True Blood: Season 5 hits Blu-ray May 21

A vampire civil war is brewing, Sookie’s best friend is dead, and an old vampire foe has returned to wreak havoc on the human race. True Blood continues to be one of television’s most popular series and the wildly entertaining fifth season will be available on Blu-ray with DVD and Digital Copy (Blu-ray with HBO Select* $79.98), DVD ($59.99) and Digital Download on May 21, 2013. Both sets include the full 12-episode season, along with extensive bonus materials including exclusive interviews and never-before-seen content.

Called “fangtastic” (US Weekly) and “cheeky…great fun” (Variety.com), True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season finds Sookie triumphant over her climactic encounter with Marnie. However, her showdown with Debbie may have had fatal consequences for Tara. Meanwhile, the denizens of Bon Temps are approaching a new crisis with Russell Edgington, Bill and Eric are in deep with the Authority and new threats from unexpected sources loom.

Bonus Material

Full of captivating backstories and extensive audio commentaries, the fifth season’s bonus materials offer appetizing tidbits for diehard fans.

Blu-ray Features (along with all DVD extras):

  • True Blood Episode Six: Autopsy – Join the cast and crew as they dissect the major events of episode six and provide an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how True Blood is made.
  • Authority Confessionals – Learn more about the mysterious institution known as The Authority, from Nora, Kibwe, Rosalyn, Salome, Steve and Russell.
  • Enhanced Viewing:
    • Character Bios, Vampire Histories and Hints/FYIs: Get even more background on favorite characters, trivia facts as well as show hints and clues.
    • Flashback/Flash Forward: Move through time in the world of Bon Temps. Flashback to relive pivotal moments or Flash Forward to reveal the significance of a certain scene.
  • True Blood Lines – Uncover secrets from relationships past and present in this engaging, fully interactive “re-Vamped” guide and archive.

DVD Features:

  • Inside the Episodes – Get the backstories on each episode with revealing interviews from the show writers.
  • Audio Commentaries – five commentaries with cast and crew including creator/executive producer Alan Ball, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Denis O’Hare, Carrie Preston and many more!
  • Previews & Recaps
  • *Blu-ray with HBO Select offers buyers the choice of three ways to watch in one set – Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy – and at no additional cost. The digital copy is redeemable via a provider of your choice: iTunes, Vudu or Amazon, as well as an UltraViolet copy through supporting providers.

True Blood cast members include Anna Paquin as waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse; Stephen Moyer as vampire Bill Compton; Alexander Skarsgård as vampire Eric Northman; Ryan Kwanten as Sookie’s trouble-prone brother, Jason Stackhouse; Rutina Wesley as Sookie’s best friend, Tara Thornton; Sam Trammell as Sookie’s shape-shifting boss, Sam Merlotte; Nelsan Ellis as Tara’s clairvoyant sharp-tongued cousin, Lafayette Reynolds; Chris Bauer as sheriff Andy Bellefleur; Carrie Preston as Arlene Fowler, a Merlotte’s waitress; Todd Lowe as Andy’s cousin, Terry Bellefleur; Jim Parrack as Hoyt Fortenberry; Deborah Ann Woll as Jessica Hamby, Bill’s vampire progeny; Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam, Eric’s vampire progeny and business partner; Joe Manganiello as werewolf Alcide; Lauren Bowles as Holly, a Merlotte’s waitress; Denis O’Hare as the newly resurfaced Russell Edgington, the Vampire King of Mississippi; Michael McMillian as recently turned vampire Steve Newlin; and Janina Gavankar as shape-shifter Luna.

New cast members for season five include: Scott Foley as Patrick Devins, an Iraq war veteran who comes to Bon Temps to track down Terry Bellefleur, his former comrade; Christopher Meloni as Roman, the Guardian of the Vampire Authority; Valentina Cervi as Salome, a Chancellor of the Vampire Authority; and Lucy Griffiths as Nora, another Chancellor of the Vampire Authority.

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