Blood Ties - Season 1

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When ex-cop turned private investigator Vicki Nelson (Christina Cox) happens upon the scene of a terrifying murder, she's hired by the victim's girlfriend to prove that her boyfriend was killed by a vampire. As Vicki pursues the investigation further, she crosses paths with someone else investigating the case for his own reasons: Henry Fitzroy (Kyle Schmid), the former Duke of Richmond and 470-year-old vampire. To solve the brutal murder, Vicki finds herself collaborating -- against her better judgment -- with ...
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Overview

When ex-cop turned private investigator Vicki Nelson (Christina Cox) happens upon the scene of a terrifying murder, she's hired by the victim's girlfriend to prove that her boyfriend was killed by a vampire. As Vicki pursues the investigation further, she crosses paths with someone else investigating the case for his own reasons: Henry Fitzroy (Kyle Schmid), the former Duke of Richmond and 470-year-old vampire. To solve the brutal murder, Vicki finds herself collaborating -- against her better judgment -- with the suave and seductive Fitzroy. The relationship soon progresses beyond a purely professional arrangement, complicating her long-term love affair with ex-partner Detective Mike Celluci (Dylan Neal)...and pretty well everything else in her life. The 13 episodes of Blood Ties - Season 1 aired in 2007 on the Lifetime cable network.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind the scense documentary; Trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/2/2009
  • UPC: 801213511099
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  • Source: Eagle Rock
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 10:25:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 31,094

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Disc #1 -- Blood Ties: Season One
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   Episode Selection
      Blood Price Part 1
      Blood Price Part 2
      Bad Juju
      Gifted
Disc #2 -- Blood Ties: Season One
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   Episode Selection
      Deadly Departed
      Love Hurst
      Heart Of Ice
      Heart Of Fire
Disc #3 -- Blood Ties: Season One
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   Episode Selection
      Stone Cold
      Necrodrome
      Post Partum
      Norman
Disc #4 -- Blood Ties: Season One
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   Episode & Bonus Selection
      D.O.A.
      Bonus Feature: Behind the Scenes
      Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Excellent Series.

    Excellent Series.

    This show has something for everyone.

    Henry is a vampire. Old legends style. He sleeps deeply during the day, completely unconscious. He was noble class when human.
    He has flawless looks, Rock Star confidence, and hypnotic ability. He is nearly 500 years old. He becomes very protective of Vicky.

    Vicky is a an ex-cop, who became a private investigator. Her eye condition cost her the police career. In the pilot she was nearly sacrificed to a demon. This left her permanently linked to the demon, by magical tattoos. The experience and tattoos have her marked, she's outside of normal life. The power in her tattoos draws the supernatural draws it to her regularly.

    Coreen's goth lifestyle makes her an amusing sidekick and her obsession with the supernatural makes her a valuable one. She brings youthful vitality and enthusiasm to the show.

    Mike was Vicky's partner and lover when she was still a cop. He never stopped loving her. Henry, Vicky, and Mike are an explosive love triangle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really Great Shows!

    These were all great shows I loved the actors, scripts and everything about it I could watch them over again several times. If you like vampires you could not help but like this one, its great!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Blood Ties rocks!

    Blood Ties is based on the books (Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact, and Blood Debt) and several short stories by Tanya Huff. While changes have been made, the series remains very similar in feel to the source material. Set in Canada, it focuses on Vicky Nelson, a former Toronto police detective. Forced by health reasons to leave the job she loves, Vicky becomes your standard private investigator. A casual walk home leads her to the scene of a murder - she finds the body and sees the murderer vanish. The initial police investigation finds Vicky reunited with her former police partner and lover, Mike Cellucci, whom she has avoided since leaving the police force. In the following day she is hired by the victim's Goth girlfriend to investigate the murdered man's death since she doesn't believe the police are on the right track; she believes Ian was killed by a vampire. Vicky is highly sceptical but jobs are few and far between so she accepts the commission, she'll try for a week to see if the police have missed anything. There are several more murders, all like the first resulting in bloodless corpses. Enter the 3rd player, Heny Fitzroy, vampire and illegitmate son of Henry VIII, who is personally threatened by the murders.

    Casting the three leads is very well done and the actors are excellent in the roles. Of course changes are made between the books and the screen. One minor character from the books, Tony, is omitted and replaced by another, Corinne, who is also very well realized. Only the first 2 eps of Blood Ties are directly related to the books (Blood Price) and that's a pity since it would have been fantastic to see the other books filmed as well.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Blood Ties part one

    I'm a bit disappointed they chose to split this boxed set into two parts, as it was just one season long. I did enjoy this show, a lot and was upset that it never had a second season. Christina Cox is great as the lead.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A great show, but cuts off in the middle.

    First off, don't let the cover fool you. In my opinion, the cover looks kind of hokey and doesn't do justice to the show inside, which is really great. Also, know that this is really only half of Season 1. There was a whole issue with the network and when they aired episodes, so if it seems like the plot cuts off in the middle, it does. "Season 2" will cover the second half of Season 1. And one last warning before becoming addicted tot his fun, sexy show- based on Tanya Huff novels- there was never a "third" (second) season made, it was canceled largely due to the writers strike. The ending is unconclusive, though not a complete cliffhanger.

    Onto the show itself. It follows Vicky (Victoria), a private detective, former police agent, who is slowly going blind. In the mix is Mike, her former boyfriend who is still on the force and carrying a torch for her, and Henry, the bastard son of King Henry VIII, and a vampire. Corrine, a young punk/gothic obsessed with the supernatural, becomes Vicky's assistant.

    The special effects are great for a rather low budget show, and the plots are fun, mostly single episode plots, though there is a greater story arc that unfolds. It is very grounded int he supernatural and lots of myths unfold like zombies, demons and necromancers. It is definitely worth watching.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Vicki's new partner really sucks...

    Blood Ties is a Canadian production that was filmed as a 22-episode season. In the US, Lifetime TV decided to split was was actually one season into two, with the first eleven episodes ("Blood Price" to "Post Partum") as Season One and the remaining eleven ("Norman" to "Deep Dark") as Season Two. Their decision to split the show into two is unfortunate from a DVD standpoint; The British Blood Ties box set features all 22 episodes, but the US release features what is essentially half the (only) season. However, there are some excellent episodes here, such as the two-part Heart of Ice / Heart of Fire and the two-part pilot Blood Price. I would have liked to see more extras, though, and closed captions.

    Blood Ties revolves around Victoria "Vicki" Nelson, an ex-cop with Toronto's Metro police. Vicki was forced to resign due to a degenerative eye disease, retinitis pigmentosa, and is trying to make a living as a private investigator. Her fiery romance with fellow cop Mike Celluci is an on-again, off-again affair, and her first case as a PI gives her more than she bargained for: someone is summoning demonic forces, and Henry Fitzroy, her new partner on the case, just happens to be a 480-year-old vampire and is the illegitimate son of Henry VIII.

    The series pilot Blood Price is faithfully based on Tanya Huff's Blood Price (BLOOD SERIES). The remainder of the season finds Vicki exploring demons, incubi, reanimated corpses, shapeshifters, mummies, voodoo, ghosts...while caught in a crackling love triangle between former flame Mike and sensual, deadly Henry. Vicki's new assistant is the perky Goth Coreen, who also has her eye on Henry.

    Blood Ties consistently satisfies my cravings for an intelligently handled supernatural cop drama. Its premise sounds promising in print, but without Blood Ties' cleverly crafted story arcs and meaningful character interaction, it would amount to little more than a tired monster-movie-of-the-week retread. This is a show that wisely knows not to take itself too seriously, leading to fast and furious one-liners, visual gags and impeccable comedic timing.

    The show's setting is Toronto but is filmed in Vancouver (with exterior shots of identifying Toronto landmarks), but it's still Canadian through-and-through, a rarity in days where tired Toronto is expected to double as Everyamericancity. This may be the first show since Forever Knight - The Trilogy, Part 1 (1992 - 1993) and Due South: The Ultimate Collection - Three Complete Seasons that revels in its Canadianness.

    Great chemistry, a striking visual look, and clever twists make Blood Ties a real gem!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    not as advertised

    I love the series. nuff said.
    however, the dvd leaves much to be desired.
    the product description says 'closed captions'.
    the box says 'closed captions'.
    however, there are NO captions.
    I have returned the first dvd set and have received the replacement set.
    still NO closed captions. NONE, NADA, ZILCH, ZERO.
    the SERIES is still a delight.
    but the PRODUCT itself really is a disappointment.
    this DVD set belongs in the hall of dvd shame.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Loved it

    I first discovered Blood Ties in my first year of college. It sucked me in right away, and I loved watching it. Sadly, I didn't get to finish out the first season, as I moved out of the dorms soon after and, being a poor college student, did not pay to have my cable connected. So I'm very excited to purchase this and dive back in.

    The storyline is great, and the characters are wonderful. I immediatly became attached to all of them, and fell in love with the story line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Engaging Show

    This show is well worth watching. The chemistry between the characters is remarkable. The wit and charm of the characters will win you over even if the special effects are a little lacking due to it being a small budget TV show.

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