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HBO celebrates True Blood The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-Ray/DVD

May 14, 2013|Elliott Serrano, for Redeye

Geek confession time! When the show True Blood first premiered on HBO, I wasn't a fan. Quite frankly, I felt as if the show was treading too closely to territory that belonged to my all-time favorite vampire series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." But as the show proressed and the characters developed, I came to really enjoy the world that Alan Ball crafted out of the "southern fried vampire" books by Charlaine Harris. Over 5 seasons, True Blood has been able to do things that couldn't be done on Buffy, exploring themes and situations that are just too mature for network television. So yeah, I'm a convert.

I know that there are fans who kind of soured on the show with the fifth season, but I really enjoyed it myself. The overall storyarc involving Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) crossing swords with the Vampire Authority gave a nice "buddy cop/bromance" element to their relationship which made for an interesting - and often comedic - dynamic. And the portrayal of religious fanaticism within the vampire community gave the show a real resonance in our "post 9/11" debate over religion and violence in the "name of God." That is why I'm excited for the release of True Blood The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-Ray/DVD

The good folks of HBO Home Entertainment sent me a copy (see my Instagram Gallery above) and are giving fans a chance to win signed copies and other cool True Blood goodies! This will all be happening on Twitter and social media to celebrate the release of the set on May 21st. Here are the details from HBO Hom Entertainment:

"To celebrate the launch of True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD/Blu-ray with HBO Select, HBO Home Entertainment is inviting fans to "Fill In The Blood" for a chance to be part of a DVD virtual signing with stars Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) and Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam De Beaufort)!  

"Beginning yesterday and ending 5/17, the True Blood Twitter feed (@TrueBloodHBO) is hosting the "Psalms of Lilith" contest. Each day fans will be asked to fill in the missing words from a Psalm of Lilith (#fillintheblood) and the top ten submissions for each Psalm will win an autographed copy of the release. All of the winners will be announced the day after their tweet. The official micro-site for the contest is: www.fillintheblood.com.

"At 12pm PST/3 pm EST on Tuesday May 21st, the title's street date, Moyer and Bauer van Straten will participate in a virtual signing live from Bill Compton's mansion on the True Blood set, during which they may read the winning tweets, sign DVD copies and answer submitted questions from fans (which can be submitted by any follower on @TrueBloodHBO).  The signing will stream live on a True Blood branded Ustream channel (link to view will be provided on www.fillintheblood.com ). Winners will also receive a copy of their winning tweet on an old-world styled parchment as a keepsake, along with other prizes."

If you're a fan of True Blood, be sure to check out this event!

ELLIOTT SERRANO IS A REDEYE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR AND RESIDENT GEEK

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