Game Of Thrones - Season 1 2011

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Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men... all will play the Game of Thrones. A new original series based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series. Winter is coming...

Starring:
Harry Lloyd, Mark Addy
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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Discs
  • Game Of Thrones - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • Game Of Thrones - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • Game Of Thrones - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
  • Game Of Thrones - Disc 4 ages_18_and_over
  • Game Of Thrones - Disc 5 ages_18_and_over
Starring Harry Lloyd, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Ciaran Bermingham, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Roy Dotrice, Michelle Fairley, Jerome Flynn, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Julian Glover, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
Director Thomas McCarthy
Genres Fantasy
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 5 March 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Game Of Thrones - Blu-ray - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • Game Of Thrones - Blu-ray - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • Game Of Thrones - Blu-ray - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
  • Game Of Thrones - Blu-ray - Disc 4 ages_18_and_over
  • Game Of Thrones - Blu-ray - Disc 5 ages_18_and_over
Starring Harry Lloyd, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Ciaran Bermingham, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Roy Dotrice, Michelle Fairley, Jerome Flynn, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Julian Glover, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
Director Thomas McCarthy
Genres Fantasy
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 5 March 2012
Main languages English

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1,112 of 1,138 people found the following review helpful By Pankow27 on 8 Dec 2011
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Here it is then. the long awaited television interpretation of the first part of George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series. This show will affect you in different ways depending largely upon two possible scenarios, 1. you have read the book(s) beforehand, or 2. you haven't.

If you have read the books then you will have the added advantage of going into this series with some serious background knowledge, which, given the expanse of Martin's literature, can only be a good thing. It is good (as a fan of the books) to see the characters portrayed on screen by, what can only be described as, an excellent cast. My personal favourites are Sean Bean (fellow Yorkshireman like myself) who plays Lord Eddard Stark, the proud, strong and brave (if not a bit stubborn and old-fashioned) Lord of Winterfell, the icy kingdom of the north. And, Peter Dinklage, who gives, as ever, a wonderful performance as Tyrion of House Lannister, a noble-born dwarf cursed by the hatred of his proud father but blessed with an unmatchable wit and intelligence.

The story is relatively straightforward insofar that nothing groundbreakingly orignal happens. Martin's fantasy literature is about believability and realism; it is completely unlike Tolkien in that way (I don't like to compare the two authors, but most people seem to be doing so lately). Whereas Tolkien favoured Orcs, Goblins, castles and wizards, Martin prefers the medieval touch, dealing with knights, lords and priests. The story is very intricate and may leave you slightly unfulfilled at the end of the series, but, bear in mind this is only the first part of seven.

One good thing, as a fan of the books, is that Martin had a very close hand in the production of this series which means very little tinkering has been done.
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202 of 217 people found the following review helpful By Magic Jem on 23 July 2011
Format: DVD
I was somewhat cynical when mentions of Game of Thrones cropped up all over the web with gushing reviews so it took me a while to give it a whirl.

Predictably though, I was hooked from the first of the ten episodes. Compelling, well cast characters - well known faces mixing with new - and engaging dialogue, there are some fantastic performances - not least Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke. This show is a much needed breath of fresh air in schedules crammed with middle of the road dramas and programmes well past their peak, it makes the fantasy genre watchable again and pulls you into it's world completely. Far from being hammy like many other programmes with a medieval/fantasy bent, it is complex, gritty and many layered. Nothing here of the brain dead TV that spoon feeds and recaps viewers every 15 minutes.

I'm now keen to read the books during the wait for season 2!
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496 of 543 people found the following review helpful By Beanie Luck Spud TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2011
Format: DVD
I havent read the books so i am going to give an unbiased review of the television show only.

I think its fantastic, an amazing cast, extremely well written and authentic to the likes of which i had never seen.

This series is quite astonishingly violent, its brutal, bloody, graphic and will make you turn away from the screen, i know i have several times so far.

In some of the later episodes i was heaving, some of the scenes in it are quite astonishing disgusting they made me sick to my stomach, and im amazed in the sense that they have the guts to show it on screen, but this is what HBO does best, it pushes the boundaries. There is one scene where one of the characters eats a fresh horse heart and i was almost sick, but it was a vital moment in the storyline.

It comes with warnings about extreme violence and scenes of a sexual nature, so be warned if you are faint of heart because you will see blood, you will see killing, you will see sex, lots of it actually, and yes a few full frontal scenes do make it on screen, so if your a prude i really wouldnt buy it.

This show is going to go on to be know as one of the greatest television shows ever made, the attention to detail is astounding, the opening credits are probably the best i have ever seen on a tv show, and the Dothraki language for example was created especially for the show.

George R R martin who wrote the books is an executive producer of the show and co-writer so you can bet that not only will the show follow his books to the letter but that also 50% of the main cast will be dead before it ends.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By alicambs on 24 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I appear to be very much in the minority (I was bored by the first book) but I really am not enjoying the TV series. I get that it is a feast of dark, complex political manoeuvrings, that it is very well cast and acted (mostly by Brit and Irish actors I happily note) and it is a totally brilliant visual spectacle (the music and title sequence is amazing), but it doesn't do it for me. The violence is every present, bloody and vicious, the female nudity gratuitous as hell and the lack of humour, other than the wonderful Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister, makes the whole thing somewhat of an ordeal of blood, guts and gore.
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