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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1,175 of 1,204 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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37 of 38 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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212 of 228 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zeon Rat on 8 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
This review is for the dvds only. The show itself is great and you'll find details of that all over the internet.
However, the dvds are not great.
I received this last year as a Christmas present and due to being busy with Uni, I have only just been able to watch it. The menus are fine, the case is fine (if a bit flimsy as the plastic sections of the case were coming away from the cardboard, but that's the nature of these cases) and there are enough special features. All of this is perfectly fine and as expected.
However, the picture quality is appalling. I've tried them on multiple TVs, dvd players and on two computers and the quality is bad on all of them. I have twenty year old vhs tapes with better picture quality than these and every disc is the same. The picture is very, very pixelated and looks worse than some illegal copies friends have shown me. I have recently bought the Babylon 5 dvds and despite this show being over twenty years old, the picture quality on those dvds are infinitely superior. Indeed, the picture quality on this season of Game of Thrones is comparable to a 170p youtube video.
I don't know if they have improved in the year since I received this season but if not, I would advise plumping for the blu rays as these are almost unwatchable on a smaller tv. I've just been able to make do by watching on a large tv but from far away.
This is confined only to season one as I also own seasons two and three and the picture quality is as to be expected from a dvd.
This is one of the very few times I've felt the need to leave a review as the picture quality is very disappointing.
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