True Blood 7 Seasons 2008

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Season 1
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1. Strange Love AGES_15_AND_OVER

Across the country, vampires have come 'out of the coffin' after the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood. In Louisiana, Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress with telepathic abilities, falls under the spell of a sexy vampire named Bill Compton.

Starring:
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer
Runtime:
58 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Strange Love

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Alan Ball
Starring Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer
Supporting actors Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Lois Smith
Season year 2008
Network HBO
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By PJ Rankine TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 July 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I am a fan of Charlaine Harris and love the series of books that this show is based upon. Bear in mind that it is produced by HBO the channel that brought you 'Deadwood' so this is definitely adults only. Be prepared for lots of swearing, sex and drugs. A whole lot more than the books ever had. Several themes and characters from the books have been expanded upon to make the show racier so it is fair to say that the show is 'inspired' by the books. That said this is high quality beautifully produced television and I am so glad that they have gone for a second series. All the characters are authentically drawn and not always sympathetically so, book fans will probably be disappointed with the portrayal of Jason Stackhouse. Definitely worth importing the series on blu-ray - the presentation is 1080p full screen with a DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack that has a superb soundfield. With a good system you'll hear every little swamp sound coming from where the director intended it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Diep on 9 July 2011
Format: DVD
I had some doubts about True Blood. I hate the Twilight series and how there seems to be a overly large fanbase for vampire romance, but when I saw how popular this show was and also its critical acclaim, I decided to give it a try and see what the fuss was all about. It turns out it is actually a very good show! I like the fact how there is a cliffhanger in every episode so you always feel this need to watch another episode. You don't feel as though it's a chore watching through these episodes too because there are various subplots going on at the same time also. The cast is pretty fantastic and they play their roles effectively, and the dialogue can be laugh-out-loud hilarious (in a good way), especially with Terra. I like the horror genre also, and the show also mixes thriller/mystery elements effectively that make it such an entertaining watch. There are many twists throughout the show also, which are often highly unpredictable. The cast gives off subtle comedy performances also that add to the show, giving it a nice twist. The only problem I have with the show is that I think the actress who plays Sookie was horribly miscast. Sure, she can put on a Southern accent, but she shows one-dimensional characteristics in her acting and she can't get angry or emotional in a convincing manner. I don't know. Maybe in later seasons she'll improve but we'll have to see.

WATCH THIS SHOW NOW IF YOU HAVEN'T!
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176 of 190 people found the following review helpful By Dollybird on 31 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
The basic premise of this show is pure genius and quite unique. Based on a series of books this show is more addictive than crack! Vampires have 'come out of the closet' and live among humans. Japanese scientists create a synthetic blood (True Blood) so that they don't have to drink from humans. Obviously this doesn't stop some of them but the big surprise is that humans can also drink from them and their blood is a drug known as V.

Sookie (pronounced largely as Sucky!) Stackhouse is a waitress with a talent - she reads minds. Unlike most portrayals of such "gifts" she struggles to switch off the voices in her head in order to live a normal life. When Bill walks in to her restaurant she and all the patrons know immediately that he is a vampire. She's instantly drawn to him as she cannot read his mind and therefore finds peace in his company.

What follows is not for the faint hearted so be warned that this contains massive amounts of sex, nudity, some really bad language (the "c" word is used in the first episode) and graphic violence.
For those reasons I adored it but if you're the type of person who finds Sex and the City to be too full on then steer clear because within the first few minutes this show will shock you!

Alongside some other plotlines is an ongoing murder mystery. Someone's out to get Sookie and Bill vows to protect her. The writers aren't scared of killing off central characters and you'll be left guessing up to the last minute who the killer is.

The main reason to watch this is the amazing acting. Anna Paquin won a Golden Globe for her depiction of Sookie and you can see why. This is a bold and courageous choice for her and her wide eyed innocence is beguiling if a little twee at times.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lally on 16 Aug 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
For those that are fans of the Charlaine Harris novels then be prepared to enjoy the series brought to life. While some of the characters are not as described in the books - the actors manage to pull off the essence of those described by Miss Harris.

Rather than relaying on special effects the focus is on the relationships between the characters and you cannot help but enjoy learning about them in this new way. This first series covers a lot of what can be seen in the fist novel (dead until dark) while adding in some changes to make sure that it works on screen. Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette is excellent and really captures the essence of the short order cook and earns him the right as one of the main members of the cast.

As with a lot of the HBO shows - this veers towards the dark and gritty genre and, for those that have watched any of their other shows you will see more than 1 or 2 familiar faces who take on some of the supporting roles, and this adds a level of comfort to those that enjoyed Deadwood and The Wire.

This has to be one of the better vampire adaptions that have been put out there, and while some of the characters may not look as you had imagined they would - they stay true to their creators vision
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