The Walking Dead: The Complete Seventh Season (Blu-ray Review)
Created By: Robert Kirkman
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Melissa McBride
Rated: UR/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 5
Where to get it: Starz / Anchor Bay
Picking up immediately after the thrilling cliff-hanger, Negan forces Rick and the group to fall under his will, brutally convincing them to live by his rules. To prevent further bloodshed, Rick genuinely believes they can make life under Negan, however terrible, work. But he soon learns that Negan can’t be reasoned with, and they must prepare to go to war now. Victory will require more than Alexandria, and Rick will need to convince their new allies from the Kingdom and Hilltop to band together with the common goal of taking down Negan and his army.
While some could say that the Walking Dead might not be on the same popularity level as it once was before, nobody can complain the anticipation of season seven. This is mainly due to the fact that the show was left on such a cliffhanger that everyone spent the summer trying to decide just who would be the victim of Negan and his trusty baseball bat. So when the season started we had a lot of stuff to be ready to experience and this was a season that started off great. The thing is after the first episode there were moments and episodes after that did seem to drag on. Anyone who reads the comics knew things were heading for the “All Out War” portion of the series but it took this entire season to reach that area and along the way, I admit the line was a bit bumpy here and there. The show also did some things different from the comics by even going as far as to introduce a whole new group that wasn’t even in the comics. That made things a bit more unpredictable and could be seen as one of the better things this season did, even if the elements of the group seem to be mixed when asking the core audience how they felt about them. I found it odd but overall didn’t mind them. I just wanted the story to move a bit faster than it did from time to time.
All in all, from the infamous and brutal first episode to the episode that makes the song “Easy Street” stick in your head for weeks to come, this was still a solid season. And when you think of a show being in the seventh season and still having something for everyone to talk about, that is an accomplishment. We still got some great characters in this show and from the way things end I feel like we may be building to bigger and better things storyline wise for the next season to come. Negan is all the talk for most people and he’s a great character to finally see in the fold as far as his live action form goes. He’s a complex character and Jeffery Dean Morgan does a great job with him. Thanks to the alternative scenes on this set you can see him in his full foul mouth glory as well for anyone who misses all those f-bombs from the Negan you see in the comics on the show. It might not have been the best Walking Dead season but it at least was still a solid one and will probably lead to better things next season.
– Audio Commentaries
– Deleted & Alternate Scenes
– “Inside The Walking Dead” Featurette
– “The Making of The Walking Dead” Featurette
– “In Memorium” Featurette
– “A Larger World” Featurette
– “Breaking & Rebuilding” Featurette
– “A New Chapter of Fear” Featurette
– “Top Walkers” Featurette
– “Warrior Women” Featurette
– “The Writers of The Walking Dead” Featurette
Quality of Transfer: 98%