Created by SIX FEET UNDER’s Alan Ball, TRUE BLOOD is like a sexier, bloodier older sister to the relatively well-behaved TWILIGHT. This HBO drama is based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries novels by Charlaine Harris, a series set in a world where vampires have just begun to "come out" after a synthetic blood substitute called True Blood is introduced. Oscar winner Anna Paquin stars as Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress living in Bon Temps, Louisiana, who falls hard for Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a Civil War veteran and vampire. But their romantic romps aren’t the only draw for the series: the existence between humans and vampires is an uneasy one, and people are dying.Clothes fall to the floor almost as often as blood spatters the walls in this show that blends supernatural horror, sex, and mystery, with just a little bit of social commentary thrown in for good measure. Executive producer Ball and his writers have shaped a variety of fascinating characters in addition to Sookie and Bill, including Sookie’s mysterious boss, Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell); her best friend, Tara (Rutina Wesley); her womanizing brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten); and her sweet grandmother, Adele (Lois Smith). This collection presents the series' complete first season., In "True Blood - The Complete First Season", friendly and outgoing bar waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) keeps a deadly secret: she can hear the thoughts of others. To complicate her situation further, she falls in love with the bar’s first vampire patron, the 173-year old Bill Compton (Steven Moyer). The mysterious part: she can’t read Bill’s thoughts. Delivering what the audiences expect from him, producer Alan Ball has created a landmark television production that reveals the darker, prejudiced side of human nature with this five-disc set paranormal romance. Fascinating and oddly realistic, "True Blood - The Complete First Season" provides a true and accurate portrayal of the vampire species. Moreover, the superb performances by Anna Paquin and Steven Moyer make this paranormal romance a must-watch. If you are a fan of vampire romance, "True Blood - The Complete First Season" five-disc set in a Blu-ray format will surely have you hooked to it.
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4 stars out of 5 -- "The strength of this ensemble cast keeps TRUE BLOOD eminently watchable, the real thing, in a world of synthetic blood products."
Uncut - Uncut Staff (10/16/2009)