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TRUE BLOOD: COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FB4W0W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,105 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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True Blood ~ Season 1

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TRUE BLOOD chronicles the backwoods Louisiana town of Bon Temps... where vampires have emerged from the coffin, and no longer need humans for their fix. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin, Academy Award®-winner for "The Piano") works as a waitress at the rural bar Merlotte's. Though outwardly a typical young woman, she keeps a dangerous secret: she has the ability to hear the thoughts of others. Her situation is further complicated when the bar gets its first vampire patron - 173-year old Bill Compton (Steven Moyer, "Quills") - and the two outsiders are immediately drawn to each other. Delivering the best of what audiences have come to expect from Creator and Executive Producer Alan Ball (writer of Oscar®-winning Best Picture "American Beauty", creator of the Emmy® Award-winning HBO® series "Six Feet Under"), TRUE BLOOD is a dark and sexy tale that boldly delves into the heart - and the neck - of the Deep South.

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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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By PJ Rankine TOP 1000 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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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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Ignore the rather simplistic synopsis: 'True Blood' is to 'Twilight' what 'The Wire' is to 'CSI Miami' - in other words, there is no comparison. 'True Blood' takes the wonderful Charlaine Harris books out for a spin, races them down the highway at 100 mph, throws out some of the padding, but also enlivens and enlarges some of the lesser characters in the book - notably Lafayette, who is one of the best characters in the show. Alan Ball also uses the allegorical possibilities of vampire mythology to very great effect. In the redneck smalltown of Bon Temps, people's prejudices are laid bare and the loathing, hatred and enmity towards the vamps (together with their 'exoticism' and tourist value) could be equally applied to lesbian and gay people, transgender people (the 'two spirit' shifters) and, of course, people of colour. Ok, there is lots of sex and some incredibly visceral violence, but this is HBO's stock-in-trade, so no surprise there. What is a surprise is the way in which Alan Ball takes what are already excellent books and creates an alternative set of storylines - staying close enough to Harris's narrative for avid readers of her books, whilst making the narrative arcs sufficiently different to produce a few surprising and unpredictable plot twists - even for those of us who know the stories really well. One other point: the casting is inspired: who else but Anna Paquin could play the plucky, sexy and slightly deranged Sookie Stackhouse, whilst other characters (Lafayette, Eric Northman, Bill Compton, Tara) are also excellent. The best vampire TV show ever? Maybe, although 'Buffy' is still the best at the moment because it ran to seven unforgettable seasons. Perhaps if 'True Blood' lasts as long (and I really hope it does) and maintains this high level of quality, then it could be a case of 'True Blood' rules (or should that be 'drools'?). Buy it - you won't be disappointed.
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