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DVD Shopping Bag: The Walking Dead Series on Blu-ray

Comic Con to watching it with Mom

By Robert T. Trate     March 01, 2011

 

Next week The Walking Dead arrives on DVD and Blu-ray. To sing the praises of Frank Darabont and Robert Kirkman’s combined efforts would be mute. Though the series deviated from the original written work both fans and newcomers could not deny how powerful the series was. Personally, for this columnist, having interviewed the cast at the San Diego Comic Con it was a relief. More often than not we, the writers, for wonderful sites like Mania hear the same lines over and over again. “I never heard of the comic, but once I read it I loved it” or “I never read a comic book before, but this I loved” and so on. While interviewing the cast and I crew I was excited to finally get their thoughts on the comic and the series. The trailer was incredible and something I had to share with a friend at home via our Knocking Vid app. Each cast member (see interviews) and creator (see interview) had a great passion for the work they were doing. They made me believe it over and over again. Afterwards, I sat back with a couple of fellow journalist and expressed their enthusiasm. I was quickly reminded that we have all heard that “mock” enthusiasm before. To my jaded colleague’s credit he was right. If anything, the cast and crew of The Day the Earth Stood Still (see interview) and Max Payne (see interview) followed through with the standard answers. The proof was in the pudding, so to speak and the end result was what we all watched for six straight weeks last fall.
 
Of course, we all watched it. We who love comic books, horror movies, and zombies flocked to this show because it was unique. Finally, there is a zombie episodic television show to delight those of us that love what the perils of a zombie plagued world bring. No longer would be restricted to the confines of an hour and a half, or less, movie. The story of The Walking Dead goes on and on and never stops. Just ask anyone that follows the comic. Where we are now in the book is so far removed from where the show just started. If the show lasts as long as the comic book, we are looking at the next Lost. The show struck a chord with a millions of people and immediately AMC signed a deal for a second season. Millions of people save one, my Mom. My Mom watches a lot of TV and none of it involves zombies. The woman really should write for Law and Order because I think she could actually pen a story that hasn’t been done yet. My proof lies in the British version of Law and Order where she has them figured out because they are just rewritten American episodes. I’m digressing. I asked my Mom to indulge me and watch this well written TV series. She had already read my interviews, about The Walking Dead, and thought the show sounded interesting. I made some popcorn and put on the pilot for my dear Mom.
 
Immediately she began to point out the obvious. As Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) looks for gas she notices abandoned cars and the dead bodies and says “That’s not good”. As Rick later wakes up from his coma she is quick to point out the dead flowers and a stopped clock knowing that, “he’s been there a while”. She wanted to know why zombies, without leg injuries, walk sideways; which is a good question. I knew I had her attention when she saw the Bicycle Girl zombie and said “that poor creature”. All in all I know I could get Mom to watch the rest of the series after that. At one point she did call Atlanta, “Zombie Land” and knew that Rick Grimes would find a way out of that tank. He was after all “the lead character”. In Mom’s opinion, like all of ours, it was a “well written show”. She did think it was a little slow though. Those of us that read the comic understand why it is slow and that is the point. After all, “How many hours are in day when you don’t spend half of them watching television? When is the last time any of us REALLY worked to get something that we wanted?”.
 
From Comic Con to a screening with my Mom it has been a great trip that The Walking Dead has taken me on. Yet, now that my Mom has had her first zombie experience it is probably time for the time talk. You know which one I mean. Mom, if you get turned into a zombie…
 
Top 5 Picks of the Week:
 
1. The Cable Guy [Blu-ray]
2. Bambi (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
3. Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy (Seven-Disc Blu-ray)
4. Daughters of Darkness [Blu-ray]
5. Out of Sight [Blu-ray]
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
 
127 Hours [Blu-ray] Starring James Franco and Kate Mara
127 Hours
 
420 High Desert Way Starring Tristan Ott, Trey Alley, and Tom Breedlove
A Marine Story [Blu-ray] Starring Dreya Weber and Paris Pickard
 
A Marine Story
 
The Bleeding Starring Vinnie Jones, Michael Madsen, Armand Assante, and DMX
 
Faster [Blu-ray] Starring Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton
 
Out of Sight [Blu-ray] Starring George Clooney and Jim Robinson
 
Sidney Sheldon's If Tomorrow Comes Starring Madolyn Smith, Tom Berenger, Liam Neeson, and David Keith
 
S.W.A.T.: Firefight [Blu-ray]
 
Swat: Firefight
 
ANIME
 
Beyblade: Metal Fusion Vol 3
 
Genshiken: Complete Collection
Shin Koihime Muso Complete Collection
 
xxxHOLiC: S.A.V.E. Starring Todd Haberkorn, Colleen Clinkenbeard, J. Michael Tatum
 
CARTOONS
 
Bambi (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
 
Bambi (Two-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo in DVD Packaging)
 
CLASSICS
 
Brenda Starr, Reporter (Serial 1945) Starring Joan Woodbury, Kane Richmond, Syd Saylor, and Joe Devlin
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
The Cable Guy [Blu-ray] Starring Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick, Leslie Mann, and Jack Black
 
Love & Other Drugs Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Oliver Platt
 
Love & Other Drugs [Blu-ray]
 
HORROR
 
Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes
 
Daughters of Darkness [Blu-ray] Starring Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet
Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde - 35th Anniversary! Starring Bernie Casey, Rosalind Cash, Marie O'Henry
 
Half Moon Starring Tori Black, Marek Matousek, and Torey D. Sutton
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
 
The Canterville Ghost Starring Neve Campbell and Patrick Stewart
 
Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Geoffrey Rush
 
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom
 
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End (Three-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Geoffrey Rush
 
TV LAND
 
Leave It to Beaver: Season 6 Starring Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley
 
Noah's Castle - Complete Series Starring Simon Gipps-Kent, David Neal, Jean Rimmer
 
ReBoot: Seasons One & Two Starring Kathleen Barr, Michael Benyaer, Gary Chalk, and Tony Jay
 
BOX SETS
 
Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy (Seven-Disc Blu-ray) Starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Kiera Knightly
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.
 

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TigerPrime 3/1/2011 6:21:51 AM

Yay for ReBoot!

doublec 3/1/2011 5:50:33 PM

"To sing the praises of Frank Darabont and Robert Kirkman's combined efforts would be mute."

Huh?

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