The Walking Dead Season 3 Blu-ray ReviewSeptember 8, 2013
AMC’s The Walking Dead is a post-apocalyptic series adapted from a popular comic book by writer Robert Kirkman. It tells the story of a band of survivors desperately trying to endure in a world decimated by a zombie virus, and the horrific choices they must make on a regular basis. The sheer amount of suffering that these characters endure changes them, sometimes hardening them into warriors and sometimes breaking them completely. The Walking Dead is a masterfully shot, acted and written series, and it’s easily one of the most successful and critically-acclaimed horror shows ever to air on television. Now The Walking Dead Season 3 has arrived on Blu-ray, and fans can relive all sixteen episodes plus a host of brand new special features.
In The Walking Dead Season 3, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group – including his pregnant wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) – have discovered a prison after being forced to move on from the farm that housed them in Season 2. Rick believes it can be a relatively safe, fortified fortress – once it’s cleared of the lingering walkers surrounding the area – and the group finally breathes a sigh of relief. At the same time Andrea (whom the survivors believe dead at this point) and the katana-wielding Michonne find themselves in a town called Woodbury, where things seem too good to be true – children play in the streets, and townspeople have picnics and barbeques. It’s all run by a man named The Governor, and Michonne immediately senses that something is not right in this place. Before long the survivors at the prison and the townspeople of Woodbury will find themselves at odds with one another, with Andrea caught in the middle. Oh yeah, and there’s still plenty of zombies roaming around waiting to tear flesh from bone…
The Walking Dead Season 3 Blu-ray packs a ton of great features like audio commentaries on five of the episodes, eight brand-new featurettes, and six deleted scenes. The audio and picture quality are definitely solid, and the season takes up five Blu-ray discs.
- Audio Commentaries: Director Guy Ferland and IronE Singleton (T-Dogg) for “Killer Within;” Director/Co-Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Artist Greg Nicotero and Danai Gurira (Michonne) for “Say the Word;” Executive Producer/Writer Robert Kirkman, Executive Producers David Alpert and Gale Anne Hurd, and Danai Gurira for “Made to Suffer;” Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd and Danai Gurira for “The Suicide King;” and Director/Co-Executive Producer/Special Effects Make-Up Artist Greg Nicotero and Michael Rooker (Merle) for “This Sorrowful Life.”
- Rising Son: Showcases actor Chandler Riggs (Carl) and his interesting character arc in Season 3. Riggs talks about what it was like to play a character that’s had to grow up so quickly, and how the character has changed since previous seasons. The crew talks about him going from a scared child in the first season to a certifiable badass by Season 3, mirroring the character’s arc in the comic books.
- Evil Eye: Actor David Morrissey talks about how difficult it was to portray The Governor, a man with many different sides to his personality, with a charming facade that hides a dark and deeply disturbed psyche. The cast and crew talk about what Woodbury means to The Governor, and what he’ll sacrifice to protect it at any cost. They talk about the violent fights the town puts on to relieve stress and pent up energy, likening them to the gladiatorial battles in ancient Rome. It also goes into his rivalry with Michonne, and how her actions against him really set him over the edge mentally.
- Gone, But Not Forgotten: Goes into the makeup and prosthetics work that is featured on character deaths, and also the emotional weight that the cast feels as they have to say goodbye to a member of their “family”. A few of the actors also touch on the on-screen emotion that they need to portray to give the deaths the appropriate weight.
- Michonne vs. The Governor: Focuses on the heated interactions between Michonne and The Governor throughout the course of Season 3, especially their battle where The Governor loses his eye. The showrunners talk about the differences between the characters in the show vs. the comic.
- Safety Behind Bars: The cast discusses the prison location set, what it means to the show, and how it was amazingly transformed from a studio into what you see on the screen in about twelve weeks. The set designers, carpenters, painters and welders came up with some incredible techniques to create a convincing set, from the real guard towers and razor wire-covered fencing, to the toilets and sinks that were bought brand new and aged with painting techniques. And apparently the set was actually blown up with real rockets and 50-cal machine guns in the finale! Who knew.
- Making the Dead: Follows Greg Nicotero and his makeup team, showcasing how they are constantly trying to improve the realism and ease of application for the zombie effects. From the prosthetics, to the animatronics, to the digital effects, every tool is utilized to create convincing, gory zombie kills.
- Guts and Glory: A look at additional character deaths, going a bit more in depth into the actor’s final moments on the show and their emotional goodbyes to the cast and crew.
- Deleted Scenes: Scenes from “Walk With Me,” “Say the Word,” “Hounded,” “Home,” “I Ain’t No Judas,” and “Clear.”