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True Blood: The Complete First Season (HBO Series) [Blu-ray] by Created by Alan Ball
Review by Charles Mohapel
HBO Home Video Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B001FB4W16
Date: 27 June 2009 List Price $79.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK

Links: HBO.com - True Blood, Season 2 / IMDB.com - True Blood / Charlaine Harris Official Website / Charlaine Harris Bibliography / Show Article /

When I first heard about True Blood and its subject matter, namely Vampires, I was curious as to what differentiated it from other recent vampire movies and TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Blood Ties, Twilight, Blade, and Underworld.

What I found was "very interesting", as I found that these vampires had their similarities and their differences from their counterparts in these other genre pieces. In some ways the vampires in True Blood are less scary, but in other ways the True Blood vampires are more scary, particularly regarding their weaknesses (or lack thereof) to the traditional vampire banes like crosses, garlic, silver, and sunlight.

From official release/information:

Description:
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.

Running Time (according to Amazon.com): 720 minutes

(Source: HBO Home Video)

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