Cast: Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington
Release Date: December 12, 2017
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
In Season 7, Daenerys Targaryen has finally set sail for Westeros with her armies, dragons and new Hand of the Queen, Tyrion Lannister. Jon Snow has been named King in the North after defeating Ramsay Bolton in the Battle of the Bastards and returning Winterfell to House Stark. In King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister has seized the Iron Throne by incinerating the High Sparrow, his followers and her rivals in the Sept of Baelor. But as old alliances fracture and new ones emerge, an army of dead men marches on the Wall, threatening to end the game of thrones forever.
The seventh season of ‘Game Of Thrones’ rejoins everyone’s favorite (surviving) characters in Westeros as the vast and lengthy journeys of each finally begin to truly come together. With the powerful dragon Queen Daenerys Targaryen (Clarke) finally arriving within the realm, the newly dubbed King in the North Jon Snow (Harington) is struggling to implore upon his people and his enemies the dangers of the approaching White Walker army and the infamous Night King who are destined to eradicate life as they know it if not defeated. After Jon is beckoned to meet Daenerys with the assurances of Tyrion (Dinklage) who now serves as her Hand, the two must try and find common ground with which to move forward. Meanwhile, back in King’s Landing, the Iron Throne is now held by none other than the conniving Cersei Lannister (Headey) who reins with a fierce grip. As families are finally reunited and powers from far and wide finally come face to face, the seventh and penultimate season of ‘Game Of Thrones’ perfectly sets the stage for the inevitable final confrontation that will finally define the seven kingdoms.
The penultimate season of ‘Game Of Thrones’ is easily the finest yet, offering fans a great deal of what they have been awaiting for years now, and even with a lower episode count, the monumental confrontations and downright epic battle sequences are hands down some of the most breathtaking moments the show has ever delivered and should have any fan of the series repeatedly drooling at the spectacle and the highly anticipated meetings and reunions, many of which finally arrive in Season Seven. The series is forming together beautifully and unlike so many shows at this stage doesn’t appear to have forgotten the path it’s established; finally forming together into a highly rewarding set of moments and encounters that can’t possibly disappoint the fellow faithful fans. Those who enjoy the series yet haven’t had the pleasure of the latest season will want to make a point of giving it a watch as soon as possible, it’s easily the show’s biggest and finest season yet; any fan show won’t want to even consider missing out on this breathtaking penultimate run. Diehard fans of the popular HBO series who have been collecting the previous season releases on Blu-ray will definitely want to make sure to pick up a copy of ‘Game Of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season’ to add to your collection if you haven’t already done so. The Blu-ray release of the latest season delivers impressive high definition video and audio presentations on every episode that should have no trouble satisfying the fans, along with some noteworthy bonus content including ‘Audio Commentary tracks with the cast and crew’ on every episode (and two on select episodes) that should easily make this latest season release on Blu-ray another definite must own.
Overall, the seventh season of ‘Game Of Thrones’ delivers a great deal of what us fans have been awaiting for so long. Featuring some of the most explosive and jaw-dropping battle sequences of the entire series and plenty of groundbreaking moments that will leave fans with a grin consistently plastered on their face, it forms together into what is almost certainly the most impressive season yet. Hardcore fans of the popular show who already own the previous six season sets will surely want to make a point of purchasing ‘Game Of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season’ on Blu-ray as well in order to have the ability to relive this outstanding and unforgettable season time and again, and with wonderful high definition video presentations and hard hitting Dolby Atmos soundtracks on all seven episodes; together providing the finest viewing experience available for the series.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Game Of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the seventh season’s episodes. The video presentations look fantastic as a whole and provide sharp and detailed presentations on every included episode, with no notable faults to be uncovered along the way. They hold up impressively even during the numerous fast moving, heavily populated and darkly lit sequences, never allowing anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are quite wonderful high definition video presentations that look spectacular every step of the way and should easily please the fans.
The Blu-ray release features a Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel compatible) soundtrack on all 7 Season Seven episodes. Please note that this review pertains solely to the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 audio presentations. These lossless multichannel soundtracks deliver crisp, clean and wildly aggressive audio presentations on each and every episode of the penultimate season. They constantly take advantage of all seven available channels in order to send fire, dragons, arrows, crowd chatter and a whole lot more regularly zipping throughout the various speakers, along with plenty of calm ambience and nature elements during the tamer moments, and always making certain that any dialogue or other simultaneously occurring audio elements remain clean and full audible. Overall, these are marvelous Dolby Atmos (TrueHD 7.1 compatible) soundtracks that perfectly compliment the series and shouldn’t disappoint in the slightest.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Game Of Thrones: The Complete Seventh Season’ includes a healthy collection of supplemental material that fans are likely to enjoy. Included on the release is a total of ’11 Audio Commentary Tracks with the Cast and Crew’ for the season’s seven episodes, in addition an ‘In-Episode Guide’ for each that provides helpful facts and tidbits to help jog your memory. Also included on the release are a couple new Behind the Scenes Featurettes that explore different aspects of the season/series: ‘From Imagination to Reality: Inside the Art Department’ (running approximately 46 minutes in length) and ‘Fire and Steel: Creating the Invasion of Westeros’ (running approximately 30 minutes). Also included are ‘Histories & Lore’ which features animated shorts with voiceovers by series cast members; included are: ‘The Dragonpit’ (approximately 3 minutes), ‘The Citadel’ (3 minutes), ‘Casterly Rock’ (4 minutes), ‘Highgarden’ (3 minutes), ‘The Golden Company’ (3 minutes), ‘Prophecies of the Known World’ (4 minutes), ‘The Hand of the King’ (4 minutes) and ‘The Rains of Castamere’ (6 minutes). An additional Bonus Disc is also provided with the release (look for the sticker on the front case to be sure it’s included with yours) featuring: ‘Game Of Thrones: Conquest & Rebellion: An Animated History of the Seven Kingdoms’ (running approximately 45 minutes in length) which provides an animated tale offering numerous details regarding the history of Westeros.