'The Walking Dead: Season One'
(Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, Sarah Wayne Callies, Emma Bell, et al / 2-Disc DVD / R / 2011 / AMC + Anchor Bay Entertainmnt)
Overview: After waking from a coma in an abandoned hospital, police officer Rick Grimes 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?
DVD Verdict: The whole 'Walking Dead' series (told in six episodes), adheres to the first few individual comics, and kicks off with 'Days Gone By.' After giving us a taste of what's to come re: our beloved-to-be police officer Rick Grimes (UK born actor Andrew Lincoln) shooting an 8 year-old girl in the head (!), having been involved in a shoot-out, Rick awakens from a coma (even though he was only shot in the shoulder!) in hospital - alone.
The plot? Well, as sparsly told as it is, apparently in the time he was out, something has shifted in the world and now the dead walk! And so, Rick makes his way out of the hospital, dazed, confused, and trying to put the pieces together. Aided by a father and son combo, he eventually decides to grab a horse and ride to Atlanta - where the home base for safety has (supposedly) been set up re: the offices of the CDC. (FYI: The 90 minute pilot ends with Wang Chung's new song, 'Space Junk').
In the second episode, 'Guts,' we get given a great anti-hero in the form of the manic Michael Rooker ('Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer'), the supposed leader of another group of survivors. This episode features the now-infamous scene of having to wear decaying zombie flesh all over them to walk the streets (to safety) undetected!
The third episode, 'Tell It To The Frogs,' features a reunion between Rick and his thought-to-be-lost wife and child at a colony far on the outskirts of town. A slow burner of an episode this one, it brings us more into each characters lives - before and where they stand now. But, it does supply a really cool ending, I'll give it that!
In the fourth episode, 'Vatos,' now firmly (back) entrenched in Necropolis Atlanta, they have trouble with a bunch of humans in the form of a Mexican gang. This episode didn't need to happen as it leads nowhere, provides nothing and was obviously created as filler material. That said, come the final scenes and we lose a main cast member to a zombie attack!
In the fifth episode, 'Wild Fire,' we witness a VERY powerful sister-sister death scene, and before the ending they finally make it to the CDC building! Which leads us to the final episode, 'TS-19,' where now underground and supposedly safe, they eat, drink and sleep in peace for the first time in a long, long time - but that's all about to be shortlived!
The Special Features are many and looooong, so beware! Sure they reveal so many wonderful episodic tidbits, but man, they are many and they are long! [RT] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Extra Footage and Featurettes including The Making Of THE WALKING DEAD
Inside THE WALKING DEAD Episodes 1-6
A Sneak Peek with Robert Kirkman
Behind the Scenes Zombie Make-Up Tips
Convention Panel with Producers
THE WALKING DEAD Trailer