True Detective: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray]

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Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (315 out of 342)

Special Features


  • Making the Vinci Massacre-an exclusive and detailed 30-minute look at the production for the pivotal scene of episode 4
  • A Look Inside True Detective-interviews with Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and executive producer Scott Stephens as they discuss making the new season of True Detective
  • True Detective's California-evocative aerial images of incredible California landscapes, scored by T Bone Burnett
  • Audio Commentaries-two audio commentaries featuring Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, series creator/executive producer/writer Nic Pizzolatto and executive producer Scott Stephens

Synopsis


In Season 2 of novelist and creator Nic Pizzolatto's anthology crime drama, the murder of corrupt California politician Ben Caspere spawns a probe that brings together three law-enforcement officers from different jurisdictions - Vinci police detective Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), Ventura County Sheriff's Office investigator Antigone "Ani" Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) and California Highway Patrol motorcycle cop and war veteran Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) - a trio of damaged souls who each have their own closetful of uniquely debilitating skeletons. Meanwhile, career criminal Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn) takes a stab at legitimacy by investing in a high-speed rail project with Caspere, and leans on his history with a compromised Velcoro to find out what happened to the fortune that vanished with his business partner's death. Also appearing are W. Earl Brown, Christopher Baker, Ritchie Coster, James Frain, Michael Hyatt, David Morse, Afemo Omilami, Abigail Spencer and Rick Springfield. ~ Joe Friedrich

Cast & Crew


  • Matthew McConaughey - Rust Cohle
  • Woody Harrelson - Martin Hart
  • Kevin Dunn - Ken Quesada
  • Michelle Monaghan - Maggie Hart
  • Alexandra Daddario - Lisa Tragnetti




Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    AN OUTSTANDING SERIES

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    kenn
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    Brilliant series. I prefer this to Season 1, though both are equally brilliant. It's not really right to compare them. They are very different to one another. The opening theme music is Leonard Cohen's brilliant "Nevermind". The lyrics match what goes on in the series. The aerial shots and general vibe remind of David Lynch's "Lost Highway". And, in an homage to Lynch, the first episode features a car with a dead body being driven onto Mulholland Drive. The theme of it all being a kind of Dream appeared in Series 1 (Rust Cohle). This theme is reprised here in Season 2 when Frank Semyon notices the two rain stains on his ceiling and wonders the same. He muses is his life like papier mâché? Is it about to begin to implode by forces he cannot see? His intuition is correct. In a nice shot the image morphs from the two ceiling stains to the two now eyeless sockets of the corpse in the morgue. And so it all begins... Later, over coffee, he notices the same stains on the table - and hurriedly tries to cover both of them with his cup. There is also the weird Dream of Velcoro where he meets his prophesying father. Some memorable performances here - in particular from Colin Farrell who excels. Rachel McAdams gives a tremendous performance as agent Antigone (Ani) Bezzerides. And what a great character she is! Vince Vaughn and Kelly Reilly also deliver. Taylor Kitsch gives a memorable performance as motorcycle cop turned detective, Paul Woodrugh. And I liked the poker faced "Nails", Frank's loyal bodyguard, who sees much and says little. There is so much going on in this series. Even the "minor" scenes such as where Velcoro and Semyon meet in the bar, as the musician sings "This is my least favourite life", are laden with atmosphere. (The singer's name is Lera Lynn, in case you're interested.) The music keeps on playing and we now see Bezzerides in the casino, drinking heavily and losing at her table. And finally we see Woodrugh, on his bike and dangerously speeding down the highway, as he attempts to deal with his own inner demons. This sequence stamps the four main characters onto our awareness. The plotline is often deep so some episodes are worth watching more than once to get the full story. Hence I would recommend the viewer get the DVD version. An outstanding series. Stylish with a capital S. Six Stars.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The blu-ray itself is very good, the series is not

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    callahan09
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    The first season was really captivating and had interesting characters and a plot that kept you hooked. This season maintains quality acting, cinematography and direction, but lost its way in plot and characters. There's too much going on, the pace is way too slow, and there are more characters dividing focus while none are as interesting as the first season's. It's not a bad story, but it never had a chance to live up to the first. I think it may be better remembered in years time, but as an immediate follow-up to the brilliant first season, it didn't come close to meeting expectations. The blu-ray itself is very high quality with perfect picture and sound and plenty of bonus features to keep you interested beyond the episodes themselves. If you liked this season, don't hesitate to buy this blu-ray version of it. If you're a fan of season 1, be aware that this will probably live up to the quality of that, and you might still enjoy it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Show

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    NoHaArt
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    Nobody can deny that Matthew McConaughey was the best part of True Detective in its first season. And the storyline was great in the first season too. This time around, for season 2, Nic Pizzolato is without Cary Joji Fukunaga and without McConaughey. For a large number of critics this season was a letdown and suffered a sophomoric slump. In reality, season 2 benefits from a better and more fulfilled and well rounded cast, an intricate plotline, and a setting just as fascinating as the first season's. Season 2 of True Detective is not perfect, but Pizzolato set out on a very daring quest to bring us something as good as season 1 and he succeeded in surpassing it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Film Noir

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    Wizard
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    I found the plot easy to follow, especially since I watched the whole season on Blu-ray in a single day. I was spellbound. I'm a great lover of film noir and own every noir that was every released on DVD. True Detective 2 has a true film noir script, more complex, of course, but with the same dark feeling, with people, no matter how hare they may try, rushing desperately toward their inevitable demise. At the very end, when everything is said and done, after several, shocking surprise revelations, an unlikely group of survivors, starts a new life together in Mexico. Beautiful and moving, after an almost unbearably intense and odyssee through the darkness of the human soul.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Follow your own opinions

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    Velocityboy
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    The second season of the series got attacked, in my opinion very unfairly, in essence for not being season two. However, had it been exactly like season two, everyone would want their heads for being a one-trick pony. The series told two very different shows, very differently. This second installment finds three officers from different jurisdictions all embroiled in a case that sends each to his or her own private perdition. With dizzying support from Vince Vaughn as a Machiavellian businessman, Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams give nuanced career-notable performances just as good as Woody and Matthew did the first round

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost as good as Season 1

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    HiatusRex
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    Before watching this new season of True Detective, all i heard from the internet were complaints. Casting seemed weird next to the dynamic McConaughey/Harrelson dream team, and the show's writer had much less time to prepare his story/scripts than before. That kept my expectations low. So as i watched the second True Detective outing, I was actually shocked by how complex the narrative actually was. Perhaps if it had been scaled down some, others would agree. Performances, direction, music-- all were on point. The story was a little "blink and you'll miss something," but otherwise quite good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A mediocre season to a promising show

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    Venom2796
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    The first season of true detective was fantastic. It was original and fresh. It's two leads held our attention every second they were on the screen. The story was well thought out and (as mentioned above) original. Unfortunately this season isn't like the first season. It's mostly boring. And it gets confusing especially with so many main characters. It's a shame because this season had the potential to be so much greater than it actually was. I can only recommend it if you are a fan of any of the main actors or if you like the show.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Kinda rushed...

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    Mortquaid
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    After the critical praise for the first season there was a lot of hype for Season 2 of True Detective. Unfortunately, it seems like the producers could of used some more time to make some editing choices. Story feels rather bloated, overfilled with backstory, that slows down the plot. Of course, coming from HBO, production values are fantastic with a high quality blu-ray set. PQ and AQ are crystal clear. Got an amazing deal on Black Friday so I couldn't resist!

    I would recommend this to a friend


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