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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2014
Seriously just as good, if not better, than the previous 2 seasons! David Morrissey as the 'Governor' is utterly brilliant as he is a complete and utter b*****d! Did shed a tear when one of the characters died! Again Brilliant acting by Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon). Good to see a character back from season 1 as well! This actor plays the character brilliantly and i dont want to give any spoilers away but WOW want an ending! Not to be missed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2014
The Walking Dead returns with a bang in the highly anticipated new season of the hit post-apocalyptic show. Series three steps up the pace considerably from the last, with a greater emphasis placed on the threat that the living brings in a world ruled by the undead. Many new characters are introduced, including the highly anticipated arrival of a fans favourite; ‘The Governor’. David Morrissey portrays the maniacal and manipulative villain excellently, showing both the charismatic and dark side of an increasingly complex character in equal measure. The season contains a number of standout episodes, such as ‘Clear’ and ‘Killer Within’ to name a few, with the overall quality high throughout. However, having said this, the second half of the season suffers from a slower pace, especially when compared with the high octane start to the first. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, with some of the season’s best writing taking place within the second half; nevertheless, I understand it may not be to everyone’s taste. Likewise, the season finale falls just far of the mark, with the nagging notion that it never quite lived up to its full potential, paling in comparison to the excellent previous penultimate episode, ‘This Sorrowful Life’.
To recap, I thoroughly enjoyed season three, with a great balance of suspense and drama peppered throughout. The Governors character gave the show a real injection of pace and danger which I felt the series needed after the death of Shane, having really enjoyed his story arch. Characters continue to be off’ed and developed at an astonishing rate, with Rick and Carl the most notable (for development of course!). Bar a slow of pace at the beginning of the second half and a frustrating season finale, the walking dead continues to consolidate its place as one of the best shows around.
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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2013
I am not a horror or zombie fan, but tried this because I remember Andrew Lincoln from This Life and have enjoyed much of his work since. I was intrigued by the first series and particularly liked many of the supporting cast and their journeys. The cast have been universally strong. David Morrissey, like Lincoln, another reliable, charismatic actor steals the series. Michael Rooker as Merle gives an impressive performance managing to make a completely unsympathetic character sympathetic. He and Norman Reedus give huge depth to their relationship and the abusive childhoods that formed their personalities. Reedus in particular is outstanding, allowing his character to develop throughout the 3 series, changing from troubled, aggressive outsider to Lincoln's right-hand man and trusted advisor, fighting to protect the group which has become his first real family. Reedus also shows a very complex and sweet relationship with Carol, Melissa McBride, which emerged from the loss of Sophia, illustrating the vulnerability under the aggression. McBride is amazing in this role, a scene with Reedus in season 2 where she physically recoils from his verbal blows (spoken through fear of his feelings for her) and which is reflective of her abusive marriage is stunning. It also shows that she has found a kindred spirit, someone who has also been abused, and will not give up on him. The relationship strengthens in season 3 and Carol becomes tougher and more independent. Why McBride is hidden away in guest star status is a mystery to me. her character has always been stronger and more interesting than the irritating Lori or the whining Andrea since season 1. There is also the reappearance of a character from the first episode, another amazing British actor, which was very welcome. The development of other characters such as Carl, Hershall and Glenn are also very well written and acted. Honestly the zombies are the least interesting part of this story. Some criticisms have been given to the series, some justified, but I think the story should be viewed across seasons as a whole. The threat could be anything, the secret of the Walking Dead success is in what individuals will do to survive a threat, to themselves and to the people they care about, and about the dynamics of surviving as a group. there's a great Tom Waites song too...highly recommended, can't wait for season 4.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2014
The Walking Dead season 3 is great, the storyline pace and action has picked up from season 2. It's got Zombies, Gore, intrigue,Zombies,action and tension and more Zombies. BRILLIANT!.
Now for the actual Bluray, the picture transfer like season 1 & 2 isn't great, it's better than Dvd but it's not watt we know bluray can be, the same has to be said about the sound, if the separation was better and the more intricate noises clearer (Zombies moaning) it would add tremendously to the atmospheric moments which happen through out this series
But saying all that it's still a great intriguing watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2014
The zombie stuff just provides the peril and doesn't interest or bother me, my attention is focussed on the community dynamics and the survival drive of the little band of travellers who have through all the devastation formed their own strong family bond. Not sure where it will go after this, hope it doesn't fizzle out because the writers dry up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2015
The Walking Dead - Season 3 goes in a better direction than previous Season 2 IMO.

More action, more bad-ass survivors following a guy who gets them all killed. --Am I the only one who is wondering why Sheriff McGenius hacked one of their most valuable members leg off to "save him before it's too late" when they ALREADY have the virus?

(I must have missed something in the plot-line; getting bitten causes you to turn but getting stabbed or shot with arrows that went through zombies doesn't have any consequence.)

We learn how to turn zombies into pack-mules, a portrayal of the two-faced side of human politics and why the zombie hordes should fear the Samurai.

All-in-all a pretty awesome addition to The Walking Dead series.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Season 3 is not a long drawn out extrusion of a popular TV show, but it is simply the best yet. The writing gets better and the loss of a major character is handled well. Every episode was riveting! Don't watch too many episodes back to back or it makes you walk funny...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2015
Much better the best they have done so far, great story lines heart pounding suspence. Great to watch the main characters in the midst of difficult decision and what affects this has them and the group around them.
The story with governor is captivatibg, heart pounding and extremely well written and directed you will not be able to stop watching and you will be hooked from episode 1. And as soon as you have watched the last episode you will be looking for season 4
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A five disc dvd box set which contains all sixteen forty minute long episodes of season three of the Walking Dead. A story of people trying to survive after the world is overrun by zombies.

There are four episodes to each of the first four discs. The fifth contains various extras.

Although this season might work reasonably well as a jumping on point, there's a fair bit of backstory by now, so you're better off starting with season one.

As with the first two seasons, It follows the comic on which it is based somewhat loosely, taking characters and storylines from it, but going a different path with many of them.

The season opener picks up months after the end of the last one. Rick and his group are on the road, and running out of options. When they spy a prison. A place with walls and fences like that would appear to offer perfect sanctuary.

Meantime, Andrea and her new friend Michonne, whom she met briefly at the end of season two, have also been on the road for months. They stumble across seeming safe haven as well. A town called Woodbury. A seemingly normal place. Run by a charismatic man called the Governor.

Can they all now relax? Or will they find that some humans can be bigger monsters than any zombie?

This does try to address the criticisms of season two. Anyone who thought they didn't see enough zombies in that one will be satisfied this time around. As there are plenty of undead encounters. As before, the makeup and costume department do a great job of making them each look different.

The pacing of the first eight episodes does go very nicely, mixing character drama with zombie action, and steadily building a certain threat.

The characters aren't invincible. A fact which leads to some powerful bits of drama you won't forget in a hurry.

David Morrissey delivers an incredible performance as the Governor. A man who, in case you haven't read the comic, let's just say has a lot going on under the surface.

Although there are plenty of zombies, the Walking Dead has always been a character drama first and foremost. It does that again here. It's all about the way Rick changes as a person as a result of the moral dilemmas and choices that trying to survive in this strange new world forces on him. Which does push him very hard here. Andrew Lincoln again makes a great lead. Tv drama can, if episodic, often just brush off and forget things as shows move on. But that isn't the case here. The things Rick goes through have an effect on him that is very convincingly portrayed.

Other characters do develop superbly. Michonne, a fan favourite the comics, does that very well over the course of the season.

The second half of the season is a bit of a slow burner, as it leaves a big threat slowly developing whilst individual episodes deal with individual issues. Although they do tie up one loose end that has been hanging for a while. But there are moments in this batch that are downright disturbing and memorable and that you won't forget in a hurry.

The finale doesn't quite have the budget to be as epic as you might expect it to be, but it does what it needs to do. Completing character arcs nicely. And setting up a slightly different status quo for year four.

This is quality tv character drama. With great acting. And zombies every so often. Even if the latter isn't really your thing, the quality of the former makes this a show worth getting hooked on.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English.

Subtitles; English.

Five of the sixteen episodes do have commentaries.

The extras on disc five are as follows:

Deleted scenes: not quite as many of these as on season two. Just six. One each from different episodes. They all run no longer than three minutes. And can only be watched individually. But there are some very good character moments amongst them, so they are all worth a watch.

Featurettes:

All of these run from four to nine minutes. And can also only be watched individually.

Rising Son. All about Carl and the actor who plays him.
Evil eye. All about the governor.

These two are general promotional pieces, but decent enough viewing.

Gone, but not forgotten. All about a big event that happens in one episode. This one will stay with you for a little while, so it's worth a watch.

Heart of a warrior. All about Michonne and her character arc over the season. There are some very good interviewees in this one, in particular the lady who plays her, so it's good viewing.

Michonne v the Governor. An involving look at a certain set piece from one episode and how it was done.

Safety behind bars. A very interesting look at how the prison set was built.

Making the dead. All about the aforementioned excellent makeup and costume work on the zombies.

Guts and Glory. About characters who weren't invincible. A memorable watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2014
Fantastic series and from someone who would normally avoid this genre that's a real compliment. Have watched all seasons so far on iPad (first 2 free on Amazon Prime) and bought this as need to know what happens next! Haven't been this hooked on something since ER in the 80's. Great characters, great plot twists, gore and a real set of human dilemmas - take away society and who would you be????
Buy!
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