HBO has announced the release date of the season two DVD and Blu-ray sets of Game of Thrones: February 19, 2013! James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly has the scoop; the Blu-ray with HBO Select will run $79.98 and the DVD will go for $59.99 for a five-disc set. There will also be a digital download option, although the price of that has yet to be revealed. You can pre-order now on Amazon (US, UK) or the HBO Shop (US, UK).
What kind of extras will the season two set include? To find out, head past the break, where we have the full list. Also, Entertainment Weekly has a sneak peek at one of the features included in the set, Creating the Battle of the Blackwater. Head over there to watch the video.
Blu-ray with HBO Select – includes all DVD features plus:
War of the Five Kings – Track the claims, strategies and key players involved in the battle for the Iron Throne with this interactive guide that follows the movements of various armies detailing their victories and defeats.
Histories & Lore – 19 animated histories detailing the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves and featuring, in-part, illustrations from Game of Thrones storyboard artist Will Simpson.
In-Episode Guide – In-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations and relevant histories.
Hidden Dragon Eggs – Find the hidden dragon eggs to uncover even more never-before-seen content.
Creating the Battle of Blackwater Bay – See how the epic Battle of Blackwater Bay was brought to life in this exclusive, in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the climatic episode. The 30 minute feature showcases never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew.
Game of Thrones: Inner Circle – Actors Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Michelle Fairley and Liam Cunningham talk in detail about their experiences shooting season two in this roundtable discussion moderated by executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
The Religions of Westeros – Hear author George R.R. Martin, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discuss the competing religions in the series and how they influence the various characters in Westeros and beyond.
Character Profiles – Profiles of seven major characters as described by the actors portraying them including Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, Robb Stark, Theon Greyjoy and more.
Audio Commentaries – 12 commentaries with cast and crew including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington and more.
Audio Commentary Participants
Episode 1 “THE NORTH REMEMBERS” with Commentary by Executive Producers/Writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Episode 2 “THE NIGHT LANDS” with Commentary by Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) and Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy)
Episode 3 “WHAT IS DEAD MAY NEVER DIE” with Commentary by Writer Bryan Cogman and Director Alik Sakharov,
Plus Commentary by Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark)
Episode 4 “GARDEN OF BONES” with Commentary by Carice Van Houten (Melisandre) and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth)
Episode 6 “THE OLD GODS AND THE NEW” with Commentary by Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte) and Writer Vanessa Taylor
Episode 7 “A MAN WITHOUT HONOR” with Commentary by Executive Producers/Writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss
Episode 8 “THE PRINCE OF WINTERFELL” with Commentary by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) and Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark)
Episode 9 “BLACKWATER” with Commentary by Co-Executive Producer/Author of A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin,
Plus Commentary by Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), and Director Neil Marshall
Episode 10 “VALAR MORGHULIS” with Commentary by Rainer Gombos and Steve Kullback of the Visual Effects Team,
Plus Commentary by Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Co-Executive Producer Alan Taylor)
But that is not all. According to Hibberd, HBO is also releasing a collector’s edition of season one, which will contain the first episode of season two, as well as a dragon egg paperweight. That will release tomorrow and can be ordered at Amazon or the HBO Shop. UPDATE: This was actually announced already back in July, but I forgot all about it!
Winter Is Coming: It all looks great. I can’t wait to see more of those animated histories. This gives us something to look forward to that isn’t quite as far away as March 31.