My wife and I love the Game of Thrones series BUT to plow through all 8 seasons when we need our fix is a lot to ask. I was thrilled to see that someone had taken up the gauntlet of condensing these seasons in to movies. I must admit I was skeptical that a single movie would be able to successfully condense a season down and not lose too much of the nuance of the individual episodes.
I was pleasently suprised. Heck, I was dumb founded that it was translated so well. The music, I must admit, did hurt the immersion some as I am a fan of LOTR and every time I heard the familiar score it did take me out of the moment. To be honest though, after about the 30 minute mark I started not noticing it so much and it became familiar.
Overall, this will be my preferred way of watching the series going forward, unless of course I have nothing like a job, kids, or any other real life things that would allow me sit quietly and watch all the episodes at my own pace.
Thank you for making this and I look forward to all your future projects.
I've always been more of a fan of the ASOIAF novels than the show which I stopped watching around early season 2. Was quite interested to see this project cutting the seasons down into films, and I'm also a LOTR buff so I was interested to see how the music played.
Overall it's a strong cut well-executed. The music worked better than I expected, but I felt that some of the original music warranted inclusion rather than a wholesale replacement, and sometimes there was just too much strong music constantly without enough time to breathe.
There were some unfortunate digital glitches that others have mentioned, hopefully those will be cleaned up for a better viewing experience but hardly a deal breaker. Also noticeably lower audio quality at a few points.
I thought the narrative worked quite well! If anything I think it could have done with another 20-30 minutes, particularly to develop the Stark children a bit more and make the King's Landing conspiracy slightly less rushed. Strong decisions on what to include and what to cut overall.
This edit is astounding in that it collapsed so much complicated narrative into a less than 3 hour film. I'm shocked that it even worked, and even more impressed that it worked as well as it did.
Looked good on my 4k TV, I noticed a couple of pixelated spots which may or may not have been Plex related, so YMMV. Sounded good on my surround sound as well.
There are some choices made as far as what to cut, when to cut that I personally don't agree with, but none of it is done poorly. A lot of it will come down to your taste, and what you enjoy about the show.
My biggest grip is the new music. It just doesn't fit to me, especially given that the show has so much fantastic music. I'd honestly put the Game of Thrones score up there on par with Howard Shore's LOTR work. The music is also part of the personality of the show, just like Star Wars' music is part of what makes it so great. I'm a little puzzled by the decision to use different music, as it seems like it would be a lot of work to replace the music of the entire edit. Again, a personal opinion, so can't fault you for it.
Overall this is a truly impressive edit, and great for those that want to "watch" the season without devoting 10 hours to it. I'd be curious to see how it plays to someone that's never seen the show before.