‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 3 DVD Release Date: HBO Hates Christmas & America, Makes Us Wait Til February
"Game of Thrones" season 3 DVD release date blues are tough to beat, especially around the holidays. Because we don't get the Blu-Ray and DVD of the best season of the best show of the decade (second best of the century so far, after "The Wire") until after all the holidays: after Christmas, after Kwanzaa, after MLKJ Day, a million years after Hanukkah, heck, it's coming out after Valentine's Day. Way to break our hearts, HBO. Way to break our holiday hearts.
I am so very sad to report that the "Game of Thrones" season 3 DVD release date, which is the same as the Blu-Ray release date, is February 18, 2014. That's the day after President's Day, so if you were thinking of picking up a copy for good ol' Grover Cleveland, you're out of luck there too (National Chocolate Mint Day observers, you are the blessed ones this year!). But seriously though, it's quite a late release date for the third season of the hit show, HBO's biggest after "True Blood" (for now). And it's a serious disappointment for those of us who wanted to stick that Blu-Ray under the holiday tree - for ourselves, obviously.
Not that it's terribly surprising, really. HBO is very predictable in some ways, and it's released the other two "Game of Thrones" Blu-Ray and DVD sets in February as well, just before the next season of the show débuts in the early spring. And guess what: after much speculation, the "Game of Thrones" season 4 premiere is set for early spring, so the DVD and Blu-Ray are set for mid-February - just enough time for you to watch the season all over again (or for the first time, you lucky, lucky person) and get all juiced up for "Game of Thrones" season 4.
The "Game of Thrones" season 3 Blu-Ray release date is a curious move on HBO's part, even though we expected it. It essentially turns the Blu-Ray and DVD release not into an event of its own - although with all the fancy SKUs from Best Buy and Amazon, it certainly has its appeal - into a huge marketing push for the show itself, forgoing the sales of the holiday season for the momentum of the "Game of Thrones" season. And they can do that because, hey, they'll just get those sales the following holiday season - it's not like demand for "Game of Thrones" is dropping. Still, it's a weird call, but clearly it works for them.
Will you be picking up "Game of Thrones" season 3 on DVD or Blu-Ray after it releases on February 18? Or is HBO Go enough for you? Do you want one of the fancy limited editions from various retailers?
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