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"Game of Thrones The Complete Second Season" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

The events of the second season of Game of Thrones are mostly based on G.R.R. Martin’s novel A Clash of Kings. A lot happens in the 10 episodes and would hate to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it. Basically, several families of Westeros are vying for the Throne and the power it holds over the kingdom.  Tyrion continues his mischievous ways, Jon Snow ventures far north, Stannis wages war on King’s landing, and Daenerys takes care of her dragons and searches for a ship and crew.

 

Specifications

  • HBO
  • 2012, TV-MA, 560 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Lena Headey, Jack Gleeson, Maisie Williams, Kit Harington, Michelle Fairley, Peter Dinklage
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

With just two seasons under its belt and a third I anxiously await, I can already claim Game of Thrones as one of the best TV series ever produced.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Blu-ray release of season two as the first season was impeccable (see my review  here. ) Well I am happy to say that the quality continues as everything from the packaging to the audio and visual is top notch.   I enjoyed season two and felt it had plenty of drama, suspense, and action to just about live up to that first season.  Everyone delivers fine performances and that Battle of Blackwater had me on the edge of my seat.  Thank you to HBO for doing this wonderful body of work by G.R.R. Martin justice. 

 

Technical

The Blu-ray transfer for Game of Thrones Season Two captures everything from the mute tones of Harrenhal to the vivid ancient port city of Qarth.  Game of Thrones is easily one of the best looking TV series to have been produced and I am happy to report that the Blu-ray image quality does it the justice it deserves.  Compared to the cable broadcast the Blu-ray has much better contrast with deep blacks, colors that are rich, and sharp noise-free detail.  There’s really no comparison.  

The DTS HD Master audio is full and lively with good use of surrounds for that added sense to pull you in.  Dialog is clear and natural sounding.

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Extras

12 Audio Commentaries, In-Episode Guides, Seven Character Profiles, History and Lore, War of the 5 Kings, Creating the Battle of Blackwater Bay, Religions of Westeros, Inner Circle