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The Walking Dead on DVD/Blu-Ray

walkingdeaddvdSo…The Walking Dead came out for home media today.

I’d debated awhile whether I wanted to get it as DVD or Blu-Ray, especially with the pricing being so comparable (and I think Best Buy most closely fought Amazon, matching the Amazon prices in their weekly ad).

Ultimately, I went with the DVD version.

And I have to give AMC EXTREME GRATITUDE for their stand-up way of releasing this.

See…virtually any and every other media release—movie, tv seasons, whatever—it seems that publishers feel the need to force one toward the Blu-Ray edition, to intentionally MAKE the DVD an INFERIOR PRODUCT.

They “stack” the blu-ray with EXCLUSIVE “extras” intentionally left off the DVD release; whether it’s brief featurettes, bonus episodes of something, or whatever…stuff that at the SAME resolution as the DVD content, would FIT EASILY onto the DVDs included in the DVD release.

AMC has put out the first season of The Walking Dead on both Blu-Ray and DVD.

But looking at the packages, I couldn’t find anything different between the two. The extras all looked to be the same. The two versions contain all 6 episodes. Even the box art is the same, except the Blu-Ray edition has that blue stripe at the top, and the cases are obviously the respective DVD or Blu-Ray size.

And given that…AMC has totally earned my respect all the more.

Let the formats speak for themselves. That’s ALL it should be about. FORMAT. Not the CONTENT.

I went with the DVD…but in this case…because I don’t know of any friends who have a blu-ray player, and if we get together to watch this as a group…DVD is virtually “universal.”

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R.E.B.E.L.S. #1 [Review]

Quick Rating: Decent
Story Title: The Future is Now

Vril Dox (Brainiac 2) arrives on Earth with pursuers on his tail, and seeks out Supergirl for a special purpose even he doesn’t know.

rebels001Writer: Tony Bedard
Artist: Andy Clarke
Colorist: Jose Villarrubia
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Asst. Editors: Siegel & Ogle
Editors: Marts & Cunningham
Covers: Andy Clarke
Publisher: DC Comics

This is the second time offhand that I have bought a R.E.B.E.L.S. #1. The last time I did so was way back around September 1994. L.E.G.I.O.N. was rebooted during Zero Hour as R.E.B.E.L.S., and was one of the series I’d decided to jump on to check it out from the very beginning. Fourteen-and-one-half years later, this new incarnation of the title had my curiosity, if only for nostalgic value.

This issue opens with a bit of a cliche–people going about normal life, talking about something that then sorta comes true with the arrival of an alien or whatever (in this case, Vril Dox), who asks for something rather simple that I for one normally wouldn’t expect an alien to ask: "Where’s the nearest restroom?" We quickly find out that Dox is being pursued, that his own organization has been taken from him and is now being used against him. Being rather cool and calculating (or rather, not-so-compassionate) he is prepared to see numerous human lives lost to attain his goal. Once Supergirl enters the fray, a couple secrets come out, and we find that there is a good deal at play, just waiting to be revealed.

Overall, I like Clarke’s visuals in this issue. There’s a certain level of detail and a style that seems to fit the story very well. The main complaint I have is that Supergirl looks a little "off," but characters I presume will be main/starring characters for this title have a good look about them that does NOT seem "off." One of the aliens reminds me a bit of both the Aliens as well as Arkillo from the GL books, and yet still has enough of a unique look to be its own thing, while evoking those others–regardless of the intentionality of the similarity.

The story is fairly basic, dealing with a bit of cliche–at least on the surface. Cliche or otherwise, there are some hints dropped as to stuff-to-come, and at least one bombshell drawn from existing continuity that casts characters in a new light. I’ve not read much of Bedard’s work, but recall liking what I have read. This issue really–aside from Supergirl–is playing in its own sandbox away from other DCU books. That sets it apart for me as it is not directly involved in other current stories that I’m following and thus has room to develop and build a bit.

There’s not enough here in this issue to convince me that this’ll be a great title nor that I’ll want to be in for the long haul, but there’s just enough of something to it that I’ll probably give it a couple more issues to pan out and really hook me. In the meantime, it’s a debut issue of a new series and it’s still within my $3 general threshold.

Worth checking out if you’re curious, but doesn’t seem an essential read.

Ratings:

Story: 3/5
Art: 4/5
Overall: 3.5/5

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