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Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season (Discontinued) [Blu-ray]
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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
- 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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Tremendous production value in terms of imagination, locations, costumes and the quality of the acting. This is as good as it gets.
In Season I, the directorial quality is high though the dialogue could have been better. The narrative often slows down as characters explain their back stories.
We get to see the young Stark children before the blood flows. Shallow Sansa, inquisitive Bran and spirited Arya. Poor Jon Snow is the underdog.
By the sixth season, these Stark characters have come far. Sansa gets her revenge by using Ramsay's dogs to rip him apart. Arya gloats as she slaughters the Freys. The reluctant Jon Snow is proclaimed King of the North.
In addition, The Hound finally gets a chance at redemption as he finds himself in the company of decent men. We might wonder whether Littlefinger will get his just deserts, or redeem himself in the final season.
After the bloodshed, the game has been vastly simplified for the final season. The Tulleys and Tyrells have been eliminated. Similarly, the villainous Boltons and Freys are gone.
Jon Snow rallies the united North to repel the Night King. Cesei crowns herself, but the Lannisters stand along. Every House is against them. The virtuous Daenerys Targaryen crosses the Narrow Seas with her armies, fleets and dragons. Can she find happiness
Truth be told, those of you who own the newer production run of this fine gem of an HBO original series, unless you're desperately nostalgic for obsolete technology, you're really not missing out on much, as the DVD version comes in a small 0.5cm insert which contains two DVD-18s - also known as two double-sided + double-layered DVDs. They're special - kind of. It's apparently possible to record up to 17072495001.6 binary bits of data in total on one of these babies. Not too shabby eh?
Anyways, I'm extremely satisfied with my copy of this item. And the same can be said for Game of Thrones Season 2 and 3 original Blu-ray releases, as they also include the DVD versions of the show. Unfortunately, HBO caught on to the fact it could make more money selling the DVD version separately and thus so it began doing so beginning with Season 4 onwards. Boo!
TLDR: Astutely and indubitably 5/5, good day.
All my life I've been waiting for something like this show. Every time I watched a movie where the good guy had some kind of distress or trouble and the bad guy seemed ahead, I still always knew who would win. As I am sure you all did.
Every time a fairy tale ending occurred with the action hero walking into the sunset with his girl, I got tired. Every. Single. Time.
Good guy wins, bad guy loses/gets away and everyone is happily ever after. Sure there are some exceptions, but not really. Either everyone dies at the end or some other trope occurs. But the bad guy never wins over. Not at the end. Like some horribly boring, predictable formula.
This is the show I've been waiting for. Everything you think will happen doesn't happen. Or it does and then does a complete 180. No predictability at all. I absolutely love it.
You hate the character who paralyzes kids and then you grow to like them and empathize with their flaws as they grow into their character.
Your [favourite] characters die and others live, but you never know which or how they'll do it. Your most hated character become your most loved characters and then they also die. Or maybe not. Maybe they become hated again.
This is the story after the happily ever after. The story of the brave warrior who becomes king but is unable to rule, he doesn't know how. Of course he doesn't, he's a boy who knows how to fight, why would he be equipped to rule a kingdom?
This is the story after the king marries a famous beauty.
They're not happy 20 years later, they resent each other and each grows to hate the other more and more.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Spectacular ...amazing sets and costumes ...Well filmed and acted ...Worth all the grand remarks saidPublished 3 days ago by Charles Thompson
This series really grabbed me and held me riveted to the showPublished 4 days ago by Janice Patzwald
Among my favorite shows now. Nothing really to say if you havent seen it.Published 1 month ago by Ronen Osden
Great dvd. Daughter is collecting all the seasons so will be buying morePublished 1 month ago by pamela kelly
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