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True Blood: Season 1 (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

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True Blood chronicles the backwoods Louisiana town of Bon Temps... where vampires have emerged from the coffin, and no longer need humans for their fix. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin, Academy Award-winner for “The Piano”) works as a waitress at the rural bar Merlotte's. Though outwardly a typical young woman, she keeps a dangerous secret: she has the ability to hear the thoughts of others. Her situation is further complicated when the bar gets its first vampire patron - 173-year old Bill Compton (Steven Moyer, "Quills") - and the two outsiders are immediately drawn to each other. Delivering the best of what audiences have come to expect from Creator and Executive Producer Alan Ball (writer of Oscar-winning Best Picture "American Beauty", creator of the Emmy Award-winning HBO series Six Feet Under), True Blood is a dark and sexy tale that boldly delves into the heart - and the neck - of the Deep South.

Review

Alan Ball’s True Blood series works well for television, as it has enough sensationalism to tantalize and enough story girth to make the viewer care about the characters. That one can finally invest emotion into monsters, including an undead Civil War victim, a transformer who can shapeshift into various animals, and a female mind reader, speaks volumes about America’s willingness to accept fantasy. Of course, television has always produced good fantasy shows (I Dream of Genie), but True Blood’s Southern Goth brand of fun horror is more macabre and more perverse, not to mention gorier, than most shows of its kind to date. Adapted from Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels, True Blood thrills because of its equal blend in each episode of erotica, humor, tragedy, mystery, and fantasy. 

Set in a rural, swampy Louisiana parrish, the show centers around Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and her clan, sweet grandmother Adele (Lois Smith) and air-headed brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten). Illicit love is spawned early on, when Sookie saves vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) from having his blood stolen in the parking lot of Merlotte’s diner, owned by Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) who completes what will form a complex love triangle. As tensions between Sookie’s suitors loosen or tighten, many side plots, such as her African American best friend Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) struggle with an alcoholic, Bible-thumping mother and her brother’s dangerous crush on drug addicted hippie, Amy Burley (Lizzy Caplan), keep one wondering who will succeed in this podunk place. The main tension throughout, however, is a race war waged between vampires and humans. As murders of “fang bangers” occur (human girls who let vampires bite them) and dumb policeman Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) fails to find clues, one sees the metaphorical implications of vampirism and feels deeper resonance with what can be a downright trashy show. Gossip galore, especially about what kinds of babies interbreeding will produce, is rampant. One of the funniest characters is Tara’s flamboyant cousin, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), who deals drugs, works as a fry cook, and services the local white politicians, while making sure he’s always up in everyone’s business.

What makes True Blood smarter than pure soap opera is the parallels it draws between its monster mash and actual, familiar societal problems. Sookie and her friends watch the news, where Evangelicals bash vampires and prohibit mixed marriage, and everyone is addicted to V, a.k.a vampire blood, that effects like psychedelic heroin. Even its gore reflects a mix of serious and silly, as vampires explode into red, sticky goop. Though it may not be attempting to qualify for the best vampire footage ever shot, True Blood is as addictive as that substance the town’s youth obsesses over, which is a metaphor in itself. --Trinie Dalton


Special features

Introducing HBO Select: 3 ways to watch in 1 box--Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy

Digital Copy of True Blood: The Complete First Season (expires 05/31/2014)

Blu-ray & DVD:
  • In Focus: Vampires in America: A “documentary”
  • Tru Blood Beverage Ads: French and American :30 ads for Tru Blood
  • Tru Blood Service Ads: vampire dating, vampire hotels and lawyers servicing vampires
  • Public Service Announcements: Pro- and anti-vampire rights
  • Six Audio Commentaries with the Cast and Crew including Executive Producer and Creator Alan Ball, Anna Paquin (Sookie) and Stephen Moyer (Bill)
Blu-ray Only:
  • Enhanced Viewing Mode on all episodes
  • Get the dirt on everyone in town when Lafayette lets loose with secrets about Tara’s unrequited crush on Jason, the history of the Stackhouses of Bon Temps and more!
  •  Take a bite out of True Blood’s history and find out how your favorite vampires were “made”
  • Read helpful hints and FYI’s that pop up to unravel mysteries
  • Explore the colorful locations of Bon Temps with animated maps

Product details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Box set, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Digital_copy
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: French, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: May 29, 2014 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 9,681 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B007FQDPL8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,453 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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