Get Into: True Blood Season 2 on DVD
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By Mike Diamond
With its dynamic mix of horror, humor, and sly social commentary, the HBO series True Blood became an instant and much talked about hit (also nabbing a Golden Globe and an Emmy), and left viewers gasping for more at the climax of its first season. The sophomore season , which began airing in July of 2009, is being released on DVD on Tuesday May 25th, in a well produced 5 disc set featuring all 12 episodes.
The series was created by Six Feet Under’s Alan Ball, and is based on the Southern Vampire Mystery series of books by Charlaine Harris. Essentially, True Blood follows the relationship between telepathic human gal Sookie Stackhouse (Oscar winner Anna Paquin) and her 173 year old vampire soul mate, Bill Compton (played by Paquin’s off screen fiancÃ© Stephen Moyer) in the sleepy little town Louisiana called Bon Temps. Vampires have begun to integrate into mainstream human society, with the emergence of â€˜True Blood’ a synthetic blood product beverage. Not everyone is happy about this development- cue the drama!
True Blood is more than just a creep show with funny moments, in many ways it is an allegory for gay rights. Vampires are said to have â€˜come out of the coffin’, have their supporters as well as staunch opponents, including an evangelistic church called â€˜The Fellowship of the Sun’. While Season One’s story arc was about a series of mysterious, gruesome and presumably vampire committed murders, the second season delves more deeply into the struggle between the vampire community and those who wish to see them not just eliminated from society, but wiped off the face of the Earth.
The swamps of Louisiana again provide the perfectly gloomy, gothic and kitschy backdrop for True Blood’s unique blend of shape shifters, Cajun shrimp, poolside orgies, human slaves, rednecks and dark glamour, dead eyed bible thumpers and â€˜fangbangers’- humans who get off having sex with and being bitten by vampires. As in season one, this second season of TB also boasts an incredible amount of the hottest male flesh on television, including Sookie’s rather dimwitted but amazingly sculpted brother Jason (Ryan Kwanten), tall, blond, beautiful 1,000 year old vampire â€˜Sherriff’ Eric Northman (Alexander SkarsgÃ¥rd), and physically stunning Mehcad Brooks as the troubled but charming young man known as â€˜Eggs’. Then of course there is flamboyant Lafayette Reynolds, the do-rag wearing, web cam sexing, drug dealer played by the talented Nelsan Ellis.
The female characters are once again among the most intense and interesting to be found anywhere on television, including Rutina Wesley as Sookie’s best friend Tara Thornton,
newly minted teen vampire Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll), what the hell is she Maryann Forrester (Michelle Forbes) and the hilarious Kristin Bauer as sardonic bitch vampire â€˜Pam’.
The sophomore season of True Blood is darker, more complex and even funnier than the first, and the series remains one of the few shows that can make viewers â€˜Oh no they didn’t!’ Sink your teeth into True Blood Season Two on DVD- but you might want to watch before the sun goes down.
DVD extras include:
The Vampire Report (Special Edition): Check out the past year’s biggest stories in vampire news, politics, and popular culture in the special edition of The Perspective with Victoria Davis
Fellowship of the Sun: Reflections of Light: Rules to live by with Fellowship of the Sun leaders Steve and Sarah Newlin:
Seven audio commentaries with the cast and crew, including Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Michelle Forbes, Alexander Skarsgard, Rutina Wesley, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, and many more
True Blood Season 3 premieres Sunday, June 13 on HBO
True Blood Season 2 trailer:
True Blood Season 2 Promo
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