Game Of Thrones 4 Seasons 2011

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Season 1
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1. Winter Is Coming AGES_18_AND_OVER

Series Premiere. Lord Ned Stark is troubled by disturbing reports from a Night's Watch deserter; King Robert and Lannisters arrive at Winterfell; the exiled Viserys Targaryen forges a powerful new allegiance.

Starring:
Sean Bean, Mark Addy
Runtime:
1 hour 1 minute

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Winter Is Coming

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Drama, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Tim Van Patten
Starring Sean Bean, Mark Addy
Supporting actors Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Michelle Fairley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Harry Lloyd, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Jack Gleeson, Ron Donachie, Jason
Season year 2011
Network HBO
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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1,131 of 1,157 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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204 of 219 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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497 of 544 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sep 2014
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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