With the premiere of season 2 of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones in April we wanted to do a quick review of the recently released Blu-ray disc of season one. For those who haven’t experienced the first season yet, you are in for a treat if view this amazing collection of the must see TV spectical of last year.
Royalty, knights, traitors, lords, bastards,whores, liars, honest men, young and old, will all play the Game of Thrones!
The first book from the extensive fantasy saga of George R. R. Martin, A Song of Fire and Ice- Game of Thrones, sources HBO’s adaptation of this multi-layered and ambitious sprawling tale with a powerful story line of conspiracy, political machinations, violence, love and lust amidst the brutal backdrop of a divided nation.
At the heart of Game of Thrones- Season 1, lies the family of the Starks headed by patriarch and warrior- noble Eddard Stark (Sean Bean- Sharpe’s Rifles, The Lord of the Rings), after the mysterious death of his predecessor is forced to undertake the role of being the Hand of the King. Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy- Still Standing, The Full Monty), plays the King of the lands of Westeros, with an expanse of seven kingdoms under his decree. His rule is threatened by the exiled and only dragon-blooded Prince Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd- The Iron Lady, Robin Hood), who trades his only sister (Emilia Clarke-Triassic Attack, Doctors) to the head of the Dothrakis, Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa- Conan the Barbarian, Baywatch) for their army. The Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey- 300, Terminator) and her twin brother (Nick Hawk Down) keep a scandalous secret hidden which leads to a challenge to the House of Stark that threatens to overtake Westeros. There are so many other detailed characters and story lines, involving bastards, whores, dragons and zombies, other members of the Stark and Lannister families, their armies and extensions which merge into this well- rooted drama in and extremely sensitive setting, by series-creators David Benioff (Troy, The Kite Runner) and novelist and writer D.B. Weiss (Halo, Lucky Wander Boy).
The multimedia blu ray high-definition quality expounds and brings to life the picturesque components of Game of Thrones, Season 1, where summers span decades and winters never seem to end. The tussle for the throne expands from the south, where heat breeds conspiracies, hankerings and plotting; to the savage and expansive eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where a wall of ice standing at 800 feet keeps at bay dark forces that lie beyond, where no man dares to tread.
Game of Thrones, Season 1, for both drama and fantasy fans alike is a 10 episodes addictive experience, all of which are featured on this blu ray disc set. In this era of formulaic TV, the astute HBO has backed a winner once again; making the ownership of the Season 1 blu ray disc set being a must-have and providing a truly enriching high-definition viewing experience.
The blu ray disc set contains the video codec MPEG-4 AVC with a resolution of 1080p and aspect ratio of 1.78:1, the original aspect ratio being 1.78:1. The audio for English is of DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and DTS 5.1 for French and Spanish and DTS 2.0 for Polish, subtitles being available for languages in English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Polish and Swedish. Each disc has a storage capacity of 50GB and the 10 episodes of Season 1 of Game of Thrones,is wrapped up in a five-disc set.
Currently Season 2 of the Game of Thrones is being broadcast on HBO and will soon be available on blu ray.