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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
Amazing on every level, full of surprises, lovingly developed series....but then you already knew that! ;o)Published 9 hours ago by DS
I love this purchase simply because the person I gave it to loves it. It made a great birthday gift.Published 1 day ago by Ana
I love Game of Thrones and was happy to be able to share it with my family that hadn't the opportunity to watch the original airings.Published 2 days ago by Arlena Brookins
Pornographic and disgusting. Viewed only part of the first episode and turned it off, but that was enough to be reminded why I don't support HBO programming or include it in my... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Marian Brown
Not really my genre. I thought it would be like Lord of the Rings, but it is sooooo much better. I'm totally addicted to this show.Published 3 days ago by Tiffany
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|do you guys know the release date?||
Like most TV shows it will likely be released the month before the second season airs, in this case February or March 2012; it's pretty much standard fare for most TV series. While of course I hope HBO choose to release it in time for the holiday season (though like I said, it's quite unlikely),... Read More
Jun 24, 2011 by dorian gray | See all 32 posts
|Do you think the Blurays will have extended content??||
If ever a series demanded extras on Blu-ray, it's this one!
Jun 23, 2011 by The Ancient Gamer | See all 12 posts
|$34.99 at Bestbuy||
You also get a free keychain at BB, as much as I hate BB I gotta go with the better deal.
Feb 22, 2012 by Eric Whitt | See all 30 posts
|Amazon should turn off ratings for products that haven't been released||
While I agree, what percent of people actually watch features though? I'd bet 90% are reviewing the show and nothing else.
Feb 24, 2012 by J. Hoven | See all 8 posts
|The Packaging is English-language but All the Menus in Spanish||
You need to change the language setting on your player. Look in your settings menu for something like "Default Language" or "Preferred Default Language."
Mar 15, 2012 by Amazon Customer | See all 3 posts
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