Episode 53! Stu and Billy are back at the flicks this week to watch Logan Lucky, as well as discuss Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets!

Logan Lucky is a heist comedy directed by Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Out of Sight, Oceans Trilogy, and Erin Brockovich) and features an ensemble cast of Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, Katherine Waterston, and Sebastian Stan.

The film follows the three Logan siblings as they plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Coca-Cola 600.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a sci-fi action adventure film directed by Luc Besson (Nikita, Leon: The Pofessional, The Fifth Element, and Lucy). The film is based on the French sci-fi comic series Valerian and Laureline, written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Claude Mezieres.

It stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian and Cara Delevingne as Laureline, two special operatives in the 28th century charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. When a dark force threatens Alpha, the City of a Thousand Planets, the duo must race against the clock to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the rest of the universe.

As well as the films, Stu and I discuss what else we've been watching this week, and look over the latest in movie news.

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Is Terminator 2: Judgement Day a perfect film? Can any film really be “perfect”? These questions swirled around my head whilst watching Cameron’s masterpiece in a recent 3D screening. Sure I’ve got some niggling quibbles here and there; but as far as a cinematic experience, I think it might be perfect. Maybe it’s the nostalgia speaking, but Terminator 2: Judgement Day resides in the pantheon of perfection alongside such gods as The Empire Strikes Back, Alien/Aliens, Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones (minus the Crystal Skull) and a few more. These are the films which not only defined an era of my life, but defined what I wanted from going to the movies. With every subsequent entry in the Terminator franchise, we’ve seemingly drifted further and further away from the genius that is Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day 3D returns to cinemas from the 24th of August for one week only. Should you go see it? You’re damn straight you should. I’m not the biggest fan of 3D films, but there’s enough here to warrant a watch. Admittedly the 3D didn’t add that much to the experience, given that the film wasn’t produced with 3D in mind. For me it simply added depth to the screen and layered feel that wasn't there before. But this is Terminator 2: Judgement Day! It’s one of the greatest films of the past 30 years, a film which defined the marriage of physical effects and practical storytelling. You probably won’t get a chance to see it on the big screen after this release. If this were Total Recall Arnie would be telling you to “get your ass to Mars”, well i’m telling you to get your ass out to the cinema.

I don’t need to tell you how amazing Terminator 2: Judgement Day is; but in 3D it’s like when Malibu Stacy got a new hat. Doesn’t sound like much, but IT”S A NEW HAT! Don’t tell me you’re not craving that sweet sweet new hat.

I want to know what you consider a perfect movie. Please sound off in the comments below, or pop over and play on our Facebook page.

- Stu


TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY 3D, hitting cinemas August 24 for a limited season – one-week-only! 




With Alien: Covenant arriving on Digital HD on Wednesday 9 August and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on Wednesday 16 August, I thought i'd take the opportunity to revisit one of my most anticipated films of 2017. As an unabashed fan of Ridley Scott's Prometheus (2012) I had hoped that Alien: Covenant firstly; might answer some of my lingering questions about the franchise and secondly; continue to stumble down the philosophical rabbit-hole established by its predecessor. For the most part it achieved both. However, upon a re-watching Covenant, it felt a little too interested in being an "Alien" style film and sadly tonally dissimilar to Prometheus. For some fans that may be a good thing, but for me it's not. That being said, there's a tonne to like in Alien: Covenant.

Scott assembles a cast befitting the franchise. Led ably by Katherine ‘Ripley 2.0’ Waterston, Billy ‘Hi, I’m religious’ Crudup, Danny ‘I love my wife’ McBride and the true rock star of the film, Michael ‘I can do no wrong’ Fassbender. There's zero doubt that Fassbender owns this film from the get go. His two performances exemplify his range as an actor. I adored his cold menace as David and the babe-in-the-woods innocence of Walter.

For anyone who missed Alien: Covenant in its theatrical run I highly recommend you check it out. It caters to fans of Alien and general Sci-fi folk looking for a little bit more from your big blockbusters.

For my initial thoughts on the film, check out Episode 45 of We Like To Watch which Billy and I recorded directly after seeing the film.

As always if you agree or disagree with my thoughts on Alien: Covenant or Prometheus, please feel free to let me know in the comments below, hit me up on our Facebook page or yell at me on Twitter @stu_watches

- Stu

8 out of 10


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• Ledwards Fall
• Crossing the Plaza (Extended)
• Daniels Thanks Walter
• Rosenthal Prayer
• Walter Reports Back
• Stairs to Eggroom (Extended)
• USCSS Covenant
• Meet Walter
• Photos
• The Last Supper
• SECTOR 87 - PLANET 4
• The Crossing
• Advent
• David’s Illustrations – Image Gallery
• Master Class: Ridley Scott - Documentary on the making of Alien: Covenant
• Director Commentary by Ridley Scott

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Where did July go?! Luckily it brought us Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk. Not many changes to my top 10 but hopefully you got out to see Dunkirk and Spider-Man: Homecoming. I was expecting a little bit more from War for the Planet of the Apes and Una but them's the breaks.

Click the links for my lists for January, February, March, April, May and June.

Looking forward to some huge titles dropping in August. As always I'd love to hear about your favourite films for the year so far, so feel free to sound off in the comments below or come over and play on our Facebook page.

- Stu

1. Land of Mine
2. Moonlight
3. Get Out
4. I am Not Your Negro
5. Call Me By Your Name
6. Dunkirk 
7. Happy End
8. 20th Century Women
9. Baby Driver
10. Trip To Spain

Films watched:

Una
The House
Spider-Man: Homecoming
It Comes at Night
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Baby Driver
Dunkirk
War for the Planet of the Apes
Dunkirk
Atomic Blonde
The Big Sick 






Today sees the twentieth anniversary of the broadcast of Stargate SG-1's pilot episode, Children of the Gods, and it's been ten years since the beloved show concluded its landmark tenth season. To mark the occasion, I sat down last month at Supanova Sydney with the buoyant Christopher Judge, who played stoic Jaffa warrior Teal'c for the show's entire run and its two movies, The Ark of Truth and Continuum. Below, we talk about the impact of SG-1's legacy, Christopher's upcoming role as the new God of War, and the experience of fighting Aquaman in (Stargate) Atlantis!

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Chris Comerford: So first of all, how's it going?

Christopher Judge: Very well, very well, thank you!

CC: Excellent! So it's been ten years since Stargate SG-1 was off the air, and twenty since it premiered years. How does it feel to look back on your time with the show and its movies now?

CJ: You know, it's very strange, to just see the enduring popularity of it, and the fan support of it, because as you said, it's been ten years since we stopped the show. It's just great to know you've made something that's lasting and means so much to people. It's just a great feeling, you know, it really is. I think we all want to do something that leaves some sort of impression, and definitely Stargate has done that.

CC: I think it definitely has. Do you still keep up with a lot of the cast and crew from the show?

CJ: You know, we try to keep up. The weird thing is you make these great relationships, and not just Stargate but any show that you spend a lot of time on, that are very real. But then the show ends, you go back to your life. Other than conventions, I really don't see anyone anymore. But my son and daughter just moved back to Vancouver, and my son was working with [SG-1 director] Martin Wood, and [SG-1 actress] Amanda Tapping actually went by to see him and say hi. So the feelings are still there, but just because of geography and kids and real life, we don't really get a chance to keep in touch that much anymore.

CC: Do you have any memorable stories from the set that still leap to mind?

CJ: Oh God, tons of them. [laughs] I've said before that Stargate really ruined me for other sets, because you want every set to be as full of laughter and joy and caring as the Stargate set was. But the reality of it is most of them aren't. [laughs] It makes you appreciate how special that really was.

CC: It sounds like it would be a unique experience, having that kind of very familial presence on-set.

CJ: Yeah, absolutely. It extended to everyone. Not just the cast, not just the crew, not just the writers. I mean, everyone was free to bring their kids everyday, their pets, their extended families, and we all got to know everyone's families, and as you say, it was a singular experience. It really doesn't happen anymore.

CC: The image of little kids running around the SGC is pretty hilarious.

CJ: [laughs] Yeah.


CC: So you're in the new God of War video game, coming out next year. What's been the experience there as a voice actor, compared to your live action roles?

CJ: I'm not in the new God of War, I am the new God of War! [laughs] It's not just a voiceover gig, it's a full on motion capture thing. It's the entirety of it. So it took me by surprise how demanding it is. You know, when you shoot traditional film and television, when you're not on camera that's your rest time, your down time. But in this process, you know, we have about 70 cameras overhead, a camera that's in your face, and then a camera that follows you, so you're never off-camera. So you don't get takes off, every take is full go. It took some getting used to, and I was really, frankly, surprised how much work goes into games as opposed to film and television.

CC: Sounds like a unique set of pressures in that performance.

CJ: Yeah. And you also don't feel... Like, I've been in big movies, I was never the lead of it, so I didn't have that pressure on me. I was just part of it, I was a spoke. But with this and all the excitement and hype around it, sometimes I definitely do feel the pressure of expectation. But you know, it's great, that's what you want in for you terms of happiness, so it's gonna be great.

CC: It does sound like it's gonna be great.

CJ: It's gonna be freakin' fantastic. [laughs]


CC: Just finally, there was an episode of Stargate Atlantis where you were a guest star, and you had a sparring scene with Ronon Dex, played by Jason Momoa - who, of course, is now playing Aquaman in the DC Comics movies. So how does it feel to look back and know you fought Aquaman in Atlantis?

CJ: [laughs] I know! Isn't that cool? You know, we were in Paris last year, and just sitting there talking, and we were just kinda saying, like, 'Who'd've known, you're Aquaman, and I'm the God of War now', and just thinking on where your career takes you. The great thing about Momoa is that kid has not changed, even through Game of Thrones and now Aquaman, through all this great success he's had, he's never changed who he is. He's just this great, loving dude, you know. It's just refreshing to see that he has not been tarnished by the whole experience. He's really taken it, enjoyed it, and he still is who he is, and he's never going to change no matter what kind of success he has, so it's just really refreshing to see that.

CC: Awesome, thanks so much for your time, Chris!

CJ: Anytime, brother!

Chris and Christopher and the Supanova Sydney convention.

Geek of Oz would like to thank Christopher Judge and Supanova for this interview.


Episode 52! Stu and Billy are back at the flicks this week to watch Atomic Blonde!

Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch (John Wick, No Good Deed) and stars Charlize Theron (Monster, Æon Flux, Prometheus, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Fate of the Furious) as MI6 Agent Lorraine Broughton who is equal parts spycraft, sensuality and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on an impossible mission.

Set in 1989, on the eve of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Lorraine Broughton is sent alone into Berlin to retrieve a priceless dossier from within the destabilized city. She is tasked with working with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) and the two form an uneasy alliance, unleashing their full arsenal of skills in pursuing a threat that jeopardizes the West’s entire intelligence operation.

The film is based on the graphic novel The Coldest City, by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart, which is published by Oni Press

The film also stars John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones in supporting roles.

As well as the films, Stu and I discuss what else we've been watching this week, and look over the latest in movie news.

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Thanks to the folks at STUDIOCANAL, we’re giving you the chance to win 1 of 5 double passes to the Sydney preview screening of TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY 3D, being held at Hoyts Broadway, 6.30pm on Thursday 10 August, 2017. For your chance to win, simply CLICK HERE to head over to our Facebook page and find how out how to enter.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary, three-time Academy Award® winning director James Cameron has taken his epic action/sci-fi masterpiece, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in his most iconic role, to the next level by restoring the film to 4K and converting it into immersive 3D. It has been 10 years since the events of TERMINATOR. Sarah Connor’s ordeal is only just beginning as she struggles to protect her son, John, the future leader of the human resistance against the machines, from a new Terminator sent back in time to eliminate John Connor while he’s still a child.

Sarah and John don’t have to face this terrifying threat alone, however. The human resistance has managed to send them an ally, a warrior from the future ordered to protect John Connor at any cost. The battle for tomorrow has begun in

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY 3D, hitting cinemas August 24 for a limited season – one-week-only! 

- Stu 

As this review is a First Impressions of a game that is still in development, there will be no */10 Geeks score at the end. Any aspects of the game discussed here are subject to change in the final version.

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If you were a fan of Project CARS, the 2015 racing simulator which offered some of the highest real world fidelity achieved only by the likes of Forza and the original Gran Turismo, you are almost guaranteed to like Project CARS 2. It's bigger, it's more detailed, and it's brought back much of the first game's successful micromanaging of its cars for players of the expert class. This is as close to a real world driving career as you're probably going to get.

Conversely, if you weren't a fan of the original, you're going to have a much harder time with the sequel.


Project CARS 2 is a well-designed and engrossing game for those who enjoy this kind of thing, even though I once again acknowledge my personal lack of affinity for driving games that don't involve spaceships or Crash Bandicoot. It's a tightly immersive racing simulator, allowing a high degree of car customisation whilst demanding finesse and copious skill from its players. This is the kind of simulator which comes with a broad array of cars, realistic driving physics and a suite of technical customisation options, where you'll need to minutely adjust your downforce or brake strength in the garage and apply varying pressure to the accelerator in order to create the perfect driving experience. Any casual aspects to the game are minimal: this is one for the hardcore crowd (though having said that, it is possible to drive James Bond's Aston Martin DB10 from Skyfall, pictured below, so there's still a a degree of levity amongst all the hardcore play).



As in the first game, you're a career driver racing across a plethora of tracks in a variety of countries. The solo campaign experience seems largely the same as before, though now lacking the omnipresent social media channels where fictional spectators can celebrate or criticise your racing prowess. I didn't get too far through in the few hours I had with the game, but it's clear - given the deeper inclusion of vehicle adjustments - that Slightly Mad Studios are as intent on fashioning an immersive simulacrum of a race driver's career.


Online functionality is a facet the game seems quite keen to push. Though I obviously didn't get to try it myself, I was told that the multiplayer elements - both online and local - are intended to be a bigger draw than in the previous game. There's a lot of fun that could potentially be had if you race against a real life opponent, especially since car damage is still readily inflicted if you hit barriers or other vehicles. The return of familiar vehicles and tracks - including Australia's own Mt. Panorama - make for some fun multiplayer opportunities as well. Having said that, the in-depth nature of the game's customising will prohibit a pick-up-and-play style of gaming, preferring to stick to the more involved and experienced players. The first Project CARS  is itself already a fairly successful e-sport, providing a model for its sequel to follow suit. In that mould, Project CARS 2 invites a gaming style to be honed and refined over months of practice.


There are some technical issues to address: the graphics still look somewhat incomplete and the oddly dramatic background music - thankfully only playing during menus and loading screens - gives a hairline fracture to the immersion factor. But despite this, the overall strengths of the franchise's first entry are here made sharper. Project CARS 2 is shaping up to be a quintessential racing simulator that courts an already-familiar crowd.

- Chris


Project Cars 2 is due for release September 22nd, on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Geek of Oz would like to thank Bandai Namco Entertainment for the hands-on demo.
Last week we got the exciting news that Gerard Way's Dark Horse comic, The Umbrella Academy, will be heading to Netflix as a live action series. As a huge fan of the comic, and Way's writing in general, I thought I'd talk about my personal history with the series and what makes
The Umbrella Academy one of the best series modern comics has to offer.

What follows is the story of how I almost wrote it off completely.

It starts with me as a teenager


I was 15 or so when I first heard the phrase 'emo'. Initially, I was unsure what to make of this new word and all the connotations it seemed to carry with it, but it wasn't long before the phrase wormed its way into my teenage vocabulary. No sooner had I come to terms with this strange new concept than I was confronted with a deluge of emo rock, in all its high pitched, hard-rocking glory, belted out by black-haired boys in impossibly-tight jeans.

During these glory days of emo rock, bands didn't get much bigger than My Chemical Romance; in high school, it wasn't long before my whole class were hooked on their hit album, The Black Parade. My whole class excluding me, that is.

The clothes, the hair, the bombast: my white-bread, Christian rock sensibilities just couldn't handle it all. It wasn't long before I wrote the genre off completely, vowing never to dip my toes into the monotone world of emo rock. Just hearing the letters MCR - shorthand for the above band of Black Parade infamy - became enough to make me roll my eyes in dismissal.

This is going somewhere, I promise.

Years later, a friend, although I can't recall who, recommended I check out a comic called The Umbrella Academy. The discovery that the writer was MCR's frontman, Gerard Way, almost stopped me from checking it out. Almost. Fortunately, the book's fantastic art -- provided by Gabriel Ba with colours by Dave Stewart -- was enough to make me put aside my teenage vendetta and give the book a try.

I will be forever grateful that I did; six issues later and I was a convert to the cult of Way.

So, what is it exactly about The Umbrella Academy that allowed me to recalibrate my opinion of Gerard Way from the skinny-jean-clad singer of that band I hated, to a formidable writer and comic book heavyweight?

Well... that might take a little bit of explaining.


No Tourist


As comics luminary and lovable kook Grant Morrison writes in his introduction to The Umbrella Academy's first collected volume, Apocalypse Suite, ' ...Gerad wasn't a celebrity tourist in the world of comics - he knew them and loved them, and had clear ideas about where he wanted to take them.'

You don't have to take Morrison's word for it either. A quick flip through the volume's pages and it will become obvious that Way is a lifelong fan of the medium, not just some hack trying to leverage his celebrity status to fulfill a misguided childhood fantasy.

The first thing that will hit you when you start reading The Umbrella Academy is how insanely well written it is. Almost impossibly so. This is Way's first published comic and yet he breezes into it like he's been writing them forever. The script is tight, the characters are engaging and the ideas are polished. Best of all, he seems at home playing in the comic book world without ever getting too comfortable.

Right from the the first volume's opening pages - which features a glorious splash of a brawny
wrestler diving elbow first onto a Rigelian Space squid  - it becomes clear that Way has a strong grasp on what makes the superhero genre so exciting.

His very premise, which involves gifted children trained to become superheros by an eccentric millionaire, reeks of the familiar (namely Marvel's X-men) but immediately differentiates itself through its time-twisting setting and unique cast of characters.  Throw in everything from Viet Cong vampires and chimpanzee cops to a death cult orchestra and zombie robots, and it's clear The Umbrella Academy stands apart as a truly unique beast in an over saturated genre.

Possibly even more impressive is the fact you will find all these crazy, bold ideas, neatly contained in two story arcs that are equal parts chaotic and coherent. It's everything weird you know and love about Morrison's writing only with an accessibility that the Scottish scribe has never really been able to provide.

The embedding of kabbalist mythology and pseudo-philosophical ideas in a lot of  Morrison's work (such as The Invisibles or his run on Batman) can prove daunting to even a veteran comic-book reader. This is not aided by the fact that Morrison never feels a need to explain or unpack these themes.

Way does something very similair, only with one key difference: the themes he embeds within his work relate to the superhero genre itself, something most people are at least partially familiar with. Way's work becomes a playground where these tropes and ideas are explored, remixed and rebooted.


 Who are The Umbrella Academy?

 

The Umbrella Academy tells the story of the Hargreeves 'family', a rag-tag team of gifted children brought together to save the world by an eccentric old man. On the surface it may seem like ground which has been well-trod by the likes of the X-Men (as previously mentioned) or Doom Patrol, but it's what lies beyond this premise that makes the book so damn special. 

Way's cast of characters, all brought to life by Ba's fantastic art and Stewart's emotive colouring, showcase this perfectly. Although some of these characters are modelled strongly off existing tropes - such as Diego, alias "The Kraken", who serves as the family's oh-so-serious vigilante crime-fighter a la Batman - each is given enough detail and nuance to make them feel new and fresh.

It's things like Luther , also known as Space Boy's, gorilla body or The  Kraken's missing eye. Hell, it's all the small details like these that really help to bring the cast to life.

Take for example Klaus, alias "The Seance" and the family's resident telepath/telekinetic. Klaus is unable to use his powers unless he has bare feet, and has the words 'Hello' and 'Goodbye' tattooed to the palms of his hands.



Unlike a lot of other psychic characters, who usually struggle with and are sometimes even resistant to their telepathic abilities, Klaus seems very at home with his powers and uses them without concern or hesitation. Rather then a person burdened with great power, the abilities function as an integral part of Klaus; simultaneously a reflection and extension of his personality. In this way, the Hargreeves family aren't walking, taking superpower repositories, but instead are fully realized people with their own nuances and personality quirks. 

Although they might all share the same last name, the Hargreeves' don't really have much else in common, and it shows. The team are always fighting and bickering amongst themselves, which usually leads to trouble - like almost bringing on the end of the world in Apocalypse Suite.

It doesn't take much time in the world of  The Umbrella Academy to realise that these character's aren't a team of superheroes, so much as they are a group of flawed people who are forced to work together.

Broken Things


This brings us to what is - in my opinion anyway - one of the great strengths of Way's writing, and a throughline permeating his entire body of comic book work: his affection and hope for broken people. It's the simple idea that the fuck-ups and outcasts of the world can get their shit together long enough to do something meaningful which makes his work so intoxicating to me.



Kraken and Spaceboy might continually butt heads, but they still work together when push comes to shove. Sure, Klaus might be off his face on drugs half the time but that doesn't mean he can't still save the day by stopping a meteor with his telekinesis. 

Time and time again in Way's work you will find instances like these, where characters - whom others within the narrative have written off - will step up and rise to a Herculean challenge. 

Throughout all the chaos, weirdness and brokenness, there is always hope. 

If teenager me could see me now...


My signed copy of the first volume of The Umbrella Academy is one of my most prized possessions. Every time I glance at it I am warmly reminded of the time I got to see Gerard Way speak at the Sydney Opera House a few years ago. 

I only got to meet him for a second while he signed my book, and he was clearly very jet lagged, but his kindness and sincerity shone through regardless. He even seemed genuinely grateful when I told him how much I enjoyed his writing, even though I was just one of a huge crowd who all felt connected to his work. 

It was a short exchange, but it meant a lot to interact with a creator I have so much admiration and respect for.


So... does that mean you're an MCR fan now?

 

Well, I'm not about to go out and buy My Chemical Romance's back catalogue, but you can be damn sure I will be first in line to pick up any comic that features Way as a creator. His comics aren't just simply "good"; within their brightly-coloured pages, you will find on full display everything good about comics in general. The Umbrella Academy TV series is due to hit Netflix in 2018. I have no doubts it will be stellar, but you really should do yourself a favour and check out the source material before then. 

For the love of God, please don't make the mistake I almost made and discount this comic due to its connection to the heavily-stigmatised genre of emo rock.

I promise you, you won't regret it. I sure don't.

- Christof   






Entertainment One Australia have announced that the complete seventh season of THE WALKING DEAD will be available on DVD & Blu-ray from September 27.

Regarded by many as the most controversial season in the show’s history, fans will once again get a compelling glimpse behind-the-scenes with brand new special features including featurettes and audio commentary.

In Season 7 of the iconic show, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group will find out yet again that the world isn’t what they thought it was and the lengths they will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable. While they have a singular purpose - to defeat Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) - it won’t come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop.


Both the DVD & Blu-ray editions of the complete seventh season of THE WALKING DEAD will have a host of bonus features as follows:

  • Featurettes x7: ‘Breaking and Rebuilding’, ‘In Memoriam’, ‘A Larger World’, ‘A New Chapter’, ‘The Writer’, ‘Top Walker’, ‘Warrior Women’
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes x 8 scenes
  • Inside The Walking Dead x 16 episodes
  • Making of The Walking Dead x 16 episodes
  • Audio Commentaries x 6: Featuring contributions from Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Michael Cudlitz, Angela Kang, Norman Reedus, Alanna Mastertson, Josh McDermitt, Austin Amelio, Denise Huth, Lennie James, Melissa McBride, Lauren Cohan


Fans can pre-order the complete seventh season of THE WALKING DEAD from JB Hi-Fi here with exclusive cover artwork: