True Blood: The Complete First Season Blu-ray was reviewed by Kenneth Brown on Blu-ray.com. In the review mr. Brown discuss the video, audio and extra’s and concludes by giving the The Complete First Season Blu-ray a overall score of 4 out of 5.
HBO once again proves it can craft a compelling series from what could have otherwise been a cheap gimmick or genre cash-in. With a slew of stirring performances, a mesmerizing storyline, and a wonderfully-realized underworld of vindictive demons and calculating vampires, True Blood has serious potential.
Fickle viewers may not appreciate True Blood‘s grim-n-grainy aesthetic, but HBO has delivered a marvelous 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer that faithfully captures every drop of blood, every sweat-soaked hair, and every torn tendon that graces the screen. The series’ palette is immaculate: skintones are healthy and natural, primaries are lush, reds practically spill off the screen, and blacks are inky and well-resolved.
Even more impressive is True Blood‘s potent, hard-hitting DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track. The lapping waters of the bayou, the hiss of spraying blood, the thunderclap of roaring crowds, the twang of a Louisianan guitar… this is what lossless audio is all about. Dialogue is clean and deftly prioritized: regardless of whether it resides in the restrained hush of Bill’s voice or the thick-drawled lull of Rene’s cajun accent, every word is crystal clear.
The Blu-ray edition of True Blood: The Complete First Season arrives with all of the supplemental material that appears on the standard DVD version, features twelve Enhanced Viewing Picture-in-Picture tracks, and includes six cast and crew audio commentaries.
Executive producer/series creator Alan Ball naturally provides the most thorough and extensive commentary for Strange Love; lead actress Anna Paquin and episode director Scott Winant dissect The First Taste; writer Brian Buckner and director Michael Lehmann offer their thoughts on Escape from Dragon House; actor Stephen Moyer and director Dan Minahan deliver one of the most engaging tracks for Sparks Fly Out; director Marcos Siega explains his approach to Burning House of Love; and writer/director Nancy Oliver takes a nervous, rambling look at To Love is to Bury.
True Blood: The Complete First Season marks yet another excellent Blu-ray transfer from HBO that will leave fans in a state of ecstasy and help convert newcomers to the fold.
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