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. King 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 to. Actors Lena Headey, Jack Gleeson, Sean Bean, Michelle Fairley, Emilia Clarke, Iain Glen, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, Peter Dinklage, Ron Donachie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Kit Harington, Isaac Hempstead Wright & Jason Momoa Director Thomas McCarthy Certificate 18 years and over Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Additional Languages French; Latin American Spanish; Castilian; Polish Subtitles English for the hearing impaired; French; Latin American Spanish; Castilian; Polish; Brazilian Portuguese; Dutch; Danish; Finnish; Norwegian; Swedish
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