DVD Shopping Bag: The Walking Dead Season 3 Blu-rays (Mania.com)
By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
As AMC starts to gear us up for Season 4 of The Walking Dead, the Blu-rays for Season 3 have arrived today. I thought about how I wanted to approach reviewing Season 3 on Blu-ray. You either watch this series or you don’t. If you don’t, what the hell is wrong with you? Mania does a pretty extensive review when the series is on and, rest assured, we will be keeping you up to date on all the happenings for Season 4. I thought I would go into the deleted scenes supplied here. There are a total of 6 scenes that were left on the cutting room floor. Did they belong there? Let’s get into it, shall we?
“Walk With Me”
Is an extended moment between Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) after Andrea wakes up in Woodbury.
Verdict: Better left on the floor.
Woodbury, to the regular audience members, is not the dark place that readers of the comic know it to be. This extended scene quickly reveals that Woodbury is a place you do not want to be. Do we need this right away? No. Better to let the audience see it from two different points of view, Andrea’s and Michonne’s
“Say the Word”
The time frame here is not long after Lori passes away. We find Carl (Chandler Riggs) in his cell with his new baby sister. Beth (Emily Kinney) walks in and tries to console Carl on all that has happened.
Verdict: Worth keeping in the episode.
Carl is already a screwed up little boy and his distance with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is clearly felt. This scene allows the audience into his mind. It also brings to surface this child’s thoughts on heaven and hell. Was his mother in heaven and her soul at peace before she turned? When he shot Shane (Jon Benthal), was his soul in hell? Emily Kinney and Chandler Riggs are not given many scenes out of the group. This one should have remained.
Here, the entire group tries to get Rick to reconnect with them. This happens after Lori’s (Sarah Wayne Callies) death and Rick has gone into the catacombs to clear out the prisoners that are now Walkers.
Verdict: Not necessary.
We know that Rick is in his private hell and this scene just runs on a little too long.
Entertainment Weekly had an exclusive on this scene which we ran here on Mania. Check it out below:
Sure, we know that Rick is having some problems and seeing Lori is just another one. I appreciate Lori getting her comeuppance and seeing her as a Walker, but it plays a little too long. What I do love is that in the additional special features on this season, Sarah Wayne Callies admits that now she is playing Rick’s psyche and not Lori. That should make for some great scenes down the road.
“I Ain’t No Judas”
We see Carol (Melissa McBride) threatening Merle (Michael Rooker) as it pertains to the group and Daryl (Norman Reedus). Check it out below:
Verdict: Reinstate this scene!
This is an incredible look into Melissa McBride’s character and her growth on the show (let alone in the hearts of those that watch it). Clearly, after seeing this scene, we know that Carol is the perfect woman for Daryl.
Any scene with Lennie James’ Morgan Jones should never be cut from The Walking Dead. Here, we have an extended scene after Rick has Morgan tied up and a loose interrogation happens.
Verdict: Belongs back in the episode.
Lennie James’ Morgan is a dark reflection of what could have happened to Rick if he was never shot. His monologue is nothing short of chaotic and played with a brilliance as this man believes he was meant to inherit the Earth. The original cut of the episode is fine, but a few more moments to truly witness his spiral into madness was breathtaking.
There are nine additional behind the scene featurettes included on this Blu-ray. Each one profiles either an actor or a department that had a hand in bringing season 3 to life. As a fan of both the comic and the TV series, this Blu-ray is a welcome addition to the collection. If anything, this is the perfect thing to get us to the series return on October 13th, 2013.
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Guilty Crown: Complete Series, Part 2 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)
The Painting [Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack]
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Blue Bird (Silent)
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Moon Rainbow (Lunnaya raduga) [HD Mastered] 1983
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Penny Serenade [Blu-ray]
Rare Western Double Feature: Romance Rides the Range (1936) / Blazing Justice (1935)
Silent Cowboy Marathon: Desert Rider (1923) / Arizona Days (1928)
Eclipse Series 39: Early Fassbinder (Criterion Collection)
To Be or Not to Be (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Frankenstein & Monster From Hell
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Metamorphosis [HD Mastered] 1990
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Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Ninth Season
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The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season
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