I've been a huge fan of The Walking Dead since it arrived on the scene in 2010. Not being able to help myself, I did watch a few episodes as broadcast early in Season 3, and then decided to wait for the Blu-ray.
My wait, as it had in the past, paid off.
The difference between broadcast and Blu-ray is significant. And while everyone may not have the ability to wait, a second viewing on Blu seals the deal.
Photographed on S16 (apparently some efx shots are 35), Walking Dead looks like film. For the time being 16mm is still being supported by both Kodak, as well as a small number of processing labs. How much longer? Can't say. But I'll miss it.
16 is perfect for this series, as shooting HD would yield far too much detail.
Color is superb. Black levels and shadow detail, likewise. The grain structure protects what it should, but is never intrusive. Great decision to shoot this way.
Now the interesting part.
Somewhere along the way, wires have probably been crossed, as what I received was the upcoming Special Edition, complete with a rather creepy and exacting copy of the fish tanks with floating heads as kept by the Governor.
My initial reaction was to use this is a centerpiece for the dining room table for the holidays.
But that seems to be a no go. Something about "taste."
Extraordinary series, with Season 3 carrying it along beautifully. Magnificent Blu-ray presentation.
And those fish tanks...
Apparently rather limited, and expected to become a real collectible within weeks of release. Can't imagine what these will be going for on that auction site come September.
I can't advise whether to go for just the Blu-ray set or the elegant tank centerpiece, but the quality has gone in, long before the logo was set in place.
As an aside, one more thing you're not getting in broadcast.
Dolby True HD 7.1, with pinpoint aural placement.