read all the books and this is pretty close to it.
I have never really been one to join in with "cult followings" but this is so well wriitten and played. I am now a convert. It is well acted and well photgraphed. The characters are believeable and even thought it is a Fantasy genre it is highly politically chaged and unpredictable as the story plays out. I can't wait for the next seasons. A little too much sex to make it suitable for kiddies if you were thinking of parking them in front of a dvd while you go to the shops, but I'm sure the gratiutious blood guts and violence will make them forget about the boobs.
Had been told a lot about this,just wasnt sure.But it was great the rich people in medieval times are such wankers and so incredibly mean,blood thirsty and love to have sex with their sisters/brothers.Cant wait to see the next installment
Great start to a series ,without being confusing from too many characters .
Amazing in story and design. Nothing comes close to this grand story telling. A must see !
The best adaptation of print to small or large screen I have seen. HBO have very capably distilled George RR Martin's series A Song Of Ice And Fire that first hit the shelves in 1998. The story is an epic saga inspired by the Caesars of Rome and England's medieval Cousin's Wars so expect plenty of sex, violence, plotting & intrigue. The sheer scale of the tale means in some cases the characters & connections will take a little while to develop but it's worth your patience. If you haven't read the books ... DO take a look at the Bonus Features on Season One's Disc Four: The Complete Guide to Westeros - it has all the back-ground info & titbits you could ask for :-)
Having read all the available books and hearing how good this was from my sister I finally decided to get it out. It keeps to the books brilliantly and for those of you who already have favourites you are if for a shock the next season. Loved it and thoroughly recommend it but if you want a bit more indepth information on the characters suggest you read the books. Also for those who found the sex & violence a bit too much it is in keeping with the books and the violence is only going to get worse
This series is pretty fantastic. It has everything if you are into medieval times, sex, violence, treason etc. It sucks you in from the first scene and at the end of every disk leaves you wanting more. Highly recommend it.
Hire this movie. Really loved it.
This is story telling at its best.
Read the book.
Main reason george martin (author) is not as rich as jk rowling.
nudity and swearing and violence....(not for kids)
Please let me know when Season 2 is avaliable...are they not showing season 5 currently on foxtel?
Seems to be a disconnect..esp when True blood has all seasons avaliable. Understand it may not be your fault, but wish i hadnt seen season 1 now..as i cannot veiw anymore seasons at this stage?
please let me know when you can
Is season one only 2 episodes? Thats all I received and thought they were brilliant. The characters really develop and draw you in. Just don't understand if the 5 disc box set has been condensed into what appears to be te 2 episodes.
My husband and I have both been engrossed in this show. It is very intriguing so you have to listen well to the dialogue. The characters are real and the action is non stop. Excellent indeed and hurry up Season 2 (please).
I don't normally like sword and sorcery movies/shows and was not really interested in watching this at all but I am SO GLAD I did. This is such an excellent show - have seen both seasons 1 & 2 a few times - helps getting your head around all the story lines. EXCELLENT - oh and to all those complaining about the sex scenes, they are a necessary part of the story line...and not that sexy.
Love the series. Thank Goodness they move along a lot more than the books which are annoyingly slow after the first 2. Very true to the story. For those complaining about the sex and violence they are a big part of the story line in the books which are basically about Wars for the Throne.
Season 2 finished on 3rd June 2012 - so why is Disk 2 still not available/??
For that matter - why is it not available (any season) for streaming? I do not sit lonely by my mailbox wiating for DVD's to arrive.
Nowonder people use torrent downloads - is not about getting stuff for free, IT IS all about availablity. Why can't produces and distributors in Hollywood see that they are their own worst enemies on this?????
can't wait for disc two!!!
The only problem with this is the time on the DVD states 600 minutes. It certainly doesn't go for 600 minutes. There is only a couple of episodes.
Watched all three disks last night - fixed to the TV. Couldn't get the next disk in fast enough! I went to WIKI and saw all the awards this series won. The series took the most watched in the US. Actually the only query I thought was 'where were all the old, fat women? LOL My husband are mature adults and nudity and sex scenes that fit in the storyline do not offend us. I am going to rewatch it tonight - Not for the nudity and sex but for the amazing scenery, costuming and story. Also, I want to sort out the characters and their relationship within the storyline. WIKI helped with that.
Swords & sorcery fantasy is not my cup of tea, but I persisted for four episodes waiting for it to get good. I shouldn't have bothered. This typifies everything bad about the genre - ponderous script, one-dimensional characters and lots of extraneous background and details covering up (and slowing down) a very slim plot. The first ten minutes were chilling in both senses of the word, and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister was very good and had the best lines. Overall, not terrible but probably only for fans.
Des. Fantastic series . Can't wait for season 2.
Fantastic! Having read the books, it was just how I'd pictured it. Awesome!
Perfect, but season 2 is even better
i just sent back season 1 disc 1 and you sent it straight back to me, check my list!!!!
first 10mins of the show was great, then went down, the picturing and acting is great, but the sex scenes and over the top violence is just not needed, lost respect for the show after the first episode not a series i would what to keep watching...
love this series, cant wait for season 2
More excellent TV from the good folk at HBO. Really like Sean Bean in the lead role, and the power struggles going on are deep and dividing. High production values combined with quality acting.
well I've watched disc 1 and I can't wait for 2 to arrive! absolutely brilliant, I love the story, the locations, the no punches pulled bawdiness & violence! totally absorbing for me, not for the easily offended or squeamish!
Its awesome! I love it. Can't wait for the next Disc now!
It's disappointing that HBO doesn't seem to believe that an interesting plot and well developed characters can hold the viewer's attention and thus feels obligated to resort to the inclusion of plentiful gratuitous sex scenes. If you're in to soft porn you'll love it. If you're in to the Fire and Ice series I'd stick with the books.
This series has such amazing production - it's incredible the levels of production that TV series now have. I'd read a lot about this series and it has definitely got me absorbed in to it. The number of characters and intricate storylines is incredible, thankfully the extras on the DVD has explanatory notes!
Can't wait for more as there's only 2 eps per disc.
Loved this series,brilliant and so addictive want more now .
More, want more, more more
Wot sex scenes, boy is your mind racing.
Total garbage if you think that this show is any good than its obvious that its all about the sex scenes!Sean bean is the only thing good in this show.
Dissapointed .......if there was a lot less cheap perverted sex scenes I would of given it 4 stars.
Superb production, good enough to inspire me to read the books, of which I have churned through 4000 pages in less than 6 months and am still hankering for more (another two yet to be written). The production captures them beautifully, and the corners that were (necessarily) cut were either not critical or at least understandable.
Worth getting the blu ray version if you can- a lot of the in episode menus and extra features do an excellent job of filling in additional character background and history
Brilliant! I read the book first and still was not disappointed in the series - be warned though - it's addictive - hard to stop watching once you start! Beautifully made and acted :)
I have never been particularly interested in watching a TV series about kings, queens, princes and princesses, until I saw the first episode of this exceptionally good TV show. This is one of those shows that will keep you wanting for more at the end of each and every episode. And I am one of those people who waits for a season to finish airing on TV and get a DVD instead so I can watch all the episodes in one go. I am so hooked to this, bigtime!
excellent story and well produced , Imaginary world comes to life definitely leaves you wanting more
Awesome, loved this show to death, it's like soprano's set in medi-evil times! Lies, deception, sex, violence, but all in a good way, you get a reall connection with the characters, and really care what happens to them.
Be warned though, it is a mean show, and does not care who it kills off!
Amazing production values and superbly cast, especially the children. No wonder Peter Dinklage got an Emmy. Only 2 episodes on disc 1...arrgh....need the next disc pronto! I hadn't read the books and found the characters confusing. A quick glance at synopsis on Wikipedia set me straight. I gasped out loud at what happened to Bran.
Excellent cast, and the HBO series has been relatively faithful to the George Martin books. It was bad that some of the actual battles were cut probably from budget costs, but otherwise a very good first season.