[Editor’s note: The countdown to The Walking Dead Season Five continues! The fifth season will shamble back to AMC on October 12th. To celebrate, we will feature a weekly review of each season. We wish to thank Mark Rivera for allowing us to reprint his TWD reviews from his Genreonline site! Today we look at Season Two!]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season: 4-Disc Set
Media: Blu-ray Disc
Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and Michael Rooker English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Surround Sound and French Dolby Surround Sound English Subtitles For The Deaf and Hearing Impaired and Spanish Language Subtitles Bonus Features, Featurettes, Webisodes, Audio Commentaries and Deleted Scenes Home Video Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment MPAA Rating: Not Rated Running Time: 578 minutes
Season two of The Walking Dead picks up minutes after the first season finale and with a few departures of the graphic novel series, follows our survivors through the Hershel Farm story-line and all of the actors get the chance to explore and define their characters. Past infidelities leads to a fateful collision between two lawmen who were once akin to brothers toward one another and literally become mortal enemies by the end. The horrors of the world encroach not only from the threat of the walking dead, but also from the inhumanity of the living as Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) struggles with the burdens of leadership in an uncertain word. In short, The Walking Dead is the best prime time soap opera on television and it neither exploits nor under uses it’s zombie apocalypse setting because it is that setting that makes the characters come to life in a way that they may never had known had the old world not ended. Does that mean they love their new world? Absolutely not, but it does mean they don’t take being alive for granted.
The Walking Dead is shot on super 16mm film to maintain a certain look that the high definition Blu-ray Discs capture spot on with an AVC encoded 1080p/24fps high definition resolution. (You must have an HDTV capable of playing back 1080p to get back the full resolution) The resolution of the (1.78:1) widescreen presentation looks better than the digital cable broadcasts and i’Tunes digital downloads and it also features a terrific English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Lossless Surround Soundtrack. A French Language Dolby Surround Soundtrack and English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired as well as Spanish Language Subtitles are encoded onto all four discs containing all thirteen episodes of the second season.
Audio commentaries for the episodes What Lies Ahead featuring Executive Producer/Showrunner Glen Mazzara, Executive Producer/Writer Robert Kirkman, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer David Alpert, Pretty Much Dead Already featuring Executive Producer/Showrunner Glen Mazzara, Producer Scott M. Gimple, Director Michelle MacLaren, Editor Julius Ramsay, Nebraska featuring Executive Producer/Showrunner Glen Mazzara, Co-Executive Producer Evan Reilly, Actor Scott Wilson, Actor Stephen Yeun, Judge, Jury, Executioner featuring Executive Producer/Showrunner Glenn Mazzara, Co-Executive Producer, Makeup Effects Master Greg Nicotero, Writer Angela Kang, Actress Laurie Holden, and Beside The Dying Fire featuring Executive Producer/Showrunner Glen Mazzara, Director Ernest Dickerson, Co-Executive Producer and Makeup Effects Master Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer/Writer Robert Kirkman, and Actor Norman Reedus are included. These are great retrospective commentaries that are very informative. I really like Glen Mazzara’s style of explaining things and interacting with the other participants and the ease at which he engages the conversation with questions that are interesting and educational. Robert Kirkman is very open about answering questions related to the second season and Gale Anne Hurd is a consummate professional.
Mr. Mazzara also provides optional audio commentary for deleted scenes presented in full HD from eight of the thirteen episodes (29:18) while Greg Nicotero provides commentary for the six part webisode series Torn Apart (19:41). Both feature a “Play All” option for viewing too. Featurettes entitled All The Guts (5:33), Live Or Let Die (6:48), The Meat Of The Music (7:53), Fire On Set (6:09), The Ink Is Alive (9:05), The Sound Of The Effects (4:30), In The Dead Water (5:05), You Could Make A Killing (6:19), She Will Fight (5:39), The Cast On Season 2 (4:49) and
Extras Wardrobe (2:47) wrap up the bonus features included within this excellent Blu-ray Disc set.
The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season: 4-Disc Set is available on Blu-ray Disc now at retailers on and offline courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment.