INTO THE BADLANDS: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review

“Season 3 of Into the Badlands finds Sunny living off the grid, doing his best to provide for his infant son, Henry, in the wake of Veil’s death. It is only when Henry contracts a mysterious illness that Sunny must join forces with Bajie and journey back into the Badlands, where The Widow and Baron Chau are entrenched in a drawn-out war that has destabilized the entire region. No longer supported by Tilda or Waldo, the Widow must find new allies in Lydia and in Nathaniel Moon — the former regent who lost his hand to Sunny and Bajie in Season 2. But when a mysterious nomadic leader called Pilgrim arrives in the Badlands on a mission to restore Azra and usher in a new era of “peace,” old enemies must band together to defend the Badlands.” – AMC

This is the final season of INTO THE BADLANDS and it is a shame. At the time of this review, there is no other show like it on television. It uses a lot of martial arts, choreographed fighting, and an interesting story. The main focus is on Sonny who is an incredible fighter and has that lone warrior persona down. He is palsied by Daniel Wu and he embodies the character to the point that you feel like you’re not watching a show. Nick Frost is Bajie and he is brilliant on the show. He is this sort of somber character who gets mixed up in all that’s happening. My favorite character might be Emily Beecham who plays The Widow. She is ruthless and unforgiving in her ascent to be the tyrant she strives to be.

I mentioned the action earlier and it is arguably the best element of the series. There is a variety of weapons and fighting styles used so that you never feel like what’s happening is stale. Fighting styles play to people’s statures like the thin and slender have quicker movements or the bigger guys have heavier hits.

VIDEO QUALITY:

The video is a 1080p AVC presentation that has the same clean look that has been seen on the previous two seasons on Blu-ray. The digitally captured series has sharp details and intricacies that are easily seen. Textures on fabrics and even etchings on weapons are included. Also included are facial lines, scars and beautifully blended makeup. The dirt and grime that is on almost everything in the dystopian world lend to the mythos of the story. Certain colors such as reds and greens stand out in the transfer.

AUDIO QUALITY:

The audio is a lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. It has an incredible surround presence that utilizes all of the speakers and makes the action move around the sound field. The LFEs are strong with the right amount of power from punches to explosions to the music. Speaking of, the score is nicely layered with the rest of the elements in the mix and helps fuel the energy of the show. The dialogue is well prioritized with everything else.

SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING

There are no extras included on the release.

Disc Details
4-Disc Blu-ray Set
Digital Copy

Edition Ratings
Rated TV-MA

Region Coding
Region A

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

Audio Mixes
English Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH
Spanish

THE BOTTOM LINE:

It is a shame that the series ended before they were able to at least wrap up the story that was coming in the upcoming season but I do get it. I feel like there was a fanbase but it didn’t have the number for AMC to keep it around. It might have done a bit better on a paid movie channel so that the violence could be a bit bigger in general. The video is incredible and the audio helps make the show more realistic. I was hoping for something from the showrunners or creators in the extras about this season and the show ending but there is nothing included. Overall, fans of the show or if you’re waiting to add this to your collection, you need to pick this up.

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MEDIA JOURNALIST | Michael is a fanatic about all cinema old and new. He collects anything from 1:6 Scale Collectibles and vinyl collectibles to movies and Steelbooks. He loves pop culture, writing, reviewing films & collectibles, and journalism. An avid Batman, The Joker and anything comics junkie, he will also chat it up about pretty much anything. Go ahead and ask...