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TV on DVD: drink up True Blood

In dvd, television, tv on 05/18/2009 at 9:53 pm

Five reasons to rent the new DVD True Blood: The Complete First Season, the hit cable series based on Charlaine Harris’s series of Sookie Stackhouse novels about an average waitress (who can read your thoughts) who falls in love with the new guy in town who is a member of the newest minority group, vampires, fighting for public respect, legislative protection and social acceptance.

1. Despite early fears that Anna Paquin was not a believable blonde (!!!!), the actress grabbed control of the series as the waitress Sookie. Her co-star Stephen Moyer started out flat in his portrayal of the vampire Bill Compton, but quickly caught up, making for steamy, teary love and sex scenes not too far into the first season.

2. Excellent supporting cast:Rutina Wesley plays Tara Thornton, Sookie’s best friend in the series but, in the book, a background character absent from the otherwise excellent first novel. Watch her. She has a crazy mother, an intriguing cousin, a witchy late-series adventure and enough something-something for her own series.Lois Smith is the uber grandmother and soul of the series as Adele Stackhouse, Sookie’s beloved Gran. She makes a great pie and gives vampire Bill an almost human side.

3. The opening credits, set to the tune of Jace Everett’s (I Wanna Do) Bad Things (To You). Creepy. Funny. Brilliant. Worth its own disc.

4. Commentary that, while I haven’t yet sampled it, will be tragically disappointing if it’s anything but charming and funny by exec producer and series creator Alan (Six Feet Under) Ball and Paquin. I’ll get back to you on this as soon as I can wade through.

5. You need to catch up quick. Season 2 starts 9 p.m. ET on June 6 on HBO Canada.

Now then. Here are some more new releases of TV on DVD.

Friday Night Lights: the Third Season
24: Season 7
8 Simple Rules: Season 2
Hilarious House of Frightenstein: Grizelda’s Eat Drink and Be Scary
Peyton Place, Part 1
SeaTek: Season 1
World of Wonder: Season 1
Caught on Tape: Complete Series
The New Detectives: Season 3

— Denise Duguay

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