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DVD TV Show Reviews
True Blood: The Complete First Season
I love this show. I have watched it from the beginning and
really enjoyed it. Normally, TV shows or movies that try to do or be more than
one type of thing at a time, don't work. This show is part drama, part comedy,
part horror, and part soap opera, and it does them all equally well.
Based on some popular novels, the idea behind the show is that vampires exist,
and they now show themselves as open citizens because of a Japanese company that
developed a fake blood called TruBlood. Now they are the world's biggest
oppressed minority. That's just the basics. The story mostly focuses on the
citizens in a small town in Louisiana called Bon Temps. The heroine is Sookie
Sackhouse, and she works as a waitress in a small bar. I can't tell you too much
more without ruining the surprises in the plot. There are many shocks and
surprises in this show. If you like scifi/fantasy/horror, you will probably like
this. It is very well written. The actors are great, and the plots are very
interesting. Alan Ball, who also did the series "Six Feet Under", as well as
Oscar-winning movie "American Beauty", created and writes this show. It stars
Anna Paquin, who won an Oscar for "The Piano" when she was a little girl, as
SOokie. I just love the characters on this show because they are very different,
quirky, and vibrant. That would be true even without the vampire element. Every
time I watch an episode, I can't wait to see what happens next.
If you don't like nudity, or blood, you might not like the show. True Blood does
air on HBO, and its DVDs are uncut. You might wait and see if it airs on TV
eventually if you don't want to see the nasty stuff. But it's really good and
that stuff is not mostly what it's about.
I am very happy to have the DVD for my collection. It has some great extras. The
advertising campaign for the show was spectacular. They had many ads in both
print and TV, focusing on the rights of vampires, not on the TV show itself.
They were genius, in my opinion. Some of these ads can be seen as extras on the
DVD extras disk. There is a great documentary, like a 20/20 or MSNBC in-depth
news story, called "In Focus: About Vampires in America". There is also the
usual audio commentary for the episodes.
The package set is very nice, it looks good and there is plenty of room to
protect the 5-disk set.
I really recommend this for anyone who loves vampires, scifi/horror/fantasy,
good writing and acting, and wry social commentary. It's also a really good soap
opera. I love the romance between Sookie and Bill, and there is also sort of a
triangle with bar owner Sam.
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