By Erin Richter
Updated March 08, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

HBO’s gritty, talent-packed soap (below) gets the short shiv with a website as bland and flavorless as prison cafeteria mush. The Flash-powered ”Virtual Oz” tour of the fictional Oswald State Correctional Facility features the moody visuals and sounds that set the tone for the complex, character-driven drama. And there’s a much-needed list of Oz’s bad-to-the-bone inmates to help viewers keep track. But the otherwise solitary-stale presentation and extras sorely lack the energy that makes creator Tom Fontana’s ballsy jailhouse saga rock.