New Release: Treme Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD

Wendell Pierce blows his horn on HBO's Treme.

HBO Home Entertainment released Treme: The Complete First Season on DVD and Blu-ray on March 29, 2011, for the suggested retail prices of $59.99 and $79.98, respectively. The TV show’s DVD debut came on the eve of the show’s second-season premiere on HBO.

A drama set in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Treme interweaves stories of musicians and other city residents who are trying to rebuild their lives. The television series speaks to the enduring music and cultural traditions that make New Orleans’ citizens, and the city itself, so unique.

The episodes in Treme: The Complete First Season begins three months after Katrina. More than half the population of New Orleans is elsewhere and much of the city is wrecked, muddied and caked in mold, while other neighborhoods – in “the sliver by the river,” as locals call it – remain viable. But the tourists have yet to return, the money that follows them is scarce, and residents can take solace only in the fact that the city’s high levels of crime have migrated to Houston and Baton Rouge. For those returning, housing is hard to come by, with many people waiting for insurance checks that might never arrive.

The show was co-created and produced by David Simon, the Emmy-winning creator of HBO series The Wire and Eric Overmyer (Homicide: Life on the Street). Featured in the ensemble cast are Wendell Pierce (The Wire), Khandi Alexander (TV’s CSI: Miami), Clarke Peters (The Wire), Rob Brown (Stop-Loss), Steve Zahn (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Kim Dickens (TV’s Deadwood), Melissa Leo (Welcome to the Rileys), John Goodman (HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack), Michiel Huisman (The Young Victoria) and classical violinist Lucia Micarelli.

The series also features cameos by notable real-life New Orleanians, as well as the talents of many musicians and other artists associated with the city’s music, including Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Elvis Costello, Steve Earle and Kermit Ruffins.

Here’s a run-down on the extensive bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray discs:

  • making-of featurette
  • Treme: Beyond Bourbon Street” – an exploration into the history of the neighborhood and its innate ties
  • “The Music of Treme,” a guide to the songs featured throughout the series via an in-episode viewing mode to song and dance
  • five audio commentaries with cast and crew
  • and 10 music commentaries with WBGO’s Josh Jackson and NPR Music’s Patrick Jarenwattananon.

The Blu-ray also offers these exlusive features:

  • enhanced viewing on all 10 episodes, which amplifies the picture-in-picture experience with original, interactive content
  • Down in the Treme: A look at the Music and Culture of New Orleans”
  • and enhanced version of the DVD feature “The Music of Treme,” which also allows for interactive viewing.

Here’s the trailer for the show:


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.