True Detective, the critically-acclaimed show starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as two detectives assigned to a grisly and cultish murder case in the Louisiana bayou country, has become the most talked about new TV show of the year…and I have NOT seen it yet (insert unhappy face). To say I’m looking forward to seeing it is like saying it sure gets hot in the desert. Speaking of hot…hot off McConaughey’s Academy Award win (Dallas Buyers Club) and the show’s tense and explosive season finale, HBO Home Entertainment has just announced the June 10, 2014 Blu-ray with Digital HD, DVD & Digital Download debut of True Detective. Just in time for Father’s Day, the sets are packed with exclusive bonus features including interviews with McConaughey and Harrelson, conversations with creator Nic Pizzolatto, director Cary Joji Fukunaga and series composer T Bone Burnett, whose music helped establish the dark and ominous tone of the series, and never-before-seen footage from the series. I’m being told that fans who followed the show closely trying to catch hidden messages can now dig even deeper, dissecting it for overlooked clues and analyzing cryptic symbols for even more meaning. Find out what the buzz for this “breathtaking” (Time) series is all about below…because I know as soon as I get HBO next month I sure will!
“Rich and absorbing…unlike almost anything else on TV” – Variety
“A tour de force for stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey” – Entertainment Weekly
Available on Blu-ray™ with Digital HD, DVD & Digital Download June 10, 2014
Bonus Content Includes Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Interviews with A-list Cast & Crew
True Detective focuses on Martin Hart (Harrelson) and Rust Cohle (McConaughey), two detectives and former partners who worked in Louisiana’s Criminal Investigation Division in the mid-1990s. At first glance, Hart and Cohle couldn’t be more different. Hart, a native Louisianan, is an outgoing family man with two kids, whose marriage to wife Maggie (Michelle Monaghan, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) is buckling under the stress of the job. Cohle, a former undercover narcotics detective from Texas, embraces isolation, articulating a pessimistic, even bleak, world view. But they share an obsession with justice and a facility for violence that will inflict irreparable damage on both men. In 2012, 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 lives collide and entwine in unexpected, sometimes catastrophic ways, and their personal backstories and often-strained relationship become a major focal point of the investigation.
Alternating between 1995 and 2012, all eight episodes were written by series creator and showrunner Nic Pizzolattoand directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (Jane Eyre), who executive produce along with Scott Stephens (HBO’sDeadwood®), Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, and Steve Golin.
Also featured in True Detective are Kevin Dunn (HBO’s Luck®) as Major Quesada, Hart and Cohle’s boss; Tory Kittles (Sons of Anarchy) and Michael Potts (HBO’s The Wire®) as detectives Papania and Gilbough, in charge of the 2012 investigation; Elizabeth Reaser (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) as Laurie; Shea Whigham (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire®) as revivalist Joel Theriot; Clarke Peters (HBO’s Treme®) as a rural minister; Jay O. Sanders (Person of Interest) as Billy Lee Tuttle; and Lili Simmons (Cinemax®’sBansheeSM) as Beth, a prostitute.
Special features for both the Blu-ray & DVD releases include:
- Making True Detective – A behind-the-scenes look at production on the hit series, featuring interviews with cast and crew and including never-before-seen footage from Episode 4.
- Up Close with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson – Exclusive interviews with the stars about filming the series.
- A Conversation with Nic Pizzolatto and T Bone Burnett – An in-depth discussion with the series writer/creator/executive producer and the legendary 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.
- Two audio commentaries – Featuring series creator/executive producer/writer Nic Pizzolatto, composer T Bone Burnett and Executive Producer Scott Stephens
- Deleted Scenes - Never-before-seen episodic footage from the series