Short Circuits: 'Game of Thrones' S3 on video; dragon app; top PS4 games

  • Updated: February 17, 2014 - 2:44 PM
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Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister on “Game of Thrones.”

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Acclaimed TV show isn’t just a fantasy

The third season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is one of those things that every student of TV history should have.

The series has many fervent admirers. When Hitfix polled TV critics about the best shows of 2013, “Game of Thrones” ranked third, behind only “Breaking Bad” and “Orange Is the New Black.” One episode, the stunning and blood-soaked “The Rains of Castamere,” was among the most discussed telecasts of the season.

The fantasy crowd, and especially fans of the George R.R. Martin novels on which the show is based, have connected to the show as extreme fun. Hence there have been collectibles provided to those fans, and some are included in packages of the third season. (The fourth begins April 6.)

HBO on Tuesday will have the season’s 10 episodes available in seven versions: DVD ($60); a Blu-ray/ DVD/digital combo ($80); DVD sets that include one of two mini-helmets representing the Stark and Targaryen clans ($90); combos with the mini-helmets ($100) and, through Amazon, a limited-edition combo with a mock-stone model of a dragon and other visual additions (selling for about $100).

Even if you go toy-free, the sets offer extras. The basic DVD includes deleted scenes, commentaries and featurettes. The Blu-ray adds more background, guides you can view while watching episodes and a look at the making of “The Rains of Castamere.”

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Also out Tuesday

Movies: “Afternoon Delight,” “Battle of the Damned,” ­“Hellbenders 3D.”

TV: “Nurse Jackie” (Season 5), “The Six Million Dollar Man” (Season 5).

Blu-ray: “Bad Dreams”/“Visiting Hours,” “Darkman,” ­“Foreign Correspondent.”

 

App

Play with dragons, with a limit

With “Dragons Adventure,” a game based on Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon,” Microsoft has hit on a fascinating concept. The free app is made for kids on road trips. It uses Nokia’s maps to translate your real-world route into the fiery and exciting world of the film. Weather in the game mirrors weather in real life.

The game does have a major limitation. The Lumia 2520, Nokia’s first tablet, is the only device on which it will work. Still, “Dragons Adventure” is interesting, because with a companion app, parents can send dragons to battle into their kids’ paths and hide treasures to find.

It’s fun, and it will be interesting to see whether it leaks over into games that are more widely available.

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