DVD Extra: 'The Walking Dead' second season
Posted August 25, 2012
AMC's post-apocalyptic zombie drama The Walking Dead doesn't return for its new season until Oct. 14, but there is time to catch up with the struggles of police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and other survivors to stay alive and out of the clutches of the undead "walkers.''
The four-disc The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season (2011-2012, AMC/Anchor Bay Entertainment, not rated, $60; Blu-ray, $70) is out Tuesday, and comes with an array of extras that let you delve deeper into this creepy world where there are worse things than dying. There is also a limited-edition Blu-ray version ($100) that comes with a bloodied, ''un-life-sized'' zombie head (with a screwdriver stuck in its eye), created by McFarlane Toys.
As season 2 begins, the harried Atlanta-based survivors of the viral outbreak that raises the dead are fleeing the city in search of a safe haven from the zombie hordes. In addition to Grimes, the ragtag band includes former deputy Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal), Rick's wife Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies), Rick's son Carl (Chandler Riggs), attorney Andrea (Laurie Holden), RV owner Dale Horvath (Jeffrey DeMunn), pizza delivery boy Glenn (Steven Yeun), and hunter/tracker Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus).
Together, they set out for Fort Benning but before long before their RV is blocked on the highway by a mass pileup of vehicles. A large herd of the mindless killers shows up, the first in a series of crises that will befall the survivors on their journey. It is a suspense-filled journey with no guarantee that any of them will finish as they deal not only with the seemingly omnipresent walkers, but also with conflicts within the group and with other survivors they encounter. Enemies with still-functioning brains can be as deadly as those without. And some of the moral decisions the survivors have to make leave them at risk of become as soulless as the monsters they seek to avoid.
In addition to the season's 13 episodes, the set comes with audio commentaries by the cast and crew members, six webisodes (short stories exclusive to the show's website), deleted scenes and 11 behind-the-scenes featurettes with gory details about cast members.
The show, which is based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, drew a record (for an AMC original series) 9 million viewers in March with its season finale. And for the second straight year it picked up Emmy nominations for prosthetic makeup, visual effects and sound editing. The 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sept. 23 on ABC.
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