14 months have passed since Hurricane Katrina, but residents of the Crescent City are finding it harder than ever to rebuild their lives, much less hold on to their unique cultural identity. Some have become expatriates in distant cities. The insurance checks that never arrived for homeowners were followed by the bureaucratic nightmare that was the Road Home program, and a land-grab is underway as developers and disaster capitalists press their advantage. Crime and drug use are up, and corruption and graft are endemic, with civic institutions unable to counter any of it. And yet the culture of New Orleans somehow endures.
With a third season being produced, and a fourth (and final) season being planned for the future, HBO Video has today announced that Treme - The Complete 2nd Season
is coming to DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc on April 17th
. Extras include: Treme Symposium, Invitation to set, Walking with Wendell, AUDIO COMMENTARY, Music Commentaries, and The Music of Treme. Also available only on the Blu-ray version is Down in the Treme. Here's a more detailed look at these extras:
- "Down in the Treme: A Look at the Music and Culture of New Orleans" (BD only) - Learn more about New Orleans' unique culture including its music, cuisine and landmarks with this in-episode viewing mode.
- "The Music of Treme" - Discover more about the songs featured throughout the series with this in-episode viewing mode. The BD features an enhanced, interactive version of this feature.
- "Behind Treme: Food For Thought" - New Orleans chefs and restaurateurs John Besh and Alon Shaya discuss local cuisine and its importance to the cultural tradition of the city.
- "Behind Treme: Clarke Peters & the Mardi Gras Indians" - Actor Clarke Peters (Albert Lambreaux) and Mardi Gradi Indian Chief Otto DeJean (George Cotrell) discuss the rich tradition of the Mardi Gras Indian in New Orleans.
- "The Art of Treme" - A Tulane University symposium dedicated to Treme featuring David Simon, Eric Overmyer and Clarke Peters.
- Music commentaries - Every episode features commentary by WBGO's Josh Jackson and NPR Music's Patrick Jarenwattananon on select music performances.
- Audio commentaries - Four commentaries with David Simon, executive producer Nina Kostroff Noble, supervising producer/director Anthony Hemingway, director Brad Anderson, writer George Pelecanos, music supervisor Blake Leyh and cast members Clarke Peters, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens, Lucia Micarelli and Wendell Pierce.
The BD release of the title also features 1080 full high-def widescreen video, and English 5.1 DTS HD-Master Audio. Cost is $79.98 SRP for the Blu version, and $59.99 SRP for the DVD set. Here's the package art for both: