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True Blood: Season 5 (2013)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, Portuguese, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (836 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0092Q82LC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "True Blood: Season 5" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Inside the Episodes: Get the back-stories on each episode with revealing interviews from the show writers.
  • Audio Commentaries: 5 Commentaries with the Cast and Crew including Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Denis O'Hare, Carrie Preston, and many more!
  • Previews & Recaps

Editorial Reviews

Returning for its fifth season, True Blood is HBO’s sexy, scary, wildly entertaining drama series from Oscar®- and Emmy®-winner Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. In addition to returning cast favorites – human/faerie waitress Sookie Stackhouse, her vampire suitors Bill Compton and Eric Northman, soul-searching pal Tara, shape-shifting boss Sam, rakish brother Jason, clairvoyant Lafayette and teen-vamp Jessica – Season 5 introduces a whole new wave of otherworldly characters. There’s Vampire Guardian Roman, president of the Vampire Authority, who wants co-existence between humans and vampires; vampire zealot Salome (yes, the Salome), intent on recreating the world in God’s vampyric image; Authority Chancellor Nora, who shares the same maker as Eric; werewolves J.D. and Martha, who want a reluctant Alcide to take his rightful place as packmaster; and many more. Mixing romance, suspense, mystery and humor, True Blood Season 5 goes deep into the battle between the Vampire Authority and “vampire fundamentalists” – a political power play whose outcome could decide not only the fate of Sookie and her Bon Temps friends, but of all human existence.

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178 of 185 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Season Five is Fantastic! January 1, 2013
By w.s.
The Bon Temps gang returns for the fifth season of HBO's "True Blood". I am a colossal fan of the show, having seen every episode since the pilot. Like every show, "True Blood" has had a few ups and downs in terms of writing. Seasons one and two were the show at its best, in my opinion. Season three was a lot of fun, but suffered from cluttered storylines and tonal problems. But, season four -- although it still can't top season one or two -- was a solid return to form (and I can't understand the bashing it regularly receives on here from other fans).

So, how does season five compare? I found this year to be even better than the last; the most compelling reason for this is the fundamental shaking up of all things comfortable and familiar on the show. All of the close relationships have been compromised or changed or they've grown apart: Sookie/Bill/Eric, Sookie/Tara, Pam/Eric, Jason/Hoyt, Tara/Lafayette, etc. This was the year of the Break Up (friendships as well as romances). But, the interesting thing is how this made way for all sorts of new and compelling bonds to form: Bill/Eric, Pam/Tara, Jason/Jessica.

Season five was definitely a game-changer (probably because it was creator Alan Ball's farewell season). There isn't even a clear-cut Big Bad this year. The villain could be seen as The Authority and through our infiltration of the system this year, we get the sense of just how ambiguous the concepts of right and wrong, good and bad really are to the vampires of the True Blood 'verse. The most compelling part about this story is finally getting to see the inner workings of the Authority and how fundamentally it changes both Bill and Eric (especially toward the latter half of the season). The members of the Authority themselves, though, are a mixed bag.
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53 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starting to Lose Interest December 27, 2012
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I've been a fan of True Blood since the beginning, but this past season has begun to test my loyalty. The seasonal villain is too far-fetched. I know the characters are vampires, but it would be nice to see even one of them maintain a successful relationship. If this keeps up, we're going to need a flow chart just to keep up with who is sleeping with whom and who is now a vampire and who is still human. I still have hopes for the new season, but I'm only cautiously optimistic.
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59 of 77 people found the following review helpful
By VampFan
True Blood started as everyone saying you have to see this and me grudgingly taking Season 1 from a friend. I now own all the seasons, know each character by name with background story and am humbly awaiting the release of season five. Its addicting, dont' say I didn't warn you
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely LOVE this series!!! February 18, 2014
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Such a good series! If you have yet to get started on the True Blood sereis...where have you been?! Definitely not something for the young adult to be watching but us adults sure can watch and watch and watch!! I won't dare miss an episode and sometimes find that I will watch the new episode 2-3 times the first night it airs! Really good series just wish there were more episodes to each season and I HATE that this coming season (in 2014) will be the final season! Now that really sucks!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hunk a hunk a burining love! February 21, 2014
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Man, this season proved to be EXCITING!!! From the first episode it had you on your toes wondering who was playing who and who was about to meet the True death!!! Lots of action, sexy bodies and attitude!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars im an addict February 12, 2014
By Bethany
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im a true blood addict lol cant wait to buy the next season! i watch entire seasons in two days!!!!!!!
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25 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Blood - Back From the Dead September 17, 2012
By ChaCha
After season 4, I thought this show was deader than dead. Truthfully, I started to watch season 5 like anticipating a root canal. I made a vow to myself that I only had to watch the first two episodes and if it were intolerable, I gave myself permission to yank the drill out of my mouth. Well color me happy with a big box of crayons - True Blood has redeemed itself as one of the most addicting and entertaining series ever. I feel totally vindicated that all those people who raked us book lovers over the coals for disliking Season 4 because they felt we wanted things to be just like the books were so wrong; we just hated stupid and boring plots, not that they didn't follow the books. I say Were Droppings to them!

Season 5 won me over because it was a return to well written, funny, full of adventure entertainment. There was more fairy fun. Tara has become interesting (can you believe it?) and Jason actually had loads to do this season without it feeling gratuitous to keep him employed on the show. Lots of revealing flashbacks, old characters that we love were brought back, and off the charts humor have succeeded in making my once favorite show a favorite once again. Never thought True Blood come make a comeback. Bravo!
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TRUE BLOOD - IN NEED OF A TRANSFUSION? May 28, 2013
I've been a big fan of TRUE BLOOD since its first season, catching it on its yearly DVD releases. TB has been inventive, well done and a refreshing alternative to mundane network programming. However, Season 5 finds the drama perhaps needing a blood transfusion. Much of what's kept the show so addictive is lost in the superfluous mini-arcs this season. While appreciating attempts to supply all its cast their "place in the spotlight", these arcs were often more a distraction than an enhancement e.g. the smoke monster, the Obama vigilante group and the overly emphasized religious and political barnstorming in the Authority plotline.
Casting was a little disappointing as well.Both Christopher Meloni's character and performance were less than stellar. The former SVU stalwart didn't bring anything special to the role of Roman. Standout performances came this season from Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica), Jim Parrack (Hoyt), Kristin Bauer (Pam), Chris Bauer (Andy) and Ryan Kwanten (Jason). Anna Paquin's Sookie had a more secondary presence this season probably due to her pregnancy and this lessening had a noticeable impact. Sookie is the heart of TB!
But I still love the series and hope Season 6 brings some of its original magic back!
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