A Fan-Friendly Complete Series Set by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
New Orleans, 38 months after. The city's musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and others continue to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But the promise of recovery - heightened by the historic election of a new president - is tempered by sobering economics, continued police corruption, and the ongoing specter of violence and crime. In these final five episodes of Treme, New Orleans' protagonists strive to build their own legacy in this most iconic of American cities.
Late last year (December 29, to be exact), HBO aired the season finale of Treme, the show about ordinary people living life after hurricane Katrina. The show ran for 36 episodes spanning 4 seasons (season 4 was only 5 episodes, with the others being 10 and 11 each), and they've packaged everything up into this complete series set, which includes all the episodes and bonus material from the four sets, along with a bonus disc (which isn't mentioned on the packaging at all).
The set is a slipcase containing 4 multi-disc Blu-ray cases inside - the same cases that you'd get if you bought the individual seasons. HBO sets often have a removable piece of cardboard on the back with the "back of the box" information, and this is where you'll find the unmentioned bonus disc.
The set contains all the material found on the individual season sets (since they're the same thing), plus there's the bonus disc, which includes 15 musical performances featuring music from the show (1:11:13).
To Upgrade, or Not to Upgrade?
Usually this is the toughest section for me to write, because I have to try to justify ditching the previous sets someone has bought in order to purchase the new set. HBO has made it easy though, since there's very little reason to upgrade to this set. The only added material is the bonus disc featuring musical performances, and unless you're an extremely hard core fan of the show and music, there's no reason to get rid of seasons 1-3 in order to get the complete series set with the 4th season and this bonus disc.
This set would be the perfect gift for someone who doesn't own any seasons of the show. Buying the seasons individually, based on current "street" prices at Amazon.com, means you'll be paying about $8 for the bonus disc thanks to some pretty heavy discounts on the original SRPs (SRP price of all 4 seasons individually is $259.94, but they're currently selling for $113.70 while the complete series is $121.49).
While this may not be an amazing complete series set, it's nice to see that HBO hasn't punished fans that purchased the individual seasons by released a bonus disc filled with exclusive "must-have" material. I hate when studios do that.