It's now 14 months post-Katrina and residents of the Crescent City are finding it harder than ever to rebuild their lives, much less hold on to their special cultural and musical identity. Some have left to become expatriates in places like New York City; others have been forced to sell their homes to outside developers. Those who remain cope with high crime levels and dwindling federal support. Still, the proud, even defiant spirit that defines the city lingers among its faithful inhabitants.
To complement a series that so authentically captures the flavor of the Big Easy and its compelling characters; the BD and DVD sets contain extraordinary behind-the-scenes features that delve deeper into the city's unique heritage.
- "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.
Treme's returning ensemble cast includes Wendell Pierce (HBO's The Wire), Khandi Alexander (CSI: Miami, HBO's The Corner), Clarke Peters (HBO's The Wire), Rob Brown (Stop Loss), Steve Zahn (A Perfect Getaway), Kim Dickens (HBO's Deadwood), Melissa Leo (Oscar winner for The Fighter), Lucia Micarelli and Michiel Huisman (The Young Victoria). David Morse (HBO's John Adams) and India Ennenga (The Women) both featured in the first season, become series regulars, along with new cast member Jon Seda (HBO's The Pacific).
The series also feature cameos by many of the city's extraordinary musicians and other artists associated with the city's distinctive culture, including Dr. John, Juvenile, John Hiatt, Lucia Micarelli, Steve Earle, Shawn Colvin, The Radiators, Henry Butler, Wanda Rouzan, Cyril Neville, Christian Scott, Donald Harrison Jr., Ron Carter, Kermit Ruffins, Rebirth Brass Band, Galactic, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Hot 8 Brass Band, Leroy Jones, John Boutte, Paul Sanchez, Glen David Andrews, Susan Cowsill, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, Steve Riley, Katey Red, Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby, Ingrid Lucia, Mem Shannon, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Tom McDermott, George Porter, Evan Christopher and members of the Pineleaf Boys and Redstick Ramblers, among many others.