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True Blood - Series 5 2012

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All 12 episodes from the fifth season of the offbeat vampire drama adapted from Charlaine Harris's 'The Southern Vampire Mysteries' book series by writer Alan Ball. In this series, Sookie (Anna Paquin) makes an arrangement with Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) that will save a wounded Tara (Rutina Wesley) but leave her much changed and Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgrd) find themselves under interrogation by the Vampire Authority following the murder of Nan Flanigan. The episodes comprise: 'Turn! Turn! Turn!', 'Authority Always Wins', 'Whatever I Am, You Made Me', 'We'll Meet Again', 'Let's Boot and Rally', 'Hopeless', 'In the Beginning', 'Somebody That I Used to Know', 'Everybody Wants to Rule the World', 'Gone, Gone, Gone', 'Sunset' and 'Save Yourself'.

Starring:
Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • True Blood: Season 5 - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • True Blood: Season 5 - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • True Blood: Season 5 - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
  • True Blood: Season 5 - Disc 4 ages_18_and_over
  • True Blood: Season 5 - Disc 5 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 10 hours 59 minutes
Starring Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Kristin Bauer Van Str, Deborah Ann Woll, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander SkarsgåRd
Director Daniel Attias, Daniel Minahan, Michael Lehmann
Genres Fantasy, Horror
Studio WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Rental release 20 May 2013
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • True Blood: Season 5 - Blu-ray - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • True Blood: Season 5 - Blu-ray - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • True Blood: Season 5 - Blu-ray - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
  • True Blood: Season 5 - Blu-ray - Disc 4 ages_18_and_over
  • True Blood: Season 5 - Blu-ray - Disc 5 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 10 hours 59 minutes
Starring Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Kristin Bauer Van Str, Deborah Ann Woll, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander SkarsgåRd
Director Daniel Attias, Daniel Minahan, Michael Lehmann
Genres Fantasy, Horror
Studio WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Rental release 20 May 2013
Main languages English
Dubbing Spanish, French
Subtitles Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Spanish, Danish, Portuguese, French, Norwegian
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

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I've been a huge fan of True Blood since the first series aired (have not read the books), as it is one of the more original series to come out of the last decade. It is fair to say that series 5 is one of the weaker instalments of the franchise, however a bad episode of True Blood is still better than most things on T.V.

This series is still full of some very interesting story lines, with some great twists and action, especially in Pam's story line which I thought stole the show in this series, however like other reviews have suggested it is still fair to say that some of the other story lines, about the less interesting characters, were not as engaging. However every series has a few "filler" story lines and that should not distract from the fact the majority of the season is well scripted and produced staying true to the usual standards of HBO.

I won't start reviewing the different narratives in the series as I feel there is no need, however, if you are a fan of True Blood, ignore the 2 star reviews as they are completely unfair, yes this series is not as good as the other series of True Blood, however it is still a cracking series none the less, offering interesting debates about vampire religion and ethics, still offering us a some what social commentary of the western societies we live in today.
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By Skeadugenga TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2013
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As usual, the season got off to a relatively slow start, it seems to be the pattern that you have to give it a while to warm up.
As far as the books go, we're off the edge of the map now, don't assume that the books and the TV series are in any way related
other than the names of the characters.

I felt this was quite a strong series, if only for the fact that there was so much going on that there was no time to be bored,
you had to pay attention and keep up, or you were going to miss something (always an excuse for a rewatch). I found the vampire council
laughable (really, you've survived how long with minimal social skills and a tendency to trust a man standing behind you with an axe?),
but it gave Russell an excuse to vamp it up to such extremes that he'd make a pantomime dame look like Jane Austen. So the funny bits worked
for me, but I found it hard to take the drama seriously.

Bill and Eric did strong, silent plotting although Bill also seems to have taken an unpleasant direction into mumbo jumbo fanaticism, Terry did bewildered, Arelene did gormless, Sam dependable, Sookie psychic, Jessica and Jason gorgeous much as usual. Hoyt breaks my heart in his scenes. Pam got several new dimensions, which I love, because I think she's great. Tara has given up being the emotional punchbag, but this now seems to have become Lafayette's role, which is so wrong because Lafayette exuberant is just irresistible.

Not as good a storyline as some other seasons, but everyone got plenty of screentime, which made for an exhilarating ride.
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This isn't the best season of True Blood by any stretch of the imagination but it also isn't the worst. Once again there is far too much going on at too fast a pace but I suppose it wouldn't be the show we've all come to love if that wasn't the case.
The central themes of this season are really interesting and I thought that the politics/religion at the heart of the Authority were riveting, rather than the snore-fest that some other reviewers have hinted at. It was also fascinating to see Bill's transformation from a sane, kind-of-good-hearted realist into a crazed, religious maniac (and I'm really not giving much away there so I refuse to cry SPOILER) but he still remained totally in-character with his continuous political manoeuvrings.
Other good things about this season: plenty of Eric time; the return of the wonderful Russell Edgington and hilarious Steve Newlin; Pam's back-story and a few lovely little vignettes between her and Eric; a lot less time spent in the company of the achingly awful Sookie Stackhouse; some brilliant interplay between Tara and Pam; and the beginnings of a blinder of a storyline in Season 6.
But there are still too many bad things: Terry's side-story is just plain dull and no amount of topical jiggery-pokery (the war in Iraq, the terrible plight of so many soldiers, the atrocities committed there etc. etc.) can ever make up for that; Lafayette seems to have been included just for the sake of it and nothing much comes of his many story arcs; the Jess and Jason thing feels forced; Alcide and his werewolf pals add nothing to the season; and, perhaps worst of all, those pesky faeries are back again, boring the pants off us - all would be forgiven if only a single one of them could act!
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Format: Blu-ray
I have been watching True Blood (huge fan of the books too) from the start and had always ranked it high among my favourite shows, but this season was a major step down.

Where do I start? Too many characters we really don't care about or are not important to the overall plot. Biggest example would be Terry's storyline. I really didn't care what the outcome of this was and over the course of the season I thought it may have some bigger payoff and tie in to the overall storyline, but no. Previous seasons did a great job with the secondary characters fitting into the bigger picture and was one of my favourite things about the show but this season seemed to forget about that. I also thought the the story was going a mile a minute, not that I couldn't keep up, it's just that each episode felt over bloated.

I hope everyone involved takes a step back for season 6, slow down the pace and keep the characters relevant and I think we'll fix the biggest problems. They've already gone so far off the storylines of the books so I don't expect many shreds of them them to appear in the tv show which is quite a shame because one of my favourite characters would have been introduced in season 6.

If you have not yet watched season 5, don't expect anything better than the previous seasons. Buy at your own discretion, this is not the True Blood we have come to love over the years.
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