Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride
Release Date: August 23, 2016
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9/10
Season Six starts with Alexandria’s safety shattered by multiple threats. To make it, the people of Alexandria will need to catch up with our survivors’ hardness while many of Rick’s people will need to take a step back from the violence and pragmatism they’ve needed to embrace. These reversals won’t happen easily, or without conflict. But now Rick’s group is fighting for something more than survival… They’re fighting for their home, and they will defend that at any cost, against any threat, even if that threat comes from within.
The sixth season of ‘The Walking Dead’ picks up shortly after the groups acceptance into the town of Alexandria. Now part of the active community, Rick and those closest to him now assist in everyday tasks needed to maintain the community’s well being, as well as contributing their expertise and knowledge of the terrifying world that exists just beyond the gate. In return they are provided housing accommodations and more little delicacies than they could have imagined. With things starting to look more promising than ever for a potential (nearly) normal existence amidst this zombie infested world, the group must force themselves to relax and accept the possibility of life that Alexandria presents. While just beginning to grasp the reality at hand, Rick and their group unfortunately soon discover that there is more to their surroundings to fear than the walkers beyond the gate as the existence of other nearby encampments are revealed. Once they begin to encounter the members of these groups the shadow of a potential new evil seems to become gradually clearer, accompanied by repeated whispers of the name Negan.
After a couple seasons that in large became increasingly staler and more repetitive than hoped, the sixth season of the massively popular AMC series ‘The Walking Dead’ rectifies many of the faults and patterns that the series has repeatedly fallen victim to as of late, this year altering the pattern in a wonderfully refreshing way that results in one of the best season’s of the show since its early days. Never making the mistake of shying away from the human nature of the characters and their constant struggle to maintain their humanity while surround by a mere shadow of their world, the latest season manages to keep true to these crucial elements while also managing to switch things up and provide some much needed insanity amidst the drama. The season certainly has its less impressive moments, but the positive largely outweighs the negative this year and as a whole the season provides a consistently enthralling ride that should keep viewers glued to the screen up until the terrifying and almost unbearably intense final scene that is certain to stay with you long after the credits roll. Any fan of the series that hasn’t yet had the opportunity to check out the sixth season will definitely want to do so as soon as you have the chance and any fellow semi-fans whose attention has been gradually dwindling may also want to give this latest season a whirl before deciding to call it quits.
Diehard (and many casual) fans of this insanely popular series will definitely want to make sure to grab a copy of ‘The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season’ on Blu-ray to add to their collections. The Blu-ray release of the sixth season once again delivers the exceptional high definition video and audio presentations we’ve come to expect and love on every episode. The season may be a tad lighter than usual in the way of bonus content, although still includes a number of worthwhile extras including the highly anticipated Extended Cut of the season finale (featuring the uncensored/alternate Negan scene), along with Audio Commentaries and Deleted Scenes for select episodes, and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below), which combined with the outstanding video and audio presentations should undoubtedly make this one another definite must own for the majority of fans.
Overall, the majority of ‘The Walking Dead’ fans will likely want to grab a copy of ‘The Complete Sixth Season’ on Blu-ray in order to have the ability to re-watch the latest season any time you choose in the best quality currently available. Those who enjoy the series yet haven’t had a chance to check out the latest season will definitely want to be sure to do so when you have the opportunity, and any folks that may be understandably hesitant to make a blind purchase can always rent the episodes or else wait until its added on streaming services such as Netflix.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the sixth season’s episodes. The video presentations look fantastic as a whole and deliver consistently sharp and detailed presentations on every episode in the season with no notable faults to be found within. They hold up admirably even during the numerous darkly lit and fast moving sequences and never result in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are wonderful high definition video presentations complimented by a fair bitrate that should easily please most fans.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack on all 16 Season Six episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks once again deliver crisp, clean, accurate and wonderfully aggressive audio presentations on every included episode. Frequently utilizing all seven available channels in order to fully immerse the viewer within the outstanding score, in addition to sending no shortage of bullets, debris, zombie groans and plenty more throughout the various speakers, all the while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, these are outstanding and hard hitting 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtracks that shouldn’t disappoint in the slightest.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season’ includes a solid collection of supplemental material, although not quite on the level of recent season releases for the series. Included on the release is the Extended Version of the Season Finale ‘Last Day on Earth’ which runs approximately 70 seconds longer than the broadcast version and contains the Alternate Cut of the infamous Negan scene with a plethora of F bombs included. Also included on the release are ‘Audio Commentary’ tracks with various members of the cast and crew on 7 select episodes, along with ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ for a number of episodes (running approximately 9 minutes in length altogether). We are additionally treated to a number of behind the scenes Featurettes that include interviews/comments with the cast and crew, behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are ‘The Making of The Walking Dead’ episodic Featurettes for all 16 episodes in the season (running approximately 2-5 minutes each), along with ‘In Memoriam’ (approximately 10 minutes), ‘601: Out of the Quarry’ (8 minutes), ‘Guts and Glory: The Death of Nicholas’ (5 minutes), ‘Strength in Bonds’ (11 minutes), ‘Negan: Someone to Fear’ (5 minutes), and ‘The Face of Death: Iconic Walkers of the Season’ (4 minutes).