So I’ve made a point out of it that on Death Ensemble lately that I’m burnt out on zombies. And in next month’s It’s Official! You Suck! edition, I’ll explain just how disenchanted I am with my new Blu-Ray player. But then I got an email today that gave me reason to renew my love of the undead and maybe get some joy out of Blu-Ray. Take a look:
Now a screwdriver to the brain certainly conjures up memories of Romero and DAWN OF THE DEAD, but even if I put those aside, this is the coolest disc case I’ve ever seen (surpassing the full ape head that X Chris has for his PLANET OF THE APES collection). I need to own this just so I can creep out unwary visitors to my apartment.
But let’s not forget that the case holds all 13 episodes of one of the best shows on TV. The Walking Dead Season 2 took all the potential from Season 1 and rushed headlong into becoming an impressive series, from the special effects to the plot arcs straight through to some stellar acting. Now Anchor Bay plans to release the series with a slew of special features for those who love the undead as much as I do. I’ll let their press release speak for itself:
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT
BRINGS BACK THE DEAD WITH
THE WALKING DEAD:
THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD AUGUST 28, 2012
A LIMITED EDITION ZOMBIE HEAD DESIGNED BY MCFARLANE TOYS ALSO AVAILABLE
BEVERLY HILLS, CA– The series Variety called “creepy from the first frame” gets a release on Blu-ray™ and DVD that will make the dead rise! Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly releases the AMC original series THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON on August 28th, with an SRP of $69.99 for the Blu-ray™, and $59.98 for the DVD. A truly unique and very limited edition zombie head case created and designed by McFarlane Toys will also be available as Blu-ray™ only for a SRP of $99.99. Pre-book is August 1st. The 4-Disc sets will contain all 13 episodes of the second season and will be loaded with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, featurettes and audio commentaries.
THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON is the much anticipated next chapter to the acclaimed post zombie apocalypse series. When we last left The Walking Dead, the characters were in the midst of a high-intensity struggle to survive, fleeing the CDC as it burst into flames. In Season 2, they are still fighting zombies, and each other, facing more threats and obstacles than ever before.
Based on the hugely successful and popular comic books, written by Robert Kirkman, AMC’s The Walking Dead captures the ongoing human drama after a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (LOVE ACTUALLY), who are traveling in search of a safe and secure home. However, instead of the zombies, it’s the living who still remain that may be the biggest threat. Jon Bernthal (RAMPART) plays Shane Walsh, Rick’s sheriff’s department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies (Prison Break), is Rick’s wife, Lori. THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON cast also includes Laurie Holden (FANTASTIC FOUR), Steven Yeun (MY NAME IS JERRY), Norman Reedus (THE BOONDOCK SAINTS), Jeffrey DeMunn (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION), Chandler Riggs (GET LOW), Iron E. Singleton (SEEKING JUSTICE) and Melissa McBride (THE MIST). Guest stars for the second season include Lauren Cohan (Chuck), Scott Wilson (MONSTER) and Pruitt Taylor Vince (CONSTANTINE).
The Walking Dead is a hit with both audiences and critics. The first season won the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or Special and was nominated for Emmys® in Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series. Season 1 also garnered a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, and was named to the American Film Institute’s (AFI) Top 10 Programs of the Year (2010), among other accolades.
Season 3 of “The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC in October.
If you’re not among those who watch it, The Walking Dead is a great series that respects the legacy of George Romero’s Dead saga, while putting its own spin on things. I can’t wait to review Season 2. Nothing says quality entertainment like a screwdriver through the brain.