Game of Thrones: Season 2
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Based on the best-selling book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones is an epic drama set in the grounded fantasy continent of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land where summers and winters can last years. Season 2 plays out against the backdrop of a fast-approaching winter – the season of the white raven. In King’s Landing, the coveted Iron Throne is occupied by cruel young Joffrey, counseled by his conniving mother Cersei and uncle Tyrion, who has been appointed Hand of the King. But the Lannister hold on the Throne is under assault on many fronts. There’s Robb Stark, son of the slain Lord of Winterfell, Ned Stark, who seeks autonomy in the North and has taken Cersei’s brother Jaime prisoner in battle; Daenerys Targaryen, who looks to shore up her depleted power in the east through three newborn dragons; Stannis Baratheon, eldest brother of the late King Robert, who rejects Joffrey’s legitimacy and aligns with a powerful priestess to raise a naval attack; and Stannis’ brother Renly, who has maintained his own claim since fleeing King’s Landing. In the meantime, a new leader is rising among the wildlings North of the Wall, adding new perils for Jon Snow and the order of the Night’s Watch. With tensions and treaties, animosity and alliances, Season 2 of Game of Thrones is a thrilling journey through a riveting, unforgettable fictional landscape.
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DVD Subtitles - English, French, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portugese, Complex Chinese, Korean, and Thai.
Blu-ray Subtitles - English SDH, French, Latin Spanish, Castilian Spanish, Brazilian Portugese, Polish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish.
- Creating the Battle of Blackwater Bay
- Game of Thrones: Inner Circle
- 12 Audio Commentaries with Cast and Crew
- The Religions of Westeros
- Character Profiles
- In-Episode Guide
- Histories & Lore
- War of the Five Kings
- Hidden Dragon Eggs
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The second season receives a stunning transfer for Blu-ray. Blacks are rock solid throughout. This is a nearly flawless presentation in terms of the quality of the video and is presented in 1080p, AVC encoded transfer (1.78:1). Audio sounds terrific as well with an active surround mix even during the subtle, dialog driven scenes.
I have read about some issues with the packaging on this set here from other reviews but, aside from minor scuffs on the enclosed extra DVDs/digital copies (which are dual-sided and, let's be honest, most fans HATE dual sided DVD's)which are packaed in their own cardboard container, the set I received had all the discs and there was no problem playing any of the discs. I wonder if having BD-Live enabled MAY play a role in the issues with some of these discs playing (as that has been an issue before with some discs).
Having said that, though, it might be wise to take a look (briefly so that if you haven't seen the entire series before you avoid spoilers)and briefly play all of your discs to make sure there aren't any issues.
The special features are terrific and include the following commentary tracks:
"The North Remembers" - Executive Producers/Writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
"The Night Lands" - Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy)
"What Is Dead May Never Die" - Writer Bryan Cogman and Director Alik Akharov with a secondary commentary track with Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), and Isaac Hampstead Wright (Braan Stark)
"Garden of Bones" - Carice Van Houten (Melisandre) and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth)
"The Old Gods and the New" - Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), and Co-Executive Producer/Writer Vanessa Taylor
"A Man Without Honor" - Executive Proudcers/Writers David Denioff and D.B. Weiss
"The Prince of Winterfell" - Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) and Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark)
"Blackwater" - Co-Executive Producer/Author of Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin / Commentary 2 with Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), and Director Neil Marshall
"Valar Morghulis" - Rainer Gombos and Steve Kullback of the Visual Effects Team along with a secondary commentary track featuring Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Director Alan Taylor
The quality of the commentary tracks vary a bit and, to be honest, I haven't had time to listen to all of them yet particularly the multiple commentary tracks but the three or so I've listened to have been pretty informative and provide interesting background including changes from George R. R. Martin's novel.
Other special features include character bios presented with interviews of the various cast members, "In Episode Guides" which give fans (both those who have read and haven't read the novels) background on Martin's universe as portrayed in that particular episode and a terrific featurette on the Battle of Blackwater Bay.
Additional extras include "War of the Five Kings" a featurette on those vying for the thorne as well as "Game of Thrones Inner Circle" a great roundtable discussion between the producers/writers and cast members about the evolution of the series and characters.
"Religions of Westeros" gives us the motivation behind the action for some of the factions in the show. There are also a number of "Dragon" eggs and I haven't found them all just yet.
Winding things up is a fold out booklet that tells us about the various characters, factions on the show which also includes episode information.
The set is handsomely packaged in a box and the Blu-rays are in an accordian style fold-out holder with, as mentioned, the DVD/digital copies housed in a separate cardboard container.
The second season of "Game of Thrones" continues to be as challenging, involving and intriguing as the first with some unexpected plot developments. For those who have read the novels there may be some disappointment over how the battle on the bay is presented or the briefer presentation of Jon Snow and his "captive" wilding but, over all, this is still a terrific presentation of a terrific show.
First, lets get the obvious out of the way. This is a HBO series, so with it comes an enormous amount of sex, nudity, and gore. It is certainly not a show for young adults. That being said, if these types of scenes make you uncomfortable I would encourage you to try to see past it to the actual plot of the story. I promise, you won't be disappointed. This story began as a set of books, a series that has yet to be finished, and though I have not read the books yet I look forward to the opportunity. The world that you will find yourself a part of is actually several intricate stories that are connected by various characters and plot motivations. It is exciting, emotionally charged, and surprising at every turn.
The movie magic itself is amazing as well. The sets and locations are all absolutely beautiful and very authentic (for a fantasy) in my opinion. You can tell that a great deal of vision and work went into every detail. The costumes are all well made and beautiful as well. Finally, the special effects are wonderful. From the dragons, to the whitewalkers, to the make up, it does not disappoint.
Finally, the actors in this production are phenomenal. They make the characters believable and make the viewer invest in them throughout their story. The fact many are absolutely gorgeous doesn't hurt anything either.
I have greatly enjoyed GoT so far and I am so looking forward to continuing on with the story. I hope readers have found my review helpful and enjoy the series as much as I have.
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Pros: Interesting story lines, excellent acting, costumes, sets, etc. A good array of special features.Read more
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