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The Vampire Diaries Season 1 Blu-ray Review

I hate to use a cheap pun, but “The Vampire Diaries” bites.

Based on the novel series of the same name, “The Vampire Diaries” takes place in the strange town of Mystic Falls and centers around a young teen girl (Elena) and vampire brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore who happen to start falling for Elena. The episodes themselves contain a plethora of subplots that involve romance, flashbacks of the Salvatore Brothers past in 1864, a Founder’s Day celebration, a device that singles out vampires, a witch, other vampires, the secretive history of Mystic Falls, a tomb, school celebrations, and Elena’s family. The first season contains 22 episodes.

Unless you’ve never seen a vampire show or film before, “The Vampire Diaries” is relatively unoriginal material. Essentially, it’s a teeny bopper “Dawson’s Creek” esque romantic dramedy (with vampires) that half resembles “Twilight” and half resembles “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” ‘Diaries,’ however, can only wish it was as good as a Joss Whedon series that it tries so hard to be like. Everything from the flashbacks and the bad boy Damon (who’s like Spike) to Stefan (who looks and acts like a young Angel) and the supernatural soaked town desperately reeks of a ‘Buffy’ wannabe. The problem is this show doesn’t have any of the humor, fantastic writing, or likeable characters that ‘Buffy’ did. Instead, ‘Diaries’ is filled with dull characters, overly dramatic acting, clumsy exposition filled dialogue, and characters who seem to wander around town aimlessly without purpose. The ONLY character who has any personality is Damon who is played by Ian Somerhalder of “Lost” fame.

Summary: “The Vampire Diaries” was specifically made for teen girls and, judging by the ratings, that demographic is eating this show up. If you’re not a teen girl there’s zero reason to watch this lackluster show.

Video/Audio:

The 1.78:1 1080p picture quality is a little on the fuzzy side but generally the colors are crisp and clear.

Sorry ‘Vampire’ lovers, but there’s no HD track here. Instead, there’s a fairly bland Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track. Sure, it’s sufficient, but I think we all expect more for a Blu-ray release.

Extras:
* Deleted scenes from the episodes “The Night Of The Comet,” “You’re Undead To Me,” “Lost Girls,” “Haunted,” “The Turning Point,” “Fool Me Once,” “A Few Good Men,” “There Goes The Neighborhood,” and “Let The Right One In”.
* “The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening” audiobook which can be played on PC or MAC.
* BD-Live capabilities.
* Commentary on the pilot by Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec and Marcos Siega. A self-congradulatory commentary with the three people praising everyone and everything.
* “Into Mystic Falls”- A 25 minute featurette that covers everything from how the show got made to the material.
* ‘When Vampries Don’t Suck!”- A featurette on the fanbase.

* 4 “A Darker Truth” webisodes.
* A 4 minute gag reel.
* “A New Breed Of Vampries”- A featurette about the casting.

* “Vampires 101”- A featurette about the vampires in the show.

September 7, 2010 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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