Friday, March 4, 2011

THE WALKING DEAD at my front door

I shouldn't have watched THE WALKING DEAD the first time around. AMC sent me a screener of the first two episodes, and that was cool--I got to see those episodes several weeks in advance, the only drawback being the picture quality: it was terrible. Just a pixelated, non-anamorphic mess that looked really bad on my 50" plasma screen. Image quality on my Standard Definition satellite service is worse, and the remaining episodes gave me the impression that THE WALKING DEAD just didn't look very good, a fact that detracted from my enjoyment of the show.

Today I received the WALKING DEAD Blu-Ray press kit. It arrived in a bloody-footprint-stamped envelope that must have alarmed my mail carrier, and contained a nifty full-color folder containing character sheets and some nice shots of KNB's excellent make-up work. I haven't had time to sit down and watch the entire show in HD, but the little that I did watch this evening was an eye-opener.

THE WALKING DEAD's 16mm photography is beautiful. Lush and sharp, with a subtle, organic grain--not some post faux digital grain. This isn't the show I watched late last year, and I kinda wish I had waited. Unless I get an HD service before Season Two, I just may wait for DVD...

In addition to the complete series, the DVD (available in both Standard Definition and HD on March 8th), contains an assortment of extras:

  • Featurettes:
    • The Making of THE WALKING DEAD
    • Inside THE WALKING DEAD: Episode 1-6
    • A Sneak Peek with Robert Kirkman
    • Behind The Scenes Zombie Make-Up Tips
    • Convention Panel With Producers
    • THE WALKING DEAD Trailer

  • Extra Footage:
    • Zombie School
    • Bicycle Girl
    • On Set With Robert Kirkman
    • Hanging With Steven Yeun
    • Inside Dale's RV
    • On Set With Andrew Lincoln
I'd seen many of these online, but they're worth checking out--the "Bicycle Girl" clip is fun, and the Make-Up Tips segment shows you how a pro does it with a limited Halloween budget.

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