DVD Review: Game of Thrones: Season One

“Winter is coming,” and it could last a lifetime.

“Game of Thrones” is one of the best television series ever produced for HBO.  And, that takes in quite a few excellent programs.

Now, the complete first season is available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD.  And, GOT fans will be very happy with the outstanding extras.

Both the Blu-ray and DVD box sets include quite practical features like character profiles and an interactive guide to the fictional land of Westeros.  There’s the usual documentary on how the series was made.  Even a segment on how the opening title sequence was created.  There are audio commentaries featuring the cast and crew.  The Blu-ray set has an even more complex interactive segment on Westeros using animation along with the characters from the seven kingdoms.

As the title implies, “Game of Thrones” is a battle for control.  Noble, good-hearted “Ned” Stark (Sean Bean) controls the northern kingdom.  He’s selected by King Baratheon to act as the king’s hand or defacto ruler.  But, there are numerous other forces in play both inside the kingdom and across the narrow strait in the land ruled by the Dothraki.

There are supernatural elements as well.  A zombie-like people known as Whitewalkers.  Some even insist that dragons still exist.  And, in this sweeping fantasy epic, you get the feeling that almost anything can happen.

Season 1 is chock full of surprises.  By the time you reach the 10th and final episode, truly anything is possible.  The characters are numerous, complex and likeable.  Even the villians prove they have shades of gray.

The cast is excellent with Peter Dinklage standing out as the witty, but short-in-stature, Tyrion Lannister.  No big surprise he won an Emmy for his work.

If you haven’t seen GOT, then you’ve missed one of the best shows on television.  Seriously.

Get in on the action before Season 2 begins April 1st.  You won’t regret it. Grade: A