Fear The Walking Dead Season Three Blu-ray Review

Check out our review of Fear The Walking Dead Season 3. Taking place on the violent region formerly known as the U.S.-Mexico border; the survivors will be brought together to face what they fear…and fear what they’ve become.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

88

Details:

Studio and Year: AMC – 2017
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
Feature running time: 710 Minutes
Genre: Horror/Drama/TV

Disc Format: BD-50 (5 Disc Set)
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, French Dolby Surround 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Mercedes Mason, Colman Domingo
Created by: Dave Erickson, Robert Kirkman
Music by: Paul Haslinger
Written by: Dave Erickson, Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 13, 2018

“Fear what you become.”

My Take:

I reviewed Season One and Two of Fear The Walking Dead and was disappointed with the both, however, Season Two got better– but I still felt it to be a weak version of The Walking Dead. Season 2 did show some promise, but not enough or me to watch Season Three it as it aired. I had to binge watch this for this write-up, and thankfully it was much easier to do than I imagined.

Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 was by far the best season of any Walking Dead franchise in the last few years and is one of my top 4 seasons altogether. I would go so far as to say is it stands right now, Fear is easily the better Walking Dead. Coming in at 16 episodes, its worst offense is a bit of drag getting “the group” all back together, as it tried hard to united their scattered locations and storylines.

The arid southwest landscape made for an excellent looking production and gave a slightly familiar apocalyptic landscape. It also opened up storylines like water supply and trade routes. Fear’s southern migration makes the series have fewer Zombies (as the land was less populated), but more human drama. Handling the different groups of survivors and their plights and fights was a big strong point, but where it grabbed me was how it went darker than expected.

I am left with the same enthusiasm and anticipation for a new season of Fear as I had early on for The Walking Dead. I recommend jumping back on board for those who abandoned ship with Seasons One and Two.

For Reference here are my reviews of The Walking Dead:
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5

And Fear The Walking Dead:
Season 1
Season 2

Parental Guide: 

TV-MA for scenes of terror, drug use and adult situations

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 Mbps Dolby TrueHD MA 5.1 lossless surround sound that has an average bitrate of 3.8 Mbps.

My thoughts are similar to my review of Season 2 (quoted below). However, this seasons video was a bit more eye candy with its brown rust dessert setting while keeping the same audio and video properties as before.

Fear The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season Is a great looking Blu-ray. Zombie skin, textures on fabrics, facial blemishes…they are all visible in this natural looking digitally shot show. Strong black levels and pleasing flesh tones are mixed with a sun-touched and warmer look. Compared to The Walking Dead this series had a bit more pop and was shot digitally as opposed to 16mm film. The lossless soundtrack is well mixed with dialogue always paramount and the surround channels very well-utilized. I was never blown away by the low end though gunshots and explosions have good concussion, and the show’s music is dynamic.”

Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentaries
  • (HD) Deleted Scenes & Extended Scenes
  • UltraViolet (UV) copy

Final Thoughts:

Fear The Walking Dead Season 3 took an uninspired show and turned it into a must-see of fans of Walking Dead TV. I am glad I gave the season a shot as I was planning not to bother, and I encourage others to do the same. Unfortunately, a lack of significant supplements make a Blu-ray less enticing than some streaming options, but I do recommend checking this out!

Lee Weber
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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Yamaha CX-A5100 AV Processor – Calibrated by Jeff Meier @ Accucal
ATI AT4000 Signature Series Amplifiers 11×200 Watts
Sony UBP-X1000ES 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
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