The separate book series it's based on had its own following already, but this CW series surely hasn't been harmed by the huge popularity of the similarly themed "Twilight" novels and movies.
Arriving on video the week before its second television season debuts, the saga lands heroine Elena ( Nina Dobrev) between vampire siblings Stefan and Damon ( Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder) ... one of whom has her welfare at heart and the other, not so much. Steven R. McQueen, grandson of the movie icon, also is a regular cast member. DVD extras: four "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by crew on pilot episode; outtakes; "Webisodes"; downloadable audiobook. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray)