The Walking Dead has continued to smash cable TV ratings records every single year since it first aired in 2010. It has gained a gigantic following and deservedly so. The show is full of fully fleshed out characters and a scenario that is discussed nowadays at many parties and get togethers: What would you do if the apocalypse came? What started on the show as a small group of survivors kept mutating and changing as they grew and found new safe havens, met new survivors, and lost some as well. The show is really a look at a bizarre new post-apocalyptic family unit. Some relationships work, some don’t. It’s like life now but with the undead chomping at your front door.
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season finds our heroes adapting to a safe life in the prison. But just as things start becoming tranquil, a sickness breaks out threatening everyone in the prison. Add to that that the Governor returns to either claim the prison or destroy everyone and life becomes more desperate than ever.
More than in previous seasons, the story arc in The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season seems to encompass even more territory, starting out in the prison then eventually finding our cast spread out in the wild and on their own in small groups, searching for each other while trying to stay alive. The arcs of main characters like Rick, Carl and Michonne are explored more deeply in this season and even the events that transpire seem more epic and more personal all at the same time. The show is magnificently written and acted and really makes us believe in this world. And by keeping events in the show following a similar path to the graphic novel but always throwing wrenches into the machine by adding and removing characters and even changing their fates from the book, it keeps the show interesting even for diehard fans of the graphic novel. The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season is smart, entertaining, thrilling, emotional and fun. I don’t think I could ask for more out of a series.
The Blu-ray set from Anchor Bay Entertainment is absolutely stunning. I almost wish I had the willpower to ignore the show while it is on TV so that I could experience it for the first time on Blu-ray every season. The picture is pretty much perfection with gorgeous color, amazing clarity and detail and a very immersive surround track. You also get hours of bonus features that, unlike on many TV show sets, are really entertaining and informative. If you are a fan of the show, these season releases are little goldmines that we can’t wait to get our hands on. And if you are not familiar with the show yet, get on it!
Available August 26, 2014 on Blu-ray and DVD.