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 True Blood The Complete Second Season (DVD)

  Review by Suzanne 4/30/10

I love this show and have watched both seasons religiously. It is a fun vampire soap opera. It has even gotten me interested in reading the books, which are a little different. The acting is great, and the writing is superb.

The show is definitely for anyone who loves good writing and acting. However, if you don't like nudity or bad language, or blood and gore, or vampire stories, then you will not like it and should avoid it. Some people did not like this second season as much as the first. I guess it all depends on whether you like Maryann and her maenad story or not.  I love Michelle Forbes in anything, so it was great to me.

You get to learn more about all of the characters as they are fleshed out and given more to do. It's a great show, and I can't wait for the third season, coming soon.

There are only a few features in the standard DVD set.  One is "Fellowship of the Sun: Reflections of Light" where the bible-thumping, vampire-hating characters Steve and Sarah preach against vampires. This is scarily too much like the real church people for my tastes. The other main feature is a really great entertainment-news type of show called "The Vampire Report: Special Edition".  This is brilliant and a great companion piece to the show's stories.  They also have lots of commentaries.

Get this set and you won't be sorry! Just make sure you get season one first!


Golden Globe and Emmy-winning drama available exclusively on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and Digital Download from HBO Home Entertainment on May 25, 2010

Featuring bonus content with "Bite!"
Character perspectives, Pro and Anti-Vampire News, Hints and FYIs, In-Depth Audio Commentaries and Much More!

New York, N.Y. February 05, 2010 - True Blood, the #1 best-selling TV-on-DVD title of 2009, returns when "True Blood: The Complete Second Season" is made available. Blu-ray Disk and digital download from HBO Home Entertainment. Streeting on May 25, 2010, just weeks before the third highly-anticipated season premiere, the five-disc DVD and Blu-ray Disc sets include all 12 episodes from the second season, along with a wealth of exciting bonus materials for the suggested retail price of $59.99 and $79.98 respectively.

Created and produced by Alan Ball (Emmy-winning creator of HBO series Six Feet Under) and based on the popular "Sookie Stackhouse" novels by Charlaine Harris, the second season of True Blood was hailred as the "#1 best TV series of 2009...erotic, funny, scary..." ( and "intoxicating...pure perfection..." (Boston Globe), and has become the most-watched HBO series behind The Sopranos. For its sophomore season, the show returns to Bon Temps, home of mystery, Southern sensuality and dark secrets. For Sookie, life is more dangerous than ever and she and Bill become even closer. Meanwhile, Tara finds herself under a spell, Jason joins an anti-vampire sect and Maryann reveals her special power.

Filled with engaging stories, characters and themes, the bonus materials allow fans, as well as new viewers, to further immerse themselves in this captivating world. The Standard Definition version includes two special features "Fellowship of the Sun: Reflections of Light," which gives "rules to live by" from leaders Steve and Sarah Newlin, and "The Vampire Report: Special Edition," that highlights the year's biggest stories in vampire news, politics and pop culture, along with audio commentaries with case and crew including Ball, Anna Paquin (Academy Award winner, The Piano); Steven Moyer (The Starter Wife); Alexander Skarsgard (HBO miniseries Generation Kill); Michelle Forbes (HBO series In Treament); Ryan Kwanten (Summerland); Sam Trammell (Judging Amy); Rutina Wesley (How She Move) and many more.

The Blu-ray Disc is presented in H 1080p video and DTS-HD master audio. It contains all the bonus materials found on the SD version along with True Blood Enhanced Viewing on all 12 episodes. Enhanced Viewing provides an amplified picture in picture experience with original, interactive content that extends the fiction of the series. "With triple the content found on the Season One BD, Season Two offers "Character Perspectives" - straight from the mouths of Hoyt, Pam, Karl and Steve Newlin; "Flashback/Flash Forward" - allowing the viewer to relive pivotal moments and revealing the significance of certain scenes; "Pro/Anti- Vampire Feeds" - news updates and information from the American Vampire League and the Light of Day organization that helps fans decide which camp they support; and "Hints/FYI" - featuring trivia facts, show hints and clues. Additionally, viewers will also be able to skip from bonus event to bonus event as they watch an episode.

True Blood cast regulars also include: Carrie Preston (Law & Order: Criminal INtent) as Sookie's fellow waitress Arlene Fowler; William Sander (HBO series Deadwood) as Sheriff Bud Dearborne; Chris Bauer (HBO series The Wire) as Detective Andy Bellefleur; Todd Lowe as Terry Bellefleur; Deborah Ann Wolf (The Mentalist) as Jessica, a new vampire under Bill's supervision; Mehcad Brooks (The Deep End) as Eggs "Benedict" Talley; Michael McMillan (Saved) as Rev. Steve Newlin; Mariana Kloveno (ER) as Lorena; Anna Camp (Glee) as Sarah Newlin; and Jim Parrack (Criminal Minds) as Hoyt Fortenberry.

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