The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season DVD review


The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in one week.  Thanks to the great folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment, we were able to get our hands on a copy before they hit store shelves on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 and have already absorbed everything the set has to offer.

First, let’s talk about The Walking Dead.

All 16 episodes are present on the discs and are exactly the way you remember them from watching live on AMC.  The drama, action and excitement of season 5 of The Walking Dead was right there at my fingertips to watch any time I desired.  Sure, I had watched each of these episodes numerous times already, but there still seems to be something new I catch each time I watch them.

The Walking Dead Season 5 DVD/Blu-Ray cover.
The Walking Dead Season 5 DVD/Blu-Ray cover. /

While The Walking Dead’s fifth season was great and all, the real reason to buy this DVD/Blu-Ray set is the special features.

The audio commentary is great.  It’s fun to get inside impressions of filming as well as some of the great stories about what happened on the set and some inside jokes that were shared.  Showrunner Scott M. Gimple steals the show on commentary, offering great stories with a blend of humor that keeps you interested unlike many other commentary tracks on DVDs.  Also included in the commentary are many other members of the cast and crew of AMC’s The Walking Dead, like Gale Anne Hurd, Tom Luse, Greg Nicotero, Julius Ramsay, Lauren Cohan, Chad L. Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Danai Gurira, Alana Masterson, Melissa McBride, Josh McDermitt, Norman Reedus, Christian Serratos and Steven Yuen.

I do admit that I didn’t get as into the ‘Journey’ featurettes as I would have liked. Beth’s Journey, Bob’s Journey, Noah’s Journey, and Tyreese’s Journey were all great tributes to the characters, but didn’t offer as much in terms of interviews and unique content.  Personally, I felt these were the weakest part of the DVD set.

Eugene Porter, The Walking Dead - AMC
Eugene Porter, The Walking Dead – AMC /

For everything that the ‘Journey’ featurettes were lacking, the ‘Day in the Life’ videos made up for.  I really enjoyed spending a day with Michael Cudlitz and Josh McDermitt.  Both those features were charming and funny in a way that helped remind us that these actors need to be professionals, but can also let loose at times to keep morale high on set.

The fans of gore and zombies will find the special ‘Rotters in the Flesh’ to be excellent.   Getting a look into what it takes to be a zombie on AMC’s The Walking Dead was a lot of fun, but there isn’t a lot here that we haven’t seen on previous specials and DVD sets.  That said, the few new things are worth looking at.  Watching how some of the new types of zombies were made and the work that goes into getting them ready for the small screen is still astounding no matter how many times you watch it.

The biggest gem of all on this DVD and Blu-Ray set is the feature on the making of Alexandria.  Watching the cast and crew take over a rural town and build this a working set of Alexandria around it was incredible.  I will be watching that feature many more times, as I just found it to be extremely interesting.

Finally, the deleted scenes. We’re already shared many of these with you as well as some sneak peeks at the featurettes included in The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season.  While some of these were deleted for a reason, others seemed to add information that would have been useful for fans.  These are all definitely worth checking out if you get the opportunity.

Overall, The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season is a MUST OWN for fans of the hit AMC zombie survival drama.  Season 5 of this program was arguably the best yet, and all the special features make this a great value.  Be sure to check out all the information we have on the DVD/Blu-Ray release, as well as find out how you can win a copy of this awesome Blu-Ray set for yourself from Undead Walking and Anchor Bay.

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