This Week In Home Entertainment: The Great Gatsby, The Walking Dead, Pain & Gain And More
The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray
The Walking Dead: the Complete Third Season offers sixteen episodes of dark and intricate plotlines in and around a prison base. The latest season starts out well, but ends up drawing out a little slower than past endeavors. Still, if you are a fan of the series, Anchor Bay Home Entertainment’s set is nicely put together and features a slew of bonus features.
The Walking Dead has never been a comfortable program to watch and this doesn’t change during the third season of AMC’s drama, although for a brief moment during the first episode, fans get a reprieve from the violence and get to enjoy a zombie-free moment in the grass inside the walls of a prison, where our heroes and heroines enjoy a night of singing and enjoying the warmth of a fire. It turns out to be the calm before the storm, as zombies, some former prisoners, and an eery town named Woodbury enter the plot.
Fans of the graphic novels of the same name, written by Robert Kirkman, will be pleased to learn the Governor (David Morrissey) enters the plot as the major antagonist of the season. As Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Carl (Chandler Riggs), Dary (Norman Reedus) and the gang try to turn a prison into a home, Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) are captured by the Governor and his cronies and taken to the picturesque town of Woodbury. As the storyline moves forward, the varying plots begin to swerve closer and closer, eventually intertwining.
The Walking Dead has always reminded me a little bit of The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It’s a relentlessly depressing drama, but its studies of characters make the program worth pursuing season after season.
You can order The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: There’s no quick episode guide with the set, so I’ll just go ahead and tell you to look for most of the bonus features on the last disc, otherwise you might be looking around for the extras for several minutes. The set offers a ton of behind-the-scenes featurettes. Among these is a short extra on Michonne and The Governor and their big face off during Season 3. The story of how the show opted to take on the task of explaining the Governor’s missing eye is pretty awesome, and it’s worth a watch.
If you aren’t big on featurettes, a set of lengthy deleted scenes is also included on the disc. One scene between Carl and Beth is particularly affecting, discussing the role of God in a world filled with zombies.
Other Special Features: “Rising Son”
“Gone, but not Forgotten”
“Heart of a Warrior”
“Safety Behind Bars”
“Making the Dead”
“Guts and Glory”
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