The Walking Dead: The Complete Ninth Season (2018-2019) (Blu-ray Review)

The Walking Dead: The Complete Ninth Season (2018-2019) (Blu-ray Review)

The Walking Dead: The Complete Ninth Season (2018-2019) (Blu-ray Review)

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The Walking Dead: The Complete Ninth Season (2018-2019) (Blu-ray Review)
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride
Rated: UR/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 5
Available from Lionsgate Films

Last season brought the culmination of “All Out War,” which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their leader, Negan. With Negan’s life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him, and he spared Negan to uphold the values his late son, Carl, championed – values that created conflict within his group. Now, with our survivors rebuilding civilization under Rick’s leadership a year and a half after the end of the war, it’s a time of relative peace among the communities. However, the world they knew is rapidly changing, nature is literally taking over, and, as time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles and danger. But nothing can prepare them for the formidable force they’re about to encounter, threatening the very idea of civilization our survivors have worked so hard to build.

The Walking Dead went through a lot of changes during its ninth season. And for the most part, as shocking and awkward as some of those changes started out, you could say the end result was the best season we had seen of the show in a while. We’ll go ahead and address the worst-kept secret in the world here. Yes, show leader Rick Grimes isn’t in this season-long before he makes his exit and while I’d be the first to tell you how much that sucks, I’ll also say it opened up a door for a more unpredictable season. Daryl taking over as show leader wasn’t the worst thing that could happen and when you add in more zombies and blood to the mix it can make you ALMOST forget all about the silly time jumps the show made and it does do that.

It also introduces a new bad guy to the show in the form of The Whisperers. For some reason, these guys came across a lot better and more scary than they did in the comics. Where All Out War let a few folks down, I feel the new war with this crew went over much better on-screen and causes some tension and legit terror in the show that it hadn’t seen since long ago. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is still here as Negan and his story arc is one I knew was coming as a comic book reader and I think Morgan has the acting chops to make it work as well as it does. If you liked The Walking Dead before this season you will be more than happy to see the new direction the show goes in, even if Rick leaving sucks. If you never really cared for the show, this might be one to try to pick back up with since it adds in more actual horror to the otherwise usual stuff.


– Deleted Scenes
– “Seasons Change” Featurette
– “In Memoriam” Featurette
– “The Whisperers: Behind the Mask” Featurette
– “Rick Farewell” Featurette
– “Time Jump” Featurette
– Bonus Scene: Episode 908
– “Inside Episode …” Featurettes per episode
– “Making of …” Featurettes per episode

Quality of Transfer: 97%

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