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The Walking Dead: Season 1 (2011)

Andrew Lincoln , Jon Bernthal , Frank Darabont  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, Sarah Wayne Callies, Emma Bell
  • Directors: Frank Darabont
  • Writers: Frank Darabont
  • Producers: Frank Darabont, Gale Ann Hurd
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: AMC and Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 297 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,980 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049P1VHS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,824 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Walking Dead: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

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.

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Arguably the biggest hit of the 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 favors 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 civilization on a budget. --Paul Gaita

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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? And, amidst dire conditions and personal rivalries, will they ultimately survive one another? AMC’s The Walking Dead is an epic, survival adventure series from the director of The Shawshank Redemption and the producer of The Terminator and Aliens.

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294 of 319 people found the following review helpful
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NOTE: Some are claiming that the 3-disc edition is edited. IT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT EDITED. There are no missing scenes. There is an international version available that is somewhat less than complete (edited for gore), so beware of third party sellers. It appears that some U.S. copies may have a playback quirk, though (mine doesn't). On the episode "Guts," if you Play All you might see some material edited. If you select the individual episode from the menu (instead of Play All), there is no issue. Otherwise, the official U.S. release is absolutely fine.

So now that all The Walking Dead TV fans have purchased Season One, here comes the inevitable double dip for the 3-Disc Special edition. I always find this a dubious way to reward fans, by making them regret buying your initial product. It does, however, seem to be a commercial reality that continues to disappoint and exploit consumers. Whether or not you will indulge in the new version will depend on how appealing its additional material strikes you. Here is a run down of the new features with the old features (also included) to help you decide.

5 Stars for the show itself, 1 Star for the repeated practice of double dipping.
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221 of 265 people found the following review helpful
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When I heard that AMC was going to produce a television series based on the zombie epic "The Walking Dead," I was both concerned and delighted. A bona fide classic in undead lore, Robert Kirkman's "The Walking Dead" graphic novels are brutal and surprising--not really what I would picture for a basic cable TV show (the first season is only 6 episodes, we'll see where it goes from there). But AMC has produced terrific and prestigious shows like "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad," so I was pretty stoked to see what they do with this. Add Frank Darabont of "Shawshank Redemption" fame as the creative force behind the show, and I'm pleased to report that we've got a winner!

For years, I've maintained that the principle themes of Kirkman's vision have little to do with actual monsters. This is a story of human survival, of morality, of loyalty, of sacrifice--of doing anything necessary to carry on without losing the basics of what makes life worth living. The fact that this is occurring within the midst of a zombie apocalypse is just a bonus! Darabont and team are fully on board with the notion that it is humanity, not the undead, driving this epic struggle. So while "The Walking Dead" expertly crafts its horrors, the real emotional weight is conveyed through its characters and the decisions they face on a daily basis.

The story in these six episodes, for the most part, adheres to the first few individual comics or the collected "Volume One: Days Gone By." This is the series' jumping off point--and, in truth, sets things up in a fairly typical way. After being involved in a shoot-out, cop Rick awakes from a coma isolated, but not alone, in a local hospital. Apparently, in the time he was out, something has shifted in the world and now the dead walk.
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79 of 102 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Television Snob Confesses - Five Stars February 6, 2011
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I love horror and outre film and television, but, no pun intended, I thought until "The Walking Dead" that the zombie genre was a played out mining town. Starting far back with Bela Lugosi's fantastic "White Zombie" all the way up through the masterpiece "Night of the Living Dead" and ending in satire with the hilarious "Army of Darkness" and "Shaun of the Dead," I thought myself to be on safe ground in this harshly critical assessment. Sometimes, it's a pleasure to be flat wrong.

I watched all six episodes of this, and cannot wait for the next season. It's an ensemble acting piece, so focus never lingers too long on any one particular character. This is a brilliant opening gambit for television since the viewer can, in a way, vicariously share the dread of "just getting to know someone" and then have them ripped away, either by the evil of men, mischance, or zombie attack. Some think that the acting is contrived. I do not. All of the characters are on edge, just up to the point of hysteria, and played consistently thus. True, it can make for one-note dialogue and predictable, archetypal situations, but what other notes might there be in the opening month of the end of the world, and a world not only ending but grown hideously hostile to boot? It will be interesting to see how the actors manage the change into something "else" as they adapt to a zombie-filled world, and I hope they are up to the challenge. From the looks of things thus far, they are.

And this makes the title especially provocative. One would assume that "The Walking Dead" refers to zombies. I am not sure of that at all. Here, the undead are the backdrop to the action, not the action itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally catching up...
I didn't know anything about this show until this last season & now I am finally catching up on previous seasons. The sound and picture quality are excellent. Read more
Published 1 day ago by M C-Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth catching up
Great show special effects are much better in the later seasons. Worth catching up on season one. Can't wait to watch season 2
Published 2 days ago by Tony P
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!
COULD NOT STOP WATCHING! WHAT A WAY TO SPEND A COLD SNOWY DAY IN OHIO - BY THE FIREPLACE IN A COMFY CHAIR & GOOD SNACKS!!!
Published 5 days ago by E. Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived Quickly
The DVD arrived on time and in great condition. I won't go into the quality of the show, as Amazon really has nothing to do with that, but the availability of the DVDs and the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
I got this DVD as a gift for my girlfriend since she is a huge Walking Dead fanatic.

I'm not really a fan of the series, but the DVD arrived very fast and in great... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Grutza
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting
We bought this season after watching a few episodes on a marathon one weekend & was addicted. We had to see how it all started...
Couldnt turn it off... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jewel Picker
5.0 out of 5 stars WE'RE HOOKED
We missed the first two seasons, so after taking the tours from Atlanta Movie Tours, we were hooked! Read more
Published 8 days ago by Dave Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dang this show!
I really was trying to NOT add another show to my already too long Must See list. GAH!!!!!!!! No. The writing is really great! Draws you in like nobody's business. Read more
Published 10 days ago by S. Blooding
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Show
So I wasn't blown away, but it did suck me in and make me purchase the second season. Which I hear good things about
Published 11 days ago by Frankiemero
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome show
This is an awesome show.. and having these on demand helps me get others addicted to the series so this works well for my needs.
Published 12 days ago by Theresa Radke
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