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Watch Season 1 of 'The Walking Dead' in black and white!

AMC begins vintage-style reruns of first episodes

By DonKaye_ParallelUniverse Feb 16, 2013 5:30AM
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Just in case last week's mid-season premiere for year three of "The Walking Dead" wasn't enough to satisfy your zombie cravings, AMC has just started airing reruns of the show's first season -- with a catch.


AMC is airing the episodes in black and white -- in tribute, we're guessing, to the great tradition of horror movies that have been shot that way. In fact, the movie that remains the main influence and gold standard for the zombie genre, 1968's "Night of the Living Dead," was filmed in black and white, mainly due to its low budget. But the lack of color ended up adding to the movie's nightmarish atmosphere.

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We don't know if it will have the same effect for the more modern "Walking Dead," but it will certainly be fun to check out. Episodes one and two aired this past Thursday, with succeeding segments also showing on Thursday nights. 

E! has posted an ad showing Daryl (Norman Reedus) in glorious black and white to give you a taste -- no pun intended -- of what you'll be getting.

Frank Ockenfels/AMC"Walking Dead" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.
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Mar 10, 2013 10:14PM
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 The black and white atmospheric brilliance of "Night of the Living Dead" was an amazing consequence of it's LOW budget genius by George A. Romero!  That could not be compared to with the Walking Dead budget or cgi.  I stayed in the drive-in theater the night of Romero's masterpiece back in the 60's as most cars left after the first feature. I can't even recall the name; just that it was in color and what everyone paid to see that night.  Knowing I could just turn off the color control makes the Waling Dead reruns feel silly; Show it all again in Color and let the viewers decide.  We wouldn't have to pay to see missed episodes.
Feb 17, 2013 12:37PM
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I think it's a neat idea!  I am so excited to watch TWD in black and white!  Even though it was apparently possible to watch it in B&W already, the average person I don't think knows that and who would have even thought of it.  Soo, thank you AMC for this! 

XOXO, Daryl Dixon Lover (P.S. DO NOT KILL OFF DARYL DIXON, HE IS BY FAR THE BEST CHARACTER ON THE SHOW - even if he isn't in the comics, this show has taken on a life of its own!!!)
Feb 17, 2013 8:50AM
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Comic book aficionados might revel in the idea of "The Walking Dead" on AMC in black'n white, but most TV viewers aren't going to tune in for the novelty.  People just don't watch b&w shows or movies, for the most part.  AMC has a bitter defeat on their hands with this show walking the dead mile in black-and-white.
Feb 17, 2013 6:46AM
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Does AMC think people are really stupid enough to not realize that their TV/Computers have a Color option that can be adjusted so that ANYTHING can be seen in B & W?

Feb 17, 2013 2:56AM
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Dude.  You guessed?  Seriously?  Did you even wiki the history of the comic this is based on?  I mean come on, crack open one comic at least.  Don't even bother reading the pages, just look at them.  It's pretty obvious why they re-did Season 1 in black and white. I've only seen one show, but I at least knew this because my husband reads them all.
Feb 16, 2013 10:17PM
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It's being broadcast in black-and-white to pay tribute to the b&w comic book it originated from.
Feb 16, 2013 10:17PM
Feb 16, 2013 9:55PM
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I LOVE AND COLLECT OLD CLASSIC HORROR AND SCI FI BUT I HATE ZOMBIE MOVIES! BUT SINCE THESE ARE IN BLACK AND

WHITE I MAY WATCH THEM JUST TO GIVE IT A CHANCE. I HATE TODAY'S HORROR MOVIES THEY SUCK!

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