There Is Nothing To Fear With Fear The Walking Dead: Special Edition On Blu-Ray!

Many times on the site I’ve discussed my love and rabid fascination with the zombie films of George A. Romero, I’ve shared that magical Halloween night when I was first able to see Night of the Living Dead. Getting hooked by the slowly escalating thrills of our “heroes” being trapped in that infamous farm house scared me enough that I ended up stretching a cable down the hall so I could be a little closer to my family while I got my first taste of what a zombie apocalypse might look like.

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Throughout the years I’ve always loved the zombie genre, sadly I found there were more bad zombie films than great ones…but I remained a true fan. Then slowly, like the steady march of the hordes of the undead the zombie genre itself began to be accepted, more so it began to thrive. Thanks in no small part to the Resident Evil series of games but it really seemed to blast off when Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore’s The Walking Dead comic series debuted back in 2003 but even that popularity was small compared to the fans that would flock to the television series adaptation of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

Now I will always be totally honest and I’ve mentioned it elsewhere but for my own personal tastes the Walking Dead TV series and I had to part ways after the third season. That doesn’t mean I didn’t check in on episode recaps from time to time to see how the survivors were faring as the series progressed, which is how I was clued into the prequel television series last year entitled Fear the Walking Dead.

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I was lucky enough to catch the first episode and I was immediately hooked. Fear the Walking Dead which was created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy) was what I desired in my zombie television series, just normal people with mostly everyday problems finding themselves thrust step by step into the realization they are living through a zombie apocalypse. That tension I remembered and loved from Night of the Living Dead was echoed in this new series, methodically ratcheting up as complete strangers are forced to band together but these people also demonstrate the very best in Human nature…well…most of the time.

Fear the Walking Dead introduces us to the Clark family who live in Los Angeles, with Madison Clark (Kim Dickens), a high school guidance counselor that is struggling along with her boyfriend, Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis) and Daughter, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), with the spiraling chaos that is left behind by Madison’s Son, Nick (Frank Dillane) who is a heroin addict. Nick is in fact one of the first people to encounter the zombie outbreak up close and personal, waking up from a drug-fuled stupor, he is taken to a hospitial after fleeing from a safehouse and he is struck by a car. To the shows credit the writing for the characters is fantastic, these people aren’t cardboard cutouts…they are..believable.

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The show doesn’t focus only on the Clarks as we also get to know Travis’ ex-wife Liza and their Son, Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie), they have an obvious rocky relationship made worse when the young man attends a rally against what is seen by most as Police shootings against unarmed people…the populace isn’t clued in on the the zombie outbreak at this point. That rally becomes a full on riot, with Liza and Travis barely able to keep Chris out of an even worse situation. Which is how we meet the Salazar family, Daniel (Ruben Blades!) and his Wife, Griselda (Patricia Reyes Spindola) and their Daughter Ofeila (Mercedes Mason) who begrudgingly give them shelter from the angry looters outside the Salazar barber shop.

Images courtesy of AMC.

Images courtesy of AMC.

There are supporting characters but the show’s main focus is on these three families and how they must come together if they want to have any hope of of finding refuge from the evident outbreak of the Walking Dead and the absolute collapse of civilization.

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The series unlike with the Walking Dead doesn’t just drop us in the middle of everything having already gone down with the zombie uprising but frequently gives us a bird’s eye view of not just our main protagonists glimpse of the unfolding zombie chaos but how the media reacts and the Military…taking a page from Romero’s book, reminding us that most of the time the zombies aren’t the most dangerous thing to contend with.

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Now thanks to our friends from Anchor Bay Entertainment starting tomorrow you can pick up the Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season Special Edition on Blu-Ray and DVD! It includes all six episodes that make up the first season but also features:
Pilot Episode: The Widescreen Version
Deleted Scenes
Featurettes:
Inside “Fear the Walking Dead”
FEAR: The Beginning
Five Things You Need To Survive
Locations: LA and Vancouver
Quarantined
Stunts and Anarchy
The Faces of Fear – The Infected

But the Special Edition also includes Audio Commentaries on all six episodes:
Episodes 101 & 102: Co-Creator/Executive Producer Dave Erickson, Co-Executive Producer/Director Adam Davidson and Actor Kim Dickens
Episode 103: Co-Executive Producer David Wiener and Actor Alycia Debnam-Carey
Episode 104: Executive Producer David Alpert and Co-Executive Producer David Wiener
Episode 105: Executive Producer David Alpert and Co-Executive Producer/Writer David Wiener
Episode 106: Co-Creator/Executive Producer Dave Erickson and Actors Kim Dickens and Elizabeth Rodriguez

You can hop on over to Anchor Bay Entertainment or visit Amazon by clicking here to pre-order your copy of Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season. If you consider yourself a fan of the Romero films that started it all I think you will find that Fear the Walking Dead will help sate that ravenous hunger for quality zombie entertainment.

Macmillan Audio Releases The Walking Dead: Rise Of The Governor!

I’ve stated before that George A. Romero placed my feet on a dark path when I was able to see Night of the Living Dead for the first time on my tiny black and white portable television back in my youth. While I watched all manner of horror films, most of them far above my age category, I was gripped with fear and an odd thrill while watching this group of people taking refuge in a tiny farmhouse while the old world they knew was literally being devoured by the walking dead outside their door.

I’m not sure how many hours of my life that I’ve spent watching zombie films and reading zombie stories and while I’m not rewarded often for my efforts there is those moments where you find that diamond in the rough and all of the disappointment is washed away. That is exactly the way I felt when I first took a chance on an Image comic called the Walking Dead back in 2003 and for 7 years the creator and writer of that series, Robert Kirkman, has lead me on an emotional roller coaster ride that has spun off into a popular TV show on AMC and now a novel from Macmillan Books and thanks to our friends there they’ve sent us a press release and audio excerpt from The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor!

“In the Walking Dead universe, there is no greater villain than The Governor. The despot who runs the walled-off town of Woodbury, he has his own sick sense of justice: whether it’s forcing prisoners to battle zombies in an arena for the townspeople’s amusement, or chopping off the appendages of those who cross him. The Governor was voted “Villain of the Year” by Wizard magazine the year he debuted, and his story arc was the most controversial in the history of the Walking Dead comic book series. Now, for the first time, fans of The Walking Dead will discover how The Governor became the man he is, and what drove him to such extremes.

Robert Kirkman is best known for his work on The Walking Dead and Invincible for Image Comics and SKYBOUND. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics and is an executive producer and writer on AMC’s critically acclaimed television series The Walking Dead.

Jay Bonansinga is a critically acclaimed horror novelist whose works include Perfect Victim, Shattered, Twisted, and Frozen. His debut novel, The Black Mariah, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker Award.”

Be warned, much like the AMC series there is some very Salty Language in this clip!
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Macmillan Audio was kind enough to send me an audio book copy to review and I’ll be sure to get that up next week…the novel and audio book is already in stores, it came out last week in fact, so if you are a fan of the Walking Dead universe make sure to go out and pick up a copy for your enjoyment…just in time as Halloween draws ever closer!

The Walking Dead Webisodes: Torn Apart (2011)

Robert Kirkman’s hit comic series turned TV series, the Walking Dead, garnered large ratings on AMC last year and even with the sad news of Frank Darabont’s departure from the series he helped usher to greatness a few months back it looks like we fans of all things zombie are in for quite a ride starting on Oct. 16th!

To get everyone even more excited AMC had head make-up effects guru for the series, Greg Nicotero, co-founder of KNB Efx Group to film a 6 webisodes entitled “Torn Apart” focusing on Hannah or as we know her from the first Walking Dead season, the Bicycle Girl. Now if you haven’t seen the first season yet…you might not want to watch the videos below as you can consider them a SPOILER, also be warned that like the TV series there is some gore to this to say the least.