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True Blood: Season 3 (2010)

Anna Paquin , Stephen Moyer  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2014
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,469 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0032JTV6A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "True Blood: Season 3" on IMDb

Special Features

-Anatomy of a Scene
-True Blood Post Mortems
-Snoop Dogg “Oh Sookie” video
-6 Audio Commentaries with the cast and crew including Executive Producer and Creator Alan Ball, Anna Paquin (Sookie), Stephen Moyer (Bill), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Kristin Bauer Van Straten (Pam De Beaufort), Denise O’Hare (Russell Edgington) and more!

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In Bon Temps, everyone has something to hide. But when new threats emerge, no one can conceal the secrets of their past. After Sookie discovers Bill was kidnapped, she heads to Mississippi, where she becomes entangled in a world ruled by werewolves and a powerful Vampire King. Eric is also drawn to the King’s domain to settle an old score; Jason falls for a mysterious woman; Lafayette can’t avoid love or demons; and Sam uncovers the truth about his birth family. It all leads up to the revelation of the series…Sookie’s true identity.

The 12 episodes composing True Blood: The Complete Third Season are either the best yet or the most ridiculous, depending on one's opinion of the increasing number of monsters entering the scene. As last season saw an onslaught of pagan and ancient Greek-derived "supernaturals," as they're called by Bon Temps' citizens, this season welcomes everything from werewolves, to vampire royalty, to that surprise-being that Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) finally discovers she shares genes with. While the first two seasons centered on the spicy love affair between Sookie and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), this season branches out once again from the vampire-human cultural blender. From the first episode, "Bad Blood," when Bill is whisked off to meet the King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare), whose villainous scheme will inform all ensuing episodes, one gets less of Sookie and Bill, and more of everything else.

For example, Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) reveals himself this time around, starting in the episodes "Beautifully Broken" and "It Hurts Me Too," in which he tracks down members of his past and in turn meets some new family, like his mischievous brother, Tommy Mickens (Marshall Allman). Following up on Eggs's death at the end of season two, Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) and Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) have multiple police dramas, especially in later episodes like "I Smell a Rat" and "Fresh Blood." This season, too, presents some of life's greatest challenges to Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), as if she hadn't suffered enough after her new love Eggs was shot. Hoyt (Jim Parrack) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), as a foil couple to Sookie and Bill's vampire-human coupling, have enormous hurdles to jump over simply to continue dating. While all of these dramas make the characters in Bon Temps come alive like never before, the silliest of the plots continues on, unfortunately, as Queen Sophie-Anne Leclerq (Evan Rachel Wood) has to battle King Edgington for Vamp-Blood sales territory. On the up side of that chess-game narrative, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) and his femme fatale, Pam De Beaufort (Kristin Bauer), play much larger roles this season, and in the finale, "Evil Is Going On," Eric not only discovers his deep past history but struggles through his rockiest present dangers thus far.

Interestingly, though Sookie is still the protagonist, True Blood appears to be shifting to a wider view, emphasizing the overall community and the effects supernatural warfare has on Bon Temps collectively. Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis), still one of the most charming characters, discovers more about his past, thanks to nurse Jesus Velasquez (Kevin Alejandro), and Jason too discovers a new calling, thanks to Crystal Norris (Lindsay Pulsipher). If anything, this season of past recollections and the realizations of future callings will allow for this excellent series to carry on into infinity, as magical creatures continue to grace this setting enriched with full-fledged characters. Vampires were, as the cast confirms this time around, only the beginning. --Trinie Dalton

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297 of 361 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Completely and totally barking mad September 23, 2010
Following the hedonistic reign of terror of the redoubtable Maryann, the residents of Bon Temps are once again trying to pull their lives back together. For Sookie Stackhouse, events are complicated by the disappearance of her vampire lover Bill Compton, the emergence of a bunch of werewolves on the scene and the machinations of the vampire King of Mississippi. Meanwhile, Sookie's brother Jason pursues a new career in law-enforcement, Sam Merlott tracks down his real parents and Jessica, now broken up with Hoyt, embraces her vampire side more freely. Meanwhile (again), Lafayette gets a boyfriend called Jesus (True Blood? Controversial? Never!) and there are some meth-dealing hicks around causing mischief. And there's this werewolf called Alcide who fancies Sookie and spends a fair bit of time with his shirt off. And Tara gets emotionally abused (yet again) by Thomas Cromwell from The Tudors. And a whole ton of other stuff happened which I'm forgetting right now.

True Blood has always been a nutty, camp, somewhat trashy but always resolutely entertaining show, but its third season is nothing less than a sustained, full-scale assault on the viewer's senses and sanity. Learning from the pacing problems in Season 2 (where the latter part of the season degenerated into a tiresome parade of filler orgy scenes for no discernible plot reason), Alan Ball has massively overcompensated, packing every single instant of this season with surprising plot revelations, new characters, surprise reappearances of old characters (including dead ones), new ideas, new races, new concepts and, indeed, the kitchen sink. It's certainly not a dull season, but it is one that is overloaded to the point of near-incoherence.
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175 of 212 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but definitely not the best season December 12, 2010
By Trixie
This season started off with a fantastic bang, but as it progressed the episodes became increasingly stupid and disappointing. The third season's main plot point is the exciting kidnapping of Bill by the King of Mississippi who has a pack of V-addicted werewolf henchman. Naturally, Sookie does everything she can to save her man with Eric both preventing and/or helping her in her endeavors. However, this season bombards the viewers with too many new characters and subplots. There are literally more than a dozen new characters, and most of the already established characters (Layfayette, Sam, Tara, Jessica, Jason, Arlene, etc) seem to have their own subplots going on. Some of the characters rarely have any interaction with each other, but only with the new characters in their own personal story. In fact the subplots take up so much of the show that I often feel like I am watching 4 or more shows at once. Along with new characters there are several new "supes" (supernaturals) that are introduced in this season including werewolves, werepanthers, fairies/"fae", and witches. I also find it strange that a good amount of the "supes" are backwater, dirty hicks who don't even look classy enough for a trailer park. Some cheesy and downright stupid scenes make viewers feel that perhaps True Blood is going in the direction of every other vampire show, book or movie, which is mind-numbing stupidity. Possibly the worst part about this season was the finale, which was a horrible episode, nonetheless horrible season finale. In fact I think it was probably the worst episode of True Blood I have ever seen.

However, this is not to say this season did not have some great twists and turns to keep viewers on the edge of their seat.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best season yet December 21, 2010
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I will admit this season had flaws. It did have too many storylines that most people didn't care about (Jason and Arlene's whole storylines for example). However, the plots that were good were really good and entertaining. The Sookie, Bill, Russell, and especially Eric and Pam stuff did not disappoint. Eric's and Russell's arcs were the best of the season. They were not only gripping but left you in agony waiting to find out what happened next. The only other downfall was the Sookie and Bill relationship got tedious being dragged out so long. Sookie began to look like a doormat, and you just wondered how far down the hole she would go. But otherwise, a very good season. If the writers would focus more on the supernatural plotlines and tie in Jason, Sam, and Tara's storylines directly with the more interesting supernatural plot they would achieve the perfect season. But I still say this is the best season because they gave more screentime to the most interesting characters and really focused on character development, which is very important and is something HBO does well and other regular cable shows often lack. Eric is the most captivating character on the show, and it was good to see his character's screentime adjusted in accordance with the books. I have read the books, but I was a show fan first and still perfer the show and I like most of the differences. The main storlyine is still there with changes to add drama. Hopefully Season 4 brings it and I am really looking forward to it!

I don't really get the negative reviews calling the show trashy. The whole point of HBO is that they don't have to censor the way other shows do and it allows them to depict the sex scenes and language more realistically. Of course, this is a vampire show, so it's going to be more violent and over the top.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! It has just enough mixture of humor
Love it! It has just enough mixture of humor, apprehension, passion, malevolence, romance and blood and gore to keep it all interesting. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Skye Dupre
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
many boring chapters, but that redhead vampire is marvelous! and the love-blood scenes are the best of the show
Published 1 day ago by juanmartin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it
Published 2 days ago by Kenneth Andrew Weldon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoy the show
Published 2 days ago by Scott A Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well...
Honestly not my cup of tea, but my wife loves it. After a few episodes I started to like it, then realized for what genre it was it was done very well. Ill be buying season 4 soon.
Published 3 days ago by joseph kestell
5.0 out of 5 stars It is very well written and every actor/actress is amazing! I def give...
I am by no means a huge vampire/werewolf/fantasy character fan, but honestly I am truly OBSESSED with TrueBlood! I am so addicted I can't get enough! Read more
Published 4 days ago by Adrian
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Characters Make a Should-be-Silly Show into something AWESOME!
True Blood should be no-good. It's overly-dramatic, cartoon-style, gratuitous sex-and-gore set-up should make me roll my eyes and turn away. It doesn't. Not even close. Read more
Published 4 days ago by M. Schrenk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Season 3 is bloody good!
This is one of the best seasons ever! The evolution of the characters is truly amazing,can't wait for season 4.
Published 4 days ago by RJay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Extremely entertaining
Published 5 days ago by Judith
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Sookie of the book series, or Sookie of True Blood?
Totally agree with soozeq54! I just think they're different enough for me to see them as seperate things. I like both for different reasons; with the books, you can read her thoughts and reasonings and her inner struggles, but in the show, it's more veiled, but I think you get more back story... Read More
Jan 20, 2011 by Ashley Ryan |  See all 8 posts
Target price
that's the DVD version
Dec 26, 2011 by M. Pillai |  See all 2 posts
release date?
Looking at the release dates of the past two seasons, May 19th for the 1st season and May 25th for the 2nd I would guess May 24 for season 3. They were all released in the third or fourth week of May. I have noticed most shows are released on DVD in the same month the past season were. I buy alot... Read More
Jan 19, 2011 by Destiny |  See all 26 posts
True Blood Season 3 Blu-Ray $34.99 @ Target 05/29 - 06/03, 2011
Target also has special covers for the same price - three different covers that feature either Sookie, Eric or Bill and a copy of the actor's signature.
May 29, 2011 by Retro Cat |  See all 6 posts
Anyone else get TB Season 3 digital copies in Standard Def???
Supposedly this is a mistake. Someone on the Macrumors forums contacted HBO and was told a fix is in the works.
Nov 26, 2012 by Cameron |  See all 2 posts
Where, o where, have the Marketplace listings all gone? Be the first to reply
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