AMC’s FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 4 Blu-ray Review

  • The Season
  • The Video
  • The Audio
  • The Supplements
3.8

Official synopsis: In season 4 of ‘Fear the Walking Dead,’ we will see the world of Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and her family through new eyes — the eyes of Morgan Jones (Lennie James), who is joining the story from the world of ‘The Walking Dead.’ The characters’ immediate pasts mix with an uncertain present of struggle and discovery as they meet new friends, foes, and threats. They fight for each other, against each other, and against a legion of the dead, and work to build an existence strong enough to resist the crushing pressure of lives coming apart. There will be darkness and light; terror and grace; and the heroic, mercenary, and craven, all crashing together toward a new reality for ‘Fear the Walking Dead.’ 

After three seasons of the series, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD had finally hit the point where this season was to make or break the show.  One big change was bringing over the character Morgan Jones from the OG THE WALKING DEAD and have him spend time with this group in between his interactions with Rick.  He isn’t a permanent fixture but is more of a choice of continuity because his time on this series began with a clear end date.  The show has changed for the better with a new direction and characters rather than following the original survivors from the start.

VIDEO QUALITY:

The video is a 1080p AVC presentation that has a mix of coloring overtones for various times and places throughout the season. There are times where there is little color and a gloominess. During these scenes, the skin tones are more of a grey than anything else. In the bright yellow scenes, the skin tones also have a strong yellow to them. The other tone is a more normal tone where the colors still aren’t bold but closer to real life than any other. The images themselves have a light grain that gets a little heavy in the lower lit situations. This grain is something that is seen on both of THE WALKING DEAD series and it sets the tone that the world isn’t clean anymore (if that makes sense). Details can be made out in skin textures and the frayed clothing that practically every character wears.

AUDIO QUALITY:

The audio is a lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix that suits the tone and sound of the show. The score is well done and it lends to the emotions on screen. The gunfire has some strength behind it and has some nice clarity to them. There is some solid surround sound use in the sheltered spaces and definitely in the angry storm that, I believe, kicks off one of the episodes. The wind whips through the sound field and sounds on a road sign. The dialogue is clear and properly prioritized.

SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING


Disc One:
-Audio Commentary: on episode “What’s Your Story” with Executive Producer Scott Gimple and Showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg.

Disc Two:
-Audio Commentary: on episode “Laura” with Director Michael Satrazemis and Actors Jenna Elfman and Garret Dillahunt.

Disc Three:
-Audio Commentary: on episode “Close Your Eyes” with Director Michael Satrazemis and Actress Alycia Debnam-Carey.

Disc Four:
-Audio Commentary: on episode “…I Lose Myself” with Showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg.

Disc Details
4-disc Blu-ray set
Digital copy

Edition Ratings
Not Rated

Region Coding
Region A

Video Resolution
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio Mixes
English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
French Dolby Digital 2.0
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH
French
Spanish

THE BOTTOM LINE:

FEAR THE WALKING DEAD had a solid start to the series and kind of leveled off for seasons two and three. This season added some new characters and really expanded THE WALKING DEAD universe with the appearance of Morgan. The changes are good and it feels like things could go on for some time with the new “formula”. The Blu-ray has a nice looking transfer and a great audio mix. The extras are decent but there should really be more included. Maybe a long feature on the process of combining the two series would make for an interesting watch. Overall, if you’re a fan or collector, I recommend picking up this release.

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