Game of Thrones: Season 1 (Discontinued) [Blu-ray]
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At the heart of "Game of Thrones" is the Stark family. Living in relative isolation, patriarch Sean Bean is called to assist the King when a vacancy opens up due to suspect causes. Suspicions have fallen on the King's wife (Lena Headley) and her twin brother (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), and there may be further nefarious acts in store for His Royal Highness. When the Stark's young son witnesses something he should not have, a violent act that will have long range repercussions occurs. This, however, is just the jumping off point for a tale with numerous dimensions.Read more ›
Things I liked in this HBO series...
1.) it's not often a movie-series turns out to be the perfect visual compliment to what many consider to be the gold standard for epic fantasy writing...but this does. It captures the atmosphere, the subtle edginess, those brutal, unexpected moments; it really does grasp the mood and essence of the book.
2.) in addition to presenting a riveting tale, the production gives us acting that brings the books' characters to life in realistic settings.
3.) a computer enhanced animated map is shown as a short cut scene at the start of each episode. Giving those of us familiar with the books a brief refresher and those new to the series a sense of the geography, direction and distances.
4.) a pulsating, musical score to start each episode that perfectly fits the heraldic spirit of this story.
HBO has done a wonderful job making this first book (Game of Thrones), into a first rate TV series. 5 Stars.
5/5: Some Blu-Ray discs I own of other series don't look nearly as great as Game of Thrones does. Put any worries about an exceptional quality of image and audio aside, this set looks stellar.
3/5: It looks great on the shelf, but it's bulky. I feel like we're past the era where we need enormous box sets taking up valuable shelf space. The LOST Blu-Ray is a great example of how to do a series box set without being overly large. That said, the artwork is excellent and the box set high in quality, with some wonderful character portraits on the back of each of the folded sections holding the disc. There's an episode guide tucked in with the UltraViolet Digital copy code. I knocked a couple of stars off because of the excessive bulkiness and the fact that the back of the box set fails to continue the embossed, raised design of the front and sides, which reeks of cost-cutting measures. We all know HBO's shows sell for quite a premium, so I expect more on that.
3/5: I wanted to give this a 5/5 badly, but there are two unforgivable issues I'd be remiss not holding HBO accountable for. The good: menus are very well laid out, load quickly, and are designed well. They look fantastic and it is clear thought was put into them. User interface is very easy and straight-forward. The downside: there is a stupid long advertisement at the beginning of each disc (thankfully you can skip it), but it goes well beyond the length of a commercial break advertising other HBO series.Read more ›
WOW oh WOW.... This series just blew me away! The storyline was amazing! All the machinations, assignations, intrigue, deliberations, or stunning confessions that go on are incredible. The sets and locations are gorgeous. The theme music is very stirring and the opening credits are creatively done. I can see why each episode runs a cool $6 mil.... I'm afraid I'll run out of superlatives in describing this show. There were many times in watching the series where I was shocked and stunned, like "wow.... Oh my gosh, did that really just happen?".... You think you may know what's going to happen next, and the show surprises you. It plays out like an elaborate and intricate game of chess. I love shows that do that.
You may not recogize many of the names, but you'll recognize a lot of the faces. Mark Addy (Roland from A Knight's Tale, Bill Miller in Still Standing) is wonderful as Robert, king of the seven kingdoms. Rightfully on the throne? Some aren't so sure about that. Eddard (Ned) Stark (excellently played by Sean Bean, Boromir from Lord of the Rings) is Lord of Winterfell and Robert's friend. Ned is asked to come to Kings Landing and accept the job of Hand of the King, due to the recent demise of the previous title holder. Some whisper assassination. If that is indeed the case, Ned wants to know why he was killed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best television Dramas EVER....if you are one of those who wonder what the buzz is...watch three episodes and tell me you aren't hooked..Published 1 hour ago by David Berry
I have been thoroughly been enjoying these, a must if you have read all of the books and are detoxing, but I would agree with some other reviewers that the packaging is a bit... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Michelle Roof
Love Game of Thrones! I have watched season one 3 times now and still find new things about it!Published 1 day ago by Genevieve Burke
Best television series I have seen yet, definitely only for mature audiences. Very graphic. It takes a few episodes to get into since the first couple set up the story.Published 2 days ago by Hannah
Interesting characters, extrodinary scenery, exciting and challenging plots!! Twists and turns at every pause!! Who could ask for anything better!! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Susan
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