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True Detective (2014)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,080 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HUCF420
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "True Detective" on IMDb

Special Features

- Making True Detective – Behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew, including unseen footage
-Up Close with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson – Exclusive interviews with the stars about filming the series
-A Conversation with Nic Pizzolatto and T Bone Burnett – An in-depth discussion with the series creator/executive producer/writer and the legendary composer on the series and the pivotal role of music
-Inside the Episode – Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Joji Fukunaga share their thoughts on character development and offer insights into each episode
-Two audio commentaries - Featuring Nic Pizzolatto, T Bone Burnett and Executive Producer Scott Stephens
-Deleted Scenes – Never-before-seen footage from the series

Editorial Reviews

HBO premieres a new drama series, True Detective, this season focusing on Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and "Rust" Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), two detectives and former partners who worked in Louisiana's Criminal Investigation Division in the mid-1990s.

In 2012, for reasons not immediately revealed, the two are interviewed separately by investigators about their most notorious case: the macabre 1995 murder of a prostitute by a possible serial killer with disturbing occult leanings. As they look back on the case, Hart and Cohle's personal backstories and often-strained relationship become a major focal point.

Hart, an outgoing native Louisianan and family man whose marriage is being frayed by work stress and infidelity, is (at least on the surface) the polar opposite of Cohle, a lone-wolf pessimist and former narcotics detective from Texas. While the plot is moved forward by their shared obsession to hunt down the ritual killer, the true drama centers around the mercurial nature of Hart and Cohle's relationship and personalities, and how they affect each other as detectives, friends, and men.


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193 of 209 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The world needs bad men... March 5, 2014
Format:Blu-ray
"You're not gonna win the Oscar, no matter how hard you try."

8 episodes. 2 Hollywood actors. 1 director. 1 writer. 1 extraordinary show.

From the mind of Nic Pizzolatto comes True Detective, a dark, profound and masterful crime thriller set in the bayous of Louisiana. Written with a philosophical and sharp acuity, True Detective tells the story of two detectives (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) and their 17- year manhunt for a deranged serial killer.

This is not an ordinary cop show. It isn't about tidy cases, chasing perps or trailing leads. There isn't red tape, standard procedures or closure at the end of the day. What you will find is broken marriages, darkness inherent in the human soul, and philosophical notions on the meaning (or lack thereof) of life.

McConaughey and Harrelson as Rust Cohle and Martin Hart make an unlikely and surprisingly fascinating duo. Cohle is a dark, abstract individual, living alone, full of loss and discontentment with life. He has visions and hallucinations from his 4 years undercover in narcotics. However he is also very smart, rational and lucid, understanding who he is as a human being and his place in the universe. Hart is a seemingly responsible, everyday family man that takes his job seriously. He has a good heart, but through his need for control, manipulates people to his own selfish and destructive ends. They are both dark, bad men. But as Cohle says, "The world needs bad men. They keep the other bad men from the door." There is a yin/yang, religious/atheist, rational/irrational relationship that is both thoughtful and humorous to watch.

True Detective is a self-contained 8 episode anthology series. Each season will feature a new cast and story, completely unrelated to the previous one.
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180 of 200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Detective January 16, 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
True Detective Season 1 will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD June 10th.

Supplemental features announced:
*Two Audio Commentaries: Featuring series creator/executive producer/writer Nic Pizzolatto, composer T Bone Burnett and Executive Producer Scott Stephens
*Making True Detective: A behind-the-scenes look at production on the series, featuring interviews with cast and crew and including never-before-seen footage from Episode 4 "Who Goes There".
*A Conversation with Nic Pizzolatto and T Bone Burnett: An in-depth discussion with the series writer/creator/executive producer and the composer on both the series and the pivotal role music played in the show's development.
*Inside the Episode: Series creator/executive producer/writer Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Joji Fukunaga discuss character development and offer insights into each episode of the series.
*Up Close with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson: Exclusive interviews with the stars.
*Deleted Scenes: Never-before-seen footage from the series

I could go on and on about the amazing cinematography, the great pacing and editing, the set design and location shoots, or even the brilliant acting by Matthew McConaughey and his chemistry with Woody Harrelson. Instead, all I can say is that I've been waiting years for something like this. This is one part HBO's the Wire, one part David Fincher's Se7en, and one part 48 Hours Investigates. This show is very adult in nature, content and subject matter due to nudity and dead bodies and drug use.

McConaughey (Rust Cohle) and Harrleson (Martin Hart) play Louisiana detectives investigating the trail of dead left behind by a serial killer that ends up spanning 17 years.
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148 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matthew McConaughey unleashed February 19, 2014
Format:Blu-ray
This is an absorbing and dark crime drama on HBO that only lasts 8 episodes and will have a new cast and story next season. The writing is second to none and every supporting cast member, both small and large roles, fits just right. We all know by now that McConaughey can really act. After years and years of his talents being wasted, recent films like Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club have put him on a career track that few actors ever experience. His work here on True Detective is in my mind the best thing he has ever done. Just hand him the awards and get it over with. Woody Harrelson plays a great foil to his very dark view of the world and the chemistry between the two is outstanding. The beyond beautiful Alexandra Daddario has a brief but "revealing" role. Sorry, just had to throw that in there. Game of Thrones is my favorite show, but now HBO has a real contender to fill that Breaking Bad void in my life.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, but brilliant February 25, 2014
Format:DVD
I must say - this series caught me by surprise. Scenes I saw in advance didn't really appeal at all - then I watched a complete episode. I have no idea where the writer came up with his insights into contemporary human existence, but they are profound and engaging, and captivatingly expressed through the character of Cohle played with Emmy-level skill by Matthew McConaughey. Well done. Not to be missed.
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94 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing I've ever seen March 10, 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
True Detective is the best thing I've ever seen. No movie comes close. No show has affected me more. I love Justified, Breaking Bad, Hannibal, and so many other amazing shows, but none of those struck me like True Detective. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson both give career defining performances, backed by a dark, twisting narrative that hooks you in the first episode and doesn't let go, even after the credits of the finale roll. Everything about this show is of the highest quality. Acting, directing, production, casting, sound design; everything is as good as it gets.

True Detective follows Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) as they investigate a grisly murder in rural Louisiana. That is all I dare give away because I will be doing you a disservice giving any more than that away. This is a show to be experienced not described. I'm going to end the review here because there simply isn't anything else to say. You owe it to yourself to experience True Detective. It is a modern masterpiece and an unquestionably mandatory buy.
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