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HBO announces Game of Thrones Collector’s Edition

HBO has announced the upcoming release of Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season Collector’s Edition on Blu-ray with HBO Select. The box set includes the Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital Copy of the first season (that’s the HBO Select part) plus the first episode of season two on Blu-Ray, as well as a dragon egg paperweight, all wrapped up in some newly-designed packaging. The box set will be released on Nov. 20 and will be priced at $99.97. The full press release, with all the details, is after the break.

Winter Is Coming: Don’t think I’ll be picking this one up as I already have season one on BR, but if you have yet to get the first season and having multiple copies (as well as a dragon egg) appeals to you, this could be a good deal.


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Game Of Thrones®: The Complete First Season Collector’s Edition

Limited Edition Gift Set Includes First Season on Blu-ray™ with HBO Select – Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Copy – Along with Dragon Egg Paperweight & Season Two Bonus Blu-ray Disc

Available November 20, 2012 – Just In Time for the Holidays!

New York, N.Y., July 11, 2012 – Season one of the television phenomenon Game of Thrones will be available for the first time on Blu-ray with HBO Select (Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy* in one box set) this fall with the release of Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season Collector’s Edition. The beautiful collector’s box set is designed with the sigils of the four main houses and comes with a premium dragon egg paperweight, a Blu-ray bonus disc of season two, episode one, as well as all of the bonus materials and interactive features from the original DVD and BD releases for only $99.97. This limited edition set is the perfect gift for any Game of Thrones fan!

Based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the sweeping fantasy saga instantly became one of the network’s biggest hits and the fastest selling TV on BD titles of all time. The Emmy® award winning show, which has been called “tantalizing” (Los Angeles Times) and an “HBO Triumph” (Boston Globe), follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime. As two powerful families engage in a deadly cat-and-mouse game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, betrayal, lust, intrigue and supernatural forces shake the four corners of the Kingdoms and the bloody struggle for the Iron Throne will have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences.

Blu-ray (5 discs) – includes all DVD features plus:
Blu-ray Complete Guide to Westeros – an interactive compendium of the noble houses and lands featured in season one, PLUS 24 exclusive histories of the Seven Kingdoms as told by the characters themselves done with animated illustrations that provide more information on the background of Game of Thrones.
In-Episode Guide – in-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories while each episode plays.
Anatomy of an Episode – an in-episode experience that explores the creative minds and colossal efforts behind episode six, “A Golden Crown.”
Hidden Dragon Eggs – find the hidden dragon eggs to uncover even more never-before-seen content.

DVD (5 discs):
Complete Guide to Westeros – an interactive compendium of the noble houses and lands featured in season one.
Making Game of Thrones – an exclusive 30-minute feature including never-before-seen footage from the set and interviews from the cast and crew.
Character Profiles – profiles of 15 major characters as described by the actors portraying them.
Creating the Show Open – an inside look at the creation of the Emmy®-winning opening title sequence for Game of Thrones.
From the Book to the Screen – executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss along with author George R.R. Martin talk about the challenges of bringing Martin’s epic fantasy novel to life on HBO.
The Night’s Watch – an in-depth look at the unique order of men who patrol and protect the Wall, a 700-foot ice structure that separates the Seven Kingdoms from the darkness beyond.
Creating the Dothraki Language – an insightful glance into the comprehensive language created for the Dothraki people in Game of Thrones.
Audio Commentaries – Seven audio commentaries with cast and crew 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.

Game of Thrones series regulars include (in alphabetical order): Mark Addy as King Robert Baratheon, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, Sean Bean as Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime Lannister, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Michelle Fairley as Lady Catelyn Stark, Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish (“Littlefinger”), Jack Gleeson as Prince Joffrey Baratheon, Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister, Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark, Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen, Richard Madden as Robb Stark, Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane (“The Hound”), Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark. The series is executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; co-executive producers, Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza and George R.R. Martin; producers, Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger; directors include Brian Kirk, Daniel Minahan, Alan Taylor and Tim Van Patten; writers include David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Bryan Cogman, Jane Espenson and George R.R. Martin.

Game of Thrones: Season One Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with HBO Select
Street Date: November 20, 2012
Order Date: October 16, 2012
Rating: TV-MA
SRP Price: $99.97
*Digital Copy redeemable via iTunes, Amazon, and Vudu. Ultraviolet copy available through Flixter.

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69 Comments

  • What is it with HBO and such small amounts of extra material? With something like GoT I’d expect hours upon hours of behind the scenes material. There’s not even a blooper reel :/ I was equally disappointed when I bought “The Pacific.”

  • Really a paper weight is the best they got and clearly the Bush’s Head Edition is the way more valuable collectors item

  • what does this come with that the current blu-ray box set doesn’t, other than the paper weight and DVD and Digital copies?

  • Carne:
    What is it with HBO and such small amounts of extra material? With something like GoT I’d expect hours upon hours of behind the scenes material. There’s not even a blooper reel :/ I was equally disappointed when I bought “The Pacific.”

    D&D talked about this at last year’s Comic-con and said they basically used almost all the footage they shot.

    To be honest, what they lacked in bloopers/deleted scenes they more than made up for with stuff I was a lot more interested in (the historical stuff, behind the scenes material, etc.)

  • James:
    what does this come with that the current blu-ray box set doesn’t, other than the paper weight and DVD and Digital copies?

    New packaging and ep11 on Blu-ray.

    They really should have used this opportunity to add more special features. At the very least they could have added a few more auditons. I would pay good money to watch Kristian’s audition again. ;)

  • Assholes couldn’t just release the second season blu ray and dvd faster instead they make this . Now , i don’t really have a problem with collector’s editions only if they are released when the entire series is finished .This is gonna appeal only to those who are obsessed about collecting things because no way i’m gonna buy the same thing twice only for an extra dragon egg and some fancy cover arts boxes .

  • I really dislike this practice of releasing “collector’s editions”, especially knowing that the people who would be interested in this probably already spent a significant amount of money on this show by now. It just comes off as greedy. “Here, this packaging is pretty, BUY THIS.” :\ No thank you. How about you come out with some never-before-released clips, or brand new products instead?

  • Well HBO has GoT to pay the rent; no one has to buy it.

    But the real question is: WHEN DO WE GET SEASON 2? Must we wait until March 2013?

  • Hmm. No thanks. I’ll be getting season 2 on Blu-Ray when it’s available, already have my pre-Bush edit season 1 set, and a Dragon’s Egg necklace. The packaging looks nice, but the paperweight is already available on the site (albeit over-priced). Not enough to warrant a buy.

    Though should be nice for those who don’t have season 1 and like the extras, of course.

  • Winter Is Coming: They really should have used this opportunity to add more special features. At the very least they could have added a few more auditons.

    This. I am not impressed with that box. Why not give us more adtions, more backround info about the world or even the first unreleased pilot? I am a super fan and I don’t see any reason to buy this if you already have the blu-ray set.

  • I’m not really sure who this is meant for, really. If you’re a fan of the show you probably have the DVD already and you wouldn’t really need or want both the Blu-Ray and normal DVDs would you?

  • I know most fans won’t see the value in this, but what this does is it gets the show out there in a fancy box set perfectly designed for a Christmas present. Getting Season 2 out before March was never going to happen, so this is a great way to raise the show’s profile during the Holiday season. I can see this set being a present for many potential future fans.

  • Why didn’t they do this in the first place? I’m a sucker for swag. I definitely would have picked this up but alas I already own the BR “W” edition set.

  • consider it bought. I never bought the dvd’s because all the extras were on the blu-rays to which I said ‘fuck you HBO, if all I can do is watch the episodes i’ll do that online thank you very much.’

    Now i’ll have both.

  • I will probably buy this, mainly because I collect just about everything I can get my hands on. But, I really wish they had added more Bonus Features.

    I really hope Season 2 isn’t out until next year, that would be really disappointing. I’ve just bought a new 51″ 3DTV, and wanted to hopefully watch Season 1 & 2 back-to-back around Christmas time. Looks like that is just wishful thinking.

    The Season 2 premiere episode is a nice little teeny-tiny bonus though! :)

  • Had they actually released this when S1 box sets came out, I would have bought this. But now that I already own S1 on BR, hell no. This just comes of as greedy move by HBO.

  • So basically it’s a way for them to off-load the dragon eggs that weren’t selling and to make it all better with excising the Bush head scene? Seriously though, no re-buy unless there’s some major new extras.

  • They should have at least made it a Season 1 AND Season 2 complete set. Some people may have bought it as their version of Season 2 on disc, but as a rehash of Season 1 it is disappointing.

  • dizzy_34: Put the orignal pilot and the Brandon Stark scene on there and we’ll talk.

    Could there be some sort of legal/copyright issues why the original pilot can’t be distributed?

    Or is just out of embarrassment that they’re withholding it?

  • Is the Dubya Noggin cut? As in, cut from the box set, rather than severed from his neck.

  • MATTHEW: Could there be some sort of legal/copyright issues why the original pilot can’t be distributed?

    Or is just out of embarrassment that they’re withholding it?

    It’s pretty much the same with almost every show that has a different pilot with different actors . They never release them on dvd unless someone puts it online illegally like with the Buffy the vampire slayer pilot and others .

  • There are ten years of these “complete box set” editions to come. Then the ultimate box edition. Then the remastered edition ……

    Maybe they could sell a subscription.

  • film ned and his homeboys laying the smackdown on the 3 kingsguard guys, put that in there and its a deal!!

  • A woman already has the 1st season (w/DubHead) on DVD, don’t have a Bluray player. why do I need this again? To purchase additional versions of S1, one would think HBO would have added more featurettes, auditions, blooper reels…then maybe. As others have stated, there will be more seasons to come so I don’t need to buy again unless I get a wild hair and buy a Bluray player. Then MAYBE…

  • Does anyone have any idea what happened to that Brandon Stark scene? I remember seeing someone with the blond whig/hair that must’ve been Aerys. Why hasn’t this ever seen the light of day? I really had thought we were going to see it in the HoTU…

  • I don’t understand how this set would appeal to anybody. If you don’t have a blu ray player, you don’t want the blu ray version. If you do have a blu ray player, you don’t want the DVD version. If you want the dragon egg paperweight, you can buy it separately online. Not to mention that you’d have to have chosen not to buy the Blu Ray/DVD up to this point, which pretty much means you didn’t even want to spend $60, let alone $100.

    What were they thinking?

  • Violentos,
    I like to have both blu ray (for the living room) and dvd (for the laptop, car dvd player, etc.) copies of movies and will often pay the extra few bucks for the combo set. Not here though, where it is much more than a few bucks extra (though we’ll have to see where Amazon, etc. end up pricing it) and where I already bought the blu ray alone.

  • Claudiu Gherganu,

    I’m pretty sure it may have something to do with the fact that if the Pilot were released, we’d hear quite a lot of: Tamzin Merchant is a way better Dany than Emilia Clarke, Jennifer Ehle is a way better Catelyn than Michelle Fairly, The set for this place looks so much better than the one they used, rawr rawr rawr.

    And of course, one film nerd in the back lamenting their use of digital in the series compared to film in the Pilot :P

    All in all, it just wouldn’t be fair to the people they did end up hiring, who are doing a great job. It’d be interesting to see, but we all know this fandom isn’t polite enough to handle that situation maturely.

  • Andrew: Claudiu Gherganu, I’m pretty sure it may have something to do with the fact that if the Pilot were released, we’d hear quite a lot of: Tamzin Merchant is a way better Dany than Emilia Clarke, Jennifer Ehle is a way better Catelyn than Michelle Fairly, The set for this place looks so much better than the one they used, rawr rawr rawr.And of course, one film nerd in the back lamenting their use of digital in the series compared to film in the Pilot :PAll in all, it just wouldn’t be fair to the people they did end up hiring, who are doing a great job. It’d be interesting to see, but we all know this fandom isn’t polite enough to handle that situation maturely.

    Maybe they’ll include it in the 30 grand Iron Throne package and price those suckas out. :)

  • HBO still doing dumb shit…didn’t they learn to stop doing dumb shit after canceling ROME?

  • Violentos,

    i primarily watch on my computer which needs dvd’s, but the bluray has more extras and i’m sure one day i’ll have a laptop with a bluray player. there are probably others like me who held off buying one set or the other because they lacked something the other set had/could do. No one can doubt I’m a huge GoT nerd *coughpodcastcough* but i also have to watch my money, so this is really perfect for me.

  • oh, and pilots can’t be released because they’d have to pay everyone involved that wasn’t involved in the finished version, plus union headaches.

    edit: come to think of it, this may also be the case with the cut scenes as well, but i’m not sure if it works the same.

  • Violentos:
    I don’t understand how this set would appeal to anybody. If you don’t have a blu ray player, you don’t want the blu ray version. If you do have a blu ray player, you don’t want the DVD version. If you want the dragon egg paperweight, you can buy it separately online. Not to mention that you’d have to have chosen not to buy the Blu Ray/DVD up to this point, which pretty much means you didn’t even want to spend $60, let alone $100.

    What were they thinking?

    well there are a lot of collectors out there who just want the shiniest edition and have enough money for it. I’ve bought a similar set once and 2 months later I realised I had thoroughly wasted my money because I couldn’t care less about all the extra stuff.

    The problem with this release is that they call it ‘limited’ but if they don’t number the sets it’s probably not that limited.

  • Andrew: Claudiu Gherganu, I’m pretty sure it may have something to do with the fact that if the Pilot were released, we’d hear quite a lot of: Tamzin Merchant is a way better Dany than Emilia Clarke, Jennifer Ehle is a way better Catelyn than Michelle Fairly, The set for this place looks so much better than the one they used, rawr rawr rawr.And of course, one film nerd in the back lamenting their use of digital in the series compared to film in the Pilot :PAll in all, it just wouldn’t be fair to the people they did end up hiring, who are doing a great job. It’d be interesting to see, but we all know this fandom isn’t polite enough to handle that situation maturely.

    This all sounds reasonable. But maybe they could still release a few short scenes of the pilot in very low quality, grainy footage on an extra in an upcoming blu-Ray edition–maybe a scene that doesn’t feature any of the recast actors. That seems like something they could do, as long as HBO still owns the right to that recording.

  • Might have bought this if it had come out first… now I already own the Blu-Ray, why would I buy it again? HBO must think we’re pretty dumb (and I guess some people are). And a digital copy? lol…

  • Nope. Not interested. I bought the first blu-ray set and that’s all I need. The only time I’ve ordered yet another set of DVDs of the same movie is with all 3 Lord of the Rings sets – first the theatrical editions came out and I bought them. Then the extended edition collectors sets came out and I bought them, and they were well worth it both for the much longer versions of each movie and the collectible figures that they came with. There is nothing about this GoT set that makes it worth buying again.

  • Andrew,

    You may have a point there but another reason that it has not been released it’s that i heard that the pilot was not really received that well, it was ok but nothing great so maybe they don’t want to show those flaws or something although i would still like to see how they improved those flaws in the new pilot .

  • Ashley Manwoody:

    No one can doubt I’m a huge GoT nerd *coughpodcastcough* but i also have to watch my money, so this is really perfect for me.

    Maybe I didn’t understand that statement correctly? You have to watch your money, so the perfect solution is to spend $100 on a collection set as opposed to say… just the DVD?

  • Violentos,

    i’d miss all the bluray features if i just got the dvd’s. why buy dvd’s when i can stream for free, i buy sets for the special features. plus everythings more expensive in Canada… which means this box set is probably $120… eh, maybe i’ll just add it to the christmas list.

  • The box looks awesome but I’ll save $100 and keep my special “severed Bush head” version.

  • … seriously?

    They’re charging $100 for the series, because it comes with… a paperweight? A round paperweight? A round PLASTIC paperweight?

    …o….k….

  • We KNOW they filmed a Mad King / Brandon Stark /Rickard Stark(?) scene, so why won’t they show it? Also we know that they filmed more tourney scenes than just the two jousts. Why not add these? Or what about bloopers or audition videos? wtf hbo

  • Rager,

    How about when they cancelled Carnivale? I so wanted a third season of that show!

    Regarding this box set, yeah, not worth it if you already own the blu-ray of season one.

  • Tolgeros,

    I suppose they save those scenes for the extremely limited collector’s edition PurpleRay, with handmade character miniatures carved on the bones of extinct animals by a recently deceased Michael Komarck’s ancestor.

  • They waited far too long to release this. Everyone I know has already got the blu-ray box set

  • I guess i’ll get 2 or 3 box to go with my 5 blurays and 3 dvd boxset.
    I should offer them as presents for friends but i’ve managed to convince everyone to buy them themselves to boost sales (and now they’re Bush-head collector editions so i might keep some unpacked for as long as i can).

  • I’m seeing a few people complaining about the lack of extras with the GoT set, but as a huge fan of physical DVDs, HBO could just as easily have NOT done this at all. If you’re unsatisfied with what they’re offering, don’t buy it. I love this, and can’t wait to get it. My only hope is that the egg is sort of a grab bag item, because I would prefer the black over the green, but hell, I’ll take what I can get.

  • Linda:
    Nope. Not interested.I bought the first blu-ray set and that’s all I need.The only time I’ve ordered yet another set of DVDs of the same movie is with all 3 Lord of the Rings sets – first the theatrical editions came out and I bought them.Then the extended edition collectors sets came out and I bought them, and they were well worth it both for the much longer versions of each movie and the collectible figures that they came with. There is nothing about this GoT set that makes it worth buying again.

    Same here. I already spent the money I saved for not buying this edition on a Night´s Watch shirt and a Winter is coming shirt :)

  • Bob,

    Please explain what you “love” about it. You love an unwieldy package, a plastic dragon egg, and double the price? Are you for real?

  • It’s a nice-looking case, but not only is it unnecessary, it’s kind of a kick in the junk to fans who supported the show buy buying the first season already.

    I always buy Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital Copy films/shows when I can, but at the end of the day, Blu-Ray alone is fine. Not going to spend another $100 for something I already own.

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