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02-17-2013, 10:39 AM #1
Game of Thrones: Season Two (Blu-ray) review
In the second season, the coveted Iron Throne is occupied by cruel young Joffry Baratheon, counseled by his conniving mother Cersei and his uncle Tyrion, who has been appointed Hand of the King. However, the Lannister hold on the Throne is under assault on many fronts. Robb Stark seeks autonomy in the North and has taken Cersei's brother Jaime prisoner in battle. Daenerys Targaryen looks to shore up her depleted power in the East with her three newborn dragons. Stannis Baratheon rejects Joffrey's legitimacy and aligns with a powerful priestess to raise a naval attack while his brother Renly has maintained his own claim since fleeing King's Landing. North of the Wall a new leader is rising among the wildlings adding new perils fo Jon Snow and the Night's Watch.
I have to admit, I was not very impressed with the first season of this show. It contained too much violence, senseless nudity, and some questionable family values with some scenes of incest—something that was seemingly accepted in royal families, but it still grosses me out. Regardless, there were aspects of the show that I liked. The acting was generally top notch, no character was safe from getting whacked, and the sets and costumes are phenomenal, even for a HBO series.
Season two has a lot of the same elements found in the first season—too much violence, especially with the sadistic Joffrey, and a lot of breasts and bare assess (which I don't mind that much, but she who must not be crossed thinks it's much too one sided and wonders where are the naked men are, but I digress.). War is the theme of the second season, but figuring out who are allies and enemies is quite confusing and I bet readers of the book series have a better understanding of the different alliances.
While show definitely isn't one of my favorites, the same can't be said for the video presentation. It's nearly perfect in every way. The ten episodes are spread over five discs giving them plenty of room to breathe and stretch their wings without any need to overcompress the video encode. The color palette of the show is all over the map, depending on which part of the kingdom the story is set, but they all look wonderful and are full of detail with fine lines and plenty of depth. Black levels are excellent and have revealing shadows, and there are no technical shortcomings to mention.
Not to be outshined is the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack that features plenty of pinpoint discrete effects, aggressive bass, and an immersive surround sound experience. Fires crackle to life, you can almost feel the breeze as it whips through the forest, and the score helps draw you into the story.
- Audio Commentaries
- In-Episode Guide
- Character Profiles
- Histories and Lore
- War of the Five Kings
- Creating the Battle of Blackwater Bay
- Game of Thrones Inner Circle
- The Religions of Westeros
- Hidden Dragon Eggs
Overall I'm not as impressed with this series as others seem to be. Sure the acting is very good, it looks pretty on Blu-ray, and does an adequate job of giving enough screen time to each of the various characters, but for some reason it doesn't resonate with me. Maybe it's my wife's incessant complaining about the nudity and violence, but I have to admit, it's a bit too over the top for my liking. If you're a fan of the show, you'll undoubtedly be impressed with the presentation on Blu-ray and will want to add it to your collection. Heck, the story line is so damn confusing I think multiple viewings are a necessity to have a solid understanding of the show and so it's taylor made for home video. Recommended for fans.David Vaughn
Technical Writer/Blu-ray Reviewer
Sound and Vision Magazine
02-17-2013, 11:04 AM #2
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picking this up =]
C'mon season 3!
02-17-2013, 08:09 PM #3
Target, in the St. Louis area, has this for $30 starting Tuesday.Richard
02-18-2013, 10:08 AM #4
02-19-2013, 03:25 AM #5
After I cancelled my order with Amazon they dropped their price to $30, same as Targets. Amazon has a pre-order price guarantee, if they drop their price, you get the lower price. I didn't think they were going to drop $20, fooled me. At least it will get me out of the house .Richard
02-19-2013, 01:49 PM #6
02-20-2013, 11:03 AM #7
Dave, I love the show. Season 3 is around the corner and im chomping at the bit!
I will agree with you that if i had not found the viewers guide on hbo's website, i would have been completely lost. but finding the viewers guide enhanced my viewing experience as i followed along. find it here:
EXPLORE: Viewer's Guide | Game of Thrones
02-21-2013, 05:28 PM #8
Just started reading the first book last night. 833 pages; this thing is a beast.
Actually, I checked a copy out from my local library. It was a paper back book, but WOW !!! It had the smallest print that I have ever seen in a book. After reading in bed for about 10 minutes, I went and found it for my Nook Color. At least with the Nook, I can scale the type up so I can read it.
Yes, I was wearing my "reading glasses". I suppose I should have looked for a LARGE PRINT edition.
02-21-2013, 08:01 PM #9
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02-22-2013, 05:01 AM #10
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I read all the books over the summer and everyone will be very surprised at everything that will happen in the future. I just hope the author finishes the final book while I'm still alive. Lol