Game of Thrones - Season 1-4 [DVD]  [Region 2 DVD, Requires a Multi Region DVD Player]
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UK Released DVD/Blu-Ray item. It MAY NOT play on regular US DVD/Blu-Ray player. You may need a multi-region US DVD/Blu-Ray player to play this item. The complete first four seasons of the HBO medieval fantasy drama based on the bestselling novel series 'A Song of Ice and Fire' by George R.R. Martin. The programme follows the battle between the Starks and the other noble families of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros to gain control of the Iron Throne. Season 1 episodes are: 'Winter Is Coming', 'The Kingsroad', 'Lord Snow', 'Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things', 'The Wolf and the Lion', 'A Golden Crown', 'You Win Or You Die', 'The Pointy End', 'Baelor' and 'Fire and Blood'. Season 2 episodes are: 'The North Remembers', 'The Night Lands', 'What Is Dead May Never Die', 'Garden of Bones', 'The Ghost of Harrenhal', 'The Old Gods and the New', 'A Man Without Honor', 'The Prince of Winterfell', 'Blackwater' and 'Valar Morghulis'. Season 3 episodes are: 'Valar Dohaeris', 'Dark Wings, Dark Words', 'Walk of Punishment', 'And Now His Watch Is Ended', 'Kissed By Fire', 'The Climb', 'The Bear and the Maiden Fair', 'Second Sons', 'The Rains of Castamere' and 'Mhysa'. Season 4 episodes are: 'Two Swords', 'The Lion and the Rose', 'Breaker of Chains', 'Oathkeeper', 'First of His Name', 'The Laws of Gods and Men', 'Mockingbird', 'The Mountain and the Viper', 'The Watchers On the Wall' and 'The Children'.
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When George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire hit bookshelves in the 1990s, it changed the face of contemporary fantasy. Martin takes us to a world of morally ambiguous characters, where heroes and villains aren't who you think they are, and the good guys don't always win in the end. For years Hollywood pestered Mr. Martin for the rights to turn his series into a movie, but his artistic integrity wouldn't allow it. A Song of Ice and Fire is too big, too vast, and too long to be made into a movie series and still do the books justice. The third book alone, A Storm of Swords, is as long as all three Lord of the Rings books put together.
And then DB Weiss and David Benioff entered the scene. D&D teamed up with Martin and HBO to create the only adaptation A Song of Ice and Fire could ever have. Game of Thrones. Since 2011 Game of Thrones has broke new ground in television, fantasy, and entertainment in general. The show brings superb acting (including some absolutely peerless child actors), fantastic writing, and amazing cinematography, which, coupled with an appropriate respect for the source material, makes for an absolutely unequaled entertainment experience.
Game of Thrones is a show about honor and betrayal, brutality and heroism, intense characterization, all sprinkled throughout with sword fights, dragons, rebellions, executions, dragons, ice zombies, and lots and lots of nudity.
One warning I should give the wary adventurer before embarking on a quest to Westeros, this is not a journey for the faint of heart. Game of Thrones will kick your ass, break your heart, and possibly give you a nervous twitch when attending weddings. If you have the mental fortitude however, the rewards are well worth it. Game of Thrones is an enriching experience that has been raising the bar for four years now.
As far as this set goes, if you're new to Game of Thrones then it's a great way to get the whole series (as of February 2015) in one package. If you've been collecting the series all along though, this doesn't really have much to make the price tag worth a second dip. If you've been buying the box sets as each season comes out and want a full set, save your money and do it when the show is done and they release a complete series box set.
George R.R. Martin is notorious for writing 1,500-page books. In the first one, "A Song of Ice and Fire," the characters of Westeros aimlessly (and listlessly) wander the highly-imaginative kingdom.
For example, after his father is beheaded, the crippled Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and his entourage search for the three-eyed raven, which he sees in his dreams, for THREE seasons. [He eventually meets the "Child of the Forest" who leads him to the raven.] Meanwhile, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and her protector "Hound" stroll to and fro without purpose. At Season 4's end, she finally boards a ship bound for Braavos to train with the Faceless Men, a group of anonymous street assassins.
The HBO series is inundated with random and preposterous, violent plot twists including the slaughtering of the Council of 13; Ygritte (Rose Leslie) shooting three arrows into her beloved Jon Snow (Kit Harington); Snow later killing Ygritte; and the Night's Watchmen stabbing Snow to death by Season 5's end.
The show is beset with too much impertinent banter with a slow & dulling pace—making the viewer wait for something significant to happen. Apparently, succinctness of prose; a purposeful plot; and a vigorous story momentum are not a priority for screenwriters David Benioff & D.B. Weiss.
Despite its flaws, "Game of Thrones" is still worthwhile to watch. This epic fantasy is great, but its powerful and compelling female cast, especially Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), gives it greatness. The multi-faceted, strong female supporting characters are the glue that keeps the show bonded whereas the male characters only serve as medieval archetypes. The exception being Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) – a brilliant, versatile actor who brings a Shakespearean bravado and wry perspective to his role.
The Achilles heel of the fantasy saga is a lax approach to editing—the reluctance to cut unnecessary dialog and to snip trivial situations. Plus, Benioff & Weiss want to stretch out the series to the outer borders of Essos, but the show needs to wrap up soon lest it lose its mystique and allure.
Amazingly, Martin is still working on "The Winds of Winter," the sixth book in the anthology, so how are the screenwriters expected to create continuity of character development and story progression?