True Detective DVDEvent series are becoming trendy on television, and HBO delved into the genre recently with the critically acclaimed drama True Detective, a show which bears absolutely no relation to the network’s similarly named series, True Blood. This one’s not about vampires, werewolves or any sort of camp. Instead, the Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey starrer is a dark and gloomy tale about two detectives who have trouble finding the culprit of a slew of gruesome murders deep in the Louisiana bayou.
True Detective is set in a desolate landscape deep in the heart of the American South, where houses are often located miles from any other sign of humanity. Houses and businesses are in shambles. Somewhere in all of this overgrowth, there’s a murderer present, leaving bodies and other clues connecting to churches and hedonistic rituals, and even stories of a green-eared spaghetti monster. At the heart of the case are determined detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson), men who earn the label anti-hero. Cohle’s a skittish male with a horrible past and Hart’s a weak man who drinks and cheats on his family.
Despite all of the hardship and harrowing storytelling present in the narrative, True Detective ends on a hopeful note. It’s a masterful reminder that the end of a story is never really the end, a reminder that wraps up True Detective neatly with a bow and a true nod to the power of the miniseries format. Add in some stylish packaging from HBO and more linking clues encountered upon rewatch and True Detective is one to own.
You can order True Detective over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: HBO sent us a DVD copy of True Detective, but the extras and packaging for both sets seem pretty similar. The inner packaging contains a slew of grim black and white photos of the show’s most prominent characters, and the discs are in matching greyscale. All of the bonus features are located on Disc 3, but the best is probably "The Making of True Detective, which features interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the shooting of the film. Interesting tidbits include the fact that the first two scripts were rewritten to fit Harrelson and McConaughey’s voices. Additionally, birds of prey were kept onhand on the sets simply to make sure the mockingbirds didn’t get too loud! Watch it. You won’t be disappointed.
Other Bonus Features:
"Making True Detective"
"Up Close with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson"
A Conversation with Nic Pizzolatto and T Bone Burnett
Inside the Episode Guides
Two Audio Commentaries