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Heard about this HBO series through some friends, they knew I would like this genre, and similar to Lord of the Rings, except not as much fantasy, and more history. Well, I watched one episode, then another. The main characters are SOLID and excellent actors. I had to buy the DVD series, since I did not have HBO, and could not keep bugging my friends to watch their TV much more. This series has many intriguing characters, I think it has 15 primary characters, interwoven motives for seeking power, fame, and fortune to ascend to the throne. Characters one can not assume, they are what they seem, their lives and ambitions change thru the series. Alliances form, integrity is challenged, evil threatens. This is a dark, in your face, bruttaly honest portrayal of life during this period. Lust, sex, incest, rape, brutality, murder, violence.....were prevalent in those times. Hollywood up to now, tended to suppress this, and window dress movies of this period to nothing more than action movies, with violence, maybe a few love stories, and great video landscapes with some computer generated imagery....which BTW, is the genre we enjoy, no kidding each other. Just Game of Thrones takes it beyond the cimenamatography, and famous actors.....goes into the family struture, marriages, families, and normal challenges they face, and then beyond, how the throne impacts their daily decisions, overriding family trust, friendships, to the primary alliances formed, and dedication necessary to protect the throne. Siblings are raised, marriages are formed, families are merged....all for the power of the throne....lives either embrace this need willingly or begrudgingly, or they reject it partially or completely.....and not always do characters STAY with their initial perception or vision of what they want to do...they tend to morph or adapt to situations, based on brutal deaths of friends and family, betrayals, resentment, anger, jealousy....and often the YOUNGER characters start to mature. Their lives adapt to their surroundings....bastards and dwarves in time, develop galvanized personnas....strength is gained through survival, and insight gained by trauma, both psychologically, and physically over time. There are many plots, and characters developing.....it is not easy to always comprehend the subtle actions, tasks, and situations that mean nothing at first, but become the foundations later for their beliefs, and form who they are and how they change in time. The DVD series allows you to go back and re-watch these episodes to reidentify these subtleties, that may have been overlooked and missed if just watching the single HBO episode. Bonus disk gives insight to each of the characters, I think this is a vital asset to understanding the series better, and probably necessary to watch BEFORE watching the series, and maybe AGAIN about 4 episodes in, to strengthen your understanding of motives, relationships, families and just name recognition of the characters. Acting is top notch. That alone, makes this a must see DVD set.
I had seen bits and pieces of this series on HBO and liked what I saw. I purchased it on e-bay and from the time I found it in my mail box, to the time I went to bed that night I had already watched all of disc one and part of disc two (and gotten my girlfriend hooked in the process). Now I can hardly wait for us to find time to watch more.
As for the series itself:
First, this is an HBO series and does contain some nudity and simulated sex and thus, IS NOT FOR CHILDREN!!! It also contains scenes with violence and blood.
This is a fantasy world that is most defenately medevil. It has a similar look to the Hobbit movies only much grittier. It also lacks their fantasy aspect though it does have a supernatural element.
The main story line revolves around a king, his wife and family, his advisors and the relms that are under his controle as well as his enemies that seek to change all that. There is much division between and within the ruling families. Each of the relms has it's own feel, chalenges and history. Following who belongs to which family and other relationships are made much easier by the map of the relms and the family trees included with this box set.
Honor, dis-honor, love, hate, trust and betrail, political intreague and all under a cloud of uncertanty. It's well acted (some better than others) and written (for a TV show) and the characters... did I mention the charactors? The Queen's brother "The Imp" is worth watching the show for all by himself.
In case you hadn't guessed by now, I highly recomend this series. Season two is either on now or comming very soon. I think to fully understand the relationships and underlieing sub-plots, you need to see this (season one) first. I think that you could probably understand season two just fine without seeing season one first, it just wouldn't be as rich or enjoyable.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.
Found a good deal on ebay so thought I'd take a chance on the HBO series, Game of Thrones, that I'd heard so much about.
I loved it! Even though it's not the genre I usually lean towards it kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Can't wait to get season 2 of this series.
Lastly, what I like about series as opposed to movies is that a person on a busy schedule can watch an episode or two and then when you get another block of free time continue on
It's the exceptional writing that's important. The author makes use of multiple plot lines once used by Dickens and Thackeray in their novels. Characters make their entrances and exits. No one character really dominates the story. A sense of irony runs through the story which you may miss at first. It also is not endless. The written version, A Song of Fire and Ice, and the audio-visual version, Game of Thrones, are the same story, but tell the same story in different ways. Game of Thrones is told at a faster pace and changes from plot line to plot line. It's an epic that covers a series of events in a civil war.
With the Lord of the Rings cinema left several gaping holes in the plot but it faced a time problem and was obliged to edit. There was too much story and too little time. Martin has avoided this problem by his arrangement with HBO. Ten hours each season is devoted to the story of a world that's collapsing around its characters. Now Martin's story is longer than Tolkien's LOTR but Tolkien restricted himself to the role of his hobbits in a much bigger story. HBO tells the bigger story. In one way both stories also concern power. What happens to the world around us without the proper management of it. Unless it's well managed and shared there will always be a struggle for it, leading to chaos or suppression. Inevitably somebody must realize that there must be a better way or history will repeat itself.
With so many characters nobody is really required to make an outstanding performance for the success of the show. How many times does a film's success depend upon an outstanding performance by an actor or actress? Without Cate Blanchet nobody would have noticed Blue Jasmine or Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke? Game of Thrones doesn't demand great acting. It provides an extensive amount of good acting for a good story which is well produced and directed. The big mistake of too many networks with shows is their excessive dependence on serials and the attractiveness of the characters to the audience. The idea of ending a successful show must strike the commercial networks as crazy but all good shows should go out with a bang not a whimper.
I picked up the books of Ice and Fire recently, since I'd seen them so often in stores and wanted to know what the big deal was. After I started, I just couldn't put the books down. Once I heard there was a series based off the books, I just had to watch it.
Game of Thrones the DVD has accurately captured the books, and follows the writing perfectly. Certain lines I remembered them saying in the book were spoken on the screen word for word.
I wouldn't suggest children watching the show, because of a lot of sexual situations, language, and violence; but if you're truly interested in political conspiracies, medieval warriors, and seductive maidens, this is the perfect show for you.
I bought Game of Thrones Season One on DVD because I heard a lot about it. I heard all of the hype around school people constantly talking about it and how awesome it was. I really wasn't all that interested in it but I was convinced to buying the first season. I bought this one because it was cheap and I wasn't sure if I would like it. BOY WAS I MISTAKEN!!! This series had me from opening scene and now I have just finished Season two about a week ago. I had no dislikes about this product. Cheap, Brand New, and 10 hours of solid entertainment. I am not one to invest a lot of time into a television series, but this is just a Can't Miss show. Can't wait for Season 3!
Game of Thrones is an incredible series with strong acting and writing with a little something for everyone. You never know what's going to happen next, and there are so many relatable and mischievous characters in this show, that leave you unable to turn the tv off. I was so obsessed with the show that I immediately went out and bought season one and two, ending up spending two whole days watching all of the episodes.
I simply cannot get enough of the show. There is no series on tv like it right now. It is so well written and composed that it feels like you are watching a well directed movie each episode. The amount of work put into this series shows completely in every episode, and it's hard to believe and even consider that it is just a show. It takes hold of you with it's ever twisting plot and changing characters, and leaves you wanting more.
I will say that though the series is complex and diverse, sometimes there are parts that can be a bit dry and hard to follow. Despite this, as I said already, Game of Thrones is an Emmy winning series unlike any other out there right now, and will without question go down as one of the greatest TV shows of all time. I'm so glad they decided to make the books by D. B. Weiss and David Benoiff into what we now see on HBO.
An amazing series that cannot be missed! If you haven't seen it already, do yourself a favour and go watch it right now!!!
Happy eBuying! - Shawn H.
This is a great DVD series - if you can suspend disbelief after reading the books first,as I did. I bought this originally not because I liked the show (I hated it at first, because I felt it cut out things I loved most, but that happens with any media), but because of my love for the series.
As I watched it, I became more and more satisfied with the series as an adaptation: that being said, while it is more in line with the novels than most other codifications of literature, it does vary greatly. However, the acting is superb, and it translates the ideas for the books well.
Receiving my copy for a great deal below market price, was even better, and promoted my desire to buy it on Ebay. I do not regret buying from here, from the seller, or buying the series at all. I feel it is a valuable addition to my collection of TV dramas.
Per packaging considerations, I had a difficulty getting the slipcover off at first, but I blame that more on personal mistakes. Inside, the art is beautiful, and I adore the genealogical trees provided in full color provided; definite A+ on packaging.
Note: this, as mentioned, is not good for children - not only does it hold language, sexuality, but it also has many concepts that are too complex for youthful enjoyment.
I bought this DVD because I have been reading George R.R. Martin's books. Obviously a television series could not incorporate all of the details of the books (most are over 600 pages long, one 900 pages), but I was really pleased to see how closely the series followed the books, albeit somewhat condensed. Still, non-readers of the books will probably find it confusing understanding the relations of characters. So, I have to recommend, highly, another book, Bryan Cogman's "Inside HBO's Game of Thrones." A really great book for the pictures and stories of the making of the first two seasons of the series, but best of all for you non-readers of Martin, are the maps of Westeros and the family trees of all the characters.
But back to the DVD, the series, judging from this first season, is really great even for non-readers of Martin's books. I was a bit surprised, however, at the gratuitous sexual situation scenes - of course, considering the story line, there is a bit of sex in the books, but nothing like what you get in the DVD. The books just don't contain all of that, and it really adds nothing to the story. But, I was told that this is what HBO is known for. The typical comment I got from people I spoke to about the series was, "Well, what did you expect, it's HBO." I was hoping to watch the series with my teenage grandsons who were intrigued by the story lines I told them about the books. But this won't happen - it's really too much sex even for teenagers.
Finally, I note from reading other reviews that a number of purchasers of this DVD are complaining about the quality of the DVD's, the packaging, etc. Looks like some E-Bay sellers are ripping the customers off by selling bootleg editions and passing them off as the real thing. I would think E-Bay would do something about that. What I was received was a first-class, unopened, excellent original HBO product. Couldn't be better.
Game of Thrones is a highly acclaimed fantasy--drama that depicts the conflicts of the royal society of mideval Europe. An enthralling mixture of family dynamics, strained friendships, lust/infidelity and war, this series will be enjoyed by all who have loved Lord of the Rings and other similar sagas.
My only complaint is that HBO has programmed the DVDs so that the viewer has no choice but to put up with 5-10 minutes of promotions before they can watch each episode.