DVD review: 'True Blood' is one big, bloody mess

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Grade • C+

DVD • "True Blood" long ago diverged from Charlaine Harris' novels. The HBO series is incredibly more bloody, more sexy —and more confused.

Season 5 was the weakest yet and its characters more annoying than they'd ever been. By focusing so heavily on the Vampire Authority, "True Blood" lost its humanity.

It wasn't a total loss — fans still had a reason to tune in — but there was little to attract anyone who wasn't already hooked on the show. The extras on the DVD/Blu-ray release are for obsessed "True Blood" fans.

In addition to the standard commentaries, there is background information on the various characters, their relationships — and insight into the Vampire Authority. —

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