True Detective [Blu-ray]
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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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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. This is the future of the story-telling medium. 8 episodes allows Hollywood actors to commit to the show without a huge time commitment. 1 writer keeps the story uniform as there's no writer's room or a panel of writers changing each season. 1 director and cinematographer keeps the vision clear and consistent.
Director Cary Fukunaga does a remarkable, Oscar-worthy job. The realism, tone and pacing are on par with anything I've seen on screen. The 6- minute tracking shot at the end of episode 4 is one of the best single shots in television history.
This is as good as it gets for modern television. After Breaking Bad I wasn't sure how long I'd have to wait for something this good. I didn't expect something this masterful to come along so fast. If you're an action fan, don't like to think too much, or want closure each episode, this show is not for you. But if you want to be challenged, to watch a show that makes you think, doesn't give you all the answers, and keeps you up at night, then you're in for a thrill ride.
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. Any fan of great dramas like HBO's The Wire, AMC's Breaking Bad, and fans of slow burn shows with a very gritty and realistic portrayal of character interaction and events will love this. This is easily the best first episode of a show I think I have ever seen. And the show doesn't slow down after that, it snowballs. I didn't go into the final episode expecting all loose ends to be tied up, or for the good guys to win over the bad guys. All I expected was more intensity, edge of your seat suspense and the finale delivered. I'd be surprised to hear if people weren't satisfied with the ending of this season. The finale did a great job of bringing everything full circle, while managing to tie up most loose ends, and ending different than I expected, which is great. Even now, nearly 2 weeks after the finale I still find myself thinking about the case and about the events I witnessed unfold, that's rare.
This show is an anthology so each season will have a different cast and a different murder to be investigated. Nic Pizzolatto has written this entire 8 episode first season himself and Cary Joji Fukunaga has directed each of the 8 episodes for this season, which adds to the cohesive feel of the show. I can't recommend this show any higher. This is the kind of show one could watch a few times through and pick up on things they may have missed the first viewing. This is the must watch show of 2014. Although "time is a flat circle", this show is not a waste of your time. True Detective season 1 comes FULLY APPROVED.