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True Detective - Season One  [3 Blu-rays]


(Nic Pizzolatto, 2014)






Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: HBO

Video: Warner



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

Disc 1

• Inside the Episodes (1,2,3) (12:19)

Deleted Scene from Episode 3 (6:17)

Disc 2

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

Disc 3

• 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.

Written and created by Nic Pizzolatto ('The Killing') and directed by Cary Fukunaga ('Sin Nombre,' 'Jane Eyre'), 'True Detective' stars Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart and Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle. The series also stars Michelle Monaghan ('Mission: Impossible III') as Maggie, Hart's wife; Kevin Dunn ('Veep') as Major Quesada, the supervising officer in 1995; and Tory Kittles ('Sons of Anarchy') and Michael Potts ('The Wire') as Dets. Papania and Gilbough, the investigators now probing Hart and Cohle for answers.


Season 1
The Long Bright Dark
S1, Ep1
12 Jan. 2014
The Long Bright Dark
In 2012, former detective partners, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart recap one of their very first cases together involving a serial killer, back in 1995.

Seeing Things
S1, Ep2
19 Jan. 2014
Seeing Things
Cohle and Hart continue interviewing family and friends of the victim they found in the farmer's field. They learn that she had moved to a trailer park and found religion. They find the church she attended, now mostly burned out, but they also find something that links the church directly to their current case. Back at the office, they are faced with the prospect of being replaced by a task force. Cohle tells his partner he had a difficult time after his 2 year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. In the present day interviews, it becomes obvious to both Cohle...

The Locked Room
S1, Ep3
26 Jan. 2014
The Locked Room
Cohle and Martin finally get a new wind in the case and can confirm a suspect. Martin's mistress gets on with somebody else leaving him furious. Cohle's theory becomes increasingly more convincing than ever.

Who Goes There
S1, Ep4
9 Feb. 2014
Who Goes There
Martin is faced with marital problems. The search for Reggie Ledoux leads the detectives to a motorcycle gang called The Iron Crusaders, which Rust worked undercover in the past.

The Secret Fate of All Life
S1, Ep5
16 Feb. 2014
The Secret Fate of All Life
Hart and Cohle share the spoils of a solved case; Papania and Gilbough confront the detectives with troubling new intelligence.

Haunted Houses
S1, Ep6
23 Feb. 2014
Haunted Houses
Cohle's activities in 2002, when his partnership with Hart disintegrated and he quit the force, are recalled by Maggie.

After You've Gone
S1, Ep7
2 Mar. 2014
After You've Gone
Cohle and Hart try to discover if a series of missing persons reports could be related to the Dora Lange murder and the Tuttle family.

Form and Void
S1, Ep8
9 Mar. 2014
Form and Void
An overlooked detail provides Hart and Cohle with an important new lead in their 17-year-old case.

Excerpt from IMDb located HERE

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.

















Audio :

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.


Extras :

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.



The rave reviews for True Detective are very worthy. As Michelle Monaghan staes in the extras - "it is so addictive... you just want more". Kudos to Nic Pizzolatto - this has elements of identity and introspection as well as an edgy Lynch-esque feel. Quite brilliant. The Blu-ray offers a lot even beyond the, almost 8-hours of the, show with the diligently procured bonus material. Mucho value and very strongly recommended! 

Gary Tooze

June 9th, 2014





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