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Klondike

Richard Madden , Abby Cornish , Simon Cellan Jones  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Madden, Abby Cornish, Sam Shepard, Tim Roth
  • Directors: Simon Cellan Jones
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
  • Run Time: 429 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IXWIFR2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,695 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

This three-part mini series/ (6 episodes) - (set in the late1890s) centers on the friendship of two adventurers, Bill Haskell and Byron Epstein, as they travel Northwest during the Klondike Gold Rush. Along the way they must navigate harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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"Klondike" is a six part miniseries that aired on the Discovery Channel over three nights. From executive producer Ridley Scott, I had very high hopes that "Klondike" would be the must-see dramatic event of the television season. I have heard many people completely dismiss the program due to factual errors and/or inaccuracies. These complaints are, perhaps, more valid since this appeared on the Discovery Channel which is not known for scripted programming but for documentary-like productions (in fact, this was touted as their first scripted miniseries endeavor). I, as a casual viewer, was not particularly bothered about the precise factual details presented but was willing to accept this as a purely fictional entertainment loosely based on real life events. So that is how I am judging "Klondike." As the series begins, I thought that there was enormous potential in the storyline and I really enjoyed the set-up. For me, though, the longer the show progressed, the less I liked it. There are plenty of good elements (notably the filming location and several strong performances), but I found the plotting and characters to be very inconsistent--almost maddeningly so.

As the series opens, we meet our intrepid hero Bill Haskell (Game of Throne's Richard Madden) as he and his best friend (an effective Augustus Prew) decide to embark on an adventure to make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Near the turn of the century (late 1890's), they join the fray of fortune hunters exploring the uncharted Yukon Territory. As they make their way across the vast wilderness, the scenery is impressive and "Klondike" is absolutely captivating. Eventually, they reach their destination and face challenges that are both unforeseen and somewhat nefarious.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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"Klondike" is a six part miniseries that aired on the Discovery Channel over three nights. From executive producer Ridley Scott, I had very high hopes that "Klondike" would be the must-see dramatic event of the television season. I have heard many people completely dismiss the program due to factual errors and/or inaccuracies. These complaints are, perhaps, more valid since this appeared on the Discovery Channel which is not known for scripted programming but for documentary-like productions (in fact, this was touted as their first scripted miniseries endeavor). I, as a casual viewer, was not particularly bothered about the precise factual details presented but was willing to accept this as a purely fictional entertainment loosely based on real life events. So that is how I am judging "Klondike." As the series begins, I thought that there was enormous potential in the storyline and I really enjoyed the set-up. For me, though, the longer the show progressed, the less I liked it. There are plenty of good elements (notably the filming location and several strong performances), but I found the plotting and characters to be very inconsistent--almost maddeningly so.

As the series opens, we meet our intrepid hero Bill Haskell (Game of Throne's Richard Madden) as he and his best friend (an effective Augustus Prew) decide to embark on an adventure to make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Near the turn of the century (late 1890's), they join the fray of fortune hunters exploring the uncharted Yukon Territory. As they make their way across the vast wilderness, the scenery is impressive and "Klondike" is absolutely captivating. Eventually, they reach their destination and face challenges that are both unforeseen and somewhat nefarious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a "Deadwood" March 12, 2014
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But we watched 2 episodes hoping for a moderate-high level of entertainment & authenticity. I'm a HUGE Tim Roth fan but in this role I feel sorry that he's taken the part it is so cliche.
For those who've seen Deadwood you know how captivating the characters, storyline, and roughness are. For those who haven't yet, skip Klondike and rent Deadwood.
I didn't feel the characters in Klondike were compelling. They were understandable, but not compelling. The dialogue was pedantic, the plot line not engaging. I was looking a series with characters worthy of rooting for or hating. Instead, milktoast Klondike characters perform predictable actions. 1 or more individuals get into trouble, the vilians are either directly or indirectly to blame, and we go on to the next scene.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept and production but bad writing January 31, 2014
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I agree with other reviewers that this is a great concept and the production values and talent are high, but the writing trots out every cliche of this genre and the dialogue is, at times, just embarrassing. This is no Deadwood or even Hell on Wheels. Ridley Scott
(exec. producer) should have taken a bit more care making sure the scripts were right. One episode was enough for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little series. February 14, 2014
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Modern TV doesn’t seem to excite me much. This series definitely held my attention. The ability to show modern day people with the bug for reality TV what, even with some dramatization, reality in the times of the gold rush was truly like was amazing. The full circle that the story takes along with the never ending fight for survival was very well represented.

Rating based on quality of production and story.

Mostly pro's not enough con's for the dramatization to take a star.

If you like history or just have some curiosity of the times and struggle of the men and women that were part of this struggle I would recommend this to you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great i liked it
excellent movie very period looking
Published 11 hours ago by S. Flowers
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
IT WAS INTERESTING
Published 12 days ago by gordon cure
3.0 out of 5 stars Like a Poor Man's Version Scriptwise of Hell on Wheels
I'd just finished up watching the third season of Hell of Wheels and wanted more so Klondike's DVD cover caught my eye. Read more
Published 23 days ago by James N Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done Picture
Bought this to see the complete film without all the commercial interruptions. Wanted to see the end as the DVR I had it recorded on failed.
Published 1 month ago by Glenn A. Eagens
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good mobie, saw the mini series, so I bought it on disc. Worth the price
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice glimpse into the conditions experienced in the Alaskan gold ...
Well done! A nice glimpse into the conditions experienced in the Alaskan gold rush!
Published 1 month ago by BluesLover
5.0 out of 5 stars klondike
you can not go wrong with this movie
Published 1 month ago by shirley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product for the price !!
Published 1 month ago by Jack
1.0 out of 5 stars Very good look at the gold rush
Wonderful portrayal of difficulties faced by men and women who went to the Klondike to strike it rich.
Published 1 month ago by 2EmptyPockets
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD GOLD RUSH STORY
True story based on the book "Golddiggers". The book has six true stories. Some of the stories were blended for the TV production.
Published 1 month ago by Wilma K. Mussen
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