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:
Julian Glover, Jerome Flynn
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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 Julian Glover, Jerome Flynn, Mark Addy, Iain Glen, Jack Gleeson, Sean Bean, Roy Dotrice, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Harry Lloyd, Alfie Allen, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ciaran Bermingham
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 Julian Glover, Jerome Flynn, Mark Addy, Iain Glen, Jack Gleeson, Sean Bean, Roy Dotrice, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Harry Lloyd, Alfie Allen, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Ciaran Bermingham
Director Thomas McCarthy
Genres Fantasy
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release 5 March 2012
Main languages English

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1,204 of 1,234 people found the following review helpful By Pankow27 on 8 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Whiting on 2 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
Many of the most successful films and television programmes started their humble lives in books. Invariably the comment "the books are better" gets bandied around. Of course, in the case of most movies it is simply impossible to portray everything in a novel unless you make a series of films. Even then (to take Tolkien and Rowling as examples) some material gets removed as novels are not subject to the same pacing requirements as movies. In addition to this, movies have to appeal to a much wider audience unlike books which are solely written for a specific audience. The books are allowed to divide opinion but if adaptations are made to screen then compromise needs to be made to make them palatable to a wider audience.

There are a few exceptions to these norms. For example, The Godfather is much more effective on screen. The Hobbit trilogy actually creates additional material from the books rather than cut some out (the pitfall of turning a small child's novel into a 9-hour trilogy).

I mention all this as the medium of 'TV BOX SET' is all the rage and it is easy to see why. People often comment that movies cannot achieve the grand scale and immense levels of development when compared to television. The slow burn of developing characters over weeks, months and years will always feel rushed in a 2-hour movie. Shows like 'Breaking Bad' achieve this 'slow burn' effect masterfully. For fantasy epics like this the best medium has been chosen. They can slow down the pace if they want to. If the ending of episodes is climactic or even anti-climactic you know the next one is just around the corner rather than years away (or never if you watched the Golden Compass).

I will admit that until I started reading the novels I did not really appreciate GoT.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Patricia A. Armstrong on 6 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
Just can't get enough of this remarkable series. Started watching it about two weeks ago - wanted to know what all the fuss was about; not sure if I've received the final disc of Series 1...there was an inconclusive quality to the last disc I watched...will find out when I order Series 2. How different watching TV
Is these days...more or less instant gratification via "box sets"! Not sure if this is an entirely good thing; it makes me forget I "have a life"! In the old days one was required to remember what happened a week ago, and one got on with one's daily duties: Now I can spend a whole Saturday, even if the weather outside is gorgeous, watching an entire series, which. as far as Game of Thrones is concerned, with all it's convolutions and surprises, is almost necessary.

In any case, the casting is just about perfect, the characters demand the viewers' involvement, the plot is a "stonking" one...forget Lord of the Rings...so much, so same. Computer generated graphics have never been more effective...well, in my opinion, at least. Perhaps it's because, so far, it's the wonderful scenery which is computer generated. There are no real monsters, just monstrous people...and even they have recognisable and empathy arousing qualities. No one is totally bad or good...except I hope the dreadful Joffrey gets his "just deserts" at some time in the future...little weasel-faced s***! I'm sure the actor enjoys being so evil..."bad guys" are always the most fun to play...probably because it's somewhat liberating to do stuff on screen that one would never dream of doing in real life.

I'm hooked and I'm 68 and a half. It's an amazing and thoroughly engrossing program. And I don't even fast forward through the repeated opening: a map, for God's sake.
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