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Although Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season isn’t the strongest of this series, it’s still another solid year with great performances and some well written storylines with more maneuvers by our characters as each position themselves for power.

 

 

Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season
(2017)

Genre(s): Action, Drama, War
HBO Home Entertainment | TVMA – 437 min. – $74.99 | December 12, 2017

Date Published: 12/13/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 


SEASON INFO:
Directed by: Various
Writer(s): George R.R. Martin (novels); David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (created by)
Cast: Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Liam Cunningham, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Rory McCann, Iain Glen, Pilou Asbæk, Jim Broadbent
DISC INFO:
Features: Episode Commentaries, In-Episode Guides, Featurettes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 4
Audio: English (Dolby Atmos), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Castilian Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Latin Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0), German (Dolby Digital 5.1), Brazilian Portuguese (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Castilian Spanish, Latin Spanish, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Disc Size: NA
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


THE SEASON — 4.0/5


Season Synopsis: Season Seven focuses on a convergence of armies and attitudes that have been brewing for years. As the season begins, Daenerys Targaryen (EMILIA CLARKE) – accompanied by her Unsullied army and emboldened by Dothraki/Ironborn allies and her lethal trio of dragons – has finally set sail for Westeros with Tyrion Lannister (PETER DINKLAGE), her newly appointed Hand. Jon Snow (KIT HARINGTON) has apparently consolidated power in the North after his spectacular conquest of Ramsay Bolton and the return of Winterfell to Stark control. In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister (LENA HEADEY), bereft of any surviving heirs, has successfully seized the Iron Throne. But as these and other factions drive towards new alliances or, more likely, violent conflicts, the cold specter of another apocalyptic threat – in the form of an army of undead White Walkers – threatens to undermine the status quo and obliterate the outcome of these smaller, all-too-human rivalries.

Quick Hit Review: The seventh season of Game of Thrones is another solid year for this long-running, at least by HBO standards, series. The storylines are getting interesting and yet again see the power shifting dynamics with Emilia Clarke’s Targaryen taking more control and the tenacious and resourceful Tyrion at her side and once again, a masterful performance from the amazing Peter Dinklage. All that said, this probably is the weaker season, in my eyes, compared with the others, yet still strong leading into the eighth and final year.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 4.5/5


This three-disc set comes housed in a fold-out digipak that side-slides into a sturdy outer case which itself has a clear slip cover that slides over that case. Neat packaging, but so much work just to get a stinking disc out! Inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy and this release is accompanied with a Conquest & Rebellion bonus disc which is an animated storybook style of the History & Lore telling the never-before-seen story of the turbulent events that shaped Westeros for thousands of years before the series start.

As with the other season sets, this is packed with some great features.

Episode Commentaries

  • ‘Dragonstone’ – Director Jeremy Podeswa & Actors Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) and John Bradley (Samwell Tarly)
  • ‘Stormborn’ – Co-Executive Producer/Writer Bryan Cogman, Actor Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy), Prosthetics Supervisor Barrie Gower & Stunt Coordinator Rowley Irlam
  • ‘Stormborn’ – Actors Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) & Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei)
  • ‘The Queen’s Justice’ – Executive Producer Bernadette Caulfield, Production Designer Deborah Riley and Costume Designer Michele Clapton
  • ‘The Spoils of War’ – Director Matt Shakman, Director of Photography Rob McLachlan, Special Effects Supervisor Sam Conway, & Camera Operator Chris Plevin
  • ‘The Spoils of War’ – Producer Chris Newman, Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Bauer & Visual Effects Producer Steve Kullback
  • ‘Eastwatch’ – Director Shakman, Writer Dave Hill & DoP McLachlan
  • ‘Eastwatch’ – Actors Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) & Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont)
  • ‘Beyond the Wall’ – Director Alan Taylor, Director of Photography Jonathan Freeman & Camera Operators Sean Savage and David Morgan
  • ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ – Executive Producers/Writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss & Actors Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow)
  • ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ – Director Podeswa and Director of Photography Greg Middleton

There are 11 tracks here spread across 7 episodes and each varies in terms of entertainment. The ones without actors are far more technical but still offers insights into the production of the show while the actors give a more personal viewpoint on the characters and story.

In-Episode Guides – Each episode comes with this guide which is a resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations and relevant histories.

From Imagination to Reality: Inside the Art Department (24:26/21:59; HD) – This two-part featurette details the work of Production Designer Deborah Riley and her art department, looking at the process behind the creation of the season’s new sets.

Fire & Steel: Creating the Invasion of Westeros (30:02; HD) revisits the season’s most pivotal moments and includes interviews with the cast and crew breaking down how fans’ favorite moments were created.

Histories and Lore – Learn about the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves.

 


VIDEO – 4.5/5


The seventh season of Game of Thrones battles onto Blu-ray through HBO Home Entertainment presented in its original 1.78 broadcast aspect ratio and given an 1080p high-definition transfer. Like seasons 1-6, this one looks just as good providing sharp detail and a fine balance of colors from the drab in certain scenes to brighter colors in others. Black levels also are nice and stark (no pun intended) and show no signs of artifacts or aliasing. Only downside is there was some noticeable banding. (Copied from season 4 review)

AUDIO – 5.0/5


This Dolby Atmos track sounds, unsurprisingly, fantastic with great depth and exceptional dynamic providing for crisp and clear dialogue and comes to life especially for the action-centric scenes. The score also makes good use of every available channel beginning with the catchy and identifiable main theme. (Copied from the season 2 & 4 limited edition reviews).

 


OVERALL – 4.5/5


Although Game of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season isn’t the strongest of this series, it’s still another solid year with great performances and some well written storylines with more maneuvers by our characters as each position themselves for power. The Blu-ray release offers up excellent video/audio transfers and once again, great selection of bonus material.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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