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The Walking Dead - Season 1 [DVD]
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The Walking Dead is an epic, survival adventure series from the director of The Shawshank Redemption and the producer of The Terminator and Aliens After waking from a coma in an abandoned hospital, police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finds the world he knew gone - ravaged by a zombie epidemic of apocalyptic proportions. Nearby, on the outskirts of Atlanta, a small encampment struggles to survive as 'the dead' stalk them at every turn. Can Rick and the others hold onto their humanity as they fight to live in this terrifying new world? And, amidst dire conditions and personal rivalries, will they ultimately survive one another?
Arguably the biggest hit of the US 2010 television season, the apocalypse drama The Walking Dead pulls the zombie subgenre out of its overexposed doldrums and finds, ironically enough, the humanity and emotion beneath its rotting shell. Produced by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) and Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens) and based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead follows a band of Atlanta-based survivors of a viral outbreak that has caused the dead to rise up and consume the living. The group's nominal leader is a sheriff's deputy (Andrew Lincoln) who wakes from a gunshot-induced coma to find the world in disarray and his wife (Sarah Wayne Callies, Prison Break) and son missing. His search for his family and the survivors' attempts to make sense of their lives in the wake of the outbreak is handled with intelligence and sensitivity, which helps to elevate the show beyond the grindhouse take on zombies, which favours spilled guts over character development. That's not to say that the blood doesn't flow plentifully here: the special effects are on par with zombie-movie mayhem, but again, they aren't the show's raison d'être. Solid performances, including Jon Bernthal as Lincoln's partner, Jeffrey DeMunn as the group's leading rationalist, and Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus as a pair of trouble-making rednecks, and gripping suspense make each of the first season's six episodes compelling from start to finish for both horror fans and those who dislike the genre as a whole.
The two-disc set of Walking Dead's first season includes all six episodes, as well as a number of making-of extras, including the show's conception and production, a talk with Robert Kirkman (he's a fan), a look at the makeup by KNB Studios, and the show's panel at the 2010 ComicCon. All of the principal players on both sides of the camera are given adequate screen time to discuss their vision for the show, its influences (George Romero, naturally), and the challenges of depicting the end of civilisation on a budget. --Paul Gaita
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There are a ton of changes throughout the seasons which you don't really notice if you're like me and binge watching The Walking Dead over just a few weeks but there are a ton of things to notice- Small aesthetic things like Ricks voice (and other characters) getting gruffer, lower pitched and more movie-like to set design improving and far more use of different camera angles (overhead shots are only tried once or twice in the first 4-5 series but become particularly good in later series) and other important improvements and changes- but if there's one thing I can complain about in later series, it's the writing and character development. Whereas in these early series' it's more about how each character reacts to different scenarios, dangers and obstacles, the later series focus more on the events and scenarios themselves- the action instead of the characters.
What this means is that in this first series you find out a bit about who each person is, how they react when their morals, ethics, emotions and character are tested, and it's sometimes annoying to watch someone do something you wouldn't but you can justify and understand it because they're not who you are- that's a rare thing in a TV show and something I always valued from The Walking Dead.
Particularly in this series where it's about the consequences of the initial choices and actions (which is all any man or woman is made up of), many of which play out or evolve in later series.Read more ›
It's a good series. I will be looking out for season 7 on Amazon Prime when it becomes free if ever.
I have only a few grumbles with it. Sometimes the pace slows down so much I feel like giving up on it. The beginning of series two was like that. One of the characters was injured and they needed medical supplies and so on. It took three whole episodes just to sort that out. I was fist clenching I was that bored with it, and I almost stopped watching. Same place I gave up first time I watched it many years ago.
Secondly, the cliff-hangers rarely get resolved straight away at the start of the next episode. One episode finishes on a dramatic set of events, then next episode starts somewhere completely different. Meanwhile you're screaming at it wanting to know what happened. It might sound overboard, but you care about the characters.
A real bad case of this was somewhere around season five or six. Lots of walkers got in their camp. Next episode was an extended one hour episode. It spent the whole episode on the background of one of the characters. Meanwhile the audience is left hanging as to how they coped with the onslaught. They just drag stuff out, and make a meal of it.
Lastly, when a character is say climbing a ladder to escape walkers. They will climb just out of reach of the walkers. The ladder slips but the character holds onto a ledge, at the same height they were at. Yet the camera pans down and the characters legs are in reach of the walkers. Meaning a charter you are emotionally involved with, has to get out of the reach of walkers twice. When by laws of physics they were out of danger already. Why they spoil it, I will never know. ...Read more ›
I was so damn impressed by the the quality of writing, it is truly excellent and I have to say - the character development is powerful and gripping. Highly recommend if you are into this apocalyptic genre. Best TV show out there, sets a bar that not many have reached, with a set of brilliant actors and brilliant production.
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Decided to watch The Walking Dead after a few recommendations from friends and I have to admit I was blown away. Excellent start to a phenomenal TV show. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anderson O