Starring Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games) and Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) as two detectives assigned to a grisly and cultish murder case in the Louisiana bayou country, True Detective has become one of the most critically-acclaimed new series of 2014. This "breathtaking" (Time) crime drama, which was the most-watched first season of any HBO original series since the legendary premiere of Six Feet Under in 2001, makes its home entertainment debut on Blu-ray with Digital HD ($79.98), DVD ($59.99) and Digital Download on June 10, 2014, just in time for Father's Day. Both sets of True Detective include the full eight-episode season, along with extensive bonus materials including exclusive interviews with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, a discussion between series creator Nic Pizzolatto and Academy Award-winning composer T-Bone Burnett about the development of the show and the pivotal role of the series' music, and never-before-seen footage from the series.
True Detective: Season 1 Blu-ray
True Detective: Season 1 DVD
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 Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre), who executive produce along with Scott Stephens (HBO's Deadwood), 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's Banshee) 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 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