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Treme: Season 1 (2011)

Steve Zahn , Wendell Pierce  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (473 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Zahn, Wendell Pierce, John Goodman, Kim Dickens
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 632 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (473 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002AMUDK8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,539 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Treme: Season 1" on IMDb

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As Treme opens, a group of New Orleans residents are celebrating their first "second-line parade" since Hurricane Katrina blew through the city and across the Gulf Coast just three months earlier. Folks are strutting and dancing, a brass band is blowing a joyful noise--it's a celebration of "NOLA's" resilience and proud spirit ("Won't bow--don't know how," as they say). But there's darkness just below this shiny surface, and anyone familiar with The Wire, cocreator-writer David Simon's last show, won't be a bit surprised to find that he and fellow Treme writer-producer Eric Overmyer aren't shy about going there. The New Orleans we see is a city barely starting to recover from what one character calls "a man-made catastrophe… of epic proportions and decades in the making." Many people's homes are gone, and insurance payments are a rumor. Other locals haven't come back, and still others are simply missing. The people have been betrayed by their own government, and New Orleans's reputation for corruption is hardly helped by the fact that the police force is in such disarray that the line between cop and criminal is sometimes so fine as to be nonexistent. Bad, but not all bad. NOLA still has its cuisine, its communities, and best of all its music, which permeates every chapter, from the Rebirth Brass Band's "I Feel Like Funkin' It Up" in episode 1 to Allen Toussaint and "Cha Dooky-Doo" in episode 10. There's Dixieland and zydeco, natch, but also hip-hop and rock; there are NOLA stalwarts like Dr. John, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, and the Meters (as well as appearances by Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, and others), but plenty of younger, lesser knowns, too. Whether we hear it in the street, in a club or a recording studio, at home, or anywhere, music is the lifeblood of the city and this series, and it's handled brilliantly.

Treme has a lot of characters and their stories to keep up with. There's trombonist Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce), a wonderful player but kind of a dog, especially to his current baby mama and his ex-wife, LaDonna (Khandi Alexander), a bar owner who's desperately searching for her missing brother. There's Creighton Bernette (John Goodman), a writer preoccupied with telling the world what's really going on in the city, and his wife Toni (Melissa Leo), a lawyer and thorn in the side of the authorities. There's Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn), a well-meaning but annoyingly clueless radio DJ, his occasional girlfriend Janette (Kim Dickens), who's struggling to keep her restaurant open, and Albert Lambreaux (Clarke Peters), who returns from Houston, finds his house in ruins, and sets about rebuilding it. You might not like all of them. Not all get through the series unscathed, or even alive. But that's part of the deal. The show feels authentic: dialogue (natural, plain, and profane), story lines, locations, camera work, the utter lack of gloss and glamour--this is no Chamber of Commerce travelogue. It's not a documentary either, but there are moments when it's just down and dirty enough to pass for one. --Sam Graham

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Amid the ruins of an American city, ordinary people--musicians, chefs, residents--find themselves clinging to a unique culture and wondering if the city that gave birth to that culture still has a future. From the creators of The Wire comes a new series about adversity and the human spirit, set in New Orleans, in the aftermath of the greatest man-made disaster in American history. Welcome to Treme.

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132 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Episode (Pilot) April 17, 2010
The premier episode, "Do You Know What it Means", is a work of art. It will easily bear repeated watching because of its outstanding writing and masterful use of the indigenous music.

Not to mention the great acting, many levels of meaning, clever cameos and true-to-life subplots. And most of all: a major media production has finally "got it" about New Orleans, and got it right!

The entire series is "a love letter to New Orleans".

A New Orleanian from Treme who has actually lived the show
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Jaw's on the Floor June 14, 2011
By Tom
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I just finished watching the last episode of this first season of "Treme." I picked up the Season 1 box based on recommendations alone, and the fact that I've enjoyed other HBO series. I'm near speechless. I can't believe how deeply this series got under my skin. The first few episodes, beautifully crafted as they are, didn't grab me in the way other outstanding cable shows (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, etc.) have done. I stayed with it, though, and I'm glad I did. By halfway into the season, I started feeling the characters and plot lines big time, and by this final episode, I wish it didn't have to end. I'm sure others here have raved about the performances, the music, the stunning cinematography, and all that. It's true: the series is worth every penny of the admittedly pricey box set. Ultimately, though, "Treme" is more than the sum of its parts. It captures something that ordinary words can't, similar to the way a poem can't be reduced to a linear narrative or second-hand description. You have to be in it to get it. But give yourself to this show, give it your time and your attention, and it pays off like no other series I've ever seen.
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The music was one strength... July 21, 2010
I loved the series. The New Orleans Blues and Jazz music woven throughout the series was fantastic. It was especially interesting as many real and famous musicians were used in the story. The individual characters are interesting and varied. John Goodman was a hoot! Khandi Alexander (CSI: Miami 2002-2009) was really strong, but her stomach here was not. Very different from CSI. Musicians Trombone Shorty, Elvis Costello, and John Boutte, to name but a few, were great. Also the racial mix was a strength to the series and the reality of the real New Orleans and story of Hurricane Katrina.

I especially found the graphics during the credits roll interesting. Who would of thought that mold and fungus stains on walls, floors, and ceilings could look like art. Being interested also in biology and photography, I found the house mold interesting to look at, to itself artistic, even though it is often a serious health hazard. A great idea for a photo project: someone should photograph the mold stains of New Orleans with Ultraviolet light (Black Light). Many molds are UV fluorescent!

Anyway, it is a fantastic series, can't wait for Season Two and for this DVD set to be available. The only downer for me was the latter part of the season's final episode got a bit busy and confusing -- not their best work. Seems like the producer, director, and writers did not really want to do a season finale, eliminating some characters, but just keep going with the story lines into the next season. Wish there were a bit more about the foods of New Orleans and the Creole / Cajun South. But then you can't really taste food on TV.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans Moan June 24, 2010
By Alberta
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I never made it to New Orleans. This show made that lack so poignant. The show was beautifully written, well-acted, great visuals, and the music was incredible! I love all the new (to me) music this show introduced me to. I wish it had gone on.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Show, Great Music August 13, 2010
By Dante
Thanks to a friend sending me videos of this show from the States, I was able to enjoy this series, and am looking forward to it continuing. Very interested in buying the season 1 dvds, but am worried about the music used in the show. One of the things I really enjoyed was the music, and I hope that the dvd release will have the exact same soundtrack as what was broadcast. Have been disappointed before by a dvd movie that had some of the songs changed due to copyright problems. I also hope there are some good extras included on the dvds, maybe some more music. At any rate, looking forward to watching this again on dvd.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Acted, Best Written Show on TV July 26, 2010
There hasn't been a show on TV that has intertwined music and drama as well-ever-as "Treme."

And, BTW, it IS coming back for a second season next year. HBO renewed the show the day after it premiered.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet the boys (and girls) on the battlefront January 14, 2011
This is certainly one of the most ambitious television series in years, not just for the attempt to deal with post-Katrina New Orleans, but the incredible scope of feelings and emotions and music that at times overwhelm these episodes. Of course we all know that David Simon and Eric Overmyer are capable of great things, after giving us The Wire and The Corner. However, given that their roots are in Baltimore, you might think that New Orleans is a bit of a stretch for them. Not at all, as it turns out. Thanks to some very thoughtful research, a great appreciation for the city, and the Faubourg Treme in particular, they have produced one of the most insightful television shows of this generation.

The series is broken up over ten episodes with the first and last episodes directed by the incomparable Agnieszka Holland. She seems to capture the theme of the show the best, maintaining a looser style and letting the music carry the episodes. Other directors like Ernest Dickerson (Right Place, Wrong Time) and Anthony Hemingway (All on a Mardi Gras Day) tend to focus more specifically on certain characters. They all bring their unique brand of storytelling to the series, principally written by Simon and Overmyer.

The acting is a little uneven. The stories pretty much revolve around a nucleus of key characters, not much unlike Northern Exposure. These characters embody different characteristics of this great city, ranging from the Lower 9th Ward to the French Quarter to the Garden District.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love New Orleans and the show takes me back every time I watch
Published 31 minutes ago by J in Oklahoma
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very goid
Published 11 hours ago by susan jenson
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW I can believe I am watching this. Actually hanging on to every...
Actually this should be a 4 1/2 star vote. I had a hard time getting used to the language. I couldn't help being a bit uncomfortable with the smutty manner of talking. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Budman
2.0 out of 5 stars Treme: Season 1
"Won't Bow. Don't know how".
How about "Won't work. Don't know how"?

I watched Season 1 and have no intention of getting the other seasons. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by The Expert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A big 5 Star absolutely a great show
Published 1 day ago by Diane Boisvert
5.0 out of 5 stars Real refreshing the way writers portrait New Orleans, even ...
Real refreshing the way writers portrait New Orleans, even after Katrina New Orleans is a beatifull city not because the infrastructure of the city, but because the people.
Published 2 days ago by O. Segura
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love the nitty gritty of NOLA, you'll love this!
Really enjoying this series - especially all the fabulous music. I was shocked at the amazing musicians appearing here. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mindy G
5.0 out of 5 stars Music is great. Characters are interesting
Seems accurate and to the point about the corruption at the local and state local and the mismanagement at the federal.

Music is great. Characters are interesting.
Published 2 days ago by Daniel Turney
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great show--beautiful scenery and love the music.
Published 2 days ago by tammy king
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English Subtitles
It has English, French, and Spanish subtitles. It's also close captioned in English.
May 28, 2011 by Alex M. |  See all 2 posts
What about the subtitles?
There will be Spanish subtitles. There will also be a Dolby Digital 2.0 Spanish audio track as well on the Blu-Ray.
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