Hold on to your gold dragons because you’re about to be enticed to spend them like a Lannister vacationing in the Summer Isles. HBO has just announced a new and improved version of Game of Thrones on Blu-Ray. The new “Steelbook Collection” features box art created by the same team that created the opening credits intro we’ve all come to love.
Each Steelbook showcases a specific location that is significant to that season and includes usable magnets on packaging featuring Game of Thrones sigils and symbols:
- Season 1 packaging features Winterfell, where fans are introduced to the Stark family in the series premiere. The magnet for Season 1 is the direwolf sigil of House Stark.
- In Season 2, the Lannisters’ influence is keenly felt from the Iron Throne and their sigil is included on packaging set in King’s Landing, where the season’s pivotal Battle of the Blackwater occurs.
- Season 3 features the magnet sigil of House Frey and their ancestral seat of the Twins-the location of this season’s infamous Red Wedding.
- Season 4 features the icy landscape of Castle Black and the Wall, where the brothers of the Night’s Watch fend off an army of wildlings from the far north. The magnet for this season features a crow and Jon Snow’s sword, Longclaw.
The set also features a “Dolby Atmos” sound remix which requires new speakers and AV equipment to truly appreciate but is backwards compatible on older Dobly home theaters: it promises to redefine your listening experience:
“Dolby Atmos places and moves sounds and music anywhere in the room, including overhead, creating a captivating experience that brings entertainment alive all around the audience. With the new Steelbook set, fans can hear Daenerys’s dragons swoop past them and feel the soaring score rise and fall around them.”
There are no, new special features or documentaries included in these sets and at a retail price of $79.98 (though most outlets will offer heavy discounts from the MSRP) that may disappoint some fans. The sets may be limited in some way but HBO didn’t say as much in their press release.
Seasons 1 & 2 will be made available on November 3rd, just in time for the holiday.
No Game of Thrones Season 5 on Blu-Ray details have been released yet for either the Steelbook collection or the normal version. We do anticipate a Winter 2016 Blu-Ray and DVD release date for the normal Game of Thrones Season 5 set. You can pre-order that here.
This is most likely what the final, full-series collection will look like in the end. So if you were worried about your boxes matching on your shelf ths is probably the best set to pick up. We’ll give you a link to pre-order them once Amazon has one up.