This is the final season of HBO's Game Of Thrones. Love it, hate it, or you're indifferent about it, if you bought the previous seven seasons, you'll probably buy this one. The final 6 episodes of the series are on 3 blu ray discs. The episode "The Long Night" fares a bit better on the blu ray presentation, but it's still darn difficult to figure out exactly what's going on due to the murky dark scenes. Otherwise, the video is pretty sharp and detailed through the other episodes. Audio is encoded in dolby Atmos, but defaults to dolby digital 5.1. Make sure to adjust your audio to benefit from the better track if your system is capable. Only 6 episodes, but 4 exceed an hour in length. If all you want is to see the episodes, buy at a discount if you're able. Takes the price per episode down to a reasonable level. But there is a wealth of supplemental material included, so if you enjoy the extras, it does make the final season on blu ray worth the pickup.
What a beautiful picture and wonderful sound. If you saw season 8 on cable or streaming, you probably remember how dark, muddy and ugly episode 3, "The Long Night" was. Well, not anymore. On UHD 4k and in HDR, this episode looks positively beautiful. No more color banding or washed out colors and muddy blacks. One of the best looking discs I've ever seen. Definitly qualifies as reference material. If you are a fan and have a 4k disc player and TV or projector with HDR you must have this set to really see these episodes as they were meant to be seen. And the sound is amazing too. The Atmos track makes use of all channels, including your overhead channels.
My pictures are from my 110" home theatre setup with an Epson 5040 4k projector and white screen. The pictures don't do it justice.
What a ride this has been. I started this series about a month ago, and just finished up with this. The best viewing experience I have ever seen. I will never forget it. Loved every minute of it, and having this gorgeous SteelBook is icing on the cake.
GoT season 8 brought us to a the end of a long journey. Was everyone happy with the ending....of course not. But I could live with the how fates of the final characters played out. I think that 6 episodes was too rushed. Just one extra episode to help to set up the audience for Dany's transition would have better served. And let's not even get started on Cersei's ending. The behind the scenes bonus features on disc 3 were informative. And I think that they improved the degree of lighting for episode 3 "The Long Night". I was able to see much more detail on hte blu ray than when I watched the aired episode. . My only real issue/complaint with this Blu Ray set, was with the steel book packaging. This set consists of 3 Blu Ray discs and 3 4K Ultra Blu Ray discs. The trouble is that the 3 discs are stacked on the same same holder with no protective layer between discs. Three blu ray discs are stacked on one inner door of the steel book casing and the 4K Ultra Blu-ray discs are stacked on the other inner door. The discs were extremely difficult to remove and I was worried about breaking the disc (or the holder ring). As a result I purchased a blu ray replacement casing designed to hold 3 discs to house my GoT discs separately from the steel book casing. While the dragon glass arrow head magnet is a great collectible, Marketing should have put more effort into including disc holders that were easier to get to and that provided a protective layer between discs. It seemed rushed....just like the season 8 story arc.
I became addicted to the Game of Thrones, as millions of others have, after watching just the first episode or two. Back when I first started watching the series, I did not have HBO, so I had to wait for the episodes to come out on DVD or Blu-ray Discs. Since I got off to a late start, I think the first two or three seasons were already out. After watching the first three seasons almost nonstop, I told my best friends about it, and soon they were addicted too. There’s something weirdly unique about this TV series. By the time the final season came out, I did have HBO, and was able to watch each episode as it first aired. Some of my friends who got addicted to this series still do not have HBO, so I bought this for them.
I won’t give away any spoilers. but I have to say, after watching this series for so many seasons, you feel like it’s become part of the family, and it’s very sad to see it go. But every story has to have an ending.
So, there’s no reason for you to read this review. If you’re buying Game of Thrones season eight, it’s because you’ve seen seasons one through seven. And you definitely have to see how it all ends.
Let's just be honest about this series. HBO had just ended their most successful series of all time (The Sopranos) and they needed something new and fresh, when the writers came up with the idea of making this fictional, fantasy-based series. At the time, HBO was just hoping for the best. What they did, was come up with their 2nd best series (my humble opinion) of all time, The Game of Thrones. I understand that quite a few people were completely unhappy with the ending, however, if anyone out there remembers the finale of The Sopranos, that caused just as much controversy, if not more so, than this one did. Keeping that in mind, I loved this series as a whole and was sorry to see it leave the air. In time, everyone, who was invested in The Game of Thrones, will no doubt, remember everything that was great about it over the course of 8 years and won't dwell on just what happened at the end. Do yourselves a favor and buy this blu-ray to complete your collection. If you don't, you will be sorry!
Yeah... yeah... I watched it on HBO as well... but all of those endless nighttime battles with the armies of the dead are so much better defined in the blu-ray set... When it originally aired, I recall not being able to see the background. Issue resolved, and the endless battles are so engrossing as a result. I have all the prior seasons, so it was a no brainer getting this one as well. The usual in-depth/background add-ons are included. GoT fans will love this...
Say what you will of the final season (I was okay with it), the continued line of GoT steels are a great item for any fan of the show to have. The house sigil magnets are a great, fun momento, and the picture made when combining all the spines is such a fun little touch- a reminder of how intricately everything was all tangled together.