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Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] [SteelBook] [5 Discs]

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    Overview

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1841 out of 1874)

    Special Features


    • 7 audio commentaries
    • Anatomy of an episode
    • Blu-Ray complete guide to westeros
    • Character profiles
    • Creating the dothraki language
    • Creating the show open
    • From the book to the screen
    • Hidden dragon eggs
    • In-episode guide
    • Making Game of Thrones
    • The night's watch

    Cast & Crew


    • Alfie Allen - Theon Greyjoy
    • Harry Lloyd - Viserys Targaryen
    • Iain Glen - Jorah Mormont
    • Jack Gleeson - Joffrey Baratheon
    • Kit Harington - Jon Snow




    Customer rating

    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 1874 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Game of Thrones - Season One

      Posted
      Louis
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      Game of Thrones is a well-acted show with great sets, great costumes, great visual effects and interesting storylines with unexpected plot twists. Based upon George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of books, it's been nominated for and has won numerous awards and is, without a doubt, for mature audiences. Season one is apparently based on the first book in this series, "A Game of Thrones". I haven't read the books so I cannot say how strictly the show adheres to the book. I have heard, however, that it is a near-faithful adaptation. Despite all of the accolades that the show has received, there are some issues which may make viewers who have never seen the show think twice before purchasing this season one set. First, there is a lot of graphic violence. While the setting of the show, a mythical land of kings and knights, dragons and dark forces, would seem to indicate that a certain level of violence is to be expected, some of it may be too intense for certain audiences. Second, there is an abundance of graphic interpersonal situations and full frontal nudity, both male and female, though more female. Third, there is a lot of vulgar language. For me, this is the biggest problem with the show. It's not that I have a problem with occasional foul language, it's that the words seem too contemporary for a show that is seemingly set in a certain era. Every time one is used, it pulls me out of that fantasy world. It breaks my "willing suspension of disbelief". Perhaps it's just me, but if they had created words, like Battlestar Galactica's FRAK or Farscape's FRELL, then I might not get that jarring feeling. Who knows. Finally, my biggest gripe is not with the show itself, but rather with the box set of the season. The season consists of 10 episodes and there are 5 discs in the set. There are only TWO episodes per disc which means that you have to get up and change the disc EVERY TWO EPISODES. This is NOT conducive to binge watching. Sure, there are extras on each disc. There are character profiles on disc 1 and behind the scenes documentaries on disc 5. Aside from the episode commentaries, however, the additional extras are the same on all discs. This could have easily been a three disc set (5 episodes on disc one, 5 episodes on disc two and all extras on disc three) but I feel that the 5 disc format is used so that more money can be charged for the box set. With that in mind, I advise waiting until it goes on sale for less than $10. All in all, I'd say that if you enjoy the fantasy genre and don't mind some adult situations, then Game of Thrones - Season One might just be worth checking out.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Not your typical fantasy show

      Posted
      Sioux4Ever
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      First off, I'm writing this for any others who might be like me & unsure on the new packaging and contents of this set. I already had the dvd, and wanted the blu-ray extras but not at the $30+ price for just a few extras. This packaging is smaller than the original (the size of a normal blu-ray/dvd case). The back sleeve doesn't list anything, I couldn't find any write-ups online either, but this DOES have all the same extras and exclusives as the normal set. With the 5 discs I thought it would but my local BB wasn't sure so the associate just asked another employee who said if it doesn't say it on the back , it doesn't have it, and when I wrote BB.com they said no (I guess no one was willing to just open 1 copy to make sure they have correct product info). I actually got my copy from Amazon just because they said it had them and if they were wrong, they would refund me. Much as I prefer supporting my local BB, in this case their service lost them a small sale. As for the show itself, this isn't your typical fantasy show. While it does have some magical elements (like dragons) and your typical fantasy setting unusual names, it is more grounded in reality (our middle ages) than many others. Instead of just being about swordplay and fighting (which picks up later on), there is a good amount of political drama, done by a great cast. Good guys don't always win, bad guys don't always get their comeuppance, but don't always win either. It centers around a number of families who essentially rule smaller areas of the country, all with their own agenda to gain more and more power and hopefully gain the Iron Throne to be king over the entire country. with alliances, backstabbing, and scheming. Whether it works or backfires, the status quo rarely stays as it as for long (at least early on). No character is safe, and not everyone plays by the rules. In the Game of Thrones, you either win or you die.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Too many cheap shock tactics to enjoy

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      BestBuyer
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      Given the tremendous popularity of this series, I will be in the minority on this opinion and that's okay. I am a big fantasy fan and in fact the Lord of the Rings is my favorite film. I expected this series to fit my tastes perfectly and I think it most likely would had I been able to continue watching it. The problem I have with the show is its extreme overuse of mature content. In the first episode alone there are at least 4 or 5 instances of nudity. There's multiple scenes of incest (once in front of a child), and other scenes for which Best Buy will not even let me write a description in this review. I understand this is an HBO show and I find that when writers put a show on HBO they use these kinds of tactics simply because it's not on regular cable and they can get away with it. Maybe it wouldn't be a problem if it served a good purpose in the plot but it really feels like they just shoehorned it in to grab attention. I know they could tell this same story and setup these same characters without these kinds of scenes. The rebuttal will be that they wanted to portray realism. However, take a show like Netflix's Daredevil which I really enjoy and is one one of my favorite series, period. The writers have the same leeway on Netflix to get away with mature content. They use plenty of language and violence, but they don't need to stoop down to the cheap overused tactics used in Game of Thrones to portray the very gritty, real feel that the Daredevil series has. There may be a good story underneath it all here, but it's hard to ignore the constant shock tactics. Maybe that's how the book series is and it's just not my thing. I found it very dissapointing and I know there are others who share these types of concerns, so be warned.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best show on TV!!!

      Posted
      cchiatt
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      The new golden age of television continues with this absolutely spectacular HBO series, based on the brilliant writing of George R.R. Martin. You cannot help but be drawn into the bleak, yet richly colorful world of these fantasy/medieval style characters when the writing is this good and the actors so unforgettable. The sets are often exquisitely beautiful, and the costumes dazzling. At times the whole looks like pre-Raphaelite painting. ---- Having not read the books, I was now and then confused as to who is who. But I came to realize that the series would eventually give me all the information I needed to remain fully engaged and fully delighted. --- There isn't a false note in the cast, nor a false line in the dialogue. And one has the feeling, no matter how fantastic the kingdoms and their warring monarchs, that one is delving into our history and our evolution as a moral species. Speculative fiction at its best --- which this most certainly is --- is always about us and always about us now as well as "long ago." Games of Thrones is setting a whole new standard for daring, complexity, and sumptuous execution of the vision. Highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Better than Lord of the Rings

      Posted
      LoanGunman
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      The Game of Thrones is just what you would expect from HBO. It is full of great acting, great plots and left me wanting more episodes. No, I'm not a shill for home box office but I like most of what they put on their network. Game of Thrones has everything you would want in a fantasy world where winters last as long as an old dude on perpetual viagara. Actually that isn't that long so their winters last a lot longer, a decade or more and frozen guys come back to life and wolves eat arms and heads get separated from their owners. Sisters and brothers living in sin and dragons are born in a funeral pyre. Yeah, G.O.T. rocks. Get it. I watched the entire series in a day and a half. Now my wife won't let me get HBO for the second season but such is life in these tough economic times. The only drawback is the fact there aren't enough extras in the box set. A minor complaint admittedly. We just bought the books now so I personally recommend getting this set of DVD's. Get the blu ray discs. I can't even watch regular DVD's anymore. In any case it was worth every penny I paid for it which was no pennies since it was on a gift card but still i would pay real cash money for this set of DVD's. Take my word for it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Perfect balance of fanasty & drama.

      Posted
      moxyny
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      Few shows have been more eagerly awaited than the arrival of HBO's adaptation of George R.R. Martin's masterful and massive epic "Game of Thrones" (the first in a series). As the books have progressed, however, faithful followers have cried foul as promises have yet to be delivered. But no matter where you stand in that controversy, there is little debate to the majesty and quality of the novel "Thrones"--an almost instant classic in the adult fantasy genre. Multi-layered and ambitious, this sprawling tale charts a powerful story of intrigue, political machinations, and violence amidst the brutal landscape of a nation divided. It is not a production you could approach half-heartedly. To do justice to the novel's intricacies required a massive cast, extensive period sets and costumes, lavish effects and a focused and intelligent screenplay. Well, creators David Benioff (a top notch novelist himself--check out City of Thieves) and D.B. Weiss were up to the challenge and the astute HBO has once again backed a winner. Make no mistake, this is no cheesy kid's story--this is dark and relentless entertainment for people who enjoy quality programming.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding series, elegant packaging for fans!

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      Troykan
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      The series is simply amazing infused with rich and substantive drama, compelling exchanges while still capturing the essence of the fantastical narrative derived from the novels. With respect to the Blu ray boxed set, the packaging is truly magisterial in presentation, featuring a gorgeous embossed woven material on the exterior of the boxed set which signifies the four houses accordingly. The interior of the set not only houses the Blu Ray/DVD set but also accommodates the paper documentation with respect to each house. Further, the set also displays the simply outstanding dragon egg paperweight which is of sturdy construction while featuring fine detail and craftsmanship. When combined with the added DVD copies, production value information and complimentary first episode of season two, this particular set offers the best of both worlds indeed with respect to presentation and content. Highly recommended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      GREAT SERIES!!!

      Posted
      ThugLife
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      I already had the slim season 1 box set before, but after watching the series almost to the end of season 6, I just HAD to go back to get the ORIGINAL season 1 box set to match the rest of the collection I have. I gave the slim copy to my brother, which he hasn't started on it yet, because if he had, he would've called me and told me how great he thinks it is. (Thats just something we do.) If you ever get started watching the series and you get to the end of the first episode, you WILL be hooked. Its usually around 10 episodes per season, but once you get into it, you'll wish it were more. It's that good!! Its DEFINITELY not for kids to watch though. You'll learn why I say that within the first episode. ...If you love 'Vikings' on the the History channel, and 'Black Sails' on Starz, then this series will be up your alley. And by the way, both of those shows I just mentioned are on blu-ray and dvd box sets, if you were thinking about checking them out.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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