From HBO comes the critically acclaimed crime drama series True Detective: The Complete First Season starring Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Woody Harrelson and Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey as two detectives assigned to a grisly and cultish murder case in the Louisiana bayou country. Created by Nic Pizzolatto and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, it also stars Kevin Dunn as Major Quesada, Hart and Cohle's boss; Tory Kittles and Michael Potts as detectives Papania and Gilbough, in charge of the 2012 investigation; Elizabeth Reaser as Laurie; Shea Whigham as revivalist Joel Theriot; Clarke Peters as a rural minister; Jay O. Sanders as Billy Lee Tuttle; Michelle Monaghan as Maggie Hart; and Lili Simmons as Beth, a prostitute.
Alternating between 1995 and 2012, True Detective’s engrossing eight-episode first season focuses on Martin Hart and Rust Cohle, two detectives and former partners who worked in Louisiana's Criminal Investigation Division in the mid-1990s and the 2012 investigation about their most notorious case. Hart, a native Louisianan, is an outgoing family man with two kids, whose marriage to wife Maggie is on the rocks due to the stress of his job. Cohle is a former undercover narcotics detective from Texas who embraces isolation and has a pessimistic, even bleak, view of the world. As different as Hart and Cohle are, they share an obsession for justice and a facility for violence that will inflict irreparable damage on both men. In 1995, they faced their toughest case: the macabre 1995 murder of a prostitute by a possible serial killer with disturbing occult leanings. Then in 2012, Hart and Cohle are interviewed separately by investigators about the case. As they look back, we see how their lives collided and entwined in unexpected, sometimes catastrophic ways. Their personal backstories and often-strained relationship become a major focal point of the investigation.
DVD and Blu-ray special features include extensive bonus materials including 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, discussions between Pizzolatto and director Cary Joji Fukunaga about character development and insights into each episode of the series, two audio commentaries and never-before-seen footage from the series.
- “The Long Bright Dark” - Martin Hart and Rustin Cohle, former CID partners in Louisiana, provide separate statements about the murder case they investigated of a teenage prostitute to 2 detectives. The case goes back 17 years when the first clues into Dora Lange's murder was the presence of a cult ceremony. We also see how volatile the relationship between Hart and Cohle was in the beginning.
- “Seeing Things” - Hart finds respite away from his strained marriage to Maggie. Since no arrests have been made in Jessica Lange's murder case, Quesada has had pressure put on himself and warns the boys that he's been told they will be replaced on the case. Under pressure, Cohle and Hart start their search for clues in a cathouse and end up in an incinerated church.
- “The Locked Room” - While at the church, a hidden image leads the detectives to Joel Theriot. Joel is a tent-revival minister and his congregation point their fingers towards a tall man with scars who they say was the person they last saw Dora with. As the investigation continues, a sex offender matching the description is immediately dismissed by Cohle, even though they confess to the crime. Maggie sets Cohle up on a date, prompting Hart to get distracted. Cohle is desperate to prove that Dora's case has a pattern and finds a connection with a case in which a woman was assumed to have drowned.
- “Who Goes There” - Prime suspect Reggie Ledoux leads Cohle and Hart to a dangerous part of town, renowned for it's bike gangs. Hart's cheating on Maggie is exposed.
- “The Secret Fate of All Life” - Papania and Gilbrough have some disturbing new evidence and intelligence over the case that Hart and Cohle believe is solved.
- “Haunted Houses” - Marty finds old habits die hard. Maggie reveals what she knows about what Cohle was up to in 2002 and what drove Hart to quitting the force. Five years on from the closure of the case Rust has growing suspicions that there was a lot more to the murder.
- “After You’ve Gone” - A murky string of disappearances are now linking the symbology of the Dora Lange murder and the Tuttle family forcing Hart and Cohle to get over their falling out.
- “Form and Void” - An overlooked detail provides Hart and Cohle with an important new lead in their 17-year-old case.
- Matthew McConaughey as Detective Rustin Spencer "Rust" Cohle
- Woody Harrelson as Detective Martin Eric "Marty" Hart
- Michelle Monaghan as Maggie Hart
- Michael Potts as Detective Maynard Gilbough
- Tory Kittles as Detective Thomas Papania
- JD Evermore as Detective Bobby Lutz
- Dana Gourrier as Cathleen
- Joe Chrest as Detective Chris Demma
- Dane Rhodes as Detective Favre
- Madison Wolfe as Audrey Hart
- Kevin Dunn as Major Ken Quesada
- Alexandra Daddario as Lisa Tragnetti
- Anthony Molina as Detective
- Tess Harper as Mrs. Kelly
- Meghan Wolfe as Macie Hart
- Don Yesso as Commander Speece
- Jackson Beals as Detective Mark Daughtry
- Jim Klock as Detective Ted Bertrand
- Garrett Kruithof as Detective Jimmy Dufrene
- Michael Harney as Sheriff Steve Geraci
- Elizabeth Reaser as Laurie Perkins
- Brad Carter as Charlie Lange
- Lili Simmons as Beth
- Jay O. Sanders as Billy Lee Tuttle
- Shea Whigham as Joel Theriot
- Christopher Berry as Danny Fontenot and Guy Francis
- Alyshia Ochse as Lucy
- Glenn Fleshler as Errol Childress
- Charles Halford as Reggie Ledoux
- Joseph Sikora as Ginger
- Erin Moriarty as Audrey Hart
- Brighton Sharbino as Macie Hart
- Paul Ben-Victor as Major Leroy Salter
- 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
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