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True Blood: Season 5 (2013)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (703 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0092Q82LC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,523 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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166 of 173 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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48 of 59 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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54 of 73 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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13 of 17 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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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series January 23, 2013
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I loved this show since the first season. It's great, but it's one of those where you have to learn to shut off your brain and let the weirdness just happen and not analyze the dynamics of everything. A lot of it is absurd and predictable, but the characters are great and the cast is well chosen. Just let yourself get absorbed in the story and you'll enjoy it much more.

Season 5 wasn't the best season so far, but I think a lot of it is setting the stage for something more spectacular next season. I wouldn't skip past it because you can get lost with some of the changes tht happened between characters.

BTW, If it's not too late, the art department should reconsider the box artwork for this season. It's not very appealing for any type of series, but especialy this one. And, it doesn't seem to fit with the style of the previous seasons.
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51 of 72 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Truly the worst season this show has had. October 31, 2012
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Ride
I love this series and have not been disappointed yet. The plots a fun and surprising and keep me wanting more. I'm a person of few words -- so bring on Season 6.
Published 5 days ago by Gail Castleberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Great show. Big fan. Was just what I wanted. Can't wait to get season 6. Not like the books but that's ok.
Published 11 days ago by J. R. Moshier
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
Here swiftly and in perfect condition. discs were clean and the cases were pristine, even had the outside sleeve cover from original wrapping.
Published 14 days ago by SivDre
3.0 out of 5 stars Heading downhill
This series is really heading downhill. I'm fast losing interest! I mean, fairies and vampires??? I'll stick with Game of Thrones.
Published 14 days ago by TonyG
4.0 out of 5 stars Vampires
Few more confrontations with 'other' beings.
Disruption to the romance front.
Unlikely allies. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Annette Radocaj
3.0 out of 5 stars Charlain Harris Where Are You?
Wish there was more of the real story than this tangent based on the works of Charlain Harris. I watch because some of Sookie is better than no Sookie and Alcide is not hard to... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars loveee true blood
I have been a fan since season 1 and although the show has changed drastically since then I still love it. Read more
Published 18 days ago by dee dee
1.0 out of 5 stars Total trash
A typical stupid vampire show mixed with HBOs typical amount of porn . A CW show combined with more porn equals total garbage
Published 20 days ago by Z.M.Jamison
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
It was everything it was promised. I was pleased with every aspect of this transaction. It was a welcoming addition to my ever growing collection.
Published 21 days ago by Candy Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Deal
Great deal for what i received! I love True Blood and The Sookie Stackhouse books look forward to getting season 6
Published 25 days ago by Lorie Gaither
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