True Blood, How I love it

I usually watch everything HBO, but I have fallen behind of late. I had customers asking about this since last year so I was interested in what Ball’s latest foray was about. I had to spend a fair amount of money to risk having Blu depth on these TV on Blu sets – but this one did not disappoint me in any way. The story has been reviewed plenty here, so I dissected the features and quality.

The picture looks very professional, and there was plenty to go wrong with the majority of it being filmed at night. The colors of the outdoors in each night landscape look vivid, and the special effects still appear adequate considering the difficulties of getting it right (darkly lit interiors). Their is some sparse grain depending on the location, but it was a pleasure to see everything – plenty of flesh tones (yes there is lots of sex) that all look clear and porous.

The sound is what sells this though. The DTS gets used extensively in each episode. Sookie’s thought reading can be overwhelming at times, you almost want to isolate one of the channels and listen to that one thought as all five channels are sometimes filled with conflicting voices. Even the low-key scenes had some nice outer channel usage – loved every minute of it.

The special features are catered to both the lay True Blood person like myself and the avid followers. Your player has to be enabled appropriately to handle all of the PIP and text boxes that appear in the enhanced viewing. The hints were somewhat corny at times, but I still learned some interesting things about the characters. The PIP is a solid 1080 and appears just little enough to not be that distracting on a first watch. The commentaries from Ball are the best, and provide some decent insight on his creative process while still getting a few slams in there on the critics and story changes.

Pretty much amazing. Any fans need to go get this for blu-ray NOW.

I ordered it pretty cheap at and it was worth every penny.
Just read the reviews


My collection!

I have about 455 blu-ray movies total. Yes I know. Im a addict. I love blu-ray movies. Of course that costs alot of dough. Too much dough for me. But I save quite a bit from buying it from 3rd party sites like this one.

HD vs Blu-ray

High Definition DVD (HD-DVD) vs Blu-ray is shaping up to be a battle to rival the VHS vs Betamax format war of the early eighties. Looking like they’ve learned nothing from the DVD ± RW debacle, the companies involved, whether they are in the technology or content distribution industry (or in Sony’s case, both), are set to slug it out over the next few years.

The prize is the licence fees that will be payable to the format owners when the next generation of high definition DVD players and recorders start shipping in volume. As high definition television becomes increasingly popular, consumers will want a recordable format that has the capacity to hold at least a couple of hours worth of HDTV content. Both Blu-ray and HD-DVD were developed in response to the anticipated need for an HDTV recording medium and provide content whose quality would match the expectations of HDTV-owning customers. Additionally, the film distribution companies will cash-in as they release all the titles currently available on DVD in one or both of the new formats and convince consumers that they really should chuck out the DVD collection they’ve spent time and money building and start afresh with the new high definition versions.

Rather than get together and agree a format for high definition DVD, the industry has split in two and is producing two different versions. In the red corner is Toshiba, which has developed HD-DVD and has signed up numerous film companies as supporters, including Warner Brothers, New Line, Paramount, and Universal Pictures.

In the blue corner, is, if you’ll forgive the pun, Sony’s Blu-ray. Sony intends to use Blu-ray as the format for the next generation of the PlayStation and has signed up Disney, and MGM, and is expected to add 20th Century Fox to the list.

Currently the major Hollywood studios are split down the middle with almost exactly half of them in each camp.

HD-DVD has been developed by Toshiba and NEC and has the support of the influential DVD Forum, whereas Blu-ray is supported by Phillips, HP, Sharp, Pioneer, Panasonic, and Sonic Solutions.

Microsoft stands to benefit whichever format succeeds as its Windows Media 9 video codec has been approved for use in HD-DVD and Blu-ray content.

For details of the specification of each format.


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