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True Blood: Season 1 - DVD Preview

True Blood, Season 1

Preview by Jack Foley

FROM the creator of Six Feet Under and the Academy Award® winning writer of American Beauty (Alan Ball) comes True Blood: Season 1, the show that everyone is talking about.

Already a sensation in the US, the show features the sexy, eclectic cast of Academy Award® winning Anna Paquin (The Piano), British actor Stephen Moyer (NY-LON), Alexander Skarsgard (Generation Kill) and Ryan Kwanten (Home & Away).

Fresh from winning a Golden Globe for its first season (Paquin, Best Actress) True Blood has already made its (fang)marks on the flesh of British viewers pulling in huge viewers on FX and threatening to glamour even more when it makes its terrestrial debut on Channel 4 in October.

Feeding our fascination for vampires, Alan Ball looks at a lascivious world occupied by the dead in the provocative setting of the deep American South.

Welcome to Bontemps. Thanks to a scientist’s invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many remain apprehensive about these creatures “coming out of the coffin”.

Religious leaders and government officials around the world have chosen their sides, but in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, the jury is still out. Local waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Paquin), however, knows how it feels to be an outcast.

“Cursed” with the ability to listen in on people’s thoughts, she’s also open-minded about the integration of vampires — particularly when it comes to Bill Compton (Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old living up the road.

But as Sookie is drawn into a series of mysteries surrounding Bill’s arrival in Bon Temps, that tolerance will be put to the test.

DVD & Blu-ray Special Features:

The DVD is packed with special features including Audio commentary with Alan Ball, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. The Blu-Ray contains even more bonus material including enhanced viewing, episodic recaps and previews.

Certificate: 18
Running time: 720 minutes plus special features
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: October 26, 2009