True Detective 1 Season 2014

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Season 1
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1. The Long Bright Dark

Series Premiere. Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), lead investigators in a macabre 1995 Louisiana murder, relive the case and their partnership in the wake of new info.

Starring:
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson
Runtime:
59 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

The Long Bright Dark

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Season 1
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    1. The Long Bright Dark Series Premiere. Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), lead investigators in a macabre 1995 Louisiana murder, relive the case and their partnership in the wake of new info.

    59min 2014
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    2. Seeing Things Under pressure to land a suspect, Quesada warns Hart and Cohle they might be replaced by three detectives from a new occult-crimes task force. Later, they follow a lead that takes them from a rural cathouse to an incinerated church.

    58min 2014
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    3. The Locked Room A hidden image at the burned-out church leads Cohle and Hart to Joel Theriot, a tent-revival minister whose parishioners finger a scarred 'tall man' seen with Dora Lange. Hart gets sidetracked after Maggie sets Cohle up with a friend at a C&W bar.

    58min 2014
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    4. Who Goes There Hart and Cohle hunt for their newly identified suspect, Reggie Ledoux. As Hart's personal life collapses around him, Cohle immerses himself in an old criminal identity from his narco days, contacting a biker gang known to deal with their suspect.

    57min 2014
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    5. The Secret Fate of All Life A violent denouement in the forest clears the Dora Lange case and turns Cohle and Hart into local heroes. In 2012, Gilbough and Papania put their cards on the table, presenting disturbing new intelligence.

    57min 2014
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    6. Haunted Houses In 2012, Papania and Gilbough question Maggie, now divorced from Marty, about Cohle and Hart during 2002, the year their relationship fractured and Cohle quit the force following a suspension.

    58min 2014
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    7. After You've Gone After Marty is shown a harrowing piece of evidence, he and Cohle forge a truce as they probe a murky conspiracy of disappearances connected to the Dora Lange murder, a path of connections that leads to the Tuttle family.

    53min 2014
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    8. Form and Void Season One Finale. A seemingly arbitrary detail in a photograph, along with a homeowner's old tax records, provides Hart and Cohle with a vital new lead in their 17-year-old case--which they pursue to an apocalyptic confrontation.

    54min 2014

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Voltaire on 14 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Far more cinematic, powerfully acted, beautifully written (with the most quotable dialogue ever) and filmed than any movie I've seen in the last 10 years. And I'm quite the cinephile.

The dynamic pairing of McConaughey and Harrelson shows what film chemistry is all about. Harrelson has never, ever been better (and this work reminds you of just how great he can be), but McConaughey blows the roof off and, adding to his exemplary run of intense, devastating recent performances (Dallas Buyers Club, Mud, Killer Joe, etc.), he makes an easy-to-defend case for his being the greatest actor working today.

Less a serial killer thriller or police procedural than a psychological study of two broken men, True Detective adroitly mixes noir, Southern Gothic horror, drama and black comedy to come up with an original formula that is bound to be much copied, but never equalled.

You'll never get Rust Cohle out of your head though. You have been warned. The musical score is to die for, brilliantly compiled by T. Bone Burnett.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 26 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Right from the stylish opening credits and the excellent soundtrack that accompanies them I was hooked on this brilliant murder mystery thriller.

Woody Harrelson and Matthew Mcconaughey are on career best form as Marty and Rust, two New Orleans detectives investigating a ritualistic murder from 1995. The story and the case plays out in various time frames - the original investigation in 95 as well as 2002 and the present day. The murder itself and the identity of the killer or killers is almost secondary at times, it's the issue that drives the plot but True Detective is as much about the men doing the hunting, their lives and relationships etc.

It may not be for everyone as it's not told at a breakneck pace and Mcconaugheys character does love a good philosophical debate/rant. It's more of a slower, steady, tense build to a dramatic conclusion. I found it to be gripping and enthralling, it really gets under your skin. Like much of the best tv stuff these days it plays out almost like a 7/8 hour movie. The cast, director and production values are all of the highest standard - as well as the aforementioned lead roles, Michelle Monaghan is also excellent as Marty's wife and there's strong support across the board.

I'd recommend it very highly, especially to fans of The Wire or David Finchers Zodiac.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a spellbinding series starting with the first note of the Handsome Family's opening Southern gothic song "Far from any road", to the excruciatingly tense last episode. "True Detective" amounts to the greatest binge television event of 2014 leaving the viewer begging for more. This reviewer stayed in the house on the hottest day of the year glued to screen and sweating profusely after watching 5 episodes in a row. A week later Disc One was back in the DVD to watch it all again. Every now and then a series comes to the screen where all the working parts are in prime condition and its cast list so perfect that to suggest a potential tweak would be a form of sacrilege.

On the surface the plot is a humid New Orleans noir thriller around a lengthy search for a serial killer full of looming violence, warped relationships, shadowy cops, twisted elites amongst derelict plantations. This is not a visual shocker indeed its brilliant writer Nic Pizzolatto admitted that he had "literally no interest in serial killers, no interest in trying to shock or gross people out with portrayals of gore". In every sense the show is far more concerned with bigger themes of the human condition and our individual meagre impact in universal terms. The monologues in the series on human nature and existence, time and space, love and morality and the possibility of forces of light and evil are a source of sheer genius.

At the heart of "True Detective" are two master actors who both have their roots in comedy. Woody Harrelson has come a long way since the dimwitted saint "Woody" of the Cheers Bar. Here he is a deeply flawed macho "good ole boy" with good heart and traditional southern sensibilities.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Michael J. Fiddes on 30 Jun 2014
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From the opening bars of the soundtrack to the last image on screen this is a masterpiece. Woody Harrelson is brilliant and Matthew McConaughey is simply spellbinding throughout. The supporting cast are also superb - the fantastic Michelle Monaghan in particular. Also outstanding is the cinematography which does much to create the mood throughout the film. And finally- one of the Bonus Features is an aerial sequence tracking across the Louisiana landscape - also one of the 'stars' of the film. Watch this - you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Cox on 3 July 2014
Format: DVD
Can't recommend this series strongly enough. The personal tensions between the two detectives, Marty (Woody Harrelson) and Rust (Matthew McConaughey), investigating a bizarre ritualistic killing in Louisiana form the crux of this brilliantly written and directed narrative. Both Marty and Rust are flawed characters, with Marty being the family man and Rust the intense and obnoxious loner, whose bitterness and supercilious contempt for the supposedly simple folk of the bible belt becomes quite grating. We know the tensions in Marty's married life and get to see his family; Rust lives alone and all we know is that he is divorced and has lost a daughter.

To avoid spoilers I won't go too far into the complex twists and turns of this drama. The action moves between the years 1995, 2002 and 2012. In 2012 Rust and Marty are ex-cops under police investigation for their handling of the ritual murder case and suspicion is particularly cast on the dark horse Rust. The creator of 'True Detective', Nic Pizzolato, has also written an excellent novel 'Galveston' (2010), which I have previously recommended. Excellent soundtrack compiled by T. Bone Burnett, who deliberately eschews using classic New Orleans jazz or Cajun music, and it is this refusal to cater to our expectations that makes TD a truly brilliant, original and well-executed work of art.
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