Wednesday, 23 March 2016

DVD Review - Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season

Not Rated;
559 minutes; $59.99; Amazon
Fans of the hit HBO series Games of Thrones will have to wait a bit longer for the new season to begin, which will premiere on April 24th. Until then, you can rewatch The Complete Fifth Season that is available to own on DVD & Blu-ray, featuring all 10 episodes.

The fantasy series is based on the "A Song of Ice and Fire" book series by George R. R. Martin. The fifth season uses materials from the fourth and fifth novels (A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons), as well as borrowing a few scenes from the third book (A Storm of Swords) and the yet-to-be-released sixth novel, The Winds of Winter.

Picking up shortly after the fourth season finale, Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage) is on the run after murdering his father, Tywin. He is later captured by Jorah Mormont (played by Iain Glen), who plans on delivering Tyrion to Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke), in the hope she will forgive him for his betrayal. Daenerys has more things to worry about than her former guard returning as a civil war is brewing in her kingdom.

Arya Stark (played by Maisie Williams) makes her way to House of Black and White, so she can learn the powers of the Many-faced God; however, her passion for revenge might ruin everything.

Jamie Lannister (played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), along with Bronn (Jerome Flynn), travels to Dorne retrieve his teenage niece/daughter, Myrcella (played by Nell Tiger Free), but things aren't quite as easy they planned it to be.

While Cersel Lannister (played by Lena Headey) awaits Jamie's return with their daughter, she must deal with a religious group, the Sparrows, who are determined to out anyone who sins.

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) has more problems than any other character as he steps into the role as Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. After making the decision to make an alliance with the wildlings, his men loses their trust in him. To make matters worse, the White Walkers and their army of dead are getting closer.

The bonus features on the five-disc DVD set are:

Anatomy Of An Episode: Mother's Mercy - From the early stages of the writer's room to the final visual effects, see what went into creating "Mother's Mercy," an episode fans will be talking about for years to come.

The Real History Behind Games of Thrones - Watch historians, along with George R. R. Martin, explore the interweaving inspirations of the actual players in the era known as "The Wars of Roses" and other historical events in this two-parter series.

A Day In The Life - Three countries, hundreds of cast and crew, one epic day. Get an inside look at the production process of season 5.

New Characters/New Locations - Explore the new societies, cultures and locations of season 5.

Audio Commentaries - 12 audio commentaries with the cast and crew including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Masie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie and more.

4 Deleted Scenes

Final Thoughts: While there were some criticism from both critics and fans over the fifth season, I thought it had some of the best written episodes of the entries series. The characters are scattered about across the lands, but each one gets a small bit of time on screen.

Similar to past season releases, the DVD set includes a plastic-sleeve slipcover, a golden box and fold-out disc holder. There are five discs total with 2 episodes per disc. All the bonus features are on fifth disc.

The picture is quality is pretty good; though some of the visuals will probably be clearer on the Blu-ray set. There are many dark scenes throughout the season, so I recommend watching the episodes at night.

Overall, the Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season DVD (or Blu-ray) set is a must have for any fan of the series. Now you can no binge watch all 10 episodes from the fifth season before the sixth season begins next month.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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