Blu-Ray / DVD [rating: 4.5]
As far as picture and audio quality are concerned, the standard DVD still looks great, but you get an obvious quality bump if you go Blu-ray. I’ve heard other comments and I agree that the Blu-ray transfer looks better than when I watched it on AMC HD. If you’re big onquality, this may be reason enough to pick up the Blu-ray copy.
Both the Blu-ray and DVD versions have the exact same extra features, which include:
-The Making of THE WALKING DEAD
-Inside THE WALKING DEAD: Episode 1–6
-A Sneak Peek With Robert Kirkman
-Behind the Scenes Make-Up Tips
-Convention Panel with Producers
-THE WALKING DEAD Trailer
-On Set With Robert Kirkman
-Hanging With Steven Yeun
-Inside Dale’s RV
-On Set With Andrew Lincoln
These extras, most of them run in the five minute range (with the exception of the “Making Of” feature), leave a bit to be desired, but will be fun for fans of the show. Most of the features give a little insight on the creative and process behind the show, and you can tell how passionate the entire cast and crew is. Unfortunately, there is also no audio commentary on each episode, so those who really want to hear about the making of each episode in detail probably won’t get what you are looking for. While short, theschool feature is pretty interesting to watch, but I’d like to see commentary and extra features (especially zombie school!) expanded upon for future seasons.
If you’ve already seen the first season, you may be on the fence, but I think the cost and the quality of the episodes are worth the price. Multiple retailers, including Amazon.com are selling the Blu-ray for around $22.99, so the price is great for six-plus hours of movie quality episodes. There could be more extras or longer extra features, but you can just consider those icing on the cake for now, as most will pick this season up for the episodes. I’d definitely like to see more extensive features and commentary, but I expect to see more in future seasons if the popularity of the show continues to rise.
If you haven’t watched any of the first season of, I highly recommend picking it up, even though it is only six episodes. The acting is great, the special effects are great, and this is a must-see for a fan of zombie movies. An excellent first season combined with a high quality Blu-ray transfer and extra features is a winning combination.