New Details on the Game of Thrones Season 5 DVD/Blu-ray Box Set!

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HBO is releasing details on the box art and full extra content of the Season 5 Box Set for DVD and Blu-Ray.  They previously announced that Season 5 would be available for digital download this fall, but the box set is scheduled to be ready before the likely season 6 premiere!

Details after the jump.

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According to HBO, the DVD and Blu-Ray box sets will be available on March 15th, 2016- just in time for Season 6.  The DVD version (see image above) will include the following:

  • Anatomy of an Episode: Mother’s Mercy – Details about the creation of “Mother’s Mercy,” from the writing table all the way through to visual effects
  • The Real History Behind Game of Thrones – In a two-part series, historians and George R.R. Martin discuss the era known as “The Wars of the Roses” and other historical events that served as inspiration for his novels
  • Audio Commentaries – Twelve 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.
  • Deleted Scenes – 4 deleted scenes
  • A Day in the Life – Inside look at the production process of Season 5
  • New Characters/New Locations – Explore the new societies, cultures and locations from Season 5

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As is typical, the Blu-Ray version (see image above) will include everything in the DVD set and exclusive bonus content such as:

  • Digital Copy – For the entire Season
  • The Dance of Dragons – An in-depth look at the story behind the Targaryen civil war
  • In-Episode Guide – Provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories
  • Histories and Lore – Explore the mythology of Westeros and Essos  from character perspectives in 14 history pieces with feature illustrations

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    1. Looking forward to the full list of History and Lore !

      Out of all that, the Anatomy of Mother’s Mercy interests me the most !

      Wished there was a full Anatomy of Hardhome !!!

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    2. It looks gorgeous. Probably the best so far. Although I still wish they were all the same color, the damage was done with season 3, lol.

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    3. The last three seasons, I’ve hated the poster art, but I always feel like they finally figure it out by the time they get to the dvd/bluray. The dragon shadow poster was terrible but the clear sleeve with the shadow printed on it over the white with the swords was very nice. I hated the background of the crow image in season 4, but on the black background, it looks much better. This year’s poster was very underwhelming to me but done in this gold color with the ornate frame and the way they did Daznak’s Pit on the inside is really quite pretty now.

      Maybe they just need to give the dvd/bluray people the posters and have them make a better version before they release it to the public…

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    4. I haven’t bought any of the individual season sets and I’m not buying this one. I’m waiting for the show to be over because I know that they’re gonna release some insane, elaborate, (and super-expensive) series box set and that’s what I’m holding out for lol.

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    5. I’m quite curious about the deleted scenes. Four! Isn’t that a record for Game of Thrones? I wonder what they cut. Usually there’s one or two controversial deleted scenes, such as Loras in season two, which many argue should’ve been left in the final product. So maybe there’s some more of that.

      I’m sure I’ll also enjoy “Anatomy of an Episode: Mother’s Mercy”.

      Faceless Frey,

      Exactly my thoughts! They always fix the cheap posters for the box sets.

      angelique,

      Because one of the episodes was named after it and Shireen told the story.

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    6. Twelve 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.

      I’d be interested to know about “and more”. Maisie Williams, but not Sophie Turner? My hope is that they do commentaries, but not with each other. I’m interested in their perspective, but two teenagers on a commentary track is one too many.

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    7. Strange to see them go back to the sigil border design similar to Season 1. Looks great, though.

      Surprised one of the bonus features isn’t about “Hardhome”. Still, looks like a lot of interesting stuff all the same. Can’t wait. 🙂

      Sergei Walankov:
      I’d be interested to know about “and more”. Maisie Williams, but not Sophie Turner? My hope is that they do commentaries, but not with each other. I’m interested in their perspective, but two teenagers on a commentary track is one too many.

      Yeah, love ’em both, but their commentary on Season 4 was not particularly enjoyable to me.

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    8. Any idea if/when best buy will be advertising their offerings for season 5? I’ve been going with them each year since they offer a choice between houses for the slip cover.

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    9. Am I wrong, or is this coming out later than years past? For some reason I felt I gave this as a Christmas gift to my brother a few years ago or he got it for me. Now March? I will have to wait like the rest of ya’ll, but I can’t wait to get all the extra yummies in the Blu Ray version.

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    10. You’re not wrong. This one’s being released a full month later than when Season 4 was being released. Might we be looking at a pushed-back Season 6 premiere date?

      JCDavis:
      Am I wrong, or is this coming out later than years past?

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    11. Oh! It’s beautiful! Why oh why can’t it be available at Xmas time?? So excited just to hear Iain Glen speak…it’s like velvet!

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    12. Sergei Walankov:
      Twelve 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.

      I’d be interested to know about “and more”. Maisie Williams, but not Sophie Turner? My hope is that they do commentaries, but not with each other. I’m interested in their perspective, but two teenagers on a commentary track is one too many.

      Dont say that, Maisie and Sophie are always hilarious together ! ^^

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    13. Sergei Walankov,

      She may not have done a commentary this year, possibly as she was busy with X-Men around the time they seem to do commentaries (based on past tweets about it).

      At a minimum, she said at the Emmys that she hasn’t watched the last five episodes, so if she is doing a commentary it’s for one of the first five.

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    14. M:
      You’re not wrong. This one’s being released a full month later than when Season 4 was being released. Might we be looking at a pushed-back Season 6 premiere date?

      *whimpers* 🙁

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    15. Four deleted scenes?? I can’t wait for February!
      The only sad thing is that there were no official single character posters, this season… but I can see something like that in the packaging so yeah, it’s still great (:

      EDIT: It’s March this year though, whoops. The waiting will be even longer than usual *sigh*

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    16. I want to get this I really do but I’m gonna show restraint and wait for the inevitable complete series Blu-ray box set and check out history and lore on YT

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    17. One of the deleted scenes is the Sand Snakes introduction in episode 4. I really wonder what are the others and what weight it brings to the story/characters. I was always disappointed they didn’t include the Loras/Margaery and the Tywin/Pycelle dialogues although it still makes a nice bonus.

      EDIT:Oh and I also think another deleted scene is the Tommen/Margaery cell dialogue we saw in the trailers. Which leaves two unknown scenes.

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    18. The character portraits look well done and the medieval illumination style icons on the outside sleeve are a nice touch. Why oh why doesn’t HBO release this around the holidays, a girl does not ask for much!

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    19. TL,

      Third one is Arya in 5×10 with Needle at the bay. There was a photo of her in FM costume there with Needle, which was released as a promo for that episode. That leaves us only one unknown scene.

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    20. OK, let’s begin the speculation on Histories and Lore. My pics:

      – Hizdahr zo Loraq: Slaver’s Bay
      – Alliser Thorne: The Night’s Watch
      – Maester Aemon: The Targaryen Kings
      – Doran Martell: The Conquest of Dorne
      – Shireen Baratheon: The Dance of the Dragons
      – Kevan Lannister: The Mad King and the War of the Ninepenny Kings
      – High Sparrow: The Faith of the Seven and King Maegor
      – Varys: The Free City of Volantis
      – Ramsay Snow: The North and House Bolton
      – Daario: The Free Companies
      – Jaqen: The Faceless Men and the Free City of Braavos

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    21. This looks beautiful but I do not know if it fits with the other season’s covers.

      The Bolton fans (yes those apparently exist) will be happy that the Bolton sigil is included.

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    22. Could the two un-mentioned commentary-givers be a pairing of Iwan Rheon and Michael McElhatton, Sophie Turner and Alfie Allen, or Liam Cunningham and Carice Van Houten?

      Or perhaps it’s Bryan Cogman and David Nutter.

      edit: You know what I didn’t even read it right. It’s “Twelve audio commentaries with cast & crew including…”, so I guess it could be way more than just 12 people.

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    23. Looking forward to buying this and loaning it out 100 times like all the other seasons. I’m basically a public library at this point, could use a government subsidy.

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    24. Goochbot:
      It looks gorgeous. Probably the best so far. Although I still wish they were all the same color, the damage was done with season 3, lol.

      Yeah, Season 3 sticks out like a sore thumb. I don’t know what they were thinking. So drab and uninspiring.

      This one I like! Very pretty!

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    25. I’ll wait for the Best Buy sigil covers. Hopefully Stannis’ flaming heart and the Bolton’s flayed man are available.

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    26. I’m curious about the Blu-Ray/DVD thing.

      In my country, Blu-Ray never really took off. Sure, shops stock some Blu-Ray for the few but most people still go for the DVDs and the DVD selection is wider, it’s the default for buying TV shows/movies for home consumption. Like VHS used to be (showing my age here…)

      Apparently the Blu-Ray will have some extras the DVDs won’t – an enticement for people to move to the Blu-Ray format? (device manufacturers and content producers colluding?)

      I don’t care.

      I’ve got all the previous seasons of GoT on DVD but I’ve never watched the extras on those either! 😀

      A piece of work (book/show/movie) should stand on its own legs without the makers explaining themselves. I don’t mind fansites like WotW where we fans speculate together and maybe get snippets of gossip from the production but that’s all before the fact.

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    27. Rygar,

      Well, it’s a nice box set. There are exclusive bonus features. The image and sound quality are great. And you don’t have to worry about hbo now crashing or lagging…

      Physical copies all the way!

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    28. Tyrion Pimpslap:
      I’ll wait for the Best Buy sigil covers. Hopefully Stannis’ flaming heart and the Bolton’s flayed man are available.

      THIS. I like BB’s artwork better than this. Is there any word on when that’s coming out?

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    29. Still miffed why the Blu-Ray-version gets all those lovely extra’s and the standard Dvd’s don’t. It really gets under my skin.

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    30. The box art actually reminds me of the first season’s one. Hope they keep this up in future, looks much better.

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    31. Maceless Fan:
      I haven’t bought any of the individual season sets and I’m not buying this one. I’m waiting for the show to be over because I know that they’re gonna release some insane, elaborate, (and super-expensive) series box set and that’s what I’m holding out for lol.

      Me too. Same with the books.

      Framed map of Braavos, check. World of Ice and Fire, check. A volume of mystery minis that belies addiction, check. Physical copies of the source material? Nahhh…

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    32. Ashara D: So excited just to hear Iain Glen speak…it’s like velvet!

      Jorah is velvet. Iain is more tinfoily.

      Rat Kook: so I guess it could be way more than just 12 people.

      and it won’t be those you mentioned. It will be production.

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    33. The art does look better. I always love the History and Lore, it’s a really nice way to fit some things you simply could not do on their limited 10 hours while still mantainig the connecton with the show. On the deleted scenes, I hope we have at least one scene that help us understand what the hell was going on in dorne, because I still think the main problem with it was lack of screentime and consequently a lack of character connection/empathy.

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    34. I’m a bit disappointed by the lack of Hardhome-related stuff. Such an amazing episode surely deserves some extras and bonus… a behind the scenes video at least.
      Anyway, my own prediction about the History and Lore videos:

      – Greyscale (Shirheen Baratheon)
      – The Dance of Dragons (Shireen Baratheon)
      – The Sons of The Harpy (Hizdahr)
      – The Faceless Men (Jaqen H’gar)
      – The Many Faced God (Jaqen H’gar)
      – The Faith of The Seven (High Sparrow)
      – The Great Sept of Baelor (High Sparrow)
      – The Free City of Volantis (Varys)
      – The Doom of Valyria (Jorah Mormont)
      – The Fighting Pits (Jorah Mormont)
      – Dorne (Doran Martell)
      – The White Walkers (Samwell Tarly)
      – The Red Priests (Melissandre)
      – The Night’s Watch (Alliser Thorne)

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    35. RandomSand:
      The art does look better. I always love the History and Lore, it’s a really nice way to fit some things you simply could not do on their limited 10 hours while still mantainig the connecton with the show. On the deleted scenes, I hope we have at least one scene that help us understand what the hell was going on in dorne, because I still think the main problem with it was lack of screentime and consequently a lack of character connection/empathy.

      Completely agree. Lots of people complain about Dorne, and I think that the main issued is the fact that we see so little of it. You can introduce some new character and make him an interesting, cool and new fan favorite (see Oberyn in Season 4), but you must give him a backstory, an introduction to the audience and some kind of motivation besides the “revenge, blood, kill the girl” stuff. The lack of a proper introduction really hurt the Sand Snakes characters from the get go.

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    36. So excited for deleted scenes!

      Davos’ Luck,

      Not to beat a very dead horse, but I think it partly had to do with how S5 was marketed. That is, over-hyping minor accessory characters. IMHO, the S5 Dorne arc makes the most sense in terms of “Jaimie’s story” rather than a “Dorne story.”

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    37. Almost 5 months away before release? Our annual pre-holiday tease! I feel like a fickle red priestess has just named me Azor Ahai! 🙂

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    38. For those wondering about a behind the scenes for Hardhome, I am pretty sure that will be covered by the special effects video that is released every year.

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    39. lilmac:
      Sergei Walankov,

      Out of all the people listed, you mention Maisie to accentuate Sophie’s absence. As if Maisie isn’t entitled to do commentary unless Sophie does. Geeze.

      Yeah, because they’ve been together on the commentary track every other time. Thinking about it a bit further, what I’d like to see is Sophie, Alfie and Iwan together on episode five.

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    40. Lion of Night,

      I completly agree with you. The fact that they sent Jaime there is proof that Dorne was never ment to be a ”stand-alone” story, as some people tought it would.
      But I’ll stop here, as this is off-topic, and I really don’t want to start a Dorne ”debate”.

      Just wanted to say I share your toughts here. 🙂

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    41. talvikorppi,

      A DVD can hold 7gigs while a Blu-ray can hold 50gigs. Im guessing it comes down to that. They would have to include another DVD in the set and Bigger box=bigger shipment=additional costs

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    42. Why did they suddenly switch to “Dance of Dragons”? In the Season 4 Blu-ray set they called it “The Dance of THE Dragons”, which is the real name.

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    43. Steve,

      And I’m one that’s not looking forward to that switch at all. I still opt for the disc version over digi when it comes to my ps4 games. When I shell out decent coin for these products I like the fact that it’s something tangible and I can physically hold in my hands instead of forking over 60 for some 0’s and 1’s stored on a HDD

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    44. M:
      You’re not wrong. This one’s being released a full month later than when Season 4 was being released. Might we be looking at a pushed-back Season 6 premiere date?

      I am wondering if it was pushed back to march to go with a pushed back season 6 date because of something else we are all PATIENTLY waiting for 😉

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    45. Mihnea,

      Just looks like a bitter book purist to me.

      “Barristan, Shireen and Myrcella… deaths don’t achieve anything and you can’t argue that they’re not meant to.”

      Why these people hang around forums discussing a program they claim to hate is beyond me.

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    46. Can’t wait!

      As we all already know GoT is one of those rare series that’s worth buying in Blu-ray because the locations, sets and costumes are so details and beautiful to see in 1080p.

      Plus the soundtrack just booms out the speakers and sounds amazing.

      Also, I want to fully support HBO and it is a way to give them an extra thank you by sending some cash for their product… So they can keep spending money to bring us this awesome epic.

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    47. Arkash,

      Agreed! But I think doing it over Mother’s Mercy is much more interesting given that it was by far the show’s craziest episode with twists in every storyline- so from a writing standpoint it’s much better. A behind the scenes video on the filming of Hardhome, Daznak and the like would have been great as well, though.

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    48. Arthur:

      As we all already know GoT is one of those rare series that’s worth buying in Blu-ray because the locations, sets and costumes are so details and beautiful to see in 1080p.

      Plus the soundtrack just booms out the speakers and sounds amazing.

      I can attest to that. Watching the show in glorious Blu-ray quality on my nice big screen… just beautiful.

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    49. Angelique,

      Someone saying he has scripts, and yelling that they prove, that killing Selmy/Myrcella/Stannis was pointless.

      also saying that Rickon dies in battle and Jon goes on a rampage

      Thats where I stoped reading.

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    50. Angelique,

      In episode 9, Ramsay captures Rickon, then kills Rickon (shooting him with an arrow) right in front of Jon Snow. That will send Jon into a rage and kick off Bastard Snowbowl.

      Take it with a grain of salt – it is Reddit.

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    51. Deesensfan,

      Depends on what you think..

      The only scene I tought was good, was 1 in S2 where Loras/Maergery talk about Renly.
      The others are preaty ”meh” in my opinion. After all they where cut for a reason.

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    52. Mihnea,

      Interesting, I will make sure to check it out.
      I am gonna do a rewatch of season 1-5 (Having major GOT withdrawals since I don’t read filming spoilers) so maybe ill check out the deleted scenes as I go!

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    53. Mihnea,

      That’s not what it was.

      He did indeed say that Ramsay killed Rickon, apparently hearing this from people on the set, causing Jon to go on a rampage and start BastardSnowBowl, then defended either the script or his own story (not in the mood to form an opinion on this) by stating that Myrcella/Shireen/Barristan’s deaths were pointless as well, something I frankly disagree on (Stannis wasn’t even mentioned, by the way).

      Don’t twist the guy’s probably already fake words.

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    54. Steve,

      There will always be a physical medium around, people like to own things they can hold in their hands. I mean just look at Vinyl, it’s still being made and people are still buying them.

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    55. Maceless Fan:
      I haven’t bought any of the individual season sets and I’m not buying this one. I’m waiting for the show to be over because I know that they’re gonna release some insane, elaborate, (and super-expensive) series box set and that’s what I’m holding out for lol.

      I know, I’m getting all the seasons year by year but I also want that special edition 🙂

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    56. Sam the Slayer,

      I didn’t read the thing in detail. I just gave it a quick look and read couple comments.

      And

      Rickon dying, and Jon going on a rampage is what I understood.

      If I wrote something not true I apologies, it was not on purpose.

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    57. Ill hold out for the inevitable steelbook version on season 5, since ive already preordered season 1 and 2 in steelbook form. Season 3 and 4 will soon follow after so im assuming season 5 will get the same treatment 🙂

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