If there's any downside to the neverending barrage of outstanding original series on HBO, it's that one needs an HBO subscription to experience it: if your current budget doesn't allow for such luxury, you end up missing some of the best programming TV has to offer on an almost-weekly basis (to say nothing of the many, many, many spirited online conversations that programming inspires). To the non-subscriber, this has to be quite a bummer.
And in 2014, I imagine it's been a helluva bummer: Game of Thrones returned for another heavily-debated and -dissected season, John Oliver's out Daily Show-ing The Daily Show every Sunday night, and Mike Judge's Silicon Valley, has become the go-to comedy for...well, for anyone who likes consistently hilarious social commentary accented by the occasional dick joke ("...like a snack dick?"). But the real bitch of the bunch has to be Cary Fukunaga and Nic Pizzolatto's True Detective, which ran earlier this year to rapturous critical acclaim, record-setting ratings, and the sort of online mania usually reserved for Star Wars-related arguments.
For my money, there hasn't been another entertainment event in 2014 that's come close to delivering an experience as impressive the one True Detective provided (and, as hyperbolic as it sounds, I have serious doubts that anything else in 2014 will). The show was incredible, and if you missed out on it the first time around, I truly feel sorry for you.
But I harbor a little jealousy towards you, as well. This Tuesday, HBO's releasing Fukunaga and Pizzolatto's brilliant series to Blu-ray and DVD, and everyone who missed out will finally have a chance to experience it for themselves (hopefully unspoiled). I envy these people: True Detective is an amazing ride, and I'd love to be able to go back and experience every dread-soaked moment of it again for the very first time. If you haven't seen it and you've remained unspoiled, you've got an amazing 8 hours to look forward to.
Here's the Season One Blu-ray/DVD specs, via Amazon:
-Making True Detective – Behind-the-scenes interviews with cast and crew, including unseen footage
-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 creator/executive producer/writer and the legendary composer on the series and the pivotal role of music
-Inside the Episode – Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Joji Fukunaga share their thoughts on character development and offer insights into each episode
-Two audio commentaries - Featuring Nic Pizzolatto, T Bone Burnett and Executive Producer Scott Stephens
-Deleted Scenes – Never-before-seen footage from the series
Rejoice, Carcosa. The commentaries (anyone know which episodes they're on?) make this a slam dunk for me, but let's face it: I'd probably be picking up the Blu's even if it was a bare-bones release. How about you guys? Any of these special features strike you as particularly exciting, or is the lure of seeing True Detective's first season again reason enough to pick these up? Pick up your set via the links above or below, and then weigh in down in the comments.