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Game Of Thrones Season 6 DVD Review

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The sixth season of “Game of Thrones” is a frustrating mixture of highs and lows.

Since many people out there binge seasons on DVD or Blu-ray, I will try my best to avoid spoilers for the 10 episode sixth season of “Game of Thrones.” I will say that fans can expect stories involving Jon Snow’s fate, Ramsay’s reign, trouble in Meereen, Arya learning under Jacqen, Bran’s visions, Cersei and co. dealing with the High Sparrow, Daenerys and the Dothrakis, a move against Ramsay and his forces, White Walkers, Blackfish, the Greyjoys, and Tarly and Gilly’s adventures. That’s all very vague, I know, but it sums up the key points of season 6.

Season 6 can best be described as the year of dragging stuff out. Considering how few episodes are left in the series, there is so much time spent on storylines that should and could have ended sooner rather than later. This is especially evident with Cersei stalling against the High Sparrow, Arya training under Jacqen before the most obvious conclusion to that arc, Tyrion twiddling his thumbs (and making a supremely stupid decision to boot), Daenerys wasting time with the Dothrakis, and the theater group.

Another concern which could affect the final two seasons is that the show feels off book. Before, the series had George R.R. Martin’s novels to go off of and it worked wonders for the most part. This year, it felt wildly inconsistent. Between the flat humor (the sexist Dothraki men come to mind immediately) and crucial offscreen moments to glossed over elements (Children of the Forest) and lazy writing (throwaway deaths for series regulars among many other issues), season 6 is all over the place.

On the plus side, there are several satisfying long awaited moments to be had here. Not only do fan favorite characters finally come back into the fold, but there are major set pieces that will have fans standing up and applauding (you’ll know them when you see them). I wish I could go into more depth, but alas I am hamstrung with going into specifics so as to not spoil the fun for those who have yet to see season 6.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? This DVD transfer looks far far better than a standard DVD transfer. The picture clarity is truly stunning. Of course, a Blu-ray edition is also available for this title.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? From intimate dialogue driven moments to the big action set pieces, this track delivers the goods.

Extras:
* Commentary on all 10 episodes. The tracks feature a huge cast of commentators that include Jeremy Podeswa, Greg Middleton, Daniel Portman, Dave Hill, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon, Liam Cunningham, Ben Crompton, Daniel Sackheim, Deborah Riley, Dean-Charles Chapman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Iain Glen, Jacob Anderson, Gemma Whelan, Pilou Asbaek, Ellie Kendrick, Kristian Nairn, Barrie Gower, Chris Plevin, Ben Wilson, Bernadette Caulfield, Jack Bender, Jonathan Freeman, John Bradley, Hannah Murray, Bryan Cogman, Ian McShane, Natalie Dormer, Mark Mylod, Essie Davis, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Miguel Sapochnik, Sophie Turner, Kit Harrington, Fabian Wagner, Steve Kullback, and Joe Bauer, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Sam Conway, Sean Savage and Chris Newman. There is quite a bit of humor to be had in these tracks, but there are plenty of set stories, behind-the-scenes info, script tidbits, character and fandom discussions,
* “Recreating The Dothraki World”- A featurette about bringing the Dothraki back into the fold.
* 3 deleted scenes.
* “The Battle of the Bastards”- A half-hour bonus feature about the explosive battle sequence that includes an analysis, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, episode clips, and discussions about the choreography and filmmaking techniques and more.
* “18 Hours At The Paint Hall”- An in-depth look at the 3 production units filming at Paint Hall over the course of 18 hours. We see pre-production work, filming, prop construction, still photography shoots, behind-the-scenes footage, blue and green screen work, etc.

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November 14, 2016 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , , ,

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