Blu-ray Review: The Walking Dead (The Complete Fourth Season)



A lot of things happen in the fourth season of The Walking Dead. It starts in a very calm place, at least as far as things go for the troubled characters of this series. However, if you’ve seen even one episode of the Dead, then you know whenever these characters have serene moments, they never last.

Our heroes first have to deal with a deadly virus that makes it’s way through the prison, then the Governor returns for his final revenge. This leaves our heroes scattered to the winds and we spend the rest of the season watching them find their way back to each other, meeting up in a singular place that promises sanctuary, but again, if you’ve seen this show nothing is ever as it seems.

This is a very strong season with great character development for all the characters. There are a few really messed up moments to push the limits a bit as well. Then to top it off, they end with an amazing cliffhanger leaving you wanting more and ready for season five to start.

If you haven’t seen the first three seasons of the show odds are pretty high you’re going to be pretty confused as to what is going on. You’ll pick it up pretty quick, however, this is definitely a show that benefits from watching from episode one.

If you’ve been watching from the beginning then odds are really high you seen all of this season and you’ve probably already decided whether or not you’re going to buy this season on Blu-ray or DVD already. If this is a show you plan on watching over and over cause you love it so much, you probably should go out and pick this up. If you watched it once and are happy with that, then owning the Blu-ray probably isn’t for you.

The show is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen and Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Surround sound. This has always been an amazing looking and sounding show and this Blu-ray presentation is no different.

You get tons of special features including Inside The Walking Dead and The Making of The Walking Dead, little behind the scenes bits for every episode. Then a bunch of longer bits focusing on other aspects including Drawing Inspiration (6 min.), Hershel (8 min.), The Governor Is Back (9 min.), Inside KNB EFX (18 min.) and A Journey Back To Brutality (8 min.). Then you get some Deleted Scenes (9 min.). Then there is Society, Science & Survival (5 min.) about a class taught about the show and the comic. Lastly there are three extended episodes, 9, 14 & 16, a five audio commentaries in episodes 1, 5, 9, 12 & 14. The commentaries are pretty interesting, give some good insight into the show if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

This set is jam packed with special features. Then on top of that you get one of the better, stronger seasons of the show so far. If you’re a Walking Dead fan, then odds are really high you’ll really want to pick this up, or you already have. The new season starts soon and now is great time to get caught up!

Anchor Bay presents The Walking Dead Season Four. Developed by: Frank Darabont. Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan et al. Running time: 696 minutes on 5 discs. Rating: Not Rated. Released: August 26, 2014.

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