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HD Video Quality
4.5 Stars
HD Audio Quality
4.5 Stars
Supplements
1 Stars
Bottom Line
Recommended

Fear the Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season

Street Date:
March 13th, 2018
Reviewed by:
Review Date: 1
March 13th, 2018
Movie Release Year:
2017
Studio:
Lionsgate
Length:
710 Minutes
MPAA Rating:
Unrated
Release Country
United States

Introduction

Fear the Walking Dead is a fantastic series and a great spinoff show of The Walking Dead. I would even go as far as to say it might be a little better in some cases as we get full story arc of all characters in each episode, whereas in the main series, we might get a whole episode only devoted to one character, which causes The Walking Dead to go by at a super slow pace. In Season Three, finding a place to settle down and avoid the dead as well as the living is the main story. With new characters coming into place and someone killing people in order to find out the scientific evidence of the undead, our main heroes have a lot to deal with. The video and audio presentations are both great, but the extras are less than desired. Add to that, the horrible menu setup to even find any of the extras without having to click several things. That still being said, this is a very good series and comes Recommended!

The Movie Itself: Our Reviewer's Take

Since 2015, The Walking Dead spinoff show Fear the Walking Dead has grown into its own beast with its unique style, characters, and story, some of which has been more engaging and entertaining than the main show. In its third season, things are less about the zombie epidemic and more about dealing with the apocalypse and finding a place to settle. One of the better things about Fear The Walking Dead is that each episode covers almost each character in the series, by weaving the big plot points in each scene. This is not the case with The Walking Dead, where some episodes focus solely on one or two characters alone, where we are forced to wait a few weeks to see the main characters or everyone together, which drags out the storyline even longer than it needs to be.

In season three of Fear the Walking Dead, we are still close together with the Clark and Salazar families, as well as Victor Strand, as they search for a new place to live which they hope is Mexico. Of course there are some obstacles along the way, mostly dealing with people who own land in this season. You have to remember that with Fear the Walking Dead, the world and society hasn't failed just yet like in the main series. This is the start of it, so things are still working in some form or fashion, which is definitely intriguing to see the inner-workings of society fail to what we eventually see on The Walking Dead.

In addition to the main "finding a place to survive" storyline, we also have a big character who has taken up learning about the undead and what makes them tick. The Catch-22 of this storyline, is that this specific character has taken up killing living people in order to conduct his experiments, which just makes this character a murderer. We also learn what lead to some of the big climactic moments of Season Two, along with some fairly good zombie makeup and deaths. Again, what sets this spinoff series aside from the main show is its ability to tell the multi-arc storylines all in one episode and its quick pacing.

Fear the Walking Dead is smart in its storytelling and never seems to stray off the path like The Walking Dead has done in the past. There are some new in-depth characters this time around and you can get a sense of how this show and the main series will cross paths here. Whether you're a fan or not of The Walking Dead, there is enough original and entertaining story and characters here that will keep you satisfied in this undead world. If Fear the Walking Dead continues on this path, count me in.

 

 

The Blu-ray: Vital Disc Stats

Fear the Walking Dead: Season Three has four 50GB Blu-ray Discs that are housed in a hard, blue plastic case with two inserts telling us when several AMC shows will be back for more episodes. There is also an insert for a digital copy as well, all of which comes incased in a cardboard sleeve. 

The Video: Sizing Up the Picture

Fear the Walking Dead: Season Three comes with a 1080p HD transfer that is presented in 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The third season looks very good, with the detail looking very sharp and vivid at all times, especially in the lower lit scenes. Closeups reveal the gory practical makeup effects, wrinkles, individual facial hairs, and blemishes extremely well, while also having a decent filmic quality to the entire image. Wider shots of landscapes and cities look equally great, giving the image some great depth. 

Colors are well balanced and vivid in each scene. The blood is deep and rich with varying shades of gorgeous red. Other costumes showcase the worn out look very well as do the many different decaying skin tones on the undead. Black levels are always deep and inky, too. There are no issues with banding, aliasing, or video noise, leaving this video presentation with great marks.

The Audio: Rating the Sound

This release comes with a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix and provides all of the necessary audio bits you'd expect from this horror TV series. Sound effects are loud and boisterous with appropriate directionality in every episode. Gunshots, explosions, and vehicles all have a powerful low end that brings hefty bass. Other noises of zombie growls and people yelling all sound terrific. 

Ambient noises of people walking, and distant screams and gunshots all sound robust in the rear speakers. The score of the series always keeps up with the suspense and dramatic issues in each episode. Dialogue is always clear and easy to follow, and free of any pops, cracks, hiss, and shrills.

The Supplements: Digging Into the Good Stuff

Audio Commentaries - There are only two audio commentary tracks here, one being on the first episode of the season, while the other is on the last episode of the season. Select cast and crew offer mundane information, trivia, and technical aspects of the making of the season and each episode. Not worth your time. 

Deleted Scenes (HD, 17 Mins.) - There are nine deleted scenes in total, spanning nine different episodes.  There are some decent character scenes, but nothing worthwhile. 

Final Thoughts

Fear the Walking Dead: Season Three is a great addition to the series and world of this zombie apocalypse. The new and old characters all have their time to shine on screen with some in depth development. The visual effects of the undead look incredible and the plotlines are all worth the time it takes to tell them. The video and audio presentations are both wonderful, and while the extras might add some surface information, nothing is really entertaining or of value, as it's only two rote commentary tracks and a few deleted scenes. Still, if you're a fan of the series, this comes Recommended!

Technical Specs

  • Blu-ray/Digital Copy

Video Resolution/Codec

  • 1080p MPEG-4 AVC

Aspect Ratio(s)

  • 1.78:1

Audio Formats

  • English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
  • French: Dolby Surround 2.0

Subtitles/Captions

  • English SDH, Spanish

Supplements

  • Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes

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