Sunday, 10 December 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season DVD



Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season DVD


Studio
HBO Home Entertainment 

Retail
$59.99 (DVD)
$74.99 (Blu-ray)

Running Time
437 minutes

Number of Discs
5

Rating
TV-MA

Where to Purchase
Amazon (DVD)
Amazon (Blu-ray)

 Description

The long winter is here. Throughout seven thrilling episodes, the penultimate Season 7 focuses on a convergence of armies and attitudes that have been brewing for years. As the seasons begins, Daenerys Targaryen - accompanied by her Unsullied army and emboldened by Dothraki/Ironborn allies and her lethal trio of dragons - has finally set sail for Westeros with Tyrion Lannister, her newly appointed Hand. Jon Snow has apparently consolidated power in the North after his spectacular conquest of Ramsay Bolton and the return of Winterfell to Stark control. In King's Landing, Cersei Lannister, bereft of any surviving heirs, has successfully seized the Iron Throne. But as these and others factions drive towards new alliances or (more likely) violent conflicts, the cold specter of another, apocalyptic threat - in the form of an army of undead White Walkers - threatens to undermine the status quo and obliterate the outcome of these smaller, all-too-human rivalries.

DVD Exclusive Bonus Features

  • Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms- From the Game of Thrones realm comes the never-before-seen story of the tumultuous events that shaped the world of Westeros for thousands of years before the series start. Cast members Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger), Conleth Hill (Varys), Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) team up to narrate the animated telling of Aegon Targaryen’s attempts to conquer the Seven Kingdoms, written by show writer Dave Hill. 
  • From Imagination to Reality: Inside the Art Department- Extensive two-part featurette detailing the astonishing work of Production Designer Deborah Riley and her Art Department, dissecting the process behind the creation of this season’s incredible new sets, including Dragonstone, Casterly Rock, Highgarden, the Dragonpit, and more. 
  • Fire & Steel: Creating the Invasion of Westeros- Revisit this season’s most pivotal moments with this behind-the-scenes featurette, including interviews with key cast and crew breaking down how fans’ favorite moments were created. 
  • Audio Commentaries - Commentaries on every episode with cast and crew including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Jacob Anderson, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, and more.


My Thoughts

Being released on DVD this week from HBO Home Entertainment is the Emmy® winning fantasy series Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season, featuring all seven episodes on a 4-disc set. As an added bonus, there's an extra disc, titled "Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History Of The Seventh Kingdoms," featuring the voice-cast of Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldua, Pilou Asbæk, Aidan Gillen, Conleth Hill, and Harry Lloyd. The 45-minute animated storybook is written by show writer Dave Hill.


While I'm well aware that there were a some fans that complained about the seventh season's fast pacing, I actually had no problems with it. Considering there are only 7 episodes instead of the usual 10, I prefer the faster pace. The seventh season gives us fans the reunion of remaining Stark children at Winterfell, as well as the alliance between John Snow and Daenerys Targaryen. There's even more action this season with several battles, along with three fire-breathing dragons, and an army of the dead.


The entire cast gives great performances and the special effects are incredible. The picture & sound quality on the DVD set are topnotch. There are two featurettes and 11 audio commentaries on the DVD set, as well as the bonus disc containing the animated storybook-style prequel.

Overall, I enjoyed watching the Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season DVD. The season (and the entire series) is definitely binge-worthy! The DVD set will make a great gift for any Games of Thrones fan this holiday season!


*Note - I received a complimentary copy from HBO Home Entertainment.  All opinions are my own.



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