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True Blood: Season 1

Anna Paquin , Stephen Moyer    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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True Blood: The Complete First Season (DVD)

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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 Jeannie), 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


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Blood is Truly Addicting July 25 2009
Format:DVD
I recieved this boxset as a gift from a friend who was urging me for a while to watch True Blood. I was a little iffy about the whole vampire thing with all the twilight stuff out right now. I didnt enjoy Twilight the movie (but loved the books!), so i was hoping it wouldnt be as cheesy.

Thankfully my hopes came true! This whole season is amazing, sexy, addictive and great for anyone who loves or hates vampires!

I am SO glad I got into this show. I am now a super fan!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleased with my purchase Jan. 26 2010
Format:DVD
I don't have HBO and saw an episode on the in-flight tv service from Toronto to Edm last Nov. I was immediately hooked by the funny, in-your-face humour and the OMG did they really do that twists and turns of the plot, and of course I also love a good ol vampire story too.

I decided to treat myself to season 1. I was lucky enough to catch the Amazon Boxing Day Sale, so I got it half off, yay! I asked my boyfriend to watch it with me, who's never seen a review on the show or a commercial or anything to do with it. We're both hooked!

As it is HBO, I'd like to warn you, there's a lot of nudity, lewdness, and profanity. A LOT. So if you're looking for something they might show on CBC, this is NOT it. I really like the storyline so far, and I know it's going to get better. I like the acting and each episode leaves me wanting more. Very vampire-like!!!

I will definitely be buying Season 2 when it comes out, and subsequest seasons that come out for purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC May 24 2009
Format:DVD
I really love the whole series, I read all the books Charlain Harris is and exceptional writter and Allan Ball is a genuis! together they have brought the richly diverse and entertaining world of vampires to life with a story line so exciting you wont want to move until the show is finished and even then you will be waiting with baited breath until the next one!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Blood is True Entertainment Aug. 6 2009
Format:DVD
Not only is this series saucy, funny and dramatic, but it is also a series that makes the viewer think. Many topics such as hatred, prejudice and tolerance are featured in this delightful series. The show focuses around a sweet-as-pie, telepathic waitress, Sookie and the people of the lazy fictional town Bon Temp. All hell breaks loose in Bon Temp when a vampire moves into the town just as a string of murders begins to occur setting the course for a great show.

Each of the lead characters is completely lovable and believable from Sam, the man secretly in love with Sookie, to Tara, Sookie's best friend and Jason, Sookie's dimwitted, player brother. The show is ripe with sex and sexually suggestive scenes along with some violence so I wouldn't advise it for younger viewers.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars true blood April 24 2009
Format:DVD
True blood is one unique show. You would think a vampire show is just that, biting necks etc. Not True Blood, you never know what to expect? The cast is really good too, Anna Paquin has reinvented herself. From word of mouth or just watching for a few minutes, people willing be glued
to this series just as much as the Soprano's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Similar to the books, yet very different Sept. 22 2009
Format:DVD
The HBO series is a lot like the books it's based on but in a way, it's refreshingly completely different. It has a lot of the same characters but on the show, they are very different and so are their experiences. I wouldn't say the book is better than the show or that the show is better than the books. The tv series is so twisted it keeps you interested in how bizarre it is. You would think with all the vampire shows that you'd be bored with just another one, but this one doesn't disappoint. I highly recommend it as long as you can stomach some weirdness and raunch in your day!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!! Sept. 13 2009
By B. Hill
Format:DVD
I had heard a lot about True Blood but didn't have HBO, so I ordered the first season and I loved it!! I can't wait for Season Two to come out so I can watch that one too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough. Sept. 11 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Don't be fooled, this is a soap opera at its heart, but if it does grab you you will be back for more and more. You'll know for sure in the first episode, probably by the time the title score has finished. I don't get HBO at home so have been watching the box sets, and after seeing the first two seasons I'm wondering how I'm going to wait till next summer when season three comes out.

There is plenty of social relevance for those that like to look for that sort of thing, also blood and violence, drug use/abuse, and sexual situations with bare boobs hanging out so you may want to consider it as adult fare, but it gets top marks for entertainment value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love True Blood! Very addicting series!!
Published 2 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best season
Published 2 months ago by Joc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best vampire series ever
Published 3 months ago by Claudia Schaefer
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
This is a very intriguing show. Varied plots, action and romance all in one. i enjoyed it very much indeed!
Published 4 months ago by Catherine Giamprini
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I thought it would be
Received on time and was in perfect condition. This is a unique tv series I just had to own and was totally satisified with my purchase.
Published 7 months ago by LassDream
4.0 out of 5 stars vamp porn
Kind of a Canadian vampire series but it is so bizzare thaqt you can't imagine what is comming next so you keep watching.
Published 8 months ago by working parents
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I love this show. Eric is the hottest vamp. and Jason Stackhouse is not bAD AS well. I can watch it all the time
Published 13 months ago by Kathy clement
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is Who in BonTemps
Gives a good introduction to the characters and what is going on in their lives. Certainly a good lead in for future episodes. They have a great cast.
Published 14 months ago by Rick Beazley
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
was pretty good for an adaptation, liked the books a lot more. got here really fast, good shape. cant wait for the next season to arrive
Published 17 months ago by lauren mcloughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT
I LOVE this show... I don't know why...even I can admit that teh books are much better, but there is something about the way it is filmed and the way the actors interact that just... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kimberly-Ann Pednault
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