True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season

True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season

The Complete Fifth Season
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On DVD: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Bonus Features

Inside the Episodes: Get the back-stories on each episode with revealing interviews from the show writers.
Audio Commentaries: 5 Commentaries with the Cast and Crew including Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Denis O'Hare, Carrie Preston, and many more!
Previews & Recaps
Enhanced Viewing: Character Bios, Vampire Histories, Hints, FYI's, Flashbacks, and Flash Forwards.
Authority Confessionals: Learn more about the mysterious institution known as The Authority, from Nora, Kibwe, Rosalyn, Salome, Steve, and Russell.
True Blood Episode Six: Autopsy: Join the cast and crew as they dissect the major events of episode six and provide an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how True Blood is made.
True Blood Lines: Uncover secrets from relationships past and present in this engaging, fully interactive ""re-Vamped"" guide and archive.

Are you looking for a show that has a lot of partial nudity and butt shots? How about a show that has a lot of blood and gore in it? What about a show that has a good amount of sex scenes? Or maybe you're looking for a show that has the nudity, butts, blood, gore, sex, while the cast talk about all of it? If so then True Blood is the perfect show for you to watch becuase it contains all of that. At times I kind of forgot that there was an actual plot and story going on in the episode beyond all the sex, nudity, and blood. Though, I can't say there's much of a plot going on because all this show really is, is more adult version of a soap opera but with vampires and werewolves. With boring plots and unblievable acting I did not end up getting into the show. From what I've heard about this show and all the fans I've seen at conventions I figured this show had to be one of those shows that was great but has went unnoticed by the masses. Nope, it's just a show with poor acting, lame useless plots, and lots of sexual moments.

Here's the an quick rundown for the season, Sookie has problems with vampires, this girl is getting that guy, that guy is getting with this girl, many people are bit, almost all of the cast shows some sort of body part at one point or another, the lead male vampire characters seem to always be taking off their shirts, and did I mention that Sookie has problems. There's really not else going on in this show and if it wasn't for the nudity and the sex I would have been bored with it. Each episode has the same format, 90% deals with the sexual side and the other 10% is an actual plot. Because this is my first season I didn't know that having the vampire High Council being shown was actually a big deal, but from what I saw it was a group of people that look more like a meeting for what menu item will be changed for this months specials at a fast food chain. None of these charcters playing the vampires that controlled everything from behind the scenes were the least believable as that type of person. It was laughable in fact seeing them becuase they range from a kid to a middle aged woman who try to sound tough but only come across as being an actor trying to sound natural but not pulling it off. The only thing this show has going for it are the good looking actors who don't seem to mind getting naked.

It might be a show that goes nowhere with lots of sex and violence but it looks good doing it. This Blu Ray has some minor grain that can be seen in some of the blacks and dark scenes (which make up most of the show since it is about vampires) but it's not that much and most of the time it works for the scene because of the mood being set is supposed to be dark and gritty. I did like how the colors where bright where needed or dirty and dark when needed. The fine details can be seen, which at times actually hurt the Blu Ray when it comes to the special effects, but it also makes the show look good. Visually this show looks good, the blood has a shine when on the naked bodies, the locations are made to look rough and dirty, but the audio is horrible. I had to play the up and down game with my volume control to hear what was being said and fight with it when the screaming was too loud. However, there is one really, really cool feature on this Blu Ray that I really enjoyed, the enhanced viewing. With this feature turned on I got to watch the episode with pop up information that contained facts about what's happening with the show but not in the real world sense. These facts where true to the True Blood world so not actually true facts but they did make the show somewhat bareable.

Before I close out this review I want to talk a little about the packaging this Blu Ray came in. I was impressed as well as unimpressed at the same time. Let me start with what impressed me. First the box itself, it's made out of stiff cardboard that gives it a sturdy feel, it has some sort of coating on it that gives it a leather like feel (not that it's leather just that it feels like it), and the art work is suttle yet actaully very cool. There's also the raised lettering of the title on the front that gives the box an extra little bit of appeal. Inside the box is included the DVD portion that has it's own slim packaging but as good as it is to have the Blu Ray discs separate from the DVD's, the DVD's are double sided and put in a cut out in the slim case. These can easily be scratched and I'm better will be. Having the DVD's packaged like that is the unimpressive part for this but again, just having the Blu Ray, DVD, and digital copy of this all in one still makes it worth getting the Blu Ray (that is if you have a Blu Ray player and are really into this show).

Lee Roberts
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