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Robert Harris

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Having resolutely followed the gathering of creatures of the night since the initial appearance of True Blood, I find Season four a bit akin to a gathering of eagles.

In Season One, back in the fall of 2008, we were introduced to vampires. At some point, and I don't recall precisely when, shape-shifters entered the fray, followed by werewolves.

I believe it was back in season three, that we met our first fairies, and began to recognize the extent of Sookie's powers. Then there came mediums and were-panthers, which makes sense, since there are still panthers in certain areas of our southeastern swamplands. And finally our less than friendly coven of witches.

With all of this in play, season four seems to bounce back and forth between converging story lines. But it does it well, and interest is held. True Blood has not yet jumped the shark.

As far as I'm aware, True Blood is still being shot on 3-perf, and taken to HD in post.

Something that I found of interest, was a comparison between AMC's Breaking Bad, which seems to go through the same post ethic, with HBO's True Blood. As I mentioned in my piece on Breaking Bad, run it on a moderate to large flat panel, and it looks terrific. Take it up to projection size, and some deficiencies begin to emerge. Nothing untoward, but a less than film-like presentation. With both being shot on 3-perf, True Blood, when projected to the same size, holds image quality quite a bit better.

With episodes still rounding out to an even dozen each year, the Blu-ray of season four adds up to 720 minutes of programming plus extras.

HBO continues to provide the home theater audience with quality Blu-rays, and that is my preferred viewing method.

A continuing high quality entertainment, especially for those into a bit of horror and the occult, and extremely high quality Blu-ray discs.

Recommended.

RAH
 

Cameron Yee

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Seems like we were on the same viewing timeline. :)

I did enjoy the fourth season more than the third, though the third had one of the more interesting villains of the series. The fourth season just had a more tightly wrapped story line by comparison.

Every time I finish a season, it makes me think about subscribing to HBO to be able to watch the current season, but inevitably economics win out and a year goes by quickly enough that I'm able to watch the season eventually, albeit a bit delayed. The great video quality makes the wait worthwhile too.
 

Michel_Hafner

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I found image quality at times uneven. Usually good but sometimes someone felt a need to sharpen a shot and overdid it. Not often, though. Thematically TB and VD mirror each other. One is for teenies and one for adult folks, more or less. :)
 

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