Blood. Violence. Supernatural. More Blood. Rinse and repeat.
Trying to describe True Blood to the uninitiated is like staring at the poster about it that appeared at bus stops 7 years ago heralding its coming — it’s a drink and it’s for Vampires but what else is going on?
What else is plenty as HBO enticed viewers to watch Sookie Stackhouse and friends, in a form of psychotic Scooby Doo and the Gang-like madness, take on life in the deep South that grows out to engulf the world at large. Vampires exist and can now drink a substitute for human blood, but that doesn’t mean all the drama is now sucked dry. For one thing, there’s also a lot of sex involved — it IS HBO and they ARE Vampires. Much of what you know about them is true, but there’s also a lot of other stuff you don’t know. Mix in large doses of characters — humans and otherwise and wait as strange goings-ons take place that you wouldn’t believe. Think Soap Opera on a massive scale, but with action as often as dialogue. And lots of blood.
Of course the easiest way to get a handle on this all is by getting the box set containing the complete 7 seasons of the show. Everything is contained in the box set — holding 33 discs — and of course there’s plenty of interviews and commentaries and bonus views like you’d expect. But some 60 episodes (out of 80) have also been enhanced. That wasn’t expected and consists of a picture-in-picture option that delves into details as to what is going on. And believe me, there’s plenty going on. ALL. THE. TIME.
The Blu-ray video reproduction of what was once watched live provides a much needed boost in all visual aspects: unlike cable/satellite broadcasts, there’s no compression and it’s a Full 1080p HD video signal coming through. Besides providing a view to details that most likely sped by the viewer the first time around, colors now pop-out with greater clarity as well. And many of the effects involving the environment — fog, mists, otherworldly lighting — enjoy a more etherial and mystical quality. And look good. None of that “Smoke Monster” blah that was a hallmark of LOST, for those who remember.
There’s also digital HD for streaming & downloading, but the great thing is that you can now get Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. So pump up the music loud ‘cuz you just know the audio is only going to make whatever bad things are going on seem even worse in surround. But “worse” is a good thing where True Blood is concerned, so suck it up and enjoy.