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  • Actors: Steve Zahn, Wendell Pierce, John Goodman, Kim Dickens
  • Directors: David Simon, Eric Overmyer
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Castilian, English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 May 2011
  • Run Time: 632 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KSRPBA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,713 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Won’t bow. Don’t know how. Amid the ruins of an American city, ordinary people--musicians, chefs, residents--find themselves clinging to a unique culture and wondering if their city still has a future. From the creators of The Wire comes a new, acclaimed series about adversity and the human spirit, set in New Orleans, in the aftermath of the greatest man-made disaster in American history. Welcome to Treme.

Blu-ray Extras
  • Previews and Recaps (14:50)
  • The Making of Treme (14:09)
  • Beyond Bourbon Street (29:04)
  • Down in the Treme: A Look at the Music and Culture of New Orleans (Interactive Guide - English only)  
  • The Music of Treme (Song & artist info - English only)
  • Audio commentary on episode 1 with creators/executive producers David Simon and Eric Overmyer
  • Audio commentary on episode 3 with Wendell Pierce, Khandi Alexander and Alan Sepinwall (TV critic, HitFix)
  • Audio commentary on episode 8 with creators/executive producer Eric Overmyer and producer/director Anthony Hemingway
  • Audio commentary on episode 9 with writer George Pelecanos and John Goodman
  • Audio commentary on episode 10 with creator/executive producer David Simon and executive producer Nina Noble 
  • Audio commentary on episodes 1-10 with Josh Jackson (WBGO) and Patrick Jarenwattananon (NPR Music) [Full Length Commentary Tracks on all 10 eps.]

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As Treme opens, a group of New Orleans residents are celebrating their first "second-line parade" since Hurricane Katrina blew through the city and across the Gulf Coast just three months earlier. Folks are strutting and dancing, a brass band is blowing a joyful noise--it's a celebration of "NOLA's" resilience and proud spirit ("Won't bow--don't know how," as they say). But there's darkness just below this shiny surface, and anyone familiar with The Wire, cocreator-writer David Simon's last show, won't be a bit surprised to find that he and fellow Treme writer-producer Eric Overmyer aren't shy about going there. The New Orleans we see is a city barely starting to recover from what one character calls "a man-made catastrophe… of epic proportions and decades in the making." Many people's homes are gone, and insurance payments are a rumor. Other locals haven't come back, and still others are simply missing. The people have been betrayed by their own government, and New Orleans's reputation for corruption is hardly helped by the fact that the police force is in such disarray that the line between cop and criminal is sometimes so fine as to be nonexistent. Bad, but not all bad. NOLA still has its cuisine, its communities, and best of all its music, which permeates every chapter, from the Rebirth Brass Band's "I Feel Like Funkin' It Up" in episode 1 to Allen Toussaint and "Cha Dooky-Doo" in episode 10. There's Dixieland and zydeco, natch, but also hip-hop and rock; there are NOLA stalwarts like Dr. John, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, and the Meters (as well as appearances by Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, and others), but plenty of younger, lesser knowns, too. Whether we hear it in the street, in a club or a recording studio, at home, or anywhere, music is the lifeblood of the city and this series, and it's handled brilliantly.

Treme has a lot of characters and their stories to keep up with. There's trombonist Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce), a wonderful player but kind of a dog, especially to his current baby mama and his ex-wife, LaDonna (Khandi Alexander), a bar owner who's desperately searching for her missing brother. There's Creighton Bernette (John Goodman), a writer preoccupied with telling the world what's really going on in the city, and his wife Toni (Melissa Leo), a lawyer and thorn in the side of the authorities. There's Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn), a well-meaning but annoyingly clueless radio DJ, his occasional girlfriend Janette (Kim Dickens), who's struggling to keep her restaurant open, and Albert Lambreaux (Clarke Peters), who returns from Houston, finds his house in ruins, and sets about rebuilding it. You might not like all of them. Not all get through the series unscathed, or even alive. But that's part of the deal. The show feels authentic: dialogue (natural, plain, and profane), story lines, locations, camera work, the utter lack of gloss and glamour--this is no Chamber of Commerce travelogue. It's not a documentary either, but there are moments when it's just down and dirty enough to pass for one. --Sam Graham

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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110 of 113 people found the following review helpful By G. O'Neill on 26 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD
I read a review here and I must retort. This is a series about New Orleans getting its dignity back after being abandoned by its own government during a disaster, the effects of which are still being felt today. The characters portrayed are entirely believable, warts and all. That also goes for the accents and vernacular which did stump me a few times but thats part of my love of this series. Its not easily accessible. Its not pretty people doing funky things. Its ordinary people doing what ordinary people do in New Orleans. Sometimes this involves jazz, sometimes it doesnt. The music is a background to the unfolding stories. Music matters to New Orleans. The revelations of unkept government promises, discrimination against the poor black residents and the heavy handed police force made for uncomfortable viewing, as it should. There is a lot of talking and sometimes the subject matter sent me scurrying to the internet, e.g. to find out why people were dressing up in feathers and using native American names. But thats what I like to do. I loved this series but its not for everybody.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Crowther on 22 Feb. 2013
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I am always wary of fulsome praise - in 30 years of writing reviews I have managed to avoid using words like 'great' and 'best'. That said, my house rule does occasionally come under pressure and with Treme I am in serious danger of shattering that rule. Unsure what to expect - the first episode is packed with interesting characters, excellent dialogue, almost too much to take in at one sitting - but as the series progresses, the characters grow, the dialogue is unerring, and the overall mood gripping. These people are struggling to preserve themselves and the city of New Orleans with courage and dignity and not a little good humour. And then there is the music. Bookended by an excellent theme, there is virtually non-stop music, contemporary R&B, traditional jazz, soul, gospel, contemporary jazz, a little pop and folk and classical, all blended brilliantly into the fabric of the tales being told. As for these life stories being unveiled, all are finely wrought and intelligently developed. So, excellent scripts, storylines, casting, acting, directing, performing. Not a weak link, never a weak moment.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Secret Gang Handshakes on 27 Feb. 2011
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The writing is superb, the acting is note perfect. If you like slow burning intelligent dramas like Mad Men and The Wire then you're in for a treat. It's not patronizing spoon-fed drama and will often have you playing catch up but that's what brains are for. It's beautifully shot and the script keeps that modern Dickensian feel that David Simon established in his earlier works like The Corner, The Wire etc. The dignity bestowed upon the characters, the denizens of the city and New Orleans is heart-warming and the occasionally maligned soundtrack adds so much atmosphere that you could almost believe you were there whilst you watch it.
Jazz aficionados will lap up the live performances;those who aren't may well find it irksome but, if you have warmed to the characters as I did, you will come to accept it as part of the character of the piece as a whole.
Whilst ratings were modest - to say the least - the quality of the finished product has allowed for it to be renewed for a second season. I hope, as with Mad Men, that positive word of mouth brings this drama to a wider audience.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sceptical Shopper on 23 Dec. 2011
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I was a bit worried when I watched the first two episodes but the series grew on me as I carried on watching. I had the same reaction with the The Wire but I've watched that twice now and enjoyed it even more on the second watching. I think this will be the same. Watch the first time for the story, and the second time for the settings and the subtleties. The music is great. Looking forward to the next series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Halis on 15 Nov. 2011
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A few reviews here allude to the fact that people are disappointed that Treme didn't live up to their expectations after watching The Wire. I loved The Wire, and yes it is true that Treme is a slow burner. It's also true that the characters and drama aren't as up front as The Wire, but, well it's NOT The Wire. If series such as these were too similar people would have a whole other host of complaints, so we should congratulate the Treme team on making an amazing piece of TV that stands out on it's own.

The writing and performances in Treme are outstanding and it gripped me just as much as The Wire, just differently. I admit I had to give it more of a chance, but to me it made the experience slightly more rewarding. I felt like I had gone on more of a journey with the characters, with a strange mix of contentedness and anticipation at the end. It really tapped into my emotions; made me happy, made me really sad and at points, made me get up and dance around the room! The fact that the stories take longer to get going was just part of it's charm for me.

Finally the music is a constant joy in the series - if you like blues, jazz, hip hop, soul, folk...well actually if you just love great music then right from the theme tune you'll be taken in.

Anyway, I loved it and I hope more people give it a chance and enjoy it, starting with my Mum and Dad who are getting a copy for Christmas!
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Mar. 2011
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For those looking for David Simon to follow up the Wire with a similar crime related series Treme will come as a real disappointment; those alternatively looking for one of the best American dramas in recent years from the superb HBO stable then the "eagle has landed". The series is essentially a love letter to the shattered city of New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina. It certainly is an indictment of the Bush administrations gross mishandling of aftermath and like Dave Edger's recent book Zeitoun there are times when "Treme" makes you literally fume at the debacle that followed infused by racism. In particular the spectacle of a largely poor black community "left behind" and an incredibly nervous and paranoid Police force.

But if your singular interest is examining the wake of the unmitigated disaster, which is Katrina, then Spike Lee's "When The Levees Broke" should be your port of call. "Treme's" landscapes are far wider and it aims to capture the essence of New Orleans by tapping into traditions of jazz music, culture, carnival & Mardi Gras, language, cuisine and particularly the sheer bloody minded resilience of its residents. Like all David Simon scripts it builds slowly but surely until the characters hold your attention in a vice like grip. "Treme" is the district epicentre of New Orleans jazz and around that culture are woven human stories of resettling in the destroyed city, people seeking lost relatives dispersed across the USA or eking out a living as the city attempts to recover. Music is at the heart of the series and Treme is not afraid to stop the story and introduce a jam session or a carnival band.
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