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Game Of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season (2014/HBO Blu-ray Set)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B+ Episodes: A

All Men Must Die

George R.R. Martin's Game Of Thrones continues to be the best produced show on television with insane production value, writing, top notch performances, and special effects that are better than most big budget features that get made nowadays. The show, adapted from Martin's bestselling series, is arguably the best show to binge watch in my opinion as this ten episode series plays out like one big mega movie.

Also a staple for HBO is their beautiful packaging for their discs and this release is no exception with nice fold out booklet with beautiful color photos, inserts and highly collectible packaging. This network really knows how to produce their work on home video to the highest caliber of any other company out there.

So much happens in this season that is detrimental to our heroes and villains that it is hard to not give much away. If you have read the books then you know what is coming but if you haven't then be prepared to be on the edge of your seat the entire time! It is adapted primarily from the second half of A Storm of Swords, along with elements of A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.

Spoilers ahead:

In King's Landing, guests begin arriving for Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell's wedding, including the vengeful Oberyn Martell. After Joffrey is poisoned at his wedding by Margaery's grandmother, Olenna Tyrell, a distraught Cersei Lannister is quick to blame her younger brother, Tyrion, for the death of her son. Tyrion struggles to survive these accusations as he is pitted against both his father and his sister while he is abandoned by all those he once held dear. The Martells, the ruling family of Dorne, are represented at the wedding by Prince Oberyn; like the rest of his family and many others, Oberyn has a deeply personal reason to despise the Lannister regime.

The remaining Stark children have all embarked on their separate journeys, aware that they have no home to return to anymore. Sansa Stark successfully escapes King's Landing with the help of Petyr Baelish, only to come into conflict with her jealous aunt, Lysa Arryn, who mistrusts the relationship between Petyr and Sansa. Meanwhile, Arya Stark is still heading to the Eyrie, accompanied by Sandor Clegane, who hopes he will receive payment for delivering her safely to one of her living relatives. Lastly, Bran Stark, accompanied by the Reeds and Hodor, continues his mission north of the Wall trying to find the three-eyed raven he has been dreaming about.

At the Wall, a recently returned Jon Snow tries to warn his leaders about Mance Rayder's impending attack on the Wall from both sides. The southern attack is being led by Tormund Giantsbane and Ygritte, who have recently joined forces with another Wildling tribe: the Thenns. Also returned to the Wall, Samwell Tarly struggles with his feelings for the wildling girl, Gilly, and the impact she is having on the Night's Watch.

Elsewhere, Davos Seaworth is ambitiously trying to restore Stannis Baratheon's army in preparation for its journey to the Wall, while Roose Bolton enlists his bastard Ramsay Snow, an enslaved Theon Greyjoy, and Locke to help cement his claim to the North.

Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen continues her conquest of Slaver's Bay by taking control of the largest city, Meereen. Once Meereen is claimed, Daenerys decides to stay and learn to rule before making her return to Westeros. While in Meereen, she deals with the hardships of ruling, a blooming love interest, and a devastating betrayal.

End Spoilers

Presented in stunning 1080p high definition and a gorgeous sounding DTS-HD Master Audio (MA) lossless track mastered in 5.1 digital surround sound. This collection is ideal to show off your home entertainment system for all its worth! No complaints with audio or video on this release! There are also optional French, Spanish, Castillan, Polish and Czech language tracks if you are bilingual.

Extras are vast and include these features that span over several discs...

Audio Commentaries

In-Episode Guide

The Politics of Power: A Look Back at Season 3

New Characters and Locations

Bastards of Westeros

Histories & Lore

Justice of the Seven Kingdoms (Bronn)

Behind the Battle for the Wall

The Fallen: A Roundtable

Deleted Scenes

Blooper Reel

You can also find our detailed coverage of the previous seasons on Blu-ray elsewhere on this site.

All in all, this is 2015's first must have release on Blu-ray disc! If you haven't checked out this incredible show yet then make it a top priority. Especially if you are a fan of the Fantasy genre! Recommended!

- James Harland Lockhart V



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