Blu-ray Review

Blu-ray Review: FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: Season 3: When the TV Series Came Into Its Own

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Fear the Walking Dead Season 3 Blu-ray Review

Fear the Walking Dead: Season 3 Blu-ray Review, a AMC TV series starring Dayton Callie, Daniel Sharman, Sam UnderwoodKim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Frank Dillane, Danay Garcia, Mercedes Mason, Colman Domingo, and Daniel Sharman.

Street Date: March 13, 2018

Plot

As “Fear the Walking Dead” returns for season three, our families will be brought together in the vibrant and violent region formerly known as the U.S.-Mexico border.  International lines done away with following the world’s end, our characters must attempt to rebuild not only society, but family as well.  Madison has reconnected with Travis, her apocalyptic partner, but Alicia has been fractured by her murder of Andres.  Madison’s son is only a few miles from his mother, but Nick’s first action as a leader saw him and Luciana ambushed by an American militia group – the couple escaped death, Luciana was shot, and Nick no longer feels immortal.  Recovering both emotionally and physically, Strand has his sights set on harnessing the new world’s currency, and Ofelia’s captivity will test her ability to survive and see if she can muster the savagery of her father.

Disc Specifications

Run Time: 711 min

Format: Blu-ray and Digital HD with Ultraviolet

Region: A/1

Resolution: 1080p 23.98 High Definition

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Presentation / 16×9 Widescreen

Language: English (Dolby Digital Audio 5.1), French (Dolby Surround 2.0)

Rating: TV-MA

Video

The video for Fear the Walking Dead: Season 3 was filmed in HD. Viewers of the series, when it aired on TV, watching the season on AMC HD, got to experience the season in high-definition video. I doubt those viewers were able to see the series like this. There is no flickering of detail in the images presented in this Blu-ray set. Low-light scenes are clear with seamless transitions to higher-lit scenes.

Audio

One of the first things the listener will notice when they put in one of the discs is the haunting music that plays in a loop over the animated menu. It completely sets the right tone and I don’t remember hearing it in the season itself (a shame). I actually had to turn the volume down on the menu and during the episode. The sound level, obviously, is much better on the disc than the one present through its television broadcast.

Blu-ray Bonus Content

* Deleted and Extended Scenes – Most if not all of these were rightly deleted or trimmed. They don’t do anything for the episodes they were expunged from. Two of the scenes show how crazy Troy Otto (Daniel Sharman) is. Since Troy’s insanity is clearly established during the season, these deleted scenes were not necessary.

* Commentary Tracks – There are no commentary tracks included in this disc set, even-though they are clearly advertised on the packaging. I searched all four discs and could not find them. They are not present. The Deleted and Extended Scenes are on Disc 3. I expected more extra content to be on Disc 4 but there wasn’t. Just more episodes.

TV Show Review

Eye of the Beholder & The New Frontier

Fear the Walking Dead, season 3, episodes 1 & 2, ‘Eye of the Beholder’ & ‘The New Frontier,’ was a great way to end season 2. Whether the block was a great start to season 3: I may be leaning towards no – despite the twin episodes not really leaving me much to lean on, just yet.

Read the full review here.

TEOTWAWKI

Fear the Walking Dead, season 3, episodes 3, ‘Teotwawki’ is a titular reference to a sudden apocalypse. It was a big part to the how & why of Jeremiah Otto (Dayton Callie); so, therefore, it was a required understanding for Madison (Kim Dickens), if she, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), and Nick (Frank Dillane) were to assimilate to Jeremiah’s commune. Any such an assimilation was intended to lead to some kind of usurping; but first had to survive the ever impulsive Nick (of course), who, in turn, had to survive the continued attention of the Otto family’s own Nick: Troy (Daniel Sharman).

Read the full review here and here.

100

Fear the Walking Dead, season 3, episodes 4, ‘100’ was a bottle episode. I wouldn’t kick that bottle, however – what’s inside may have been the best delivery of the season, so far. Granted, it’s early; but that doesn’t change what I just said.

Read the full review here.

Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame

Fear the Walking Dead, season 3, episodes 5, ‘Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame’ took a subtly sweet moment, and used it to give the Commune newbies something to be, and to do, and to do to each other. It also gave viewers a real reason to care about what’s happening outside the Commune, as well. I liked the latter bit better.

Read the full review here.

Red Dirt

Fear the Walking Dead, season 3, episode 6, ‘Red Dirt’ might have been one of the better examples of how an in-between episode of this series could be useful, in a run-up to open conflict.

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The Unveiling and Children of Wrath

Fear the Walking Dead, season 3, episodes 7 & 8, ‘The Unveiling’ & ‘Children of Wrath,’ the two-part mid-season finale to season 3, added some last minute garnish, before multi-course servings of commune-on-commune violence got to the meat. Jeremiah (Dayton Callie) & Walker (Michael Greyeyes) finally came to the head of their respective tables, even as last minute acts of impulse grabbed some of the attention back.

Read the full review here.

Minotaur, The Diviner, and La Serpiente

Fear the Walking Dead, season 3, episodes 9, 10, & 11, ‘Minotaur,’ ‘The Diviner,’ & ‘La Serpiente,’ delivered on what some of season 3.1 had promised, and showed more promise, in the effort. Over the course of 3.2’s first three episodes, the series not only managed to expand its setting, significantly, but draw them all together – suggesting a sense of momentum. This, while also spreading the weight of its principal cast in fairly even fashion.

Read the full review here.

Brother’s Keeper

Fear the Walking Dead, season 3, episode 12, ‘Brother’s Keeper,’ was the meanwhile-back-at-the-ranch, to other threads having been making nice. With Maddy Max still in transit, it was back to Adventures in Babysitting, with the Clark Kids. As the grown-up of the two, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) had to contend with both romantic & family drama.

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This Land Is Your Land

Fear the Walking Dead, season 3, episode 13, ‘This Land is Your Land,’ was either a low-point end, to an otherwise series best run, or a declaration that something better needed the space. It was definitely a highlight episode for Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey); but it also seemed to prime Nick (Frank Dillane), Troy (Daniel Sharman), and Ofelia (Mercedes Mason) for what comes next.

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Things Bad Begun and Sleigh Ride

Fear the Walking Dead, season 3, episodes 15 & 16, ‘Things Bad Begun’ & ‘Sleigh Ride,’ shook off the vestiges of the season’s principal arc, and ended with the start of a whole new conflict, that, in turn, might’ve marked the end for any number of principal characters.

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Disc Acquisition

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Rating: 6/10

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