Treme - Season 3 - Blu-ray Review
one of the greatest television
series that HBO has ever aired in its television history. This engaging
television creation is from creators Eric Overmyer and David Simon
whom worked as writers/producers on The
Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street;
the former of which was also created by Simon, who was the
perhaps unsurprising that two of the minds behind some of television's
acclaimed are creatively behind another critical success that can call
home HBO. What's surprising is that this ridiculously intelligent and
mesmerizing series isn't more popular with audiences.
the best of luck with marketing Treme.
It's struggled with finding itself an audience. That's probably an odd
kick-off trying to talk about the show, but it's an interesting thing
series and it's place in pop-culture. Unfortunately, the series is
that has never done particularly well in the ratings. The numbers
impressive. Whether this is due to a lack of awareness of the show or
else is a interesting question -- but regardless, the critical darling
some rough times.
Yet Treme has survived on HBO for several
good reasons, including: it has a loyal fan-base, an immense critical
and co-creator David Simon's insistence on seeing to it that the show
quality-conclusion (the show almost became cancelled prior to season
it was announced HBO would not pick-up the show for a fourth season
Simon convinced the network to give the series a final five episodes to
conclude it, which air this December as the show's fourth and final
revolves around the citizens of New Orleans in a post Hurricane Katrina
world. This immediately sets it apart from
else on television. I am astonished by so much of this series. It's one
bravest and most authentic narratives on television, tackling diverse
difficult subject matters related to socio-economics, politics, and
Few shows have the guts to address these kinds of topics at all, even
have the skill and intelligence to do so within a frame-work based
culture within America that is so cherished and that hits seriously
home following the tragedy of New Orleans after Katrina.
The series is not one to have any sort of
specific "plotline" -- there is never one lone narrative device
driving things forward. If there is such an element to Treme,
perhaps it's that this is absolutely a show aimed at
following all of the characters that inhabit the shows world. It
focuses on the
characters above-plot, though it is a dramatic series with many
storylines, all of which grow and evolve over the series.
the series is to simply follow the characters throughout their lives --
their struggles, their hopes, and their dreams. You witness moments of
as well as heroism. Moments of exquisite grace and moments that lack in
show manages successfully to demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses
ordinary people through the characters of Treme.
remarkable. I almost cannot fathom how so many great performers work on
series. All in one cast. It's so impressive. The series contains
character actors (several of whom were also cast members of The
Wire). Melissa Leo (an Academy Award
winner, no less) has one of the best parts as Toni Bernette, someone
seeing to find answers from the police and government, even while
(or failing to deal with) personal issues in her immediate life. This
passionately dedicated character and this particular storyline is
oh-so-fascinating. Steven Zahn is the lovably quirky Davis, who
and dedication to music more than most. This is the best role
given by this vastly under-rated actor in his entire career to date.
many characters and each has a fascinating storyline that is well
the writers of the show. The enormous cast always get a moment to
Pierce, Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens, Michiel Huisman,
Micarelli, Clarke Peters, David Morse, and Jon Seda chief amongst the
With brilliant performances from everyone, the show maintains a
standard that is so consistent that it amazes me as a series at each
and turn of the story.
to be a character on the show as well. This show would not even
resemble what it is if it were not for New Orleans. The series is
and the show has featured countless musicians, restaurants, and
throughout episodes that reside within New Orleans. It enhances the
feeling and makes the story more powerful and resonant. The setting
Treme uniquely special.
is likely the best television series or film that will ever be made in
Orleans -- it's a tribute - a love letter, proclaiming it's love for
Orleans culture (the music and food especially) and most importantly,
people who reside within.
music is incredible! If you have even the
slightest bit of an appreciation for the music of New Orleans and jazz
classical music this series is an absolute requirement. No joke. This
has one of the best musical backgrounds I've ever seen or heard. Fans
should without question watch this show. The series takes so many
showcase the music, focusing in on the performances and taking viewers
(listeners?) on a music journey. It's pure amazement seeing a show with
good writing, directing, acting, and just about all other elements,
such a stellar musical background.
a very short list of some of the
best television series ever made. It's that
good. Everyone who loves quality storytelling, character-based
great music will find something (perhaps a ton of things) to love about
show. It's must-see television.
widescreen transfers retain the original aspect ratio (OAR). The series
encoded in MPEG-4 AVC in 1080p at 24fps. The series looks stunning with
detail reproduction, the clarity of the show is noteworthy. The colors
depth manage to make this one of the finest looking television series
format, with relatively high bit-rates that demonstrate quality
series 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
presentation is one of the best I've ever heard on the format. I've
impressed with the audio on all of the Treme seasons, and it doesn't stop here.
The surround stage is vivid and detailed with crisp high-resolution
enhancing it. The 24 bit encoding goes a long way too, adding a lower
floor and the uncompressed clarity that produces the best sound.
Treme Season 3 include Audio Commentaries, Music Commentaries, and
featurettes. There are also two exclusive music-related features about
music on the show as well.
managed to lose out on having a big
audience while airing on HBO. I hope to find this show's fan-base has
ten-fold (or more), as more people discover it on Blu-ray medium.
Overmyer and David Simon have made something special with talented
directors, musicians, and actors. It's a remarkable accomplishment from
Fans of quality television should check out Treme;
it's part of the reason why so many feel golden-age of television is
right now. With excellent PQ/AQ and lots
of supplementals it is something that seems to be an excellent value
of the series.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.