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This week we highlight two new HBO releases.
War is raging. Alliances are crumbling. The epic battle for the Iron Throne is just beginning . . .
The highly-anticipated release of Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season has come to Blu-ray with HBO Select, DVD and Digital Download.
Based on George R.R. Martin's best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the first season of the Emmy-winning series became the best-selling television title in home entertainment, and fans will certainly not be disappointed with season two, which was nominated for 11 2012 Emmy awards (including Outstanding Drama Series), winning six.
In this season, the coveted Iron Throne is occupied by cruel young Joffrey Baratheon, counseled by his conniving mother Cersei and his uncle Tyrion, who has been appointed Hand of the King. However, the Lannister hold on the Throne is under assault on many fronts. Robb Stark seeks autonomy in the North and has taken Cersei's brother Jaime prisoner in battle. Daenerys Targaryen looks to shore up her depleted power in the East with her three newborn dragons. Stannis Baratheon rejects Joffrey's legitimacy and aligns with a powerful priestess to raise a naval attack while his brother Renly has maintained his own claim since fleeing King's Landing. North of the Wall a new leader is rising among the wildlings adding new perils for Jon Snow and the Night's Watch.
The Blu-ray with HBO Select and DVD bonus materials included in Game of Thrones: The Complete Second Season contains extensive never-before-seen features. Highlights include a comprehensive "making of" the penultimate episode Blackwater, an in-depth look into the War of the Five Kings and meticulous histories and character profiles which explore the amazing production elements that went into making the second season so compelling.
The new HBO comedy Veep, about a woman who becomes vice president, only to discover the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about, is damn funny. It’s no wonder the series was nominated for three 2012 Emmy, winning one for its star Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Former senator Selina Meyer was a rising star in her party, a charismatic leader who seemed to have unlimited potential. Some pundits thought she might even occupy the White House someday. Then she became vice president. Veep follows the whirlwind day-to-day existence of Vice President Meyer as she puts out political fires, juggles a busy public schedule and demanding private life, and defends the president's interests, even as she tries to improve her dysfunctional relationship with the chief executive.
Blu-ray with HBO Select & DVD bonus features include The Making of Veep, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series featuring interviews with cast and crew; Veep: Misspoke, in which the VP clarifies remarks regarding fictional Minnesota Governor Danny Chung; Veep: Obesity, which looks at the VP's hilarious public service announcement (and outtakes) about obesity; deleted scenes; and 12 audio commentaries with show creator Armando Iannucci, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale, executive producers Frank Rich and Chris Godsick.