True Blood: Season 1
HBO (2008)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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IMDB   7.9
644 mins USA / English
DVD  Region 1   NR (Not Rated)
Anna Paquin Sookie Stackhouse
Chris Bauer Detective Andy Bellefleur
Ryan Kwanten Jason Stackhouse
Carrie Preston Arlene Fowler
Sam Trammell Sam Merlotte
William Sanderson Sheriff Bud Dearborne
Stephen Moyer Bill Compton
Michelle Forbes Maryann Forrester
Kristin Bauer Pam
Adina Porter Lettie Mae Thornton
Alexander Skarsgård Eric Northman
Jim Parrack Hoyt Fortenberry
Todd Lowe Terry Bellefleur
Michael Raymond-James Rene Lenier
Nelsan Ellis Lafayette Reynolds
Director
Alan Ball
Michael Lehmann
Producer Brian Buckner
Bruce Dunn
Writer Alan Ball
Brian Buckner
Cinematography Matthew Jensen
Romeo Tirone
Musician Nathan Barr


The series follows Sookie Stackhouse, a barmaid living in Louisiana who can read people's minds, and how her life is turned upside down when the Vampire Bill, walks into her place of employment two years after vampires 'came out of the coffin' on national television.
Episodes
 60 mins    9/7/2008  1.  Strange Love
Across the country, vampires have “come out of the coffin” following the invention of mass-produced synthetic blood. In Louisiana, Sookie Stack house, a waitress with telepathic abilities, falls under the spell of sexy, 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton whose thoughts she can’t read. After saving Bill from the Rat trays, a pair of ruthless “vampire drainers”, Sookie tests the limits of Bill’ s gratitude when the two are left alone in the dark. Meanwhile, Sookie’ s best friend Tara goes to work for Sam merlette at his bar and grill, while Sookie’ s roguish brother Jason finds himself in hot water when a “fang-banger” with whom he’s been intimate meets a tragic end.
Director:  Alan Ball  Writer:  Alan Ball 
Guest starring:  James Parks (Mack Rattray), Karina Logue (Denise Rattray), Danielle Sapia (Maudette Pickens), Josh Kelly (Frat Boy), Jessica Stroup (Sorority Girl), Lorna Scott (Sav-A-Bunch Shopper), Jessica Tuck (Nan Flanagan), Graham Shiels (Tattooed Vampire)
 60 mins    9/14/2008  2.  The First Taste
After Sookie gets saved by Bill she suffers a lot of injuries and Bill tries to save her "the Vampire way". The next day her brother is released from police custody and the bodies of Sookie's attackers are found. Later that day Bill goes to visit Sookie's family and gets a not so friendly welcome.
Director:  Scott Winant  Writer:  Alan Ball  / Charlaine Harris 
Guest starring:  Chris BauerJim Parrack, Michael Raymond-James,  William SandersonLynn Collins
 60 mins    9/21/2008  3.  Mine
Tara visits LaFayette seeking comfort from her woes, Sookie meets some of Bill's rowdy friends and saves them from harm from a human among them, and, Sookie and Hugo visit the Church of the Fellowship of the Sun.
Director:  John Dahl  Writer:  Alan Ball 
Guest starring:  Chris BauerJim ParrackAdina PorterCarrie Preston, Michael Raymond-James,  William SandersonLynn Collins
 60 mins    9/28/2008  4.  Escape from Dragon House
One of the barmaids from Merlotte's is murdered and all signs point to Jason as her killer. Also evident is the fact that she had been around vampires, and Sookie knows just where to go to find out who the girl had been with. Bill introduces Sookie to Fangtasia, the biggest vampire bar in Shreveport, and Eric, the oldest vampire in Shreveport. Her search could lead her into territory she never thought she'd cover.
Director:  Michael Lehmann  Writer:  Brian Buckner 
Guest starring:  James Parks (Mack Rattray), Karina Logue (Denise Rattray), Danielle Sapia (Maudette Pickens), Josh Kelly (Frat Boy), Jessica Stroup (Sorority Girl), Lorna Scott (Sav-A-Bunch Shopper), Jessica Tuck (Nan Flanagan), Graham Shiels (Tattooed Vampire)
 60 mins    10/5/2008  5.  Sparks Fly Out
Bill wins over Adele's church group with his vivid recollections from the Civil War; Sam reveals his feelings to Sookie; Jason gives vampire blood another shot with the help of Lafayette, and hurts Tara in the process.
Director:  Daniel Minahan  Writer:  Alexander Woo 
Guest starring:  Anna PaquinStephen MoyerSam TrammellRyan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley,  Chris BauerNelsan EllisJim ParrackAdina PorterCarrie Preston, Michael Raymond-James,  William SandersonAlexander SkarsgårdLois Smith
 60 mins    10/12/2008  6.  Cold Ground
Sookie seeks refuge from her friends' and neighbors' inner voices; Jason wrestles with withdrawal symptoms; Tara's mother needs her help; Sam and Tara make a connection.
Director:  Nick Gomez  Writer:  Raelle Tucker 
Guest starring:  Anna PaquinStephen MoyerSam TrammellRyan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley,  Chris BauerNelsan EllisJim ParrackAdina PorterCarrie Preston, Michael Raymond-James,  William SandersonAlexander SkarsgårdLois Smith
 60 mins    10/19/2008  7.  Burning House of Love
Sookie's painful childhood revelation spurs Bill into action; Tara agrees to pay for an exorcism for Lettie Mae; Jason travels to Fangtasia in search of V juice.
Director:  Marcos Siega  Writer:  Chris Offutt 
Guest starring:  Anna PaquinStephen MoyerSam TrammellRyan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley,  Chris BauerNelsan EllisJim ParrackAdina PorterCarrie Preston, Michael Raymond-James,  William SandersonAlexander Skarsgård, Lizzy Caplan
 60 mins    10/26/2008  8.  The Fourth Man in the Fire
Sookie tries to hold herself together in the wake of another possible tragedy; Tara lashes out at Sookie and Sam; Amy charms the crowd at Merlotte's.
Director:  Michael Lehmann  Writer:  Alexander Woo 
Guest starring:  Carrie Preston, Michael Raymond-James,  William SandersonAlexander Skarsgård, Lizzy Caplan, Steven Root
 60 mins    11/2/2008  9.  Plaisir D'Amour
Bill must pay a steep price for protecting Sookie; Jason and Amy break a taboo; Tara consults with Miss Jeanette about exorcising her inner demon; Bill enlists an unlikely bodyguard.
Director:  Anthony Hemingway  Writer:  Brian Buckner 
Guest starring:  Michael Raymond-James,  William SandersonAlexander Skarsgård, Lizzy Caplan, Steven Root
 60 mins    11/9/2008  10.  I Don't Wanna Know
Sam shares a secret with Sookie; Lettie Mae and Tara celebrate; Jason and Amy debate what to do with Eddie; Bill faces a harsh penalty.
Director:  Scott Winant  Writer:  Chris Offutt 
Guest starring:  Michael Raymond-James,  William SandersonAlexander Skarsgård, Lizzy Caplan, Steven Root
 60 mins    11/16/2008  11.  To Love is to Bury
Sookie and Sam investigate her most recent vision; Jason helps clean up Amy's mess; Tara becomes angry with Lettie Mae; Lafayette visits a senator.
Director:  Nancy Oliver  Writer:  Nancy Oliver 
Guest starring:  Adina PorterCarrie Preston, Michael Raymond-James,  William SandersonAlexander Skarsgård, Lizzy Caplan
 60 mins    11/23/2008  12.  You'll Be the Death of Me
Sookie finds a link to the string of killings in Bon Temps; Tara wants to make the most of her second chance; Jason finds a new calling; Bill tempts fate; Sam is upset by an encounter with an old acquaintance.
Director:  Alan Ball  Writer:  Raelle Tucker 
Guest starring:  Jim ParrackAdina PorterCarrie Preston, Michael Raymond-James,  William SandersonAlexander Skarsgård, Lizzy Caplan
Edition Details
Edition HBO Series
Series True Blood
Distributor HBO Home Video
Release Date 5/19/2009
Packaging Custom Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen (1.78:1)
Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish; Portuguese; Brazilian
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
Dolby Digital 5.1 [French]
Dolby Digital Surround [Spanish]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 5

Features
Disc 01 - In Focus: Vampires in America: A mock-u-mentary about vampires in America - Tru Blood Beverage Ads: French and American Tru Blood beverage ads - Vampire Service Ads: Ads for vampire dating, vampire hotels and lawyers that service vampires - Public Service Announcements: Both pro- and anti-vampire rights - Six audio commentaries with the cast and crew, including Executive Producer and Creator Alan Ball, Anna Paquin (Sookie) and Stephen Moyer (Bill)