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True Blood: The Complete First Season on DVD

The complete first season of the popular HBO series based on the Sookie Stackhouse books.

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The diary of a mad fanger

  • Nov 12, 2008
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I was determined to resist HBO's True Blood, a Southern Gothicky romp through Bon Temps, Louisiana, where, thanks to the invention of synthetic blood, vampires have "come out of the coffin" to mainstream with humans. One such creature of the night is Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a 173 year-old reluctant vampire who has all the candor of a good heart but the physical attributes of the netherworld. Bill is enchanted by Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Pacquin), a waitress at Merlotte's, the town watering hole. Tormented all her life by the ability to read other people's thoughts, Sookie and Bill stare at one another across the crowded bar like Maria and Tony in their memorable scene from West Side Story, the world falling away before the two of them. Hopelessly attracted, yet fearful of Bill's bad boy side (after all, he is a blood-slurping vampire), Sookie vacillates, her heart telling her this is the one, her mind screaming, "Are you crazy? He's dead!" But- unexpected joy- she can't read his thoughts! Certainly, these two will never be able to gaze lovingly at one another across the breakfast table.

As the opening credits suggest in Alan Ball's clever and ambitious series, the south harbors the gamut of human- and inhuman- behavior, superstition, faith, love, hate, folksiness and generosity, charm and the KKK, all God's children frolicking in a world both dark and light. While vampires lurk in the night, seductive in their dangerous otherness, humans range from good ol' boys to southern belles, a mélange of the dramatic and the demure, the cast a surprising mix of eccentric and fascinating personalities: Sookie's brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten), a relentless sex addict who loves a mirror almost as much as the willing ladies her pursues; the foul-mouthed, yet endlessly appealing Tara (Rutina Wesltey), as unable to govern her emotions as she is to cast out the "devil" who inhabits her soul; and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), a real scene-stealer, gay short-order-cum-"V"-dealer (the potent and coveted vampire blood) who owns his scenes, his talented barely contained by the small screen.

Unfortunately for the incipient romance between virgin and vampire, a series of recent murders has focused the town on the vampires' tendency toward blood lust, although, as Bill informs local law enforcement, "Surely a vampire would have drained a body of every ounce of her blood." Still, the residents of Bon Temps are reluctant to cast suspicion on one of their own. Bill's seduction of Sookie drives the series, but the town is filled with such a delightful mix of characters that, like "V", there is never enough. Highly addictive, like the one-step-behind law enforcement team who bicker from crime scene to crime scene, there is always another volatile contretemps to charm, amuse and shock the willing viewer. Pacquin is stellar in her portrayal of Sookie, Moyer barely one beat behind her performance and closing (fangs extended). I have been bitten. I willingly drank the vampire's patented Tru-Blood and freely admit: one taste of "V' isn't enough. I crave more. Luan Gaines/2008.

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Quick Tip by . December 06, 2010
All in all, it's not a bad first season for a TV series. Actually, I'm somewhat impressed with how well the show flows from one episode to the next despite it belonging to no single genre. What helps True Blood is its unusual flavor (no pun intended) combining Southern small town drama with dark comedy, mystery, horror, and large helping of sex. The show's wonderful opening sequence sums it up pretty well. You've got your civil rights allegory (vampirism as a parable for the social …
review by . September 28, 2010
I know I'm behind the times. I just finished watching True Blood: The Complete First Season (HBO Series) on Saturday and it's a good show. Personally, I like Twilight and The Vampire Diaries better, but True Blood is fun way to spend a weekend.
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Pros: A unique, original series, with engaging characters and plots...     Cons: ...it's just so damn addicting, though that's not really a con     The Bottom Line: Think of True Blood as the adult's version of Twilight: a series of sexy, hilarious, suspenseful fun.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. I can blame one of my best friends for getting me hooked on True Blood.  I …
review by . January 27, 2010
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I just got season 1 in Blu Ray and I love it---the picture is amazing and the blood looks really red, red, red.
review by . September 01, 2009
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Pros: Great cast, original ideas added, sexy, bloody, and freakin' fun     Cons: Only if you don't like excessive swearing, blood, or sex     The Bottom Line: Ok.  I know I'm on the bandwagon.  Except now I know why I'm staying on the bandwagon.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot. I work at a bookstore (at least I did *sigh*).  I read all the Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse novels.  …
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review by . December 29, 2008
The first season was so great, and left me wanting so much more that I picked the series up to read while I wait for season two. The characters are superb, and I like that the series focused as much on minor characters as main (unlike the books) because all of the characters are complex and interesting. Yes, even Jason, once you dig below the surface. This show has everything; romance, mystery, horror, fantasy, sex, supernatural beings, humor... the list could go on. I was so heavily engaged and …
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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, Golden Globe(R)-winner for "True Blood", 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.
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Premiere Date: September 7, 2008
Description: The first season of the popular HBO series based on Charlaine Harris' "The Southern Vampire Mysteries".
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Home Box Office (HBO)
Original Air Date: September 7, 2008 - November 23, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
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