Game of Thrones: Season 1
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Game of Thrones is a Game of Win or Die
Based on the bestselling book series, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, this HBO fantasy drama is a tale of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest and triumph. From the scheming south and the savage eastern lands, to the frozen north and ancient wall that protects the realm from the mysterious darkness beyond, the powerful families of the Seven Kingdoms are locked in a battle for the Iron Throne.
- This was the first TV series in history to be screened in IMAX theatres.
- No single character appears in every Game of Thrones episode.
- The sword that appears in the center of the Iron Throne is Gandalf’s sword (Glamdring) from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.
- In Season One, Northern Inuit dogs, a type specifically bred to have a wolf-like appearance, are used for the dire wolves.
- The character Joffrey Baratheon is based on the Roman Emperor Caligula.
A Riveting Saga
- The complete first season of Game of Thrones includes 10 episodes
- Attractive boxed set includes five DVDs, a guide to Westeros and bonus features
- More than nine hours of first-rate entertainment featuring a massive cast, lavish sets and special effects
- A must-have for Throne fans
- Also available as a five-disc Blu-ray set
Meet the Cast
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)
Dwarf Tyrion is the youngest son of the Lannister family. His mother died giving birth to him, and as a result, his father and his sister Cersei have always hated him.
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
A princess living in exile, Daenerys is the last of her family line. She believes she is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne and is on a mission to reclaim it.
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)
Beautiful, cunning and ambitious, Cersei is married to King Robert Baratheon, which makes her the queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington)
Jon is the illegitimate son of Ned Stark, and although he was raised in his father’s household, he feels and is treated like an outsider.
The first season of the hit HBO original TV series, based on the bestselling book A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. An epic drama, Game of Thrones is set in the 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 for years. This adventure-fantasy series is now available in a 7-disc Blu-ray collection with these exclusive features: in-episode guide, historical Game of Thrones context, inside look at the creation of the battle of Blackwater Bay and audio commentaries with the cast and crew that includes Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey and Kit Harington.
The horrors of war, the danger of shifting alliances and the anguish of intra-family rivalries raise the dramatic stakes, matched by the glorious visuals. --Joanne Ostrow, Denver Post
So far (judging from the first four episodes), it's living up to our highest expectations. --Matt Roush, Tv Guide
Those who make the investment are richly rewarded. There's enough tension, betrayal, treachery, greed and sex, after all, to fill eight seasons of 'Scandal'. --Chuck Barney, San Jose Mercury News
15 Character profile clips
Creating the Dothraki language
Inside the Night's Watch
From Book to Screen
Creating the Show Open
7 Audio Commentaries
Guide to Westeros
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The actual content of the DVD gets a 5 star rating, but I have knocked off a star because of the convoluted menu system used on the DVD. It is designed so that you can't easily select a given chapter. That is completely unacceptable in this day and age when a simple chapter selection menu is the norm. Other than that, the quality of the Blu-Ray DVD is excellent. There are also several other features of this set, such as a complete guide to Westeros, an anatomy of episode six ("A Golden Crown"), a 'making of' feature and so forth.
Despite the crummy menu system, I would still recommend this set. Game of Thrones is, in my opinion, one of the best adult Television series ever devised. However, if you are offended by nudity and/or violence, avoid this series. This is strictly mature adult material and should be treated as such. Please be advised.
Given all the other reviews, it is hard for me to think of anything new to say about this celebrated HBO series which as some strong similarities to the 2 season historical drama "Rome". It seems the writer has "borrowed" a bit from just about everyone, most heavily relying on the real history of the Plantagenets and the War of the Roses, although there is little evidence that the dialogue owes anything to Shakespeare's great plays about that history. Of course, there is also a strong flavoring of Tolkien, as if you needed Sean Bean (Boromir in LOTR) in the lead role of Ned Stark to tell you that.
When I began watching, I had high expectations, which were temporarily deflated through the third to about the seventh episode. I yearned for more back story, which the narrative gave out in drips and drabs. I anticipated that the king would die in some way during the first season, and the fact that Sean Bean does not reappear in season 2 give away some of the plot.
Another element which enlivened my interest is that Peter Dinklage's character, Tyrian Lannister, begins to appear more regularly by episode 7, and starts having an active effect on events. Even in this season, there is no mystery to why Dinklage got several acting awards for his role in this series. Aside from Bean and Dinklage, the acting is sound, if not necessarily inspired. If I were to identify one actor and role I began to anticipate, it was Emilia Clarke, who plays the exiled Daenerys Targaryen.
The season succeeded in what may have been its two primary objectives. I am now anxious to see what happens in Season 2 (especially to see more of Dinklage) and to buy some of the books by George R. R. Martin, on which the series is based. It is this deep history which made Tolkien's books so magical and which works for Martin's story as well.
Double check the prices when ordering and make sure it is still cheaper then the standard release... but if it is, it would seem a no brainer!
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