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True Detective - Season One [3 Blu-rays]
(Nic Pizzolatto, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: FREE (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Runtime: 8 episodes (av. 59:45 per episode)
Disc 1 Size: 45,696,644,385 bytes
Average Episode Size: 13,993,181,184 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps
Case: Custom Digipak Blu-ray case
Release date: June 10th, 2014
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 3646 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3646 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
English (SDH), French, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish , none
Previews or Recaps for each episode
• Inside the Episodes (1,2,3) (12:19)
• Deleted Scene from Episode 3 (6:17)
• Inside the Episodes (4,5,6) (14:04)
• Audio Commentary (Episode 4) Series Creator, executive producer, writer Nic Pizzolatto and Composer T Bone Burnett
• Audio Commentary (Episode 5) Series Creator, executive producer, writer Nic Pizzolatto, Composer T Bone Burnett and executive producer Scott Stephens
• Making True Detective (15:02)
• Inside the Episodes (7,8) (9:39)
• Deleted Scene (Episode 8) (3:40)
• Up Close with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey (4 Episodes - 8:03)
• Up Close with Nic Pizzolatto and T Bone Burnett (14:25)
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Description: In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust
Cohle and Martin Hart are brought in to revisit a homicide
case they worked in 1995. As the inquiry unfolds in present
day through separate interrogations, the two former
detectives narrate the story of their investigation,
reopening unhealed wounds, and drawing into question their
supposed solving of a bizarre ritualistic murder in 1995.
The timelines braid and converge in 2012 as each man is
pulled back into a world they believed they'd left behind.
In learning about each other and their killer, it becomes
clear that darkness lives on both sides of the law.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Warner's Blu-ray package of the highly lauded HBO series True Detective is as clean and crisp as you might imagine from a new HD-broadcast series. The 8 hour-long episodes are housed on three Blu-rays. Moving through non-linear timeframes, we get adjustment in style appearance looking, briefly, intentionally aged, haziness but as the series moves outdoors the visuals get very tight and brilliant. Adam Arkapaw's cinematography offers some unique touches and angles. This is transferred on dual-layered discs with reasonable bitrates for the 3-hours of feature content per Blu-ray. It is presented in the original 1.78:1 aspect ratio.
If anything this looks even better than the original broadcast being in 1080P showing depth, realistic colors - supporting the precise art direction - and no flaws or noise at all. Perfect.
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Excellent audio quality with a robust DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at 3646 kbps. Any action, and it's not abundant although there are effects sounds that surprise to the rear speakers. T Bone Burnett's score supports the series adding another layer to the atmosphere. Everything sounds pristine in lossless and there is notable depth augmenting the crisp separations. There are a couple of foreign language DUBs and some subtitle options signifying the three discs as being region FREE - playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Firstly, the discs are divided with 3 episodes, and related extras on the first two Blu-rays and a third with the final 2 episodes of the season and further supplements. So, each disc offers "Inside the Episodes" - less than 5-minutes each as well as short 'Previews' or 'Recaps'. So for disc one this would be The Long Bright Dark, Seeing Things and The Locked Room with a 6-minute deleted scne included for the last episode of this first disc. Disc 2 has more 'Inside the Episodes' for #'s 4,5,6 plus two audio commentaries. One for 'Who Goes There' with series creator, executive producer, writer Nic Pizzolatto and Composer T Bone Burnett and a second commentary with Pizzolatto, Burnett and executive producer Scott Stephens for episode 5 The Secret Fate of All Life. Disc 3 has a 15-minute 'Making True Detective' piece with input from many of the cast and filmmakers, two more 'Inside the Episode' segments for After You've Gone + Form and Void, a short deleted scene for the last episode of Season One. Also included are two 'Up Close' featurettes for 4 episodes with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and a lengthier, conversational, one with Nic Pizzolatto and T Bone Burnett. lastly is a code for a digital download of the series.
June 9th, 2014
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
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