Sep 042019

The Walking Dead: The Complete Ninth Season is a solid enough entry into the series and offers some interesting little twists with the ensemble characters and the departure of one of the original cast in Andrew Lincoln.



The Walking Dead: The Complete Ninth Season

Genre(s): Drama, Horror
Lionsgate | NR – 751 min. – $80.99 | August 20, 2019

Date Published: 09/04/2019 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Various
Writer(s): Charlie Adlard & Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore (graphic novel); Frank Darabont (developed by)
Cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohen, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Khary Payton, Xander Berkeley

Features: Episode Commentaries, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 5

Audio: English (Dolby TrueHD 7.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Lionsgate provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

THE MOVIE — 3.75/5

Season Synopsis: Last season brought the culmination of “All Out War,” which pitted Rick Grimes (ANDREW LINCOLN) and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their leader, Negan (JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN). With Negan’s life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him, and he spared Negan to uphold the values of his late son, Carl, championed — values that created conflict within his group.

Now, with our survivors rebuilding civilization under Rick’s leadership a year and a half after the end of the war, it’s a time of relative peace among the communities. However, the world they knew is rapidly changing, nature is literally taking over, and, as time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles and danger. But nothing can prepare them for the formidable force they’re about to encounter, threatening the very idea of civilization our survivors have worked so hard to build.

Quick Hit Review: I probably mentioned this in previous reviews, but The Walking Dead never was must-watch television for me, and besides, I generally don’t watch these serialized shows live (or through DVR) given I can watch them later on home video (this being such a case). With that said, while everything in this ninth season was pretty top-notch from the performances by the ensemble case (Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus and Jeffrey Dean Morgan particular standing out) to the set design and make-up effects on the zombies.

I never was especially engaged with the story though at least this season was a bit better than the previous and the introduction to an almost Game of Thrones-like North Wall with the show going into snowy locations (well, on a soundstage anyway). Even though I am not biggest fan of The Walking Dead, Season 9 was still fairly entertaining so it was at least worth checking out.



This release comes with a slip cover and redemption code for the Digital HD copy. For some reason, there’s no episode guide included…

Episode Commentaries:

  • ‘What Comes After’ – Showrunner/Executive Producer Anglea Kang and Executive Producer/Writer Scott Gimple and Co-Executive Producer/Writer Matt Negrete
  • ‘Stradivarius’ – Director Michael Cudlitz and Executive Story Editor/Writer Vivian Tse
  • ‘The Calm Before’ – Co-Executive Producer/Writer Corey Reed, Staff Writer Geraldine Inoa and Actors Khary Payton (“Ezekiel”) and Avi Nash (“Siddiq”)
  • ‘The Storm’ – Executive Producer Denise Huth, Co-Executive Producer/Writer Matt Negrete and Actors Melissa McBride (“Carol”) and Seth Gilliam (“Father Gabriel”)


  • Seasons of Change (8:03) – Chronicles the changes in this ninth season, mainly scenes taking place in the snow.
  • In Memoriam (10:36) pays respects to the characters who died this season.
  • The Whisperers: Behind the Mask (10:38) looks at the new evolution of the Walkers and the viciousness they bring.
  • Rick Farewell (4:14) is a featurette on actor Andrew Lincoln as he exits the series.
  • Time Jump (3:00) looks at how the show jumps in time, which adds to some storylines and characters.

Deleted Scenes (10:15) – The several scenes are compiled together. Nothing really special.

Inside Episode are a series of short featurettes (running between 2-5 minutes) with tid-bits about every episode. Similarly, there are Making of featurettes for all the episodes as well.


VIDEO – 4.5/5

Lionsgate releases the ninth season of The Walking Dead onto Blu-ray presented in its originally televised 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio and has been given a 1080p high-definition transfer. Despite the more naturalistic landscape, the picture does look good, detail is sharp and colors, such as they are, have a bit of pop to then. There weren’t any noticeable flaws such as artifacting or aliasing and outside of some minor banding it’s a clean looking transfer.

AUDIO – 4.75/5

Each episode comes equipped with a strong Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track which does output crisp and clear dialogue, or at the very least zombie snarls, and the few action-centric sequences, though the bulk of this series is pretty much dialogue-driven, with some good depth for ambient noises, or towards the end, the blizzard conditions which ensnare every channel.


OVERALL – 4.0/5

Overall, The Walking Dead: The Complete Ninth Season is a solid enough entry into the series and offers some interesting little twists with the ensemble characters and the departure of one of the original cast in Andrew Lincoln. This Blu-ray release has good video and audio transfers and a nice selection of bonus material.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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