What can I say, that hasn't already been said? The edit is fantastic. Each piece of music fits perfectly in its respective scene and none of the transitions are particularly jarring. This edit is a perfect bridge between the RR's. I highly recommend it to any fan of GoT or LotR.
A true achievement to trim 10-ish hours down to a perfectly reasonable 2.5 hour-movie. I certainly didn't miss anything, but I did have to recollect a few times to remind we of what happens "in between" the cuts. No biggie unless you dive in to this without having seen the entire first season.
The audio and video editing is flawless and the LotR-music worked better than I thought, to be honest. Some of the musical cues do remind me too much of LotR, though, and did bring me out of it momentarily. My big issue with this edit is the letterboxing. Does it give a more cinematic feel? Sure. Is the framing thrown out the window? Mostly. It becomes evident that this is a fan edit (an otherwise stellar fan edit) the moment the framing feels off in a scene. A hair too much there, a foot there; it is noticeable throughout that the framing was not intended for 2.35:1 (or what the result here is).
Other than that I would certainly recommend this edit to anyone, really. Maybe one should be familiar with the first season in order to pick up some of the missing parts. Bottom line: A great edit in every way and an interesting concept, what with using LotR-music and all.
Fantastic edit!! Would recommend this to any one who loves GoT and fantasy films in general! I love the tv show and watched through every season more than 3 times and I can say that this edit for season 1 is fantastic and brilliantly edited! I loved the LOTR music in this as it fits in so nicely but I would love to hear some GoT themes in their also, especially the ending!! I did think there were certain plots that were skipped very quickly and for people that never watched the tv show before might get a bit confused! An example being dany and drogos relationship and Jaime and Neds conflict! A few other minor gripes but that would be only nit picking. I know you can't leave in every plot hole in as it is cut into a 2 and a half hour movie but for what you did it was amazing and did a great job! I am looking very forward to the next seasons of movies you are making and think that you will do a fantastic job on doing so! no rush but would love to see them done before the new season! Once again fantastic edit and can't wait for your next ones! Amazing Job :)
Having watched only your Harry Potter edits, I am familiar with your brilliant audio work. This heavily translated to this edit as well, as the audio work here is amazing. Just amazing.
And there isn’t much to nitpick. Having watched season 1 three times already, watching your movie version of it felt like something completely else. I totally immersed myself and am very thankful for this experience. I am looking very much forward to movie 2 (?).
(MINOR GOT SEASON 1 SPOILERS AHEAD!)
When Andreas announced he was working on a Game of Thrones edit, I got pretty pumped. Of all the seasons, the first one may be among the most primed to be done for a TV to Movie Edit (I believe 4 and 6 would also be great as movies). The editing here is all really good for the most part. The change in aspect ratio is a very stylistic choice, and it pays off for the most part. Andreas took his time with each crop to make it look realistic and not take anything important out, and it worked very well. While replacing the amazing Game of Thrones soundtrack is something that I immediately resisted, the implementation of Lord of the Ring music worked very well and felt well implemented throughout. I will say, for future edits I would love to see a few themes from GoT mixed in (Rains of Castamere is a must IMO, and I wouldn't mind Jon Snow's theme coming in for truly epic moments).
The choices of what to keep and what to remove worked really well. While the petty squabble between the Starks and Lannisters over the direwolf helped to establish the beef between Ned and Cersei, it certainly wasn't too missed in the edit. I greatly enjoyed Tyrion's subplot with Lysa and the trial of combat that ensued, but I certainly understand why it had to be cut. I am also all for the cutting of a lot of Drogo's character development, as I enjoyed it but it wasn't too necessary to the plot. A few scenes were really missed for me, such as the Stark family finding the direwolves (though I understand having that scene creates a plot hole with the Sansa subplot removed) and Ned bringing Arya to her lessons. Other than those, I thought that this edit was very on point. I couldn't wait to watch through the whole thing, and the character beats and pacing were fantastic. You did a truly great job of making a 10 hour season into a movie length.
I am now hooked and I absolutely can't wait on the second movie! No hurry, though. Thanks for this fantastic edit and I hope you see this saga through to the end!