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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Be forewarned that this is not a "family" show, nor is it for the faint of heart - almost every episode is laced with profanity, violence and all manner of illicit activity. It would be easy to write this show off as gratuitous, but at its core, "Deadwood" has compelling, extremely well written storylines (at least for the first two seasons). On the one hand, it's too bad they didn't tone down some of the "raw" aspects of this show because it may have garnered a bigger audience (most of the negative reviews you'll see here are for series' abrasive content), but then on the other hand it wouldn't be "Deadwood" without it. In the extra features, Milch and company do explain why the show is presented the way it is - also telling is Milch's lament as to why the series was terminated after just three seaons (credit to HBO for including Milch's "rant" in the extras).
If you can look past the "grit," the first two seasons of "Deadwood" rank amongst the finest shows HBO has ever offered. Less so the third season, but it is still watchable.
Anyway, I'm glad I held out until the complete series came to Blu Ray - it just looks and sounds stellar. All of the bonus features from the various DVD collections have been ported over, and it looks like they are all in hi-def too. Not critical, but a nice perk. If you keep an eye out, this series can be purchased on Blu for around $60, which is an absolute steal for the entertainment it provides.
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.
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)
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