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The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] by Various Directors
Review by Charles Mohapel
Warner Home Video Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B002JVWRAE
Date: 29 October 2010 List Price $69.97 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: IMDB.com / L.J. Smith / Charlaine Harris / Stephenie Meyer / Show Article /

There is no doubt that vampires are more than the Flavor-of-the-Day, what with 3 seasons of True Blood having aired on HBO, 3 of the Twilight movies on the Silver Screen, and Season 2 of The Vampires Diaries currently being broadcast on The CW Network. Theoretically there is a lot more to come since each season of True Blood is based on one of the 10 The Southern Vampire Mysteries novels by author Charlaine Harris (Number 11, Dead Reckoning"is scheduled for release in May 2011). Given the tremendous popularity of Twilight among tweens and their mothers, it is a given that the 4th (and currently the last) novel will be made into a movie. Actually according to Wikipedia, "A two-part adaptation of Breaking Dawn is projected to begin shooting late in 2010 with November 18, 2011, and November 16, 2012, release dates.", perhaps copying the decision to split Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows into two parts.

With 6 books in The Vampire Diaries series currently available and two more scheduled for release in 2011, there is a wealth of new material for Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec, and Marcos Siega to work with.

While all three series have vampires (and werewolves, as well as other supernatural creatures) in common, each set of vampires has their own specific abilities and vulnerabilities. Additionally, the True Blood TV series is definitely geared to an adult audience, while The Vampire Diaries TV series targets an audience between the other two series.

From official release/information:

Product Description:
It's Elena's first day back at Mystic Falls High School since the tragic death of her parents. Along with her Aunt Jenna, Elena tries her best to look after her troubled younger brother, Jeremy, and salvage what family they have left. The first day is already shaping up to be a struggle for Elena until she meets the mysterious new kid at school, Stefan. Elena is touched that he can relate to what she's going through. What Elena doesn't know is that Stefan is a vampire, constantly resisting the urge to taste her blood. As their undeniable connection grows deeper, Stefan's dangerous older brother, Damon, shows up to wreak havoc on the town of Mystic Falls - and claim Elena for himself. The Vampire Diaries is based on the bestselling book series from Alloy Entertainment.

Running Time: 935 minutes

Disc 1: Season 1, Episode 1: "Pilot" (42:29)
Season 1, Episode 2: "The Night of the Comet" (42:19)
Season 1, Episode 3: "Friday Night Bites" (42:28)
Season 1, Episode 4: "Family Ties" (42:27)
Season 1, Episode 5: "You're Undead to Me" (42:07)
Season 1, Episode 6: "Lost Girls" (42:16)

Features:
Commentary on "Pilot" with Kevin Williamson (Executive Producer / Writer), Julie Plec (Executive Producer / Co-Executive Producer / Writer), and Marcos Siega (Director). (42:29)

Deleted Scenes
"The Night of the Comet" - He really cares about you (0:55)
"You're Undead to Me" - Year's worth of story (0:37)
"Lost Girls" - Too messed up to be with Excellent
"Lost Girls" - It's Halloween (3:10 combined)

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Disc 2:
Season 1, Episode 7: "Haunted" (41:42)
Season 1, Episode 8: "162 Candles" (42:26)
Season 1, Episode 9: "History Repeating" (42:28)
Season 1, Episode 10: "The Turning Point" (40:15)
Season 1, Episode 11: "Bloodlines" (42:07)
Season 1, Episode 12: "Unpleasantville" (41:57)

Features:
Deleted Scenes
"Haunted" - Damon, Bonnie, and the necklace (0:48)
"The Turning Point" - Action back your way (0:52)
"The Turning Point" - Something's up with Elena (0:54)
"The Turning Point" - What you are, what are we (0:48)

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Disc 3:
Season 1, Episode 13: "Children of the Damned" (42:25)
Season 1, Episode 14: "Fool Me Once" (42:05)
Season 1, Episode 15: "A Few Good Men" (42:29)
Season 1, Episode 16: "There Goes the Neighborhood" (41:20)
Season 1, Episode 17: "Let the Right One In" (42:17)
Season 1, Episode 18: "Under Control" (42:23)

Features:
Deleted Scenes
"Fool Me Once" - All I have left (1:10)
"Fool Me Once" - Vicious kiss (1:17)
"A Few Good Men" - Empty space, kinda depressing (0:23)
"There Goes the Neighborhood" - Part of our nature (2:13)
"There Goes the Neighborhood" - Sneak attack (0:10)
"Let the Right One In" - Can't find Stefan (0:13)

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Disc 4:
Season 1, Episode 19: "Miss Mystic Falls" (42:13)
Season 1, Episode 20: "Blood Brothers" (42:28)
Season 1, Episode 21: "Isobel" (42:26)
Season 1, Episode 22: "Founder's Day" (42:01)

Features:
'Into Mystic Falls: Bringing Vampire Lore and the High School Experience from Page to Screen' with Julie Plec (Executive Producer), Kevin Williamson (Executive Producer), Bob Levy (Executive Producer), Ian Somerhalder ("Damon Salvatore"), Nina Dobrev ("Elena Gilbert"), Paul Wesley ("Stefan Salvatore"), Sara Canning ("Jenna Sommers"), Candice Accola ("Caroline Forbes"), Katerina Graham ("Bonnie Bennett"), Steven R. McQueen ("Jeremy Gilbert"), Michael Trevino ("Tyler Lockwood"), Matthew Davis ("Alaric Saltzman"), Marcos Siega (Co-Executive Producer), Paul M. Sommers (Director of Photography), Garreth Stover (Production Designer), and Zach Roerig ("Matt Donovan"). (25:03)

'When Vampires Don't Suck!: The Popularity of Vampires and the Fans Who Love Them' with Julie Plec (Executive Producer), Carina MacKenzie (Critic, LA Times), Matthew Davis ("Alaric Saltzman"), Sara Canning ("Jenna Sommers"), Candice Accola ("Caroline Forbes"), Heather Cordova (Vee) (Vampire-Diaries.net), Kevin Williamson (Executive Producer), David Skal (Historian), Katerina Graham ("Bonnie Bennett"), Angela Aleiss, Ph. D (Film Historian), Marcos Siega (Co-Executive Producer), Steven R. McQueen ("Jeremy Gilbert"), Ian Somerhalder ("Damon Salvatore"), Nina Dobrev ("Elena Gilbert"), Paul Wesley ("Stefan Salvatore"), Michael Trevino ("Tyler Lockwood"), and Zach Roerig ("Matt Donovan"). (18:49)

'The Vampire Diaries: A Darker Truth Webisodes' - 4 Webisodes: "Exposed", "Vengeance", "Hunted", and "Uninvited". (7:43)

'A Second Bite' Gag Reel (3:57)

'The Vampire Diaries: A New Breed of Vampires' with Julie Plec (Executive Producer), Kevin Williamson (Executive Producer), Katerina Graham ("Bonnie Bennett"), Nina Dobrev ("Elena Gilbert"), Paul Wesley ("Stefan Salvatore"), Candice Accola ("Caroline Forbes"), Matthew Davis ("Alaric Saltzman"), Ian Somerhalder ("Damon Salvatore"), Steven R. McQueen ("Jeremy Gilbert"), Michael Trevino ("Tyler Lockwood"), Sara Canning ("Jenna Sommers"), Zach Roerig ("Matt Donovan"), and Bob Levy (Executive Producer) discussing casting the series. (12:43)

'The Vampire Diaries: Vampires 101 - The Rules of the Vampire' with Julie Plec (Executive Producer), Candice Accola ("Caroline Forbes"), Nina Dobrev ("Elena Gilbert"), Ian Somerhalder ("Damon Salvatore"), Sara Canning ("Jenna Sommers"), Zach Roerig ("Matt Donovan"), Kevin Williamson (Executive Producer), and Steven R. McQueen ("Jeremy Gilbert"). (6:44)

Downloadable Audiobook of the Bestselling Novel The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Smith.

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(Source: Warner Home Video)

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