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Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season

Lena Headey , Emilia Clarke , Alan Taylor , Brian Kirk    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
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Game of Thrones, the first book in author George R.R. Martin's sprawling fantasy saga A Song of Fire and Ice, serves as the basis for this brawny, lusty series about courtly intrigue and civil war in a sprawling fantasy kingdom. TV and fantasy veteran Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, Sharpe's Rifles) leads the massive cast as the warrior-noble Eddard Stark, who reluctantly assumes the role as the Hand of the King after the mysterious death of his predecessor. The King, Robert Baratheon, has leadership of the lands of Westeros, a mythical country plagued by severe, decade-long shifts in weather. His rule is challenged by the exiled Prince Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd), who trades his own sister (Emilia Clarke) for the allegiance of the Dothraki, a savage nomadic tribe led by Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa of the 2011 Conan the Barbarian). A shocking secret kept hidden by Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey, 300) leads to an upset in the balance of power and, ultimately, a challenge to the House of Stark to bring control to the bloodshed that threatens to overtake Westeros.

Fantasy has been a tricky genre for television--the scope required to bring the sweep and imagination to life is usually better suited for the big screen. But Game of Thrones neatly sidesteps the issue by virtue of the quality of the production at every level. Though the series is steeped in fantastic elements, from direwolves to dragons, series creators David Benioff (who wrote Troy and The Kite Runner, among others) and author D.B. Weiss (Lucky Wander Boy) have rooted the drama in the emotional landscape of its characters, which brings the end result closer to Benioff's humorous description of the show as "The Sopranos in Middle-Earth." Intricate plotting and direction with an eye for realism by a host of HBO veterans, including Tim Van Patten, Alan Taylor, and Daniel Minahan, underscores that notion, as does its stellar cast, which includes Mark Addy as Headey's husband, King Robert, Iain Glen as the faithful knight Ser Jorah Mormont, and Aiden Gillen (The Wire) as Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish. However, the proceedings are handily won by Peter Dinklage's Emmy-nominated turn as the cunning Tyrion, whose intellect is constantly disregarded due to his size. Of course, viewers can also tune in to simply enjoy the more visceral elements of Game of Thrones, which features quite a bit of medieval-style carnage, as well as an at-times unnecessary level of nudity, which feels like a network decision based on the amount of flesh on display in their other successful shows. Regardless, Game of Thrones is an entirely addictive experience for both fantasy and drama fans alike throughout its debut 10 episodes, all of which are featured on this multi-disc set. --Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Making The Game of Thrones: Season 1
  • 15 Character Profile Clips
  • Creating the Dothraki language
  • Inside the Night's Watch
  • From Book to Screen
  • Creating the Show Open
  • 7 Audio Commentaries Guide to Westeros


Blu-ray Exclusive Features
  • Complete Guide to Westeros
  • In-Episode Guide
  • Anatomy of an Episode
  • Hidden Dragon Eggs!


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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid adult fantasy and storytelling Jan. 3 2012
By Derek Draven TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
There's something to like about a show that sets a high standard for itself and refuses to compromise. Game of Thrones is based on the best-selling books by George R.R. Martin about several kingdoms in an ancient fantasy world all vying for power and domination amidst a growing, unseen threat that is readying to destroy them all.

Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) rules the district of Winterfell as Warden of the North along with his wife and five children, one of which is the bastard Jon Snow (Kit Harington) who cannot claim the Stark surname and has no claim to any of its privileges. Eddard is soon approached by his good friend and current King of the Seven Kingdoms Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), who tasks him as his personal Hand in an effort to strengthen his crumbling rule. His wife, the Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) secretly schemes from behind the scenes to install her son Joffrey onto the throne, a child born of incestuous affair with her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). When one of the Stark children discovers the sexual affair between Cersei and Jaime, he is pushed from a high window and paralyzed from the waist down, setting off a chain of events that puts House Stark and House Lannister at each other's throats. Meanwhile in the south, the prince Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd) seeks to gather an army to strike back against King Robert following Robert's victory over Aerys II Targaryen, the so-called "Mad King." He gives his gentle sister Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) to the vicious warlord Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) of the Dothraki people in exchange for their swords in battle. As Daenerys suffers to adapt to Drogo's harsh sex and the Dothraki's militaristic way of life, she eventually begins to understand their culture and become deeply interwoven with it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series May 26 2012
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This DVD set is the complete first season. Having started to read the books I was interested to watch the series. Since I don't get HBO I had not seen any of the episodes. The HBO adaptation is very well done. As usual with HBO the acting is spot on and the story line follows the book quite closely. Well made and well acted. What more could you ask for. The set includes a map of Westeros as well as family trees for each of the main families. These really help to follow along if you haven't read the books. I am enjoying watching each episode so far. I have not yet watched any of the special features, but am happy with my purchase and would recommend this set to anyone interested in the genre and in this series of books especially.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Winter is coming Sept. 7 2011
By Danny Beaulieu TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I'll admit, I'm still a novice when it comes to the fantasy genre, but this one has me hooked. Without giving out any spoilers, the story never takes the turns you think it will. When you think that you see something coming, it usually means that the story will make a 180. I highly recommend and I am staying optimistic about the following seasons. It's nice to see how they stayed true to the first novel. I would suggest reading the first book when watching season 1 of a game of thrones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was impressed. May 17 2012
By Maggie
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought season one on a whim. I didn't think i would like it after the
first cd as it was very, very sexual and violent. I continue watching the
series and found it interesting. I am now watching season Two on HBO. I will buy season two when it comes out as i feel you have to watch it twice to appreciate it fully.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You are Kidding Right April 20 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Few shows ever get this good. If there is not a whole bunch of 5 stars if front of me there will be behind me. Thanks Chuck
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great April 14 2012
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I have read the first four books and this first season which is book one is exactly the same as to what is written - amazing no deviation....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous April 13 2012
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The Game of Throne is fabulous. I am reading the books and I think the actors are perfect for their roles. Everything about this show is so wonderfully done. Each episode leaves you wanting, no needing to see the next. High recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Game of Thornes...Great first year April 10 2012
By Artistjohn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I really enjoy the medieval genre and this is right up there with Dune...
Can't wait until year two can be purchased.
Sincerely
John
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars
One more HBO masterpiece, let's be realistic, for the last few years pretty much everything that came out of HBO productions are really ''Top of the line'' series that you can... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Polar Bear
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST buy for GOT fans !
The BD of GOT season 1 is superb. The video quality, and particularly the audio, is much better than the HD cable broadcast. Read more
Published 24 days ago by pushover
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Game of Thrones
Amazing series that keeps you wanting more and looking forward to next episode.
I have season 1 and 2, and plan on purchasing season 3 used when available. Read more
Published 27 days ago by D. Black
3.0 out of 5 stars Be careful of packaging
It was packaged very badly. I found glue on 2 DVD discs that was difficult to remove without damaging the disc. Otherwise the season was very entertaining.
Published 1 month ago by Tatjana Marzella
4.0 out of 5 stars The story was well developed and presented even when it was graphic.
If you can see beyond some the graphic parts, you can imagine what it may have been for the people in the supposed time.
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl Ribble
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
Love the characters and the way the story line weave around each other. Keeps you on the edge of your seat, and lots of surprizes too.
Published 1 month ago by D. Jarrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Game of Trones the complete first season
My husband and I were hooked and so sadden when it ended but we order the next season and will keep ordering as it is top notch
Published 2 months ago by duke dog
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Received very promptly, and in mint condition, and the price was great. Son loves it, and it's nice that it came as DVD, BLUE RAY AND Digital copy, so well worth the price
Published 2 months ago by Bert
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite series
I read the books and so glad the movies were made....the characters are great, and its a must have for Fantasy lovers, although non-fantasy lovers would enjoy it as well.
Published 3 months ago by flomac
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing acting by whole cast and the plots never stop coming,...
It was mostly what I expected but did not know the explicit sex scenes were involved, I guess they were in because of all the other extremely violent parts, but on the whole I... Read more
Published 3 months ago by margaret quinn
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