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The Walking Dead Season 3 Blu-ray Limited Edition review

Updated on August 27, 2013
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The hit television show The Walking Dead has done wonders for television. The October 31, 2010 series premiere opened up to 5.4 million viewers, indicating that the show was something special from the beginning. Since its debut, the television show has continued to astound both critics and viewers, setting records with ratings as high as 12.4 million for the Season 3 finale.The widely popular show is based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, which also has managed to retain its readership and gain new fans since the release of the television show.

For those that are unfamiliar with the premise, the comic book series and show follow the adventures of Officer Rick Grimes. "Officer Friendly" (as he is known on the show) is shot on the job, and goes into a short-lived coma. When he wakes up, the hospital has turned post-apocalyptic. As he finds his way out of the hospital, he passes double doors that are chained together. Someone has spray painted, "Don't open, dead inside" on the outside of the door, and something is trying to get out - definitely a creepy way to wake up from a coma! Rick moves through the zombie-ridden world, locates his family and old partner, and meets many interesting characters along the way. The title, The Walking Dead, is not a reference to the zombies, but to the survivors. With rich storytelling and a cast of characters that viewers care about on a deep level, the show has been incredibly successful.

The television show, in some instances, follows along with the comic book series, but for the most part the television show has changed enough with varying storylines and added characters, that it is just as exciting for avid fans of the comic books as it is for newcomers to the storyline. In fact, the most popular character of the television show, Daryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus), is a character that was created just for the television series. Think of the television show as Robert Kirkman's parallel universe for the comic books.

The popularity of the show has fans seeing zombies everywhere. Merchandising for The Walking Dead has had phenomenal success, quite possibly better than any other television show or movie ever. What started out as a series of action figures has morphed into everything from lunchboxes to trading cards to drinking cups. The appeal of the merchandise is such that once items sell out, the prices skyrocket. For example, the Daryl Dixon figure from the Series 1 television show action figure line can fetch as much as $225 on eBay and Rick Grimes is going for upwards of $50-$75...not too shabby considering the figures originally sold for $17.95 each when they were released.

Given the incredible success of the television show, comic books, and merchandise, it is no wonder that The Walking Dead has opted to be a forerunner in creating interactive and fantastic Blu-ray collector's editions. It started with Season 2, where one of the zombies from the season came to life in a bust. When one lifts the chin of the zombie, it opens up to reveal the set of 4 Blu-ray discs.

The bust was brilliantly created based on the zombie Andrea kills with a screwdriver in Dale's RV. It has such incredible detail, down to blood in between the teeth and beautifully designed decay around the head and face. The bust itself is also interactive, with the screwdriver that killed it as a removable part...you know, for those who wish to recreate the dramatic scene in the RV. The overall limited edition creation was such a fantastic hit that it sold out very quickly at around $65 per edition. The same edition now sells for upwards of $200 per set on eBay, although on occasion one can get lucky and find it for slightly cheaper. The zombie head alone (sans Blu-ray discs) sells between $75 and $125 on eBay. Due to the popularity of The Walking Dead, there is only room for the value to go up in the years to come.

With such an amazing outcome for the second season limited edition Blu-ray, the makers of The Walking Dead knew they somehow had to outdo themselves for the third season limited edition. Created by McFarlane Toys and designed by Emmy Award Winning Executive Producer and SFX Make-up Supervisor/Designer Greg Nicotero, they managed to do just that.

The vessel for the 5-disc Blu-ray set is based off one of the most famous scenes in the television show. In the show, "The Governor" Philip Blake has a secret room in his house. In the secret room, there is a closet in which his zombie daughter Penny is held captive. The room itself contains a wall of fish tanks which holds the still moving heads of zombies; they are the heads of those persons (not zombies) that he has killed during the zombie apocalypse. The Governor sits in a chair across from the fish tanks, drinks and stares at the heads, presumably for his own entertainment. When Michonne later crashes into the fish tanks in a battle with The Governor, the glass from one of the broken tanks is what she uses to stab him in the eye. The result of that battle is the infamous eye patch The Governor wears.

The third season limited edition Blu-ray set comes with the Collector's Zombie Head Tank. There are five zombie heads (along with some loose flesh) that go into one of the two tanks. The zombie heads are so incredibly detailed that one can easily admire them for hours, much as The Governor admired the zombie heads in his own fish tanks. Both tanks in the set can be filled with water, covered, and slid back into place. Blue lights shine up from underneath each tank to light them up (the required 4 AAA batteries are not included with set). Behind the tank is an opening that fits the case of 5 Blu-ray discs. The overall effect is extremely cool and quite the centerpiece (not to mention, conversation piece) for any collection of The Walking Dead merchandise.

This is a piece that for any The Walking Dead fan is a must-have. If you are like me, and plan on using your collection one day to retire, this is one you will want to buy two of: one to keep for many years, and one that you intend to sell in the future. The initial price of $99.99 for the set will soon disappear as the limited edition sells out and the price skyrockets. Based on the inflation of the second season limited edition set plus the added cool factor of the light up fish tanks and extremely detailed zombie heads, the set should see increases of 3x or more in the next year (that's just a prediction based on previous price movement of The Walking Dead collectibles, and definitely is not a guarantee that any collectible will ever go up in value).

For those of you collectors who are not necessarily a fan of The Walking Dead, this is still a piece you would want to invest in for future sales and profit. With such an amazing reception and months of anticipation before the release date, you will want to take advantage of this deal very soon and purchase a set or two before this limited edition sells out. This amazing limited edition Blu-ray set is one you will not want to miss out on.

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    • Angie Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie Martin 

      5 years ago from Frazier Park, California

      Ah, got it! I thought he was in the cellar when she got him, so my mistake. It does make me wonder if she followed them somehow.

      It makes sense that they would hint about things and have the options to follow through later on if they want. I was really hoping they would further explore this whole memory thing, because I think it's really intriguing. The show/comic has had the ability to explore things that no other media has fully explored with zombies, such as the idea that we are all already infected and just waiting to become.

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      Thief12 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      I didn't notice the "doorknob" note on the wall, but Morgan said that the wife/mother was the one that killed Duane while they were checking a cellar. Not sure how close to their house was, but Morgan said that he didn't want Duane going down to the cellar, so Duane stayed up, and that's when she caught him.

      As for Milton's theories, I don't know if the show will ever delve on that. I read an interview with showrunner Glen Mazzara on how they liked to throw hints of stuff even if they have no clear plans to explore that in the future, and he mentioned Milton's experiments as an example of that.

    • Angie Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie Martin 

      5 years ago from Frazier Park, California

      I totally understand what you're saying and there were a lot more low points this last season than ever before. Clear was one of the best episodes of the whole show.

      I would like your take on something. I always watch The Talking Dead after the show, and I picked up on something in Clear that I never heard anyone else talk about, even on The Talking Dead. In the writings on the wall, it kept mentioning the doorknob and how the wife killed Duane. I think that there's something to this memory thing that Milton was working on. The wife in the first episode stays around the house and tries to open the doorknob. Then Milton and The Governor have these memory theories. I think the reason that the doorknob was mentioned on the wall is that the wife actually managed to open the doorknob while Morgan was out on a run, and that's when she killed Duane. It's just a theory, and I'm sure others have thought about it, but I haven't heard anyone else talk about it.

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      Thief12 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Angie, that episode you mention "Clear", was a high point in the season, if not the highest. That's precisely the one I was thinking when I said great moments, an episode full of great writing and great acting. But it's just that, the fact that the showrunner, writers, etc. couldn't hold that high level through the whole season.

    • Angie Martin profile imageAUTHOR

      Angie Martin 

      5 years ago from Frazier Park, California

      You know, it's funny you say that. I've heard such a wide variety of comments about the third season. My husband would be one to say that he didn't like the third season and that the show is going downhill. Then there were others, like you, that were mixed. Personally, I loved the third season, especially the episode "Clear" where Morgan returned. Of course, I wanted to poke my own eye out at some of Andrea's choices, but overall I really liked it. But I'm hearing from far more fans that feel exactly like you do. Hopefully we can get a really great season 4 and win back all the fans that are on the fence or who didn't approve of season 3.

      As far as the season 3 limited edition Blu-ray piece, it is by far the coolest thing I've seen come out of the merchandising machine that is "The Walking Dead".

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      Thief12 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Nice hub.

      As for the show, it is so inconsistent. Overall, I think I was disappointed with the whole season 3, but I can say it had some really great moments, paired with some not-so-great moments. I think it's because of those great moments that the not-so-great sting more.

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