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Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season(TV) (2013)
Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; and all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords, and honest men...all will play the “Game of Thrones.”
For more about Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season and the Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray release, see Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review published by Kenneth Brown on January 28, 2014 where this Blu-ray release scored 5.0 out of 5.
Starring: Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Mark Addy, Jason Momoa, Michelle Fairley, Iain Glen
Directors: Neil Marshall, David Nutter, Alan Taylor, Daniel Minahan
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Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray Review
"The night is gathering. It's coming for all of us..."
Reviewed by Kenneth Brown, January 28, 2014
Game of Thrones' third season is something of a masterstroke for showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. The award-winning executive producers have not only made the unmistakably wise decision of splitting author George R.R. Martin's "A Storm of Swords" (the third book in the "Song of Ice and Fire" series) into two seasons, they've delivered a season to top all seasons, with each episode eclipsing the last. It's rare that a show is able to be as quietly affecting in its downtime (Jamie's confession to Brienne during "Kissed by Fire" for one) as it is deeply unsettling amidst shocking developments (the infamous "Red Wedding," among other season-defining scenes). But Game of Thrones does it so often, and with such daring and marvelously crafted clarity of purpose, that it solidifies its place among the HBO greats and TV's finest. Everything from the writing to the performances, cinematography, production design and, perhaps above all, the suddenness and confidence with which the game changes, is exemplary of what television can accomplish when bold creators are given leave to be bold.
The battling families of the Seven Kingdoms continue to fight for power as bonds are strained, loyalties are tested and cruel fates are met. The Lannisters (Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jack Gleeson and Charles Dance) barely hold on to power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), while stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power. Robb Stark (Richard Madden), King in the North, faces major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters, including a dispute with his mother Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), while beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds) and his army of Wildlings continue their inexorable march south, much to the dismay of prisoner Jon Snow (Kit Harrington). Elsewhere, across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), reunited with her three rapidly maturing dragons, attempts to raise an army to sail with her from Essos, in hopes of eventually claiming the Iron Throne for herself.
Condensing a 10-episode season of Game of Thrones into a neatly organized plot synopsis is nothing short of a fool's errand. Devising a synopsis that touches on every key character, plotline and perfectly cast actor even more so. (Unmentioned thus far is familiar faces Aidan Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Iain Glen, Alfie Allen, Rory McCann, John Bradley, Carice van Houten, Rose Leslie and Natalie Dormer, and newcomers Paul Kaye, Emmy nominee Diana Rigg, Clive Russell and too many others to rattle off here.) More incredible is the fact that most every character is so interesting, so deserving of more attention than they're afforded, that it almost stings when the camera pulls away to follow someone else. Which, I have to point out, is a good problem for a show to have if it has to have one. Not every story comes to a close by season's end, nor does it seem some storylines will ever come to a close; particularly with Martin's penchant for wiping out entire groups of crucial players before any traditional narrative satisfaction is achieved. Game of Thrones isn't a series for the weak of heart, and Season Three is its most vicious yet. If you manage to make it to the end without feeling betrayed by Martin, Benioff and Weiss at least three times, you have a heart of stone. But that's the power of the show: to leave you shaking your fist, screaming at your television, gasping for air and begging for more.
I could go on and on about everything Season Three gets right, but it would read like a point by point overview of all ten episodes. And who wants to risk spoiling any second of the madness, heartache and drama that transpires? (Although after the hit-or-miss treatment of Daenerys in Season Two, I will take a second to praise the sharp plunge forward Clarke's storyline finally, finally takes.) Criticisms, meanwhile, are few and far between -- Bran's journey is sometimes more of a holding pattern and... erm... and... well, like I said, few and far between -- and the momentum and suspense that builds from start to finish, whether the series is idle or barreling ahead, is riveting. Overwhelming even. (Binge viewers be warned: the third season can be exhausting.) Humor and wit serve as an oasis. Victories are generally short-lived. Surprises and plot twists are more akin to weirdly welcome sucker punches. The series shifts on a dime and the ride is better for it. The writers aren't beholden to the audience any more than Martin is to his readers. Death and tragedy are commonplace. Stomach churning losses and disheartening falls are everywhere. And no conflict, much less any feud, is ever won. Especially when someone dares to believe they're safe, even for a moment. As crowded as Game of Thrones becomes in its third season, the ease with which it sheds baggage and the fearlessness with which it casts away characters maintains the balance. If the series isn't already sitting on the throne of your DVR season pass list, it should be.
The Blu-ray release of Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season features ten episodes spread across five BD-50 discs. Episodes 1-2 on Disc One, 3-4 on Disc Two, 5-7 on Disc Three, 8-9 on Disc Four and Episode 10 on Disc Five.) Episodes include:
Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray, Video Quality
Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season features a striking 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation every bit as impressive as the two that have come before it. Color and contrast are perfectly faithful to both the series' summery and stormy photography, with beautifully saturated skintones, sun-kissed southern vistas, bleak northern snowscapes, suitably dim and dank castle interiors, darkly satisfying evening scenes, grisly primaries and sinister blacks. Shadows are muted on occasion and noise sometimes spikes, but each instance is in keeping with the source. Detail is outstanding as well. Edges are crisp, clean and naturally defined, free of aliasing and ringing, and fine textures are nicely resolved, backed by a notably filmic quality that grants the show its cinematic flair. Moreover, significant artifacting, banding, shimmering and other issues are nowhere to be found, and distractions are all but non-existent. HBO once again bolsters its reputation for first-rate Blu-ray releases.
Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray, Audio Quality
As stunning as Game of Thrones' video presentation may be, the experience is made complete by yet another rousing, wholly immersive DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. Dialogue is ably centered, intelligible and carefully prioritized at all times, and firmly planted in reality. LFE output is potent and powerful, with consistent and consistently satisfying support that lends weight and heft to every collision of armor, crunching skull, thundering horse, groaning castle door, flapping dragon wings and clash of rival families. The rear speakers are terrifically aggressive too, with deadly accurate directionality, effortless cross- channel pans and a fully enveloping soundfield. All told, Game of Thrones' third season AV presentation delivers without incident or issue.
Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray, Special Features and Extras
Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray, Overall Score and Recommendation
Game of Thrones' third season doesn't simply deliver its best season to date, it further establishes the series as one of the finest on television, granting it a seat at the head of the TV table that won't soon be relinquished. Just be warned: Season Three doesn't take prisoners, give viewers any quarter or pull a single punch. Brace for bloody, brutal impact and prepare to have the wind knocked out of your chest more than once. HBO's Blu-ray release is one of its best too, with a masterclass AV presentation and an exhaustive supplemental package. The year just began and Blu-ray has already been bestowed one of the year's top releases.
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