Deadwood: The Complete Series
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Deadwood: The Complete Series (DVD)
The Black Hills of South Dakota. Witness the birth of an American frontier town - and the ruthless power struggle between its just and unjust pioneers.]]>
Deadwood represents one of those periodic, wholesale reinventions of the Western that is as different from, say, Lonesome Dove as that miniseries is from Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo or the latter is from Anthony Mann's The Naked Spur. In many ways, HBO's Deadwood embraces the Western's unambiguous morality during the cinema's silent era through the 1930s while also blazing trails through a post-NYPD Blue, post-The West Wing television age exalting dense and customized dialogue. On top of that, Deadwood has managed an original look and texture for a familiar genre: gritty, chaotic, and surging with both dark and hopeful energy. Yet the show's creator, erstwhile NYPD Blue head writer David Milch, never ridicules or condescends to his more grasping, futile characters or overstates the virtues of his heroic ones.
Set in an ungoverned stretch of South Dakota soon after the 1876 Custer massacre, Deadwood concerns a lawless, evolving town attracting fortune-seekers, drifters, tyrants, and burned-out adventurers searching for a card game and a place to die. Others, particularly women trapped in prostitution, sundry do-gooders, and hangers-on have nowhere else to go. Into this pool of aspiration and nightmare arrive former Montana lawman Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) and his friend Sol Starr (John Hawkes), determined to open a lucrative hardware business. Over time, their paths cross with a weary but still formidable Wild Bill Hickok (Keith Carradine) and his doting companion, the coarse angel Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert); an aristocratic, drug-addicted widow (Molly Parker) trying to salvage a gold mining claim; and a despondent hooker (Paula Malcomson) who cares, briefly, for an orphaned girl. Casting a giant shadow over all is a blood-soaked king, Gem Saloon owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), possibly the best, most complex, and mesmerizing villain seen on TV in years. Each of these characters, and many others, will forge alliances and feuds, cope with disasters (such as smallpox), and move--almost invisibly but inexorably--toward some semblance of order and common cause. Making it all worthwhile is Milch's masterful dialogue--often profane, sometimes courtly and civilized, never perfunctory--and the brilliant acting of the aforementioned performers plus others. --Tom Keogh
- All 36 episodes on 19 discs
- The Meaning of Endings: David Milch on the conclusion of Deadwood
- The Real Deadwood: Out of the Ashes: historical featurette
- Q&A with cast and creative team (courtesy of The Paley Center for Media)
- Deadwood 360 tour
- Al Swearengen audition reel (as performed by Titus Welliver)
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This show has everything, from murder, adultery, child prostitution, betrayal, whorehouses, whiskey galore, opium addicts, Chinese workers, hostile takeovers, sexual deviants, epilepsy, political intrigue, disease. Pretty much every single thing that is illegal today happened in this camp. It was after the civil war, but before equal rights/child labor etc. Dont expect a tame show, expect something to view and just be intrigued with, sometimes hating a character, only to respect them, then hate them again soon after.
Ok, now that I have attempted to warn everyone lets talk about the series...
Casting: It's about as good as it gets really. How good? In my mind, everyone on the cast is now type-cast as "Bullock, Star... etc...". They are all great and all chosen wisely.
Story: Pretty sold week-to-week / episode to episode. Overall a lot better than most westerns, but there are some weak parts.
Setting: Again like the casting, about perfect... tough to fault any of it.
Probably one of the best things HBO has been a part of, minus Band Of Brothers which IMO is thee best. If you like westerns, if you like great characters, if your meek, little ears can tolerate a little adult language, this is a must buy at $65 for the BluRay set.
I started watching it because a friend of mine is all aglow about Timothy Olyphant. (actually in started with Justified) and decided he was a not so bad actor. Deadwood follows him and a couple other main charactors as the "camp" becomes a town in a territory on the verge of statehood.
There are pieces that reminded me of a western style ROME (also from HBO) and some even from Paint Your Wagon (though not with all that singing)
you get to see modern technology come to a town that really shouldn't have been. Most goldrush towns faded after the gold faded. the fact this town drew so much attention is a wonder
if you are an adult and love the old west style movies, THIS is a good show. if you are squimish about an irish barkeep calling everyone by the things between eachother's legs...stay away
Welcome to Deadwood. A show that will continue grow to be a cult classic and one of them series that people will wonder why the hell was this show axed?? Well simply, it was a beautiful series that grew far too expensive to make.
Once the price on this Blu Ray series dropped, I jumped all over this. I was tired of always seeing this for over 100+ dollars. when it dropped around the 65 dollar range, it was mine. I suggest you do the same too. But I warn you, its gritty and R-rated (not for the kiddies to watch)