The Walking Dead
The Complete Fourth Season
: Several featuretes, audio commentaries, and deleted scenes.
Codec / Resolution
: MPEG-4 AVC / 1080p
: AMC Studios
: Anchor Bay Entertainment
: July 31, 2009
: August 26, 2014
: Region A
: Not Rated
Number Of Discs
: 5 (Blu-ray)
: $129.99 USD
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As previously mentioned, this Tree Walker edition of The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season, has had a much more refined presentation than the previous Aquarium Head of season three. However, as noted below, it's not without its flaw in manufacturing, but is still a rather good addition to your Walking Dead Limited Edition collection.
It's almost too bad there is not a way to change the direction of the Tree Walker itself, as collecting two of these would be rather entertaining for bookshelf ends, keeping The Walking Dead seasons in between them.
Once again, the external packaging for TWD:S4 LE is superb, and I received mine delivered from UPS...in great condition. The shipping box had a few slight dents, but this was expected. I'd be much more irritated if there was not an additional shipping package, but Anchor Bay is smart and has done a great job shipping these editions out ever since they were initially released.
Just like the other limited edition seasons, the packaging for the fourth season is done well. Five Blu-ray discs are put in a heavy duty chipboard construction, with each disc having some nice artwork on them.
The Tree Walker
It's interesting the Tree Walker gets only a handful of seconds of airtime during the entire season, and appears at around the 22-minute mark in Isolation, which is Episode 3.
As you can see above, the chipboard 5-disc Blu-ray set is inserted into a housing on the Tree Walker. Ideally, the mechanism inside the housing is to be tripped when you pull the TWD:S4 case out, and the Tree Walker moves. But as usual, when it comes to manufacturing such a large quantity of product such as this, it doesn't work like the exciting marketing description on the package. In fact, I recommend not even putting the case inside the housing for no more than a few times because you'll end up ripping the TWD:S4 case itself, trying to get out. Some seriously bad quality control here, and it was not thought-out well. I would have easily widened the housing by a few millimeters. Or another option would have been to use the Tree Walker's arm to push the case out. Now that would have been entertaining.
If you take a closer look at the image above, the issue is not with the width on the outside, but more towards the inside of the housing where it meets the Tree Walker itself.
A nice touch with the log and green foliage.
Tree Walker Detail
There is a lot of detail with this Tree Walker Edition, and the head specifically makes me remember the Aquarium release from season 3. While the aquarium itself was just cheap and lacking, the heads which came with the aquarium had a lot of detail and were of a much higher quality texture (i.e., "soft plastic").
Despite the issues with the Blu-ray case fitting into the housing, this Tree Walker Edition is a nice addition to The Walking Dead collection of releases. Compared to season 3's edition, this is more along the quality of season 2's release. Currently selling at around $80, this is a pretty good deal, considering the fourth season alone is around $30-$40.