Mesmerizing 'True Detective' comes to DVD and Blu-ray

Akron Beacon JournalJune 9, 2014 


    These DVDs were released this week:

    Films: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Chris Pine steps into the shoes of Tom Clancy's hero); Non-Stop; Tim's Vermeer (Penn and Teller's documentary asks: Was Vermeer less genius than geek?); Visitors; Devil's Knot (director Atom Egoyan's dramatization of the wrongful conviction of three teens in the murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Ark., starring Colin Firth as their lawyer); MidRange; Alan Partridge (Steve Coogan brings his British TV character to the big screen); Adult World (with Emma Roberts); Bible Quiz (documentary); A Short History of Decay; Unacceptable Levels (documentary); All That Heaven Allows (1955, Criterion Collection); Auf Wiedersehen: 'Til We Meet Again (documentary); The Secret Lives of Dorks; Amen (2002, France-Germany-Romania); Capital (2012, France); L'eclisse (1962, Criterion Collection); Love Will Keep Us Together (made-for-TV movie); Brawl (2012, Thailand); Brazil With Michael Palin (BBC travelogue); Ghost of Goodnight Lane; Bushido Man: Seven Deadly Battles (Japan); Haunt; Kill Zombie!; Klondike (six-part Discovery Channel miniseries); Deltora Quest: The Complete Series (anime).

    TV series: Ray Donovan: The First Season; Rizzoli & Isles: Fourth Season; Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey; Major Crimes: Second Season; Resurrection: First Season.


The acclaimed TV drama True Detective arrives on disc this week.

The eight-part HBO series ($59.99 DVD, $79.98 Blu-ray/digital combo) starred Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as partners who seemed to have solved a serial-killer case in 1995, only to be brought back into it 17 years later. It was a somber, disturbing show, but it resonated with some viewers.

The Television Critics Association recently nominated it for four awards, including program of the year, and HBO has ordered a second season of True Detective, which creators said they envisioned as an anthology series, with different stars to be announced. (McConaughey told that he would not have done the first series if HBO had insisted on his signing up for more.)

Written by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, True Detective does follow a case, often into seamy areas and, especially in its final episode, into some graphic horror. But it is much more about the detectives, Martin Hart (Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (McConaughey), two very different men who in some ways don't like each other much. Hart, for one, grows impatient with Cohle's cosmic monologues.

But there is a connection between the two and, in the final episode, with the case at last concluded, Pizzolatto prefers to close the show on the two men talking one more time. Their ties are even more evident through the performances by McConaughey and Harrelson, both at the top of their game.

Extras on disc include a making-of piece, interviews with McConaughey and Harrelson, "inside the episode" featurettes on each installment, deleted scenes, two audio commentaries and a discussion between Pizzolatto and composer T Bone Burnett about music on the show.

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