“True Blood: Season Four”
One of the most successful series in the history of HBO, “True Blood” returned to the foundation that made it great with season four. The series is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris and lets us in on the world of vampires. Anna Panquin stars as Sookie, and she rules most of the scenes that she is in. Sookie has telepathic powers but has fallen for Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard), one of the vampire leaders who shows another side of himself. The ensemble cast is excellent, and season four had a more cohesive balance with the scripts. There was plenty of gore, romance, mystery, suspense and even humor. We see how Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) became the King, and how he changed along with many of the regular characters. The five-disc set includes all 12 episodes along with many bonus features.
“Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies”
Andrew Lloyd Webber began his plans for a sequel to “The Phantom of the Opera” in 1990. It opened up in London in 2010 and was filmed in Melbourne in 2011.
Ten years have passed since the Phantom left the Paris Opera House. He has taken up residence in Coney Island, but his life is empty without Christine Daae. She returns to his life, however, when she comes to New York to sing. The costumes and set designs add to the romance, intrigue and obsession. The music stands on its own, with songs like “Beneath a Moonless Sky,” “Love Never Dies” and “The Coney Island Waltz.”
“Sade: Bring Me Home Live”
British-Nigerian singer Sade Adu has been making music for three decades. She has sold millions of records, and her latest tour — after a decade-long break — has taken her around the world. This great-looking concert features the songs “Soldier of Love,” “Your Love is King,” “Kiss of Life,” “Smooth Operator” “The Sweetest Taboo” and more.
“Maverick: Season One”
This TV series, available on DVD for the first time, starred James Garner as Bret Maverick, a wisecracking poker-playing man of the Wild West. At times, the series also includes his more serious brother Bart (Jack Kelly) and their adventures. “Maverick” had a loyal following, and it ran for five seasons.
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