Game of Thrones: A Tale of Kings and Honor

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Game of Thrones: A Tale of Kings and Honor
Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2011
Original Running Time:
550 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
158 minutes
Time Cut:
392 minutes
Available in HD:
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Synopsis:
A streamlined and fast-paced narrative, in the structural and musical spirit of the Lord of the Rings franchise. Season 1 in 2 hours and 36 minutes, with the epic score of Howard Shore.
Intention:
Did you ever want to marathon Game of Thrones or watch it at a faster pace? Did you ever want to watch it all with a friend but you didn't have the time? Or do you simply love Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones? Then this should be for you!
Other Sources:
- Howard Shore - Lord of the Rings Original Score Tracks
- Lord of the Rings Trilogy (New Line Cinema)
Special Thanks:
Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema for inspiration.
Release Information:
Digital
Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2011
Original Running Time:
550 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
158 minutes
Time Cut:
392 minutes
Available in HD:
image
Synopsis:
A streamlined and fast-paced narrative, in the structural and musical spirit of the Lord of the Rings franchise. Season 1 in 2 hours and 36 minutes, with the epic score of Howard Shore.
Intention:
Did you ever want to marathon Game of Thrones or watch it at a faster pace? Did you ever want to watch it all with a friend but you didn't have the time? Or do you simply love Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones? Then this should be for you!
Other Sources:
- Howard Shore - Lord of the Rings Original Score Tracks
- Lord of the Rings Trilogy (New Line Cinema)
Special Thanks:
Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema for inspiration.
Release Information:
Digital

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9.7
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
Enjoyment
 
9.0
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.
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7.9
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9.0
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9.0
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4.0
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10.0
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TV-to-movie edits are tough. It's really easy to take a 10 hour TV season and make a 4 hour TV season. What's difficult is taking a 10 hour season and making a proper 2.5 hour movie. In that sense, this edit passes with flying colours. There's another edit of season one that didn't do a good job with the narrative but this is on another level. This is a gripping story with all the right elements. The opening is genius and it flows like a proper movie. The only bad thing I can say about the narrative is that it's not a self-contained story and relies on the fact that sequels are coming. But that's a minor quibble because you'll definitely want to watch the sequel right after this anyway.

The picture quality is great and the addition of the LOTR score is a great bonus. But there's a serious issue with this edit in that there about a dozen or so spots where the picture becomes very pixelated for a few seconds. It's bad enough that it takes you out of the movie and the editor really should have corrected this before releasing it. Were it not for that, this would easily be a 9 or 10 out of 10, but as it stands now, I can't recommend this edit. The editor should really take another shot at this because the narrative is so good that it deserves a release without technical issues.
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I needed a way to convince a friend to watch game of thrones with me, let me just say, THIS WORKED, I watched the first two seasons with them in fanedit form and then we swapped to the regular TV show. That alone, is an amazing accomplishment. It is hard to condense such a long season into a movie, so we lose a lot of subplots, character growth and even context between characters etc. It isn't too bad and is a worthy trade-off for making it into an easy to watch movie. The audio? Never bothered me and frankly I barely noticed although my friend loved LOTR so really enjoyed it.

Lets discuss some of the changes from the forum post:

- Ned Stark is the main character, not the Starks. All the Starks get to shine in Winterfell just as they should, but as the story progresses and Ned leaves, so does our focus on his children, Catelyn and Winterfell, only to feature again after the middle-act (100 minute mark) when Tyrion visits after his trip to The Wall, and at the end after Ned's death, to set-up the second movie.

Fine choice, doesn't let you really get a feel for the family, which is arguably the long-term goal of these scenes cause Ned is expendable but okay.

- No Tyrion and Catelyn subplot with Tyrion being captured and taken prisoner, and the trip to the Eyrie.

This is disappointing because we don't get ANY context (that I can remember) for Ser Bronn and their connection. Ser Bronn is an amazing character and this was a bit jarring for my friend.

- No Catelyn visiting Ned and Littlefinger at King's Landing.

Fine, I didn't even miss this as something worth remembering.

- Daenery's storyline starts later, as I don't want to detract from the Starks. It starts just before Ned and Jon leave Winterfell, after Robert's speech in the crypts as in the original (which is now much later).

This is fine, actually felt pretty natural .

- Viserys is just the worst brat and big brother ever and villain of Daenerys' story, and that is all he is. Cut personal scenes.

Viserys sucks, he is super lame, but maybe this removes some context as to the legacy of their family? Anyways, good riddance.

- Removed tremendous amount of supporting characters' subplots to focus on main plots.

Again, this had to be done to fit a movie running time, only certain scenes were missed. OH, except for the wolfs each stark kid gets, this is sorely missed and I think pretty fun.

- Removed tremendous amount of character's dialogues and backstories, and scenes of no story or character importance.

Again, running time.

- Jon Snow storyline at Castle Black is much more condensed, fast-paced and visually appealing.

Since we don't get much family bonding, Jon Snow feels more distant. Eh.

- The greatest deal of screentime for Tyrion is the first 60 minutes, and the last 60 minutes. In the second act he takes a backseat as he is traveling home, although short appearances here and there when relevant for the story.

Fine.

- King's Landing scenes are extremely condensed and relevant to the plot, and have a very thriller'y feel to it.

King's Landing feels quick, which was the goal. We don't get much of a sense for the city.

- Ned Stark's children at King's Landing, Arya and Sansa, very much take a backseat from the second act and throughout, though it is known Arya takes waterdancing lessons from Syrio Forell.

Arya taking the waterdancing lessons was MUCH needed, glad its here.

- Khal Drogo is no longer of great importance. He is there. He looks badass. He plays his part. But pregnancy/son-subplot, Daenery's&Khal full-on romance and all the boring and supposedly emotional and personal scenes are removed, with very few exceptions.

My friend felt Khal was a terrible person, which in someways he is but in others he was a sorta good guy. The removal of these scenes makes him feel like a horrible, horrible, bad words assaulter ya know?

- Khal Drogo dies of his wounds. Witch tries to save him. Daenerys' enters tent, comes out with baby dragons. No braindead Khal Drogo-subplot and "oh nooo, my moon & stars, i love you".

Again, see above.

- Littlefinger and Varys play their parts as mysterious characters and schemers, although their appearances (mostly) only relevant for Ned or the story.

This is fine.

That's the end of the changes listed, I am very glad to have watched Season 1 and Season 2 in this format. It got my friend into the show and we are on season 5 now. I really enjoyed rewatching the first two seasons in this format too. It was a nice refresher and sometimes it's hard for me to pay attention to the actual show after having seen it, but the edited format gave me something new to watch and kept my attention more because I was interested in the changes.

I might not do a review of the season 2 edit, but my thoughts are about the same. Thank you for the edit. Good job!

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Owner's reply June 20, 2023

Thank you for a thourough and good review. I hope you (and/or your friend) will give the Original Score editions a chance, as they are improved in all aspects - imo.

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Overall rating
 
6.6
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7.0
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2.0
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9.0
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9.0
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3.0
Having never read the books and having rather enjoyed the GoT series (up until Season 5), the best compliment that I can give this edit is to write that it is "watchable".

The biggest critique/folly of this edit is the inability to fully immerse myself in the story due to the editors decision to use music from The Lord of The Rings movies.
That, is a HUGE mistake.

It is tantamount to someone editing the Star Trek movies and using music from the Star Wars films.

The editor underestimates the power of music. He/She does not seem to understand that movies are not exclusively a visual medium; they are an auditory medium just as much if not more so.

As such, I cannot give this edit a higher score and I only recommend this edit to those who have either, never seen The Lord of The Rings movies, those who do not hold The Lord of the Rings movies in high regard or those who are deaf and have never heard the score from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

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Owner's reply May 22, 2022

1. Why in god's name didn't you watch the GoT-score versions of the first films and the following?

2. It is neither a mistake nor a lack of film knowledge or film scoring for me to CHOOSE to create a Lord of the Rings-inspired take on Game of Thrones.

3. This was a harsh and uncalled for review.

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10.0
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10.0

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9.7
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9.0
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10.0
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10.0
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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.

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(Updated: July 03, 2019)
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8.3
Audio/Video Quality
 
7.0
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8.0
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10.0
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8.0
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10.0
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.

Excited to watch the follow-up edits.

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