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on February 22, 2014
I bought this for my partner for Valentines Day, even though it wasn't released until the 18th of February. I was really surprised at the size of this and the lifelike stone look to the case. This edition includes the complete 3rd season in incredible Blu-Ray and has a digital copy for your mobile devices or for Ultra Violet storage. It also has a special disc with an in-depth look at Episode 9 , "The Rains of Castamere" and a lot of other special features that we have not even explored yet. If you are a fan of this series, this is the edition to buy. It's worth every extra dollar that it cost compared to the regular 3rd season and I think it has way more special features and content.

It is an incredible looking statue and we get a lot of complements on it from our friends. They really like the case and we do as well. It's very sturdy and stable and it set on the top of our Sanus entertainment center near our other special editions of other series. This is one of the few disc sets and disc that we do not hide in our entertainment center. This actually reminds me very much of the promo copies of stuff our good friend who worked for HBO use to give use for Christmas presents.
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I bought this mainly for the collectible steelbook and magnet.

— MULTIPLE COPIES —
You get three different copies of the series:
1) Blu-ray (physical discs)
2) UltraViolet 1080p HD version (digital copy, HD only available on some devices)
3) iTunes 1080p HD version (digital copy)

The digital code gives you two digital versions (which is rare and appreciated).

— STEELBOOK and MAGNET —
This steelbook has artwork designed by Elastic, the agency that created the Emmy Award-winning opening credits, and has a magnet on the cover that can be removed and used as a regular magnet, or left on to show off as a collector's piece. Each season represents one of the major houses of the series, and this season three steelbook represents House Frey with The Twins bridge as its sigil on the magnet. The steelbook is in a matching decorative plastic outer case that holds the magnet in place so it doesn't scratch the steelbook. Depending on how this was shipped, this plastic may or may not be cracked as I've seen a lot of cracked plastic cases with the steelbook intact.

— THE SHOW —
The show is great—in acting, in storytelling, in visuals, in music, and in writing. I've watched everything at least three times, and there are so many new things you see when re-watching, and with the knowledge of future episodes. The third season has a lot of incredible shocks you won't see coming, and some that are very much foreshadowed to those that pay attention. It will certainly be one of the most memorable seasons you will ever watch on television.

I have converted many friends who previously used to think this was about "dungeons and dragons and lord of the rings," (like I did) who are now *all* addicted to the show. If you don't already know, this show isn't about what you think it may be about.

This is currently THE only good show on television, and if you don't like it, you probably don't understand good television (sorry, not sorry). It has been the number one torrented show in every single year since it came out for a reason (which is a blessing and curse for the producers). After watching this, everything else on TV becomes: "why I am watching all these other crappy shows?"

This is one of those series that I will buy the individual season sets, and whatever big box set comes out in the future. GAME OF THRONES! Recommended.
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The third season of "Game of Thrones" continues to provide depth and an ever intriguing storyline where the machinery of those seeking power and those in power continue to grind against each other.

George R. R. Martin's novel (his third) that forms the basis of the series benefits from a streamlined storyline and a slightly reduced group of characters in the TV version. While it isn't necessary to have read the novels it certainly is fascinating to contrast the way that they've elected to tell the same story in different mediums.

SPOILERS:

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage who continues to give a outstanding performance) recovers from helping to defend the city against the forces of Stannis Baratheon(Stephen Dillane) only to find that his father Tywin (Charles Dance) is seen as the savior of the city and made Hand of the King. Tyrion also discovers that his evil nephew King Joffrey tried to have him murdered on the battlefield.

Rob Stark (Richrad Madden) continues to win battles but struggle to keep his fragile alliance together which, ultimately, culminates in the infamous "black wedding" in the penultimate episode of the season.

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) continues to gather her own forces including buying a mercenary army as part of her plans to gradually take back her kingdom.

The rest of the Stark children are still on the run.

END OF SPOILERS:

The Blu-ray looks terrific with a nice, detailed transfer. Blacks are deep and rich while detail is rich throughout.

The audio remains outstanding as well with a very active lossless surround him. Subtitles are in English and Spanish.

The special features include 12 commentary (some episodes have more than one) tracks with a mix of behind-the-scenes creative folks as well as cast.

Featurettes include "A Gathering Storm", "New Characters" profile and a picture-in-picture piece for the episode "The Rains of Castamere Unveiled" the most emotionally taxing episode of the series.

The deleted and extended scenes are worthwhile checking out as they include pieces that extend the characters but were, undoubtedly, cut for pacing and time.

"Inside the Wildlings" gives us a glimpse into the characters beyond the wall while "The Politics of Marriage" lives up to its title focusing on the various unions and why they are pursued.

There is also a set of DVDs included in a separate cardboard container. The set is handsomely packaged with a slipcase that features the image you see here of the dragon's shadow.

HBO has done an outstanding job of providing additional value for fans who watched the series on their network with their Blu-ray releases. Unlike Showtime which often releases some of their flagship series with little to nothing in the way of special features, HBO makes the Blu-ray worthwhile for fans to pick up and watch again.
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on March 22, 2014
Game of Thrones Season 3 continues with the brilliant adaptation of George R.R. Martin's books. This is one of televisions most impressive accomplishments to date. The set designs, costuming, etc are absolutely brilliant. The acting is superb.

I am simultaneously reading Martin's books and I will say that the Game of Thrones series does vary considerably in many respects to the books. That is understandable. The books are long and incredibly complex from just about every standpoint. The books can, in fact, become quite tedious in an over-abundance of detail. The series cuts off a lot of that fat and does make many substantial changes.

This review, however, is primarily about the Game of Thrones: Season 3 Blu-ray/DVD disc set. As usual, I went on a Game of Thrones viewing binge as soon as I got my set delivered. My experience with this disc set is that it has worked flawlessly and the quality of the video is first rate. The set contains 5 Blu-ray discs containing ten episodes. Disc #5 contains only the final episode of Season 3: "Mhysa". Unlike some reviews I have read, I have had no playback issues whatsoever with my Sony Blu-ray player and it is a relatively inexpensive 2 1/2 year-old model. I did not have to perform any updates or other nonsense that some reviewers talk about. That may be because the Sony performs automatic updates; I don't really know. Some reviewers have complained that they were unable to watch any of their older Blu-ray discs or DVDs after performing an update to their player. Fortunately, I have had no such issues. My player still plays any of the older DVDs and Blu-ray discs without any problems.

I am not going to further review the Game of Thrones Season 3 series itself other than to say that if you are averse to (1) nudity (2) "colorful" language (3) copious amounts of blood (4)violence then you'd best stay away. Far away. Game of Thrones is set in a fantasy Middle Ages type world somewhat similar to but also vastly different from the world of Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings". It is not nearly as "gentle" as Tolkien's great work, however. Just a word of advice for anyone who has not yet seen Game of Thrones: don't get too deeply emotionally attached or invested in ANY character. You'll be sorry you did. ; )

The Game of Throne: Season 3 Blu-ray disc set is another total winner. Highly recommended to any Game of Thrones fan.
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on March 18, 2014
I don't have HBO so I waited anxiously for Season 3 to finally be released on DVD. There is nothing like GAME OF THRONES on TV or in the theaters. In fact, GAME OF THRONES surpassing just about any theatrical movie for quality and visual effects. A TV version of GAME OF THRONES allows for deeper character and story details. Sadly, there are only 10 episodes in the Season 3 but they are 10 seriously powerly episodes. GAME OF THRONES is addictive and can't be missed. It is set in a mythical land that looks and feels like medieval Europe. The costumes and settings are lavish. It feels not expense was spared in the filming of this remarkable show. It is an actor and Casting Director's dream with parts for actors of all ages, sizes and looks.

I could spend pages extolling the virtues of the cast of Season 3 but I feel there are two amazing standouts. Maisie Williams plays young Arya Stark trying to avenge her father's murder and reunite with her family. Dressed as a boy she exudes anger and determination in her face. We feel her anger and pain and determination. This fine young actress has a bright future. Another remarkable actor is Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy. This season he is a prisoner being tortured by a mysterious person. Allen is so believable in his pain and misery. We see it in his eyes and actions. Here is another actor to watch.
It is great to see lovely Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell. We rarely see this fine British actress and it's a joy to see her as the aging Tyrell Matriach in a role she obviously loves. Add in beloved character actor Charles Dance and the gorgeous Natalie Dormier and we have quite the cast and again, I could go on for pages just discussing the actors.

There is a "look" to GAME OF THRONES that deserves praise for the production team. The lavish locales are awesome. We are taken from dark and forbodding locations to lush and lovely settings. It's hard to imagine all the work involved in filming this series.

A word of caution. GAME OF THRONES is not for the squeamish. Season 3 brings us to new heights of gore and violence. This season maiming and loss of body parts are on the agenda. No one is safe and no one is spared as the innocent kill the innocent. It's war afterall we hear over and over.

GAME OF THRONES is am amazing show to delight the senses and unnerve the weak-hearted.
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on March 19, 2014
While still unquestionably the best fantasy show in the history of television, this season saw both some soaring highs as well as a few dips. What has been great about the show from the start remains great, and some characters who've stumbled before get fantastic moments and development in this season.

However some cracks are showing in the armor of this show, and most of them are romantic. While love has played into aspects of the show before it's never been sappy. At least not before this season. There are multiple romantic pairings, and while some work better than others none of them really bring anything new or interesting to the table. In fact they feel like they diminish some of these complex characters by reducing them to the cliché of "doing it all for love."

Despite the stumbles this is undoubtedly a game changing season, as events in the last two episodes completely reshape the future of the Westeros. In many ways this feels like a season that's largely about setting the stage for what is to come: making sure that the proper players are in place while removing those who don't really matter in the grand scheme. That makes it essential, though perhaps not quite as inherently enjoyable as the first two seasons.
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on March 30, 2014
Just finished up season 3 and highly enjoyed the episodes. One major complaint I have with this series is that they feature Lena Headey & her evil son King Jofferey way too much, taking away screen time from the other characters. The character of Tywin Lanister is explained more, especially his twisted relationship with his children including the Dwarf character who is one of the only good guys on this show. The exploits of the Dragon Queen Kolisie are excellent, and as far as I am concerned she is the only main character I really care about through out this entire series.

What I would like from this series is a bit more action and combat, a little less ploting and drama. Other very interesting characters such as the black Pirate are hardly featured, in favor of other plot movers. The non heroic, but never the less other good guy (besides the Dwarf, and Kolisie) is the heavy set young man from the Knight's Watch who find's himself surviving in this violent and dark sadistic medieval world where brutality is the norm. With many grey characters, this show is very original and a simular concept seems to have only been touched upon before with movies such as "Braveheart" with Mel Gibson, and the early 80's with "Excalibur". My hat's off to the author of this series, for creating very detailed and original work. In my mind this entire show is a fantasy depiction of the violent real history of medieval Europe, set in a "Dungeons & Dragons" background.

What I would like to see is the plot, and characters move along at a faster pace. Especially the Dragon Queen Kolisie. It seems it takes forever for these characters to get anywhere. Another issue I have is there are just way too many characters to follow. The warfare regarding Kolisie's newly obtained army, and her dragons needs to be focused on.

Films like the "300" series, which are equally fantastic, have way too much focus on the fighting, while this show is the complete opposite. Over all this is light years ahead of the childish, "Lord of the Rings", and "Hobbit" series. Can't wait for season 4.
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on March 12, 2014
For those who simply haven't read the books, Episode Nine, known every season for being the "Big" Episode, will leave them a potential emotional wreck.

Daenerys Targaryen meets an unlikely supporter in Slaver's bay, Arya meets the Brotherhood without Banners, Catelyn finds out that her two youngest sons are "Dead" and Bran meets two companions, as they start North, Toward the Wall.

Meanwhile, Jon Snow finds love with the Fire-kissed Ygritte, and the Others find the Night's Watch.
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on April 7, 2013
Game Of Thrones Season 3 Blu-Ray available February 18th, 2014

I am a huge fan of the books and the show. I have Inside HBO's Game Of Thrones: Collector's Edition book, A Feast of Ice and Fire Cookbook, and even pre-ordered The World of Ice and Fire: The Official History of Westeros and The World of A Game of Thrones. I play the Game of Thrones board game almost every Saturday with my friends. I even have the comic book and have coasters and a Targaryen t-shirt. I also have the first two seasons on Blu-Ray (pre-ordered them here like 6 months in advance). I am a huge fan of the series.

A Game of Thrones (book 1 in the Song of Ice and Fire book series) covered the first season. A Clash of Kings (book 2) was told in the second season. A Storm of Swords (book 3) however, is so meaty that D.B. Weiss and David Benioff want to cut out nothing of importance so it will span this season (season 3) and the next season (season 4). So for those who haven't watched this season yet, minor *spoilers* ahead. I won't give away anything too important and will keep these episode reviews mainly as a synopsis, and I won't complain about what's different from the book to screen adaptation, I promise.

This show has it all, mystery, drama, action, sex and nudity, monsters, magic and political intrigue. It's shot all over the world (Northern Ireland, Malta, Croatia, and Iceland) and the sets and costume design are amazing. Music by Ramin Djawadi is brooding, heavy, sad and exciting. This show is adult in nature and content, but speaks to the kid in me who dreams of sword fighting, joining battles and fighting for freedom, battling monsters and seeing Dragons and exotic women. This show is easily one of the best shows ever created. It's up there with The Wire, Breaking Bad, Lost, Shameless, Deadwood, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead and Justified. Shows that are pure escapism and a bit fantasy that are grounded in reality of the Human condition and that people can relate to. Granted I don't think any of us can relate to seeing sword fights and White Walkers or Dragons flying around, yet we can all relate to losing loved ones, being betrayed, and standing up for what is right and just. This show is an epic masterpiece, a classic that is sure to be talked about for years to come. FULLY APPROVED.
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on January 28, 2016
GoT is a FANTASTIC tv series for any mature viewer. I purchased this set for my wife (who is a hard-core Game of Thrones fan) and we both love it! The case itself looks great on our bookshelf and it's fun to go back and re-watch the older episodes. Highly recommended!
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