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Game of Thrones - Season 1 [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]

Sean Bean , Mark Addy    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,033 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish, Polish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 550 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,033 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006FIXFVC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,483 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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.

Extra Content

Blu-ray Complete Guide to Westeros
An interactive compendium of the noble houses and lands featured in season one, PLUS 24 exclusive histories of the Seven Kingdoms as told by the characters themselves done with animated illustrations that provide more information on the background of Game of Thrones.

In-Episode Guide
In-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories while each episode plays.

Anatomy of an Episode
An in-episode experience that explores the creative minds and colossal efforts behind episode six, "A Golden Crown."

Hidden Dragon Eggs
Find the hidden dragon eggs to uncover even more never-before-seen content.

Making Game of Thrones
An exclusive 30-minute feature including never-before-seen footage from the set and interviews from the cast and crew.

Character Profiles
Profiles of 15 major characters as described by the actors portraying them.

Creating the Show Open
An inside look at the creation of the Emmy®-winning opening title sequence for Game of Thrones.

From the Book to the Screen
Executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss along with author George R.R. Martin talk about the challenges of bringing Martin's epic fantasy novel to life on HBO.

The Night's Watch
An in-depth look at the unique order of men who patrol and protect the Wall, a 700 foot ice structure that separates the Seven Kingdoms from the darkness beyond.

Creating the Dothraki Language
An insightful glance into the comprehensive language created for the Dothraki people in Game of Thrones.

Audio Commentaries

Seven audio commentaries with cast and crew including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Bryan Cogman, Harry Lloyd, Daniel Minahan and Alan Taylor.

From Amazon.co.uk

It’s hard to think of any more satisfying way to bring the world of George R. R. Martin’s Game Of Thrones to visual life than has been managed with HBO’s acclaimed series. Within minutes of season one kicking off, you get the feel that you’re in safe hands, with a creepy opening that sets the scene for a series with real justification in calling itself epic. The creative team here clearly understand and respect the source material, and yet aren’t afraid to make changes to suit a television production.

Not that you’ll notice it’s a television production. Made with the scope and scale of a major movie, Game Of Thrones look and feels dramatic in scale. Its story certainly is. Centered around the battle for power in days of old, there’s conflict, despair, romance, lust, backstabbing and no shortage of ice, both real and metaphorical. It demands your concentration, but remains accessible. It’s also a strictly adults-only adventure.

As befitting a series of such magnitude, they’ve clearly gone to town on the Blu-ray set. As well as revealing plenty of detail as to the production itself, with making of material and episode guides, there are some brilliant, less obvious features. The Blu-ray exclusively features, for example, an excellent guide to the world of Westeros, who everyone is, the backstory, and the noble houses. You can comfortably lose hours in it.

There’s simply so much depth in the set. Even the commentaries, often quite bland affairs, offer real insight and interest. That it’s wrapped up with a brilliant 1080p transfer, and speaker-shaking audio, is fitting. An excellent, ambitious piece of television, in a Blu-ray set that befits it perfectly. --Jon Foster



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1,131 of 1,157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Song of Ice and Fire: Part 1 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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204 of 219 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, Entertaining, Brilliant Drama 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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497 of 544 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fantasy for Adults only.. 30 May 2011
By Beanie Luck Spud TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I bought this DVD on the back of some rave reviews from many of my friends. It was with a degree of trepidation because I had not greatly enjoyed the book but I thought it might be worth another try. My conclusion is it's not for me.

First up, the positives. It's well crafted with great costumes, settings etc, the characters are well protrayed and the plot is reasonably engaging once it gets going.

In broad terms this is fairly standard fantasy fayre - a medieval world where lots of nobles and royalty plot against each other for power, with an undercurrent of something deeper and more magical/mysterious. Fantasy fans will know this formula reasonably well.

What George Martin added to that equation is morally ambiguous charactes. No-one is all good, no-one is all bad. This plus its emphasis on character-level plotting, with plenty of feuds, tensions etc make the book suitable for adaptation as a tv series.

Which brings me to my main criticism, which is that both the tv series and the book make for a pretty miserable experience. There are no moments of lightness here, no humour, no romance. Just lots of fairly nasty people doing nasty things to each other. The more likeable a character is the more likely they are to die - and George Martin tends to kill off his characters just as you are growing to connect with them. Many people, I'm sure, enjoy this for the gritty realism of medieval times but personally I find the perpetual undercurrent of cynicism just plain depressing. Life's too short.

Another criticism of the TV series is the nudity. At one level this is all very pleasant but it is also completely gratuitous. The nudity has absolutely nothing to do with the story, it's just there in the background.
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