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True Blood the Complete Third Season
The universe of True Blood
expands in Season 3 as the richly woven world
of the Charlaine Harris novels is explored even more with some unexpected
twists along the way. Created and produced by Alan Ball for HBO, True
Blood is an adult drama that is fuelled by vampiric eroticism. This
is definitely no Twilight or Vampire Diaries but rather the stories of True
Blood are a true intellectual experience with a healthy appetite for
sex. With that said, True Blood Season 3 is Rated 18+ so you're pretty
much guaranteed blood, nudity and some strong adult themes. Kids need
protagonist of the series is waitress and telepath Sookie Stackhouse
(Anna Paquin) who lives in the small town of Bon Temps Louisiana who has
fallen in love with an almost 200-year old vampire named Bill Compton
(Stephen Moyer). Add in a variety of interesting characters, both
supernatural and natural, and True Blood is easily one of the most
original and captivating series of the last decade which has spawned a
world-wide following. With Season 4 soon to be released in the US,
Warner have perfectly timed their Blu-ray and DVD release of Season 3.
Once I heard that familiar yet melancholy song Bad Things by Jace
Everett and the bizarre, religious and contradictory opening sequence of
this series, my True Blood experience would once again be ignited and in
just a few days, we watched over ten hours of werewolves, vampire, fang
bangers... and fairies! Given all these facts, Season 3 of True Blood immediately takes place
after the epic conclusion of the previous season that saw Maryann, a
maenad enslave the residents of Bon Temps in order
to resurrect her god.
With the help of Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), a
shape shifter and owner of the local bar, Maryann was defeated and Bon Temps attempted to return to
normality by "forgetting" that they were controlled by this
The relationship between Sookie and Bill was explored even more in
season 2 and the cliff hanger ending was Bill proposing to Sookie.
Although quite emotional at the proposal, Sookie flees to the bathroom
to consider the marriage, however when she returns to tell Bill yes, her
vampire lover is gone. Someone had kidnapped him.
In season 3, we learn that Bill was abducted by Russell Edgington, the
Vampire King of Mississippi and was forced to renounce his allegiance to
his Queen in order to ensure the safety of Sookie. Season 3 also sees
Sookie seeking assistance from Eric to find and "rescue" Bill plus we
learn more of her powers which are connected to more supernatural
mythology. However Edgington knows the truth behind Sookie's powers which is why he has
Bill working for him, "unbeknown" to our vampire hero.
several new characters introduced in Season 3 such as Tommy Mickens
(Marshall Allman), Sam's younger brother, also a shifter who has been
abused by his father and forced to fight in illegal dog fights.
Nonetheless when Sam meets his real family, this causes a real problem
for him and a very unexpected outburst from this rather mild character.
Werewolves and werepanthers play a prominent role in the storylines as
well with Russell Edgington (Denis O'Hare) making an unholy pact with
the werewolves in exchange for vampire blood and their obedience.
Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) is one of these werewolves but is disgusted
that his clan is working for Edgington and he becomes entangled with
Sookie and her search for Bill which leads to a very close relationship
between them. Meanwhile the loveable and over sexed fool and brother of
Sookie, Jason (Ryan Kwanten) has found a new crush with that of Crystal who happens to
be a werepanther and has a very dark family secret. From Lafayette finding a
new lover to Tara continuing her downward spiral into darkness from the
death of Eggs, she falls victim to vampire Franklin Mott (James Frain)
who has become besotted with her. Needless to say, Alan Ball continues to throw some
amazing curve balls at the viewer.
There has been some
criticism that Season 3 of True Blood was a bit of a mixed bag due to
the number of new characters and sometimes whacky plotlines but from a systematic
approach, it has only expanded the universe of these characters and for
me, the entertainment and nail biting stories are still there that
are tainted with lust, corruption and power. This may have turned a few
people away from the series because it's not just set in the sleepy town
of Bon Temps anymore, rather it's a much more complicated story.
Thankfully many of the plot lines left open from the previous season are
closed but Ball continues to create new ones which are based on the
excellent novels of Charlaine Harris.
The best thing about True Blood for me are
the diverse characters and this continues in season 3. Whether it's the
vile Vampire King Russell Edgington or his nefarious links to Eric,
every character has a dark secret and season 3 really explores these
secrets, thanks to the wonderfully written and twisted stories. Even in all this
darkness, romance plays a key factor here such as the relationship
between Jessica, a vampire and her human lover Hoyt or Lafayette and his
new lover delving into the world of vampire blood, it's all unexpected
and thoroughly entertaining, especially the revelation of Sookie's
amazing powers. As each episode unlocks a new secret in True Blood,
writing this review quite difficult without spoiling too much.
Video, Audio &
Presented in 1080p 16x9, the video quality
is outstanding for True Blood Season 3 and although the series is
generally quite dark, when the blood begins to flow, it's almost surreal
and unworldly. Images are ultra-sharp and blacks are quite strong. There
is some bleeding with the red but overall, HBO continue to release first
class blu-ray releases. Match that with a DTS-HD Master Audio track and
True Blood comes alive in your house.
Just like the previous
releases by Warner, the special features are brilliant for True Blood
and Season 3 is no exception to that rule. From interactive guides,
secrets, character perspectives, music videos and commentaries, this
release has been made for True Blood fans and nothing was forced or
contrived in this department. It's all first class extras and delves
more into the series thanks to all these snippets of tasty information.
Learn more about what's going on straight form the mouths of
Jessica, Andy, Tommy and Alcide
Move through time in the world of Bon Temps. Flashback to relive
pivotal moments and what exclusive minisodes that you've never seen
before. Flash Forward to reveal the significance of a certain scene.
Get the background stories on your favourite characters
Don't miss a beat with these informative facts, show hints and clues
True Blood Lines
An interactive on-screen guide highlighting the connections between
the many worlds of True Blood
Anatomy of a Scene
Take an in-depth look at the introduction of werewolves, as Alan
Ball and the cast and crew take us through the journey of filing the
exciting werewolf fight in the beginning of the season
True Blood Post
Stick around after each episode for a bonus helping of True Blood
Snoop Dogg "Oh
A disc to disc seamless menu system that provides a complete season
commentaries with the Cast and Crew including Alan Ball, Anna
Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Manganiello, Kristin
Bauer Van Straten, Denis O'Hare and many more.
If you're a
True Blood fan, than this is a must have Blu-ray for your collection!