'The Walking Dead' DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date & Specs Announced!

The Walking DeadLate last year, word hit the wire that the first season of "The Walking Dead" would be released on DVD and Blu-Ray this spring. Now we have official word on the much-anticipated collection of the hit television series, which will arrive on shelves March 8.

"The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season" will collect the first six episodes on DVD and Blu-Ray along with the requisite long list of bonus features. The "Zombie Make-Up Tips" and "Zombie School" features should be of particular interest to anyone planning to join a zombie walk this year, while fans of the comic (and if you're not, you should be) will likely want to check out the "Sneak Peek With Robert Kirkman" and "Inside Dale's RV" features.

We've posted the full announcement with DVD and Blu-Ray specs and covers below, so you can decide which format of "The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season" you'll need to shamble out to pick up this March.

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Official press release:

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES

“THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete First Season”

ON DVD AND BLU-RAY™

MARCH 8, 2011

Beverly Hills, CA – Take a walk on the undead side, as the groundbreaking, genre-bending AMC® original series “THE WALKING DEAD” rises again when Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the Blu-ray™ and DVD of the hit show that wowed both critics and audiences. The SRP for the March 8 release is $49.99 for the Blu-ray™, and $39.98 for the DVD. Pre-book is February 9th. Both the “THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete First Season” Blu-ray™ and DVD contain all 6 episodes of the first season on a 2-disc set and are packed with special behind-the-scenes featurettes and insightful extra footage.

Nominated for a Golden Globe® for Best Television Series - Drama, “THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete First Season” breathes new life into the zombie genre as it unfolds a post-apocalyptic saga that follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln, Love Actually), who searches for a safe haven and, hopefully, a new home, far from the undead that now roam the earth hungry for human flesh. Each episode explores the challenges of life in a world overrun by zombies, and the toll it takes on the survivors who now find themselves going to extremes just to see another day. In this horrific world gone mad, each turn brings new surprises and dangers, as the survivors try to regain some semblance of a normal life.

“THE WALKING DEAD” is based on the popular Image Comics’ comic book written by Robert Kirkman. The series premiered on AMC Fearfest Halloween night and immediately became the most watched drama series in cable’s history among Adults 18-49 with 3.5 million viewers. It also gained a following among critics (from People to Vanity Fair) who have hailed it as one of the best new series of the year.

DVD and Blu-ray™ bonus features include:

Featurettes:

• The Making of THE WALKING DEAD

• Inside THE WALKING DEAD: Episode 1-6

• A Sneak Peek with Robert Kirkman

• Behind The Scenes Zombie Make-Up Tips

• Convention Panel With Producers

• THE WALKING DEAD Trailer

Extra Footage:

• Zombie School

• Bicycle Girl

• On Set With Robert Kirkman

• Hanging With Steven Yeun

• Inside Dale’s RV

• On Set With Andrew Lincoln

“THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete First Season” Blu-ray™

Street Date: March 8, 2011

Pre-book: February 9, 2011

Cat. #: BD22647

UPC: 0 1313 22647 9-0

Run Time: 292 Minutes

Rating: Not Rated

SRP: $49.99

Format: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) 1080p

Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

“THE WALKING DEAD: The Complete First Season” DVD

Street Date: March 8, 2011

Pre-book: February 9, 2011

Cat. #: DV22646

UPC: 0 1313 22646 9-1

Run Time: 292 Minutes

Rating: Not Rated

SRP: $39.98

Format: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Planning to pick up the DVD and/or Blu-Ray? What would you have liked to see on the collections? Let us know in the comment section or on Twitter!