Review: Blood Ties Complete Series DVD

STUDIO: EagleVision | CREATOR: Peter Mohan | CAST: Christina Cox, Kyle Schmid, Dylan Neal, Gina Holden, Francoise Yip
RELEASE DATE: 4/6/2010 | PRICE: DVD $39.99, Blu-ray $44.99
BONUSES: documentary
SPECS: R | 18 hrs. | Horror TV | 1.33:1 fullscreen | 2.0 stereo

RATINGS (out of 5): Movie | Audio | Video | Overall

Based on the “Blood Books” series of the 1990s by Canadian fantasy writer Tanya Huff, TV show Blood Ties centers around private investigator Vicki Nelson (Christina Cox), former Toronto cop who teams up with the quite-dashing 480-year-old vampire son of Henry VIII, a charmer by the name of Henry Fitzroy (Kyle Schmid).

Together, they investigate a string of supernatural cases involving zombies, slashers, other vampires, Pandora boxes of evil and so on. And, yes, Vickie finds herself attracted to Henry, which is complicated a bit by her relationship with her former partner and current lover Mike Celluci (Dylan Neal). Oh, and Vicki’s assistant Coreen (Gina Holden), who was hired because of her knowledge of the occult and to keep her quiet about Henry, well, it appears that she has a pretty heavy crush on her vampire associate, as well.

Hmmmm…we’re not surprised that Blood Ties’ two seasons played on Lifetime when they made their Stateside premiere!

A little bit X-Files Lite and a little bit Twilight for grown-ups, Blood Ties certainly made some noise when it first hit and continues to pop up on Lifetime and online. Gentler touch and modest production values aside, it’s the kind of two-season filler that will do the job for those wanting a dash of serialized occult, romance, thrills and vamps in between seasons of True Blood or installments of the Twilight movies.


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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.