The "worldwide phenomenon" (USA Today) is back, breaking more records along the way. Winner of 12 Emmy Awards (the most of any series in one year) and a Guinness World Record holder for the largest simultaneous broadcast of a TV drama (in 173 countries and territories worldwide), Game of Thrones is bigger than ever in Season 5, and this spring, fans of the hit show will finally have the chance to add this legendary season to their collections before new episodes debut. Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season will be available on Blu-ray ($79.98) and DVD ($59.99) on March 15, 2016 from HBO Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray set features a free Digital HD copy of all 10 episodes, plus exclusive bonus content including a brand new feature that takes an in-depth look at the story behind the Targaryen civil war, known as the Dance of Dragons.
Season 5 begins with a power vacuum that protagonists across Westeros and Essos look to fill. At Castle Black, Jon Snow struggles to balance the demands of the Night's Watch with those of newly-arrived Stannis Baratheon, who styles himself the rightful king of Westeros. Meanwhile, Cersei scrabbles to hold on to power in King's Landing amidst the Tyrells and the rise of a religious group led by the enigmatic High Sparrow, while Jaime embarks on a secret mission. Across the Narrow Sea, Arya seeks an old friend while a fugitive Tyrion finds a new cause. And as danger mounts in Meereen, Daenerys Targaryen finds that her tenuous hold on the city requires some hard sacrifices. This season features some of the most explosive scenes yet, as the promise that "winter is coming" becomes more ominous than ever before.
The Blu-ray with Digital Copy includes all DVD features plus a featurette entitled The Dance of Dragons, which tells the story of the Greens and the Blacks, the Targaryen civil war that led to the downfall of the dragons, featuring surprise narration from notable characters from past seasons. This set also comes with an In-Episode Guide, allowing fans to dig deeper into the show with this in-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories. Histories and Lore offers insight about the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves in 14 history pieces. Select Histories feature illustrations from the show's storyboard artist, Will Simpson.
Both the Blu-ray and DVD will include Anatomy of an Episode: Mother's Mercy, which goes behind the scenes of the season finale. From the early stages of the writer's room to the final visual effects, see what went into creating Mother's Mercy, the Emmy-winning episode fans will be talking about for years to come. The Real History Behind Game of Thrones features historians, along with George R.R. Martin, explore the interweaving inspirations of the actual players in the era known as "The Wars of the Roses" and other historical events in this two-part series. Fans will also get 12 audio commentaries with cast and crew including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Iain Glen, Maisie Williams, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie and more.
The bonus features are rounded out by four deleted scenes, the Game of Thrones special A Day in the Life, which takes you behind-the-scenes of production in three countries, offering an inside look at the production process of Season 5, and New Characters/New Locations, which explores the new societies, cultures and locations of Season 5. Game of Thrones Season 6 is set to debut on April 24, so if you haven't watched Game of Thrones Season 5 yet, you have more than a month to get caught up. Take a look at the cover artwork for these Blu-ray and DVD sets before they arrive on March 15.
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