As HBO and HBO Max prepare to launch the new Dragon House series later this month, HBO announced that the original game of thrones is now available in 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
“From epic battles like Blackwater and The Battle of the Bastards, to emotional scenes like Hold the Door, and the shocking twists of The Red Wedding and The Great Seven Explosion, fans will be immersed in the world of Westeros in a way that ‘they’ve never seen before,” HBO announced in its statement. “Whether subscribers are watching the series for the first time or in anticipation of the ‘House of the Dragon’ premiere, these formats make episodes more crisp and feature deeper, richer colors, while delivering atmospheric sound.” HBO Max now features a “World of Westeros” section, featuring all Game of Thrones-related content.
Meanwhile, HBO Max announced last week that it would be hosting a podcast on the new House of the Dragon series, hosted by Jason Concepcion and Greta Johnsen. Concepcion is a noted game of thrones expert who announced the “Ask the Maester” column for Grantland, and later for The Ringer.
“Our goal is to create a space where all fans, whether they’ve been watching for 10 years or 10 weeks, can truly immerse themselves in all things ‘Game of Thrones’ and maybe even learn something new from the people who brought it to life,” Concepcion said in the HBO statement.
Meanwhile, viewers began to offer their first reactions to the series. “For those curious about the series, without spoilers, I can say what I really dig is the fact that it still feels epic in its scale and scope while telling a personal and intimate story about a family, showcasing both their love and dysfunction,” Christina Radish of Collider wrote on Twitter. Brandon Katz wrote that the series’ first episode “very effectively explains its background to GoT, introduces its main characters, and exposes the series’ central conflict. It’s an easy-to-follow premiere with vibrant colors and texture. detailed.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mail warned that the new series offers “little sex and nudity”, while noting the inclusion of “non-binary stars” and “fluid characters”.
“From the very first episodes of George RR Martin’s eight-season epic, there were graphic sex scenes, tales of rape and incest and even gory depictions of child murder,” said the Mail. “But 11 years later, times have changed, even in the never-ending land of Westeros. For House Of The Dragon, the highly anticipated prequel to the original series, it has fully awakened, according to Hollywood insiders.
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