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True Blood Season 3 (HBO) [DVD] [2011]

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  • Actors: Anna Paquin, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Alexander Skarsgaard, Stephen Moyer
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French, Portuguese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2011
  • Run Time: 633 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,601 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

In Bon Temps, everyone has something to hide. But when new threats emerge, no one can conceal the secrets of their past.

After Sookie discovers that Bill has been kidnapped, she heads to Mississippi where she becomes entangled in a world ruled by a pack of vicious werewolves and the powerful Vampire King, Russell Edgington. There, her powers resurface and she learns that Bill may not be trusted. Eric is also drawn to the King’s domain to settle an old score; Tara dives deep into turmoil; Jason falls for a mysterious woman; Lafayette can’t avoid love or demons; Jessica sharpens her vampire skills; and Sam uncovers the truth about his birth family. It all leads up to the revelation of the series... Sookie’s true identity.

DVD Extras
  • Episode 2 Audio Commentary with Alexander Skarsgard and Scott Winant
  • Episode 3 Audio Commentary with Michael Lehmann and Alexander Woo
  • Episode 4 Audio Commentary with Kristin Bauer and David Petrarca
  • Episode 6 Audio Commentary with Alan Ball and Dennis O’Hare
  • Episode 7 Audio Commentary with Anna Paquin, Joe Manganiello, and Brian Buckner
  • Episode 12 Audio Commentary with Stephen Moyer and Anthony Hemingway
  • Minisodes (20 mins, approx)
  • Post Mortems (20 mins, approx)
  • Anatomy of a Scene (25 mins, approx) from Episode 2
  • Snoop Dogg Video (2 mins, approx)


The 12 episodes composing True Blood - Season 3 are either the best yet or the most ridiculous, depending on one's opinion of the increasing number of monsters entering the scene. As last season saw an onslaught of pagan and ancient Greek-derived "supernaturals", as they are called by Bon Temps' citizens, this season welcomes everything from werewolves to vampire royalty to that surprise-being that Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) finally discovers she shares genes with. While the first two seasons centered on the spicy love affair between Sookie and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), this season branches out once again from the vampire-human cultural blender. From the first episode, "Bad Blood", when Bill is whisked off to meet the King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), whose villainous scheme will inform all ensuing episodes, one gets less of Sookie and Bill, and more of everything else.

For example, Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) reveals himself this time around, starting in the episodes "Beautifully Broken" and "It Hurts Me Too", in which he tracks down members of his past and in turn meets some new family, like his mischievous brother, Tommy Mickens (Marshall Allman). Following up on Eggs's death at the end of season two, Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) and Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) have multiple police dramas, especially in later episodes like "I Smell a Rat" and "Fresh Blood". This season, too, presents some of life's greatest challenges to Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), as if she hadn't suffered enough after her new love Eggs was shot. Hoyt (Jim Parrack) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), as a foil couple to Sookie and Bill's vampire-human coupling, have enormous hurdles to jump over simply to continue dating. While all of these dramas make the characters in Bon Temps come alive like never before, the silliest of the plots continues on, unfortunately, as Queen Sophie-Anne Leclerq (Evan Rachel Wood) has to battle King Edgington for Vamp-Blood sales territory. On the up side of that chess-game narrative, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) and his femme fatale, Pam De Beaufort (Kristin Bauer), play much larger roles this season, and in the finale, "Evil Is Going On", Eric not only discovers his deep past history but struggles through his rockiest present dangers thus far.

Interestingly, though Sookie is still the protagonist, True Blood appears to be shifting to a wider view, emphasizing the overall community and the effects supernatural warfare has on Bon Temps collectively. Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis), still one of the most charming characters, discovers more about his past, thanks to nurse Jesus Velasquez (Kevin Alejandro), and Jason too discovers a new calling, thanks to Crystal Norris (Lindsay Pulsipher). If anything, this season of past recollections and the realizations of future callings will allow for this excellent series to carry on into infinity, as magical creatures continue to grace this setting enriched with full-fledged characters. Vampires were, as the cast confirms this time around, only the beginning. --Trinie Dalton

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Skeadugenga TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 May 2011
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I've just finished watching the S3 box set, having studiously avoided all spoilers since last year. There were so many cliffhangers at the end that I started searching round for that missing extra disk. Not much gets resolved and a wait of a year for the next installment has made me distinctly grumpy.

I think I may prefer that the series moves too fast than subject us to the tiresome Tara/Mother soap that made the latter half of Series 1 so tedious, but there was so much happening in S3 that you didn't have time to register one thing before the next hit you. I also think that Sam's development as part nice guy part psychopath is too much - he is one of the moral compasses of the show, the others being Bill and Sookie and all three went haywire this season, which is leading us dangerously near to "so what"

And the Timotei advert fey - in Sookie's words "That is so lame". I've read the books and wondered how they were going to do it, appreciate its difficult but if anyone can make it convincing it would be Alan Ball. Sadly it appears to be impossible to do.

Having said all that, I still really enjoyed it - Alcide Hervaux is a great new character, I loved the werewolves and I adore Pam - who got more screen time this year.

**Update** - I've just watched the final season - Season 7 - it was terrible. If you're considering starting on "True Blood" - its a great ride. But if you're someone who needs a good ending to a 7 year series then think hard before you go there.
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118 of 137 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Sep 2010
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Following the hedonistic reign of terror of the redoubtable Maryann, the residents of Bon Temps are once again trying to pull their lives back together. For Sookie Stackhouse, events are complicated by the disappearance of her vampire lover Bill Compton, the emergence of a bunch of werewolves on the scene and the machinations of the vampire King of Mississippi. Meanwhile, Sookie's brother Jason pursues a new career in law-enforcement, Sam Merlott tracks down his real parents and Jessica, now broken up with Hoyt, embraces her vampire side more freely. Meanwhile (again), Lafayette gets a boyfriend called Jesus (True Blood? Controversial? Never!) and there are some meth-dealing hicks around causing mischief. And there's this werewolf called Alcide who fancies Sookie and spends a fair bit of time with his shirt off. And Tara gets emotionally abused (yet again) by Thomas Cromwell from The Tudors. And a whole ton of other stuff happened which I'm forgetting right now.

True Blood has always been a nutty, camp, somewhat trashy but always resolutely entertaining show, but its third season is nothing less than a sustained, full-scale assault on the viewer's senses and sanity. Learning from the pacing problems in Season 2 (where the latter part of the season degenerated into a tiresome parade of filler orgy scenes for no discernible plot reason), Alan Ball has massively overcompensated, packing every single instant of this season with surprising plot revelations, new characters, surprise reappearances of old characters (including dead ones), new ideas, new races, new concepts and, indeed, the kitchen sink. It's certainly not a dull season, but it is one that is overloaded to the point of near-incoherence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on 11 Feb 2012
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You should only really get this box set if you've watched season 2 & 1, it's more of the same but in this case it's a good thing. In this season the 'Weres' are introduced along with the fairy 'Claudine' really worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scottie From Tottie on 4 Jan 2012
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I'm not a massive fan of vampire stories on screen and I haven't read the books upon which the series is based.

But I don't think that really matters. It is just intreguing to have a TV series based upon the premise that Vampires are real and want to integrate into society like any other ethnic minority. So if you are an adult who are looking for a TV series to get on boxset and would like to see extreme adult themes explored then this is the one series that must be on your list.

This is the third series of True Blood and it was the series that I started watching first. After watching it, I watched the first two series because I wanted to see the backstory, but take it from me. The third series is the best TV series ever. It is not perfect, just beautifully flawed and hilarious. Jammed packed with interesting characters, performances that evoke strong feelings within you, whether positive or negative. Dialogue moving from the sublime to the ridiculous. But most of all, its so very entertaining.

Favorite Character.

Bill Compton. The brooding, noble gentleman cruelly cursed with immortality. Beautifully judged by the outstanding Stephen Moyer.

Honorable Mention. The maniacal King of Mississippi, Russel Edgington. Magnetic and hilariously over the top performance from Denis O'Hare. [Reminicient of Gary Oldman in Leon - The Director's Cut [Blu-ray]

That is not to say that there aren't other superb performances in the show. It takes a certain amount of skill to make stupidity and naivety look natural and every actor in the show plays that role well. Especially Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten).
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