AMC's The Walking Dead reign again this week with the earlier mentioned release of its season two trailer, and the cool announcement of the Special Edition release of season one on the Blu-ray and DVDs.

With its unprecedented ratings for AMC with a whopping 5.3 million viewers and a 3.3 rating amongst the most coveted demographic of adults aged 18-49 for its feature length pilot episode, The Walking Dead is probably the rare success story of TV last year.

And now, from its outstanding six-episode debut season comes the inevitable Special Edition releases of the Blu-ray and DVD before the season two premieres in October.

The Walking Dead: Season 1 – Special Edition will be arriving in three versions: Blu-ray, DVD, and a collector’s edition, thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment. While there no doubt more than a fistful of special features added to the release, what seemed most intriguing to us would be the "black and white" release of the pilot episode. In sync with the black-and-white starkness of the original comic, this is definitely something worth checking out if you have not grab the first release of the series.

Here are the covers for both Blu-ray and DVD of the title.


And here's the itsy bitsy details in the official press release:

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT GIVES YOU A COLLECTION TO DIE FOR WITH THE OCTOBER 4 RELEASE OF AMC’S “THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 1- SPECIAL EDITION”


Three Versions Available Oozing with Extras Including a Limited Edition Blu-Ray ™ Collector’s Tin!

Beverly Hills, CA – “The Walking Dead, AMC’s hit original series that Entertainment Weekly hailed as the “best new show on TV”, gets a new release on Blu-ray™ and DVD this fall that’s sure to wake the dead! Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly releases the AMC® original series “THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 1 – SPECIAL EDITION” on October 4, 2011. Available in three versions (Special Edition DVD, Special Edition Blu-ray and Limited Edition Blu-ray Collector’s Tin), each set contains all six episodes of the first season and is loaded with NEW behind-the-scenes featurettes, audio commentaries, extra footage and the fan-requested black and white version of the pilot episode. In addition to the Blu-ray special edition, a limited edition collector’s tin contains an exclusive wearable zombie mask from NECA designed by the series own make-up artist, Greg Nicotero. The first 100,000 units of the Blu-ray and Limited Edition Collector’s Tin together includes an EXCLUSIVE Cryptozoic “The Walking Dead” trading card.

In each version, all six episodes contain audio commentaries including award-winning Producer/Writer/Director Frank Darabont, Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, Executive Producer/Writer Robert Kirkman, Producer Denise Huth, Actor Andrew Lincoln, Special Effects Make-Up Artist/Consulting Producer Greg Nicotero and many more! A breakdown of each release follows:

All three versions include the following NEW extras:

Pilot Episode: The B&W Version
Audio Commentaries On All 6 episodes
We Are The Walking Dead
Bring Out The Dead: KNB And The Art of Making Zombies
Digital Decay: The VFX of The Walking Dead
No More Room in Hell: The Walking Dead Phenomenon
Adapting The Dead
Killer Conversations: Frank Darabont & Greg Nicotero
Each version includes bonus features from the previous release of “The Walking Dead: Season 1” on DVD that contained the following:

The Making of The Walking Dead
Inside The Walking Dead: Episodes 1 – 6
A Sneak Peek with Robert Kirkman
Behind The Scenes Zombie Make-Up Tips
Convention Panel with the Producers
The Walking Dead Trailer
Extra Footage includes:

Zombie School
Bicycle Girl
On Set with Robert Kirkman
Hanging with Steven Yeun
Inside Dale’s RV
On Set with Andrew Lincoln
AMC’s hit “The Walking Dead,” which broke ratings records in its first season reaching more Adults 18-49 than any other drama series in the history of basic cable television,* returns for its second season this Fall. The series is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln (“Teachers,” Love Actually), who travel in search of a safe and secure home. Shot on location in Atlanta, the series also stars Jon Bernthal (“The Pacific,” The Ghost Writer) as Shane Walsh, Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”) as Lori Grimes, Laurie Holden (“The Shield,” Stephen King’s The Mist) as Andrea, Jeffrey DeMunn (Stephen King’s The Mist, The Green Mile) as Dale, Norman Reedus (“The Conspirator”) as Daryl, Steven Yeun (“The Big Bang Theory”) as Glen, Emma Bell (The Bedford Diaries) as Amy and Chandler Riggs (Get Low) as Carl Grimes. Season two of “The Walking Dead” is executive produced by three-time Academy™ Award nominee Frank Darabont, Gale Anne Hurd, Kirkman, David Alpert, and Glen Mazzara and AMC Studios. Greg Nicotero

*Source: The Nielsen Company. Live+SD. 1/1/93-12/5/10. A18-49, AA(000). M-Sa 8P-11P, Su 7P-12A. General Drama. Ad Supported Cable. Entire Series Original Premiere Series Airings Only.


Based on the popular Image Comics’ comic book written by Robert Kirkman, the series premiered on AMC Fearfest Halloween night and immediately became the most watched drama series in cable’s history with 3.5 million viewers. It has thrilled (and chilled) both critics and audiences with its groundbreaking take on the living dead lore. Season 2 of “The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC this fall.


And here are the specs:

THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 1 – SPECIAL EDITION Blu-Ray™

Street Date: October 4, 2011
Pre-book: September 7, 2011
Cat. #: BD23097
UPC: 0 1313 23097-9 8
Run Time: 292 Minutes
Rating: Not Rated
SRP: $59.99
Format: Widescreen (1.78:1) 1080p
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1/French Dolby Surround 2.0
Subtitles: English and Spanish

THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 1 – SPECIAL EDITION DVD
Street Date: October 4, 2011
Pre-book: September 7, 2011
Cat. #: DV23096
UPC: 1313 23096-9 9
Run Time: 292 Minutes
Rating: Not Rated
SRP: $49.98
Format: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1/French Dolby Surround 2.0
Subtitles: English and Spanish

THE WALKING DEAD: LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR’S TIN (Blu-ray™ ONLY)
Street Date: October 4, 2011
Pre-book: September 7, 2011
Cat. #: BD23505
UPC: 0 1313 23505-9 2
Run Time: 292 Minutes
Rating: Not Rated
SRP: $89.99
Format: Widescreen (1.78:1) 1080p
Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1/French Dolby Surround 2.0
Subtitles: English and Spanish


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