Frank Darabont
Where to get it: Anchor Bay

The Prologue
I admit that I was late getting into The Walking Dead. At first I was a horror nerd that loved the comic book and somewhat hated the idea of getting all popular. That was a bit selfish of me in a way and I was a little sad to see it become as big and overblown as it did. I never watched a single show until I purchased season 1 on Blu-ray. And I must admit I did enjoy what I saw. I enjoyed it so much that I didn’t watch a single episode of season 2 until this Blu-ray set here arrived in my hands. So how does the second season go in comparison to the first? After the big cliff hanger (that we comic book fans already knew about) was dropped during the end of season 1, we were all waiting on the edge of our seats for the much longer season 2. Now having seen it myself, you could say it has a few ups and downs. Still, I say it makes us anything but disappointed.

The Season
When the world is ravaged by a zombie apocalypse, police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and a small group of others struggle to stay alive as ‘the dead’ stalk them at every turn. Can Rick and the others hold onto their humanity as they fight to live in this terrifying new world? And, amidst dire conditions and personal rivalries, will they ultimately survive one another? Based on Robert Kirkman’s hugely successful and popular comic book series, AMC’s original series “The Walking Dead” is an epic, edge-of-your-seat drama where personal struggles are magnified against a backdrop of moment-to-moment crisis. A survivalist story at its core, the series explores how the living are changed by the overwhelming realization that those who survive can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth. They themselves have become the walking dead.

The Walking Dead is still the most popular horror show to come along in a very long time, and its success has paved the way for more horror themed shows. While the zombie craze seems to be slowly fading a bit, The Walking Dead, keeps everyone’s attention for a whole thirteen episodes this time around. And of course I must admit that a lot of the show does come across as more soap opera with just a little blood, guts, and zombies tossed in for good measure. One could even say that the season does kick off just a tad bit slow. That isn’t a thing that lasts very long and soon we have stuff that is keeping us glued to the screen and shocked from one show to the next.

The bread and butter of this show continue being the characters. Here we have new characters introduced and they aren’t half bad for the most part. As the season moves along you just never know who will be living and who will be the next to die. It is that type of storytelling and unpredictability that makes this show so damn interesting and keeps people tuning in each week. It is also the same type of stuff that makes you clear a whole day (if possible) and start your own Walking Dead marathon just because you don’t want to stop watching until the season is over. If you liked the first season I am sure you’ll love this one.

You get great character development. We have zombies (double YAY!), and we have some of the best storytelling on television as the season moves along. Yes, this has gone mainstream and everyone and their grandmother loves it. But don’t let the overhyping of the show from others take away from your enjoyment of this awesome show. The second season of The Walking Dead does indeed top the first and if you love horror, zombies, and all around great TV shows you should own it.

The Discs
The Complete Season 2 of The Walking Dead comes to us on a full 1080p transfer in 1:78:1, which is its TV format. The overall picture looks near perfect with the colors on the screen being well matched for the tone of the TV show. There is a lot of grain in the film, which I am pretty sure is done to just further drive home the feel of the show. So in short, it print is done in a masterful way that shows the gloom and doom feel of the show. But it still keeps the awesome details that make it a near perfect HD disc.

The Rating (9/10)        

Features

– Deleted Scenes (29 min.; HD)
– Webisodes (20 min.; HD)
– All the Guts Inside (6 min.; HD)
– Live or Let Die (7 min.; HD):
– The Meat of the Music (8 min.; HD)
– Fire on Set (6 min.; HD)
– The Ink Is Alive (9 min.; HD)
– The Sound of the Effects (5 min.; HD)
– In the Dead Water (5 min.; HD)
– You Could Make a Killing (6 min.; HD)
– She Will Fight (6 min.; HD)
– Extras Wardrobe (3 min.; HD)
– The Cast on Season 2 (5 min.; HD)
– Audio Commentaries: For Five of this season’s thirteen episodes

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