I don’t normally cover DVD and Blu-ray reviews for TV, Eh?, but when Season 3 of Vikings was sent to me, I had to give it a look. Aside from being in my wheelhouse—it’s history—Touchwood and Momentum Pictures have teamed with Tourism Ireland to offer Vikings fans a pretty cool prize: a trip to Dublin and a visit to the Season 4 set (the details on the contest are at the bottom of the page).
Season 3 of the Canada/Ireland co-production—on sale Tuesday—was the most expansive and dramatic so far. King Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) led his troops to Paris where he plotted to take over the city and its riches while Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) planned to unseat Ragnar over his partnership with King Ecbert (Linus Roache) and fascination with Christianity through Athelstan (George Blagden). Throw in some truly killer battle scenes—the siege of Paris is incredible—and the death of two major characters and creator Michael Hirst is on a roll.
Aside from all 10 episodes contained in the DVD and Blu-ray sets are some great bonus features. There are the requisite Season 3 trailers that teased the broadcast and deleted scenes. While most deleted scenes and episode moments deserve to be on the cutting-room floor, these give some real insight into fringe characters like Porunn (Gaia Weiss) and Torstein (Jefferson Hall).
In celebration of the DVD Blu-ray release, Momentum Pictures partnered with Tourism Ireland and fans of the show can enter to win a trip to Dublin, Ireland, the home of the Vikings set. It includes airfare for two, seven nights’ accommodation, daily Irish breakfasts and a visit the Season 4 set. Enter here.