I remember hearing about Game of Thrones when it came to HBO, but I didn’t give it much thought until my friends wouldn’t stop talking about it by the time it reached its third season. After I managed to start from the beginning and caught up just in time for the fourth season to start, I was totally hooked and couldn’t get enough of Westeros and its people.
Now the entire eight seasons are available in 4K with the Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection box set. Despite the plagued and rushed final season, fans will have already picked up this collection while those wanting to see what all the water cooler talk from work all those years ago can finally do so in ultra high-definition.
Based on the famous book series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin, this now legendary series follows four family houses in the mystical and magical kingdom of Westeros. There’s the Starks, the Lannisters, the Baratheons, and the Targaryens who are each doing what they feel is right for themselves and the world, with their eyes set on the infamous Iron Throne that gives power over the entire kingdom to the one that sits upon it.
So of course there’s loads of backstabbing and political intrigue as these families play out a deadly game of who will be the one to sit on the throne, while also forging new friendships and enemies as they find themselves fighting each other as well as supernatural elements that come into play as the series goes on. Needless to say, this is definitely a show that needs to be watched (and a few times at that) to truly understand what it’s really about and what’s going on.
Once you begin to watch this series, you can kiss your social life goodbye as the show will bend you to its will and lead you to binge watch the entire thing as quickly as possible thanks to its great characters played by actors such as Sean Bean, Kit Harington, Peter Dinklage, Mark Addy, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Charles Dance, Gwendoline Christie, Jason Momoa, and even the late and great Diana Rigg.
This epic cast coupled with soap opera-like drama and loads of violence and epic-scale battles in a world of fantasy that has yet to be matched on television or big budget films, help bring the book series to life and makes for one the best shows ever made. But like the famous song goes “every rose has its thorn”, and in this case it was the last few seasons where the troubles began which definitely reached a head in the final season.
As fans already know, the show had caught up to where the book series was by the time season five had came along, leading producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to make up material that was based off Martin’s outline for the rest of his upcoming books. It also didn’t help that the normally ten episode-long seasons became shorter in the last two with some of the episodes being longer.
I know they felt that would make up for it, but some of them threw off the pacing by trying to do too much, too fast while others seemed to drag on for too long. This combined with horrible continuity errors and others (the infamous Starbucks coffee cup and a water bottle making their way into shots) clearly killed the final season.
Getting back to the good stuff, the series looks and sounds better than I’ve ever seen it thanks to the 4K UHD with HDR transfer. Each episode felt as though I were watching a mini Game of Thrones film instead of a TV episode as the visuals and audio are amazing. As you can imagine, there’s a slew of special features that run for as long as the series itself if not more so.
There’s audio commentary by the directors, cast and crew, and more on every episode, behind the scenes footage on the show and its beautiful shooting locations, character profiles that come in handy on keeping up with who is who, deleted scenes, inside the the visual effects, the work that went into bringing this epic fantasy to life from the books, and a ton more.
If you’re a die-hard fan or just love well done TV shows, the Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection box set is a must-have. While it nearly came close, not even a disastrous final season can undo the legacy of this famous series. Combine this with over a ton of special features and extras, and you have a set that’s just as epic as the series it contains.