Full disclosure—before last night, I never had the opportunity to use Cinera for a full-length movie or show. So last night’s episode was mind-blowing for multiple reasons.
I’m not sure what to react to first—Game of Thrones or Cinera. So why not both? (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.)
First, the image quality was absolutely stunning. The colors were bright and vivid, and the blacks were solid and crisp. In terms of definition, I relished in the fact that I could see every single beautiful detail on Little Finger’s slimy face when the Stark women called him out on his game.
It was so, so, so satisfying to watch him sweat.
Even though Game of Thrones isn’t shot in 3D, the Movie Theater-like dual screens dropped me into the middle of the action—whether I wanted to be or not. It was like I was a crow, soaring overhead and watching the world crumble beneath me. Add in the surround sound, and the drama was inescapable.
We love talking about the incredible CGI in the show, and we should—but let’s also take a minute to really appreciate the sound design. At least half of the show creators’ world is constructed in sound. I mean, sure, a dead dragon freaky-fire-blasting a massive ice wall is terrifying, but not nearly as terrifying as also hearing the thundering of its wings, the screech of its cry, and the utter destruction of tons upon tons of ice plummeting into the water.
I am also pleased to report that the burden-free arm worked like a charm. Like some of our commenters, I was a bit hesitant to not use the head strap. But about 30 minutes in, I was really glad I had some support.
All in all, I was super impressed by my Cinera experience and would recommend it to anyone who likes movies or watching shows. Next year, when everybody and their mother (or aunt) is battling it out for the throne, this is definitely the home theater solution I’ll choose.