DVD review: Game of Thrones (+video)

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Daenerys, one of the many characters in Game of Thrones. Photo / Supplied
Daenerys, one of the many characters in Game of Thrones. Photo / Supplied

If your new blu ray package comes with a family tree featuring more than 60 characters, you know you're in for a complicated viewing experience.

Game of Thrones, an epic HBO production based on George RR Martin's hit series of fantasy novels, is already into its second season in America, and is screening here Sky's Soho channel about a week behind.

If you haven't seen season one yet, it's worth getting hold of the blu ray package and devoting a weekend to watching all 10 episodes.

That's because Game of Thrones plays out like an extended movie, with its lush sets, various plot arcs and devious characters (Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister is a scene-stealer) competing for attention.

This is not a show made for ad breaks or week-long gaps between episodes, and needless to say, there's nothing else like on TV.

But if you're looking for a comparison, imagine The Wire crossed with Lord of the Rings. In other words, go watch it now.

Extras: An extensive array including an interactive guide to the show's characters, and in-depth look at how an episode of Game of Thrones is made, set visits, interviews with cast and crew, how they made those opening credits and several commentaries.

Stars: 5/5

- Herald online

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