Game Of Thrones Season One Is Getting A 4K Ultra HD HDR Release
Stephan Jukic – April 5, 2018
One of the biggest blockbuster TV series of all time is finally going to be getting released on a format that will deliver visuals sharper than the Iron Throne itself. That’s right, Game of Thrones –or at least the first season for now—is coming out in a 4K HDR Blu-ray edition on June the 5th.
To top things off even further, dedicated fans of the series will be able to get their hands on all sorts of bonus features with this highly anticipated release. These will all be in HD instead of 4K resolution but they will consist of goodies such as.
- Animated histories: of the mythology of Westeros, narrated by the characters themselves.
- Anatomy of an Episode: in which the creative process, tremendous production efforts and filming of episode six, “A Golden Crown” are explored in documentary form
- Cast Auditions: these normally hidden gems of raw acting show cast members of the series in their initial auditions for their roles.
- Making Game of Thrones: Another exclusive 30 minute documentary-style feature in which footage from production on the set is shown alongside interviews with the cast and crew.
- Character Profiles: profiles of 15 major characters from the show, done by the actors playing each one.
- Creating the Show Open: Rather unique addition about how the opening sequence of Game of Thrones was put together.
- From the Book to the Screen: A cool bonus feature in which author George R.R Martin along with executive producers David Benioff and D.B Weiss discuss the huge difficulties of bringing the rich world from the Game of Thrones books to life on the screen.
- The Night’s Watch: A detailed look at the fascinating order of men who patrol the vast 700 foot tall Wall along the frozen northern borders of the land of the Seven Kingdoms
- Creating the Dothraki Language: A detailed peek into how the Dothraki language from the series was actually created in a way that would bring it to life realistically.
- Audio Commentaries – Audio commentaries for the Season One episodes from cast and crew members, including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Bryan Cogman, Harry Lloyd, Daniel Minahan and Alan Taylor.
- An also handy Digital Download code for the ten-episode season in HD.
In other words, the 4K UHD Blu-ray release comes absolutely crammed with enough material for any lover of this series to obsess over for weeks. And then of course, there will be the beautifully rendered episodes themselves. Mastered into exquisite 4K resolution and further fleshed out with a rich dose of high dynamic range. For anyone who’s a fan of this series and also owns a 4K HDR TV from among today’s numerous fantastic models, this HBO release is pretty much a must-have item.
Here’s HBO’s own press release material for the 4K Blu-ray release of the series:
“Relive the warmer days and calmer nights of Westeros when Game of Thrones: Season 1 makes its highly-anticipated debut on 4K Ultra HD optimized for Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range on June 5th from HBO Home Entertainment. Heralded as an “HBO triumph” (Boston Globe), Season 1 of the visually stunning fantasy epic, described as a “menacing, brutal and complex solid start” (The Guardian), includes all 10 episodes beautifully redone in 4K format to give fans the ultimate clarity and detail on HDR TVs.
A perfect gift for Father’s Day or way to kick off summer break, the 4K Ultra HD format for Game of Thrones: Season 1 comes with eye-catching key art featuring the iconic, all-powerful Iron Throne. With this release, fans and those new to the series alike can now catch more than 600 minutes of one of the most critically acclaimed first seasons of episodic television in striking clarity.
In addition to Season 1 episodes, fans can go beyond what started it all, with hours of gripping bonus features, from behind-the-scenes, making-of sequences, audio commentaries and much more.
Game of Thrones continues to be the most successful franchise in HBO history and remains the most awarded drama series in Emmy® history, with 38 Emmys® to date.”