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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 (857 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0092Q82LC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,326 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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180 of 187 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Season Five is Fantastic! January 1, 2013
By w.s.
Format:DVD
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 78 people found the following review helpful
By VampFan
Format:DVD
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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38 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing September 4, 2012
Format:DVD
Is it just me, or does it seem like the further away the HBO series gets from the Sookie Stackhouse books, the weirder and stranger it gets?
I don't have anything against TV adaptations not sticking 100% to the originals. But if you're going to go in a different direction, make it a better one. In this case the TV series is so far out there and so far from the books, I'm having a hard time holding on to my enthusiasm for the show. The only thing season 5 of the TV series seems to have in common with the book is that someone is killing shifters. The rest of the plot is completely different and not in a good way.
In the books, the drama, for the most part, is very human, despite the fact that not all the characters are 100% human. It's love, lust, greed, sacrifice and it's very relatable. In this season of the show the drama is violent, bloody, weird, confusing and... despite all of that... sort of boring.
Bill and Erik are hanging out with the Vampire Authority while Sookie is left to deal with the attacks on shifters and her own Fey-related drama. One of the most intriguing parts of the book series - the Bill-Erik-Sookie triangle is nowhere to be found. All the characters have their own separate plot lines that don't seem to have anything to do with one another.
Without giving away anything for those who haven't seen it yet, I'll give you my brief assessment: If this is the direction in which the makers of the show are heading, I may be giving up on this series altogether. It failed to keep me interested.
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56 of 80 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Truly the worst season this show has had. October 31, 2012
Format:DVD
Oh, dear. Poor Sookie. After the great ending of the last season with Debbie blasting Tara, and in turn Sookie blowing Debbie's head off, I was so happy. It was going to guarantee that this season would A: Open with a moral dilemma for Sookie cold-bloodedly murdering someone, and B: Do away with the most annoying character this program has (Tara). And it was going to have Christopher Meloni, who stagnated far too long on SVU, to finally play a character that would allow him to have fun. Also, with Bill and Eric playing fugitive, that had some good character conflict set up immediately as well. This had all the earmarks of a very good start.

Alas, none of these things were to be.

The fact that I watched every episode of the season was something befuddling to me, because other than one of the episodes directed by Michael Lehmann, this was an even more confusing and increasingly frustrating season with just some flat-out ham-fisted story arcs.

The main arc of the season was a not-bold-at-all-but-trying-to-be satire of rising fundamentalism and political and religious division in the United States where the Vampire Council slowly start to convert to a more fundamentalist belief that humans are their food, and they should not try to integrate at all but rather feed and kill at will according to the teachings of The Vampiric Bible and Lilith, the god of all vampires. On the human side of the spectrum, you have human groups in Bon Temps going around killing vampires and assorted "freaks", promoting the superiority of humans in the world. And then there's Sookie caught in the middle of everything, as per usual.
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