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Rating
Video:   9/10
Audio:   9/10
Extras:   4/10

Almost the end!
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
6/04/2014

    Entering its sixth smash-hit season, True Blood is HBO's sexy, scary, wildly entertaining series from Oscar - and Emmy-winner Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) and based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris. In addition to returning TB favorites - led by human/faerie hybrid Sookie (Anna Paquin), her unlikely vampire ally Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), and newly reconstituted supervamp Bill (Stephen Moyer) - Season 6 introduces several jarring storylines that threaten what little sense of normalcy remains in and around Bon Temps. As "Billith" comes to terms with his newfound powers after emerging from a pool of blood at the end of S5, Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell (new cast member Arliss Howard) declares open season on vampires, replete with novel anti-vamp weapons and a high-tech internment camp. Meanwhile, Sookie and Jason steel themselves for an encounter with the killer of their parents: the mysterious and ancient Warlow, whose identity remains a troubling mystery as the season opens.
I ditched my HBO subscription a number of years ago, so I look forward to watching True Blood over a few days when the DVDs/BDs arrive. The show lends itself to binge watching since nearly every episode picks up right after the end of the previous one. Now in its sixth season, with the seventh being the last, there's a sense of the show coming to a close while storylines start getting wrapped up. This 4-disc set includes all 10 episodes from the sixth season, 2 episodes shorter than the previous seasons.

Disc 1 (2:41:25)
Who Are You, Really? (52:05)
The Sun (51:28)
You're No Good (57:52)

Disc 2 (1:51:35)
At Last (55:35)
**** the Pain Away (56:00)

Disc 3 (2:49:03)
Don't You Feel Me (55:41)
In the Evening (56:15)
Dead Meat (57:07)

Disc 4 (1:46:11)
Life Matters (53:36)
Radioactive (52:35)

Video

A vampire show has a lot of night scenes, so the quality of the black level becomes extremely important; no one wants a muddy night scene, they want it black, black, black! Thankfully True Blood looks great in this regard, as the night scenes are as dark as you'd want to see them, and without digital noise that can plague some poor shoots. The rest of the 1080p 1.78:1 picture looks good as well; colors pop on the screen when they should, and everything looks wonderful, except for some minor banding here and there. There are chapters placed appropriately in the episodes, including one after the opening credit sequence. There's a "play all" on each disc, though the position isn't saved on the Blu-ray if you turn the player off before finishing the disc (you can't come back later and resume the "play all").

Audio

True Blood sports an English DTS-HD Mater Audio 5.1 track (along with tracks in French DTS Digital Surround 5.1 and Spanish DTS Digital Surround 2.0), and it sounds wonderful. The sound designers do an excellent job of creating a show that sounds as good as it looks, and the Blu-ray set is the best way to enjoy it. There are lots of directional sounds in the show, adding both sound effects and ambiance. There are subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Norweigian, Swedish and Finnish.

Extras - How we rate extras

Inside the Episode (36:52)
Really cool discussions over the events in the episodes. I enjoyed these pieces a lot.
Who Are You, Really? (3:27)
The Sun (3:52)
You're No Good (3:16)
At Last (3:46)
**** the Pain Away (3:49)
Don't You Feel Me (3:50)
In the Evening (3:09)
Dead Meat (4:21)
Life Matters (3:45)
Radioactive (3:37)

Commentary Tracks
At Last - Amelia Rose Blaire (Willa Burrell) and Alexander Woo (Writer)
Don't You Feel Me - Daniel Kenneth (Writer) and Howard Deutch (Director)
In the Evening - Stephen Moyer (Bill) and Kate Barnow (Writer)
Life Matters - Carrie Preston (Arlene) and Brian Buckner (Executive Producer/Writer)
Radioactive - Brian Buckner and Kate Barnow

Vamp Camp Files (32:28)
This is supposed to be a collection of data obtained from the "vamp camp" files. It's really neat, and there's a lot of information to go through here.

True Blood Lines (6:06)
Another cool feature that allows you to explore the relationships between characters, as well as information on each one. This would have been a lot of work to put together!

Summary

I wasn't a big fan of the last season, but really enjoyed this one. As I said at the start of the review, it really feels as though they're wrapping up the series, tying up storylines that have been going on for a few seasons now. It's nice to watch a show wind down as opposed to abruptly ending with tons of unanswered questions, and it'll be interesting to see the final season to know how it all ends.

The Blu-ray set has top-notch audio and video, and I enjoyed the bonus material; there aren't any duds, or fluff pieces, on the set. The "Vamp Camp" and "True Blood Lines" are really cool features, and I enjoyed the Commentary Tracks, and the "Inside the Episode" features. It's a good set, and I can't wait to watch the final season in a year or so.


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