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

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Synopsis

After the death of Jon Arryn, Hand of the King, Kink Robert Baratheon visits Winterfell to see an old friend, Lord Eddard Stark.  He asks Eddard to be his new Hand and he reluctantly accepts.  There were many suspicions regarding the death of previous Hand, Arryn, and Eddard agrees with his wife to investigate.  Drama erupts when Eddard's youngest son Bran is injured after witnessing an intimate relation between two members of the House of Lannister.  During his recuperation, Bran is attacked, but saved by his Dire Wolf and it is soon discovered that the dagger used in the attack belonged to Tyrion Lannister.  Tensions between the Houses Stark and Lannister erupt, leading to war amongst all seven of the noble families.  Meanwhile across the sea, the Targaryen exiles, Viserys and sister Daenerys, hatch a plan to build an army by marrying Daenerys to Khal Drogo, one of the horse warriors known as the Dothraki.  If that wasn't enough, and ancient evil is brewing up north, kept at bay by a giant wall of ice and a group of soldiers known as the Night Watch.

Specifications

  • HBO
  • 2011, Not Rated, 561 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Lena Headey, Jack Gleeson, Sean Bean, Michelle Fairley, Peter Dinklage
  • Directed by Various Directors
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

I have not read the well regarded books by George R.R. Martin, but this series holds up extremely well on its own and from what I have heard from fans of the books, they did a very good job.  It's beautifully directed with an epic big budget feel.  They did a wonderful job casting as everone from Jason Momoa as Drogo to Peter Dinklage as Tryion to Sean Bean as Eddard work perfectly. I loved watching the series when it premiered on HBO last year, and could not wait to get my hands on the Blu-ray version. It's a wonderful release and something that should be in every one's collection.

Technical

I originally watched GoT over cable HD broadcast and was pleased with the presentation. The Blu-ray beats it by a long shot. Every scene is crisp and full of detail and wonderful contrast. You couldn't ask for more from a Blu-ray transfer.

The DTS-HD MA audio absolutely beat the pants off the dolby digital cable audio. Awesome music and sound effects were given a proper medium hear to really show off the time and detail that was spent by the audio engineers.

Extras

Commentaries, Episode Guides, Complete Guide to Westeros, Character Profiles, Anatomy of an Episode- which offers pic-in-pic commentary and interviews for the episode "A Golden Crown", Making of, From book to Screen, couple short features. Overall, tons of great content to sink your teeth into before Season 2 starts April 1st!