It’s here, the fourth season of the HBO hit, Game of Thrones, based on the monumental novels by George R.R. Martin hits blu-ray and DVD this week. With the fifth season still a ways off, it premieres 12, April, now is the time to catch up on all the happenings of Westeros, whether for the first time, or revisiting it. To make the trip as enjoyable as possible, HBO has, as always, pulled out all the stops for its crown jewel series and this collection maintains the high bar the series has set.
The season, like those past is presented with a gorgeous 1080p image and fantastic sound. Things we’ve come to take for granted in this era of high-def, but it still looks and sounds amazing, and should be duly noted. Coupled with that are all the extras we’ve come to take for granted with HBO releases, commentaries, features and in-depth looks at the people and cultures of the series.
Season 4, like each of the seasons before it, continues to up the stakes as we follow the myriad of characters the world has introduced us to. And after the season is over, there are a couple of highly enjoyable features to take a look at to round out your knowledge of the work and artistry that goes into this series. Episode 9 of each season tends to be pretty monumental, and this season is no different, this time, it’s backed with a 45 minute documentary on how al of the amazing sequences presented in this episode, a straight up assault on The Wall, were put together. An engaging look at effects, planning, and production design.
Spoilers abound in the feature The Fallen, which sees a round table discussion with all of the characters who met their end this season, some of whom have been with the show since the beginning, and some who only joined this year They take a look at memorable scenes, deaths, and first days on set in an enjoyable chat.
And in case you need a refresher before digging into Season 4, there is a special feature on the first disc which includes a half hour season 3 recap. A half an hour to refresh all the happenings of the previous season may not be a bad idea before starting season 4, as there is always a lot going on, and some people just love seeing the Red Wedding over and over again.
This season, fan favourites Arya (Maisie Williams), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Jon (Kit Harington), Ygritte (Rose Leslie) and the stunning Margarey (Natalie Dormer) continue the game of thrones as the wildlings advance on the wall, new alliances and marriages are formed and those dragons grow. The series continues to grow in scope, while maintaining character arcs and through lines, and that simply adds to the impact of the series. At this point we’ve learned that Martin is arbitrary in his killing off of characters, and you wonder if you can be stunned or shocked anymore when you lose a character close to you… You can.
Bloody, violent, sexy and incredible, Game of Thrones has claimed the top spot at HBO as well as re-defining the fantasy genre on television, so grab season 4 today, add it to your growing collection, and buckle down, because Winter is Coming.