The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)

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The Walking Dead
The Complete Fourth Season

(Tree Walker Edition)
from AMC and AnchorBay Entertainment
Blu-ray Review
September 7, 2014
Introduction Tree Walker Packaging
Extras, Specifications, and Bitrates Conclusion
The Walking Dead
The Complete Fourth Season
Features: Several featuretes, audio commentaries, and deleted scenes.
Codec / Resolution: MPEG-4 AVC / 1080p
Studio: AMC Studios
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Theatrical Release: July 31, 2009
This Release: August 26, 2014
Region: Region A
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Running Time: 696mins
Number Of Discs: 5 (Blu-ray)
MSRP: $129.99 USD
Current Price: Check Price / Purchase

As stated previously, you generally won't see such a breakdown on Blu-ray bitrates, but I'm going to attempt to do this for future television releases so that the viewer can instantly see any deviations from disc to disc. The extras for TWD:S4 are mostly on Disc 5, with five audio commentaries spread across the four discs. The number of audio commentaries is the same as we discovered in season 2 and season 3.

We have some very interesting content on Disc 5, which is certainly worth the viewing. For the "Inside" and "Making Of" featurettes, each episode is covered. These two featurettes alone are about 3 hours. All the featurettes have Dolby Digital Stereo (48kHz).

Extras

Disc 1 (Blu-ray)

  • Episode 1 Audio Commentary

Disc 2 (Blu-ray)

  • Episode 5 Audio Commentary

Disc 3 (Blu-ray)

  • Episode 9 Audio Commentary
  • Episode 12 Audio Commentary

Disc 4 (Blu-ray)

  • Episode 14 Audio Commentary

Disc 5 (Blu-ray)

Featurettes (3:35:14)

  • Inside The Walking Dead (1:25:52) HD
  • The Making Of The Walking Dead (1:14:44) HD
  • Drawing Inspiration (6:07) HD
  • Hershel (7:39) HD
  • The Governor Is Back (8:43) HD
  • Society, Science & Survival (5:31) HD
  • Inside KNB Studios (18:20) HD
  • A Journey Back To Brutality (8:18) HD

Deleted Scenes (9:14)

  • 30 Days Without An Accident (:45) HD
  • Live Bait (1:02) HD
  • Dead Bait (:44) HD
  • Too Far Gone (2:09) HD
  • Still (:32) HD
  • The Grove (1:44) HD
  • US (:51) HD
  • A (1:23) HD

Specifications

Aspect Ratio

Active Pixel Area: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Inactive Pixel Area: Not Applicable
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Audio

Audio for The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season sounds pretty good, but I have to wonder if the 7.1 audio track is sacrificed for a little extra bandwidth, as I'd like to see at least 3500 Kbps. Coming in at half this, is a little concerning as all four Blu-ray discs are BD-50s and have the room (about 7GB is free on each disc).

Disc One

Main Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (English) @ 1897 Kbps (48kHz/16-bit)
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Disc Two

Main Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (English) @ 1784 Kbps (48kHz/16-bit)
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Disc Three

Main Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (English) @ 1680 Kbps (48kHz/16-bit)
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Disc Four

Main Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (English) @ 1730 Kbps (48kHz/16-bit)
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Disc Five (Extras)

Main Audio Track: Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 (English) @ 192 Kbps (48kHz)
Subtitles: None Observed

Bitrate Graphs

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season Bitrate Graph (Disc One)

      THE_WALKING_DEAD_S4_D1
    • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
    • Resolution: 1080p
    • Blu-ray BD-50
    • Disc Size: 41,919,706,246 bytes (39.04 GB)
    • Episodes 1-4 Size: 41,509,545,984 bytes (38.66 GB)
    • Overall Bitrate: 32.65 Mbps
    • Video Bitrate: 26.78 Mbps
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season Bitrate Graph (Disc Two)

      THE_WALKING_DEAD_S4_D2
    • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
    • Resolution: 1080p
    • Blu-ray BD-50
    • Disc Size: 41,642,068,636 bytes (38.80 GB)
    • Episodes 5-8 Size: 41,384,669,184 bytes (38.54 GB)
    • Overall Bitrate: 32.09 Mbps
    • Video Bitrate: 26.78 Mbps
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season Bitrate Graph (Disc Three)

      THE_WALKING_DEAD_S4_D3
    • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
    • Resolution: 1080p
    • Blu-ray BD-50
    • Disc Size: 43,063,394,191 bytes (40.10 GB)
    • Episodes 9-12 Size: 42,805,874,688 bytes (39.87 GB)
    • Overall Bitrate: 32.02 Mbps
    • Video Bitrate: 26.80 Mbps
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season Bitrate Graph (Disc Four)

      THE_WALKING_DEAD_S4_D4
    • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
    • Resolution: 1080p
    • Blu-ray BD-50
    • Disc Size: 42,634,278,732 bytes (39.71 GB)
    • Episodes 13-16 Size: 42,376,796,160 bytes (39.47 GB)
    • Overall Bitrate: 32.15 Mbps
    • Video Bitrate: 26.80 Mbps
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray)
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season Bitrate Graph (Disc Five)

      THE_WALKING_DEAD_S4_BONUS
    • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
    • Resolution: 1080p
    • Blu-ray BD-50
    • Disc Size: 49,196,474,759 bytes (45.82 GB)
    • Content Size: 46,970,867,712 bytes (43.75 GB)
    • Overall Bitrate: 28.93 Mbps
    • Video Bitrate: 27.42 Mbps
Bitrate Conclusion

Very consistent video with the last several seasons, and I'm rather impressed. I did notice a little bit of audio quality lacking on the extras disc and heard a few instances of compression. I didn't mind the 2-channel audio, but 192 Kbps? At least make it 320 Kbps. In any case, the bonus disc has almost 4 hours of content. For a die-hard fan of TWD, this is most welcome and appreciated!

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