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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars walking dead season 3
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good
Was really looking forward to this after watching the excellent second season. Unfortunately it was a bit of a let down; no real dynamic between characters and little action
Published 6 months ago by PT


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4.0 out of 5 stars walking dead season 3, 1 Oct. 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Walking Dead season 3 (Zombies man Zombies), 12 Nov. 2014
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Behind the walls, 3 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: The Walking Dead - Season 3 [DVD] (DVD)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Just gets better and better!, 1 Nov. 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best series so far., 14 Nov. 2014
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Excellent 3rd series which starts off at a fast pace with a mixture of tension, excitement, anxiety, surprises and above all, superb acting by all the cast members. I've got my wife hooked on this series now as she also likes the story lines and the first rate acting. The picture and sound quality are second to none and given the competitive price of this box set, I have no problem recommending this to anyone who loves, The Walking Dead.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grip tight to your seats!, 31 Mar. 2014
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Visit Woodbury, 21 Jan. 2015
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Sweaty Grimes and His Unlimited Bullets, Scowling 'Coral', The Woman With the Japanese Sword, The Brutal and Conniving Governor...oh yes, Season 3 has it all. Zombies too.
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64 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Walking Dead Season 3: Rise of the Governor, 8 April 2013
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The second season of the Walking Dead was at times criticised for its slow pace and lack of zombie action which I generally found to be unfair although some parts did drag a little early on in the season. However, for me season two never bored and if the longer second season (compared to the eight episode first season) was crucial in establishing the characters to such a degree that we actually cared for them, then season three had the more difficult job in actually doing something with them. For me, again, the writers have generally delivered a satisfying season that ups the ante even more so with a season that builds upon issues from season one and two, reintroduces and settles accounts with old characters, introduces new ones but at the same time manages to really set up the fourth season as well. OK, the finale itself is very much up for multiple discussions BUT if they truly deliver what I expect they're going to do in the fourth season, I'm sure most will forgive it. As it is however, I loved this season although I can completely understand why so many people will feel let down by this season finale compared to the rather spectacular previous finales.

The basic synopsis for season three is thus: eight months have passed since Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the remaining group of survivors were forced to flee the farm and since then they've been struggling to survive against the bitter wilderness and the endless surge of deadly Walkers. When they discover an abandoned prison with it's high fences, watch towers and green spaces, Rick sees hope that they may have finally found salvation. Meanwhile Andrea, having been isolated from the group, travels with the enigmatic and sword wielding Michonne as they too struggle to survive. When they are rescued by another group of survivors they are taken to a fortified town called Woodbury where its leader, a man calling himself the Governor (David Morrissey), promises food and protection. But while the weight of responsibility weighs down on Rick, the mask begins to slip from the Governor as his true nature to begins to show itself.

Andrew Lincoln has been a compelling lead from the start and even here in season three his story is taken to much darker depths and is a far more unhinged person throughout the majority of this season than he was previously. I love Lincoln's performance but I personally found that this season was almost stolen away from him altogether by series newcomer David Morrissey. Fans of the comics will know all about the Governor but may find themselves disappointed to find that throughout most of the season, this Governor isn't quite at that point of mad tyranny. Season three is more about the rise (or more fall depending how you feel) of the Governor to becoming the tyrant that the comics portray and this is aided by Morrissey who is sensational in the role. Totally unpredictable and boasting such an uneasy presence (and great accent) that you don't quite know what he's going to do next. Rick and the Governor are opposite sides of the same coin and though they don't enjoy much screentime together, their journey's this season couldnt be more important.

There are a few questionable steps along the way where some moments are handled a bit too subtle or low key than you'd expect, some new characters are introduced late on and don't enjoy sufficient screentime to really mean something. However the most bitter criticisms seem to have been directed at Andrea and after a complete re-watching of the season, a lot of that criticism is correct; at least from the half-way point onwards. The issue is that the Governor is exposed for what he really is well before she finally comes to that conclusion herself: the heads in tanks, the capture of Glenn and Maggie, the retaliation against the prison etc. is brushed aside by Andrea as say a lover's spat. It wouldn't be so much of a problem if the character reacted suspiciously against the Governor as peacemaker rather than still be a loyal ally. It's wrong and naïve and more to the point that come the season finale you really don't care for her anymore which is a real shame because she was one of the most interesting characters to this point.

I think it's a season that certainly loses a little momentum late on, ironic since season two actually gained momentum, and I think there's valid criticism that what was promised season long isn't quite delivered. However I think the characters are the winners this season because although a major plot point isnt fully resolved, the characters journey reach full circle conclude in a very satisfying way, particularly Rick, Carl, Merle and the Governor. I think season three and four will be more closely linked together and will be viewed as an extended whole (much like the first two seasons) meaning that for me generally, full acclaim and/or condemnation of season three is still some time away. As it stands, season three is a more action packed season than before with an even greater emphasis on the characters and most importantly; the human threat. It loses steam late on and new characters aren't really developed and while season three isn't a fully complete story, it delivers and leaves enough to set up a potentially epic season four.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great show it has really came into its own., 7 Jan. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service from Amazon and from my husbands point of ..., 9 Nov. 2014
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this is a program watched by my husband and since he only just been introduced to the same by his mate he has watched the first two series on catch up on sky. They have now taken off series three and are now showing series 4. This was a major blow to him as he is really getting into the show. Amazon has solved his problem so that he can catch up with the rest of series three. Thank you. Great service from Amazon and from my husbands point of view great program.
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