True Blood Season 1 (HBO) [5 DVD Boxset] £22.98 + Free delivery @ Amazon
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True Blood Season 1 (HBO) [5 DVD Boxset] £22.98 + Free delivery @ Amazon

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Found 28th Oct 2009Made hot 15th Nov 2009
Alan Balls True Blood series works well for television, as it has enough sensationalism to tantalise 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 Americas willingness to accept fantasy. Of course, television has always produced good fantasy shows (I Dream of Jeannie), but True Bloods 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, humour, tragedy, mystery, and fantasy.

Set in a rural, swampy Louisiana parish, 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 Merlottes diner, owned by Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) who completes what will form a complex love triangle. As tensions between Sookies suitors loosen or tighten, many side plots, such as her African American best friend Taras (Rutina Wesley) struggle with an alcoholic, Bible-thumping mother and her brothers 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 Taras flamboyant cousin, Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), who deals drugs, works as a fry cook, and services the local white politicians, while making sure hes always up in everyones business.

What makes True Blood smarter than pure soap opera is the parallels it draws between its monster mash and actual, familiar social 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 towns youth obsesses over, which is a metaphor in itself.

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Banned

Or watch it on TVshack for free.

bit expensive for 1 series tbh

slamdunkin;6724587

Or watch it on TVshack for free.



:w00t:

Delightful website

Or you could buy the dual-coded Region 2 / 4 on BangCD for £18.99

bangcd.com/pro…594

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£23 is expensive for a single season! They are trying to rip people off due to the show being so popular.

hajj_3;6901095

£23 is expensive for a single season! They are trying to rip people off … £23 is expensive for a single season! They are trying to rip people off due to the show being so popular.


..uhh, what? You've not a clue about how this works then. Doctor Who, RRP £69.99 a season. 24 I haven't found for less than £30, same with every season of Lost when it comes out. £23 is a bargain, so enough of the hyperbole.

Agreed Adamo... the RRP of a Sopranos boxset is £50.

This at £23 is a superb price.. though my BangCD price is better!

basquille;6904349

Agreed Adamo... the RRP of a Sopranos boxset is £50.This at £23 is a s … Agreed Adamo... the RRP of a Sopranos boxset is £50.This at £23 is a superb price.. though my BangCD price is better!



But BangCD release date is 07/12/09, so I'm concerned if you'd get that delivered in time for Xmas

Very tempted....

ecnirp98;6910088

But BangCD release date is 07/12/09, so I'm concerned if you'd get that … But BangCD release date is 07/12/09, so I'm concerned if you'd get that delivered in time for Xmas


Never noticed that... but judging by the fact it's BangCD, you'll probably have it by Christmas *

















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