Game of Thrones: Season Six Blu-Ray

| November 14, 2016

Game of Thrones has rightfully made TV history in the six seasons that it has been on the air for HBO. While both Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter have gotten people into the fantasy genre, it has been this legendary series created by George R.R. Martin that has converted many into the robustness that the genre has to offer, as well as be an exemplary showcase for long form storytelling in television. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have done a brilliant job at adapting the series to the small screen, but many were concerned before season six had begun production. Martin had only written five books thus far, so season six would lead into uncharted territory for both readers of the books, as well as devout followers of the TV series. What the two have accomplished in the 10 episodes that make up this latest season of Game of Thrones is a testament to what makes both Martin’s creation and Benioff and Weiss’ adaptation beyond brilliant and essential television.

Where season six excels in Game of Thrones compared to previous seasons is the sheer amount of payoff for long time viewers. Characters wishes from the very first season are fulfilled, people that we’ve followed for five seasons are killed off, but most importantly, the series manages to fully utilize every story thread, to maximize the scope and scale of the series. Sure, we might be upset that Rickon Stark didn’t weave back and forth during the penultimate Battle of the Bastards episode, but it easily gets fans invested heavily into the fight between Ramsay Bolton and Jon Snow. Queen Cersei might have finally ascended to the throne at King’s Landing in the final episode of the season, but we see both what it has cost her personally, as well as what it might mean for all of the other characters residing in Westeros. It is these very story threads that have made people rabid fans of the series and continues to illustrate why the series has become a part of the pop culture zeitgeist.

The Blu-Ray set from HBO for Season Six of Game of Thrones contains the traditional high standards of video and audio quality that the company is known for. The video on the set is presented in a 1080p HD AVC encoded transfer, with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. While the series is mostly muted in many of its colors, the rich and luscious detail contained in the transfer is astonishing. There’s plenty of contrast presented, as well as rich blacks, which the series is known for. The audio on the disc is presented in a variety of languages, but the primary English tracks come in a Dolby Atmos track, a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track and a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. I can’t comment on the Atmos track, which probably sounds incredible, but as for the 7.1 and 5.1 tracks are as engaging as the storylines portrayed. The surround tracks give much life to the scenery, whether it’s simple touches of ambience to arrows and fireballs being launched past, the audio on the disc is very representative to the high level of quality that fans can always expect from Game of Thrones.

While there are the typical extras of deleted scenes, various commentaries and histories and lore, the most compelling on this set for Game of Thrones are two documentaries that are included that make it essential viewing. The first being a making of for Battle of the Bastards, which alone helped the series gain 7 of the 12 Emmy’s that it was nominated for this past year. With shooting taking place over a period of 25 days and 600 crew members, this making of truly personifies the level of craftsmanship and hard work that this series is known for. The other documentary showcases an 18 hour day, where all three shooting crews were working on a single sound stage, in order to have the series done on time. The day begins at 3am and ends at 9pm, where we follow everything from the actors in makeup, to prop makers creating various weapons for the series. While not as in depth as the previous feature, it too showcases the efforts of many to bring the series to life.

While I’ve loved the series from the very beginning, Game of Thrones Season Six is a perfect example of what both the fantasy genre has to offer, as well as a showcase for HBO’s commitment for game changing television series. Highly Recommended!

About the Author:

is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio for Visual Media. He works as a freelance location sound mixer, boom operator, sound designer, and writer in his native Chicago. He's an avid collector of films, comics, and anime.
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