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

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The Long Bright Dark

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26 of 28 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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30 of 34 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 and 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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By twitter-bird on 26 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This has been the most exhilarating experience on television this year. 'True Detective' is is crime drama like nothing you have seen before. Yes, perhaps one can see facets of other highly-rated series we may have watched over the years but no other series has come close to what 'True Detective' has achieved. It gets under your skin. Period.

The acting from all players is is sterling but Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are just too good, especially McConaughey but then his character is more layered and his dialogue, especially his philosophizing, is just so rich. The story is gothic, wrapped in the now familiar hunt for a serial killer but never done like this before to this extent. The storytelling is detailed, the conversations authentic, the acting intense and the dreariness, the futility of peoples lives and the inevitability of death just oozes of the screen and slaps you right in the face.

The story is essentially the hunt for a serial killer across seventeen years but the horror is only part of the tale. The relationship between the detectives, their individual world-view and their relationship with those around them takes center-stage. The setting is Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina and the multiple time-lines show the initial investigation in 1995 which then forms the background to the present day where a new killing is being investigated by two other detectives but where the m.o. points to the same killer. All of the episodes are excellent but the brief glimpse of the killer in Episode 3 and the sustained tension towards the end of Episode 4 stand out as does the climatic action sequence.

I encourage you to buy and watch this series in two sittings over a long weekend on balmy nights. You will not be disappointed. The blu-ray set has plenty of special features including commentaries and interviews and more besides.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil Lennon on 30 July 2014
Format: Blu-ray
"True Detective" is a darkly atmospheric police series set in Southern Louisiana. The story switches between an initial investigation in 1995 and then takes you forward in time to 2012 where you soon realise not everything has been resolved. This technique, which focuses mainly on the two main characters being interviewed about the case means that a lot of the story is essentially told in flashback. It's an interesting idea as you see the physical and emotional changes in Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson's characters long before you know why they occured. You also see a noticeable contrast between the two era's which makes you realise how long ago 1995 was now!

As the case begins in the 90's with notable occult undertones at the start it feels a bit like an extended episode of the "X Files". However it soon begins to develop a style of its own with the poor depressed region of Louisiana being almost the third main character in the story. The almost alien landscape and the numerous references to the devastation caused by recent hurricanes makes this a unique setting for a detective series.

The two main characters are played excellently by McConaughey and Harrelson, and their differences play off each other right from the start. As they investigate the case the story gets darker and darker, although much of this is implied rather than graphically shown. It does however feel as much like a horror story as a detective story.

Unfortunately I did find myself a little unsatisfied with the ending. After a build up of 7 episodes its always going to be difficult to bring it to a suitably dramatic conclusion. In the end I was left thinking this might have been better filmed as a 2 or 3 hour film and still kept the important elements of the story.
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