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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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A Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22

  • Dec 6, 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 outsider), you've got your religious elements, you've got your drugs, you've got your violence, you've got your sex (a lot of it), and you've got your cast of quirky characters.

Where I haven't read the Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris, it's hard for me to weigh in on whether True Blood is a successful adaptation of the books, but I will say that it does deliver a unique recipe. The problem with the show is that it sometimes puts too much emphasis on certain characters and not on others. For example, the main character Sookie Stackhouse (played to perfection by Anna Paquin) should be the main focus, and yet much of the time the series focuses on other characters such as Sookie's obnoxious, bed-hopping, idiot brother Jason.

Still, I can see the reason it's been a huge success. The series has all the appeal of a trashy prime time soap opera, only it deals with more mature and more fantastical subject matter.
What I hope for in the future is that there will be a little less gratuitous sex (because this first season has a ton of it) and a bit more background to the characters especially Sookie, Bill, and Tara.
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December 16, 2010
Another great review, or I mean tip, well done good Count.
December 16, 2010
Thanks. I was pretty happy with season 1.
 
December 07, 2010
I think this was an adaptation of the Sookie Stockhouse stories. It gets better in season 3...
December 07, 2010
I know it was an adaptation of the Sookie Stackhouse books. I mentioned that in the quick tip.
December 07, 2010
um. sorry. high on something tonight. Can't even review this one movie--tired.
December 07, 2010
What movie?
 
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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.
review by . October 08, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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.  …
review by . March 11, 2009
"True Blood"    Bloody Good    Amos Lassen      Charlaine Harris wrote a number of vampire stories set in the southern United States and Alan Ball adapted them for television for this HBO series, "True Blood". This is the kind of show that could have dismally failed because to many the whole vampire thing is somewhat cliché but it doesn't. It not only is better than so many others but it creates a whole genre.   Set …
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 …
review by . November 12, 2008
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 …
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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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