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Deadwood: The Complete Series (Bilingual)
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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. In an age of plunder and greed, the richest gold strike in American history draws a mob of restless misfits to an outlaw settlement where everything - and everyone - has a price. The settlers, ranging from an ex-lawman to a scheming saloon owner to the legendary Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, share a constant restlessness of spirit, and survive by any means necessary. Welcome to Deadwood...a hell of a place to make your fortune.
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 KeoghSee all Product Description
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At the time Deadwood came out, it got a ton of publicity for the most uses of the F word imaginable. I would say they moderned it up a bit, because the swearing that made ladies swoon back in the 1800s probably wouldn't make us bat an eye today. What publicity the show didn't get was about how great the show was anyway, despite swearing a blue streak.
I tend to hate westerns, but Deadwood is visceral, colorful, and completely engaging. You can feel the mud and grit and taste the antifreeze they're drinking. I'll be the first to admit that for a long time after watching, it did have quite an adverse effect on my language, however.
The series ends rather abruptly, in part due to unexpected cancellation and in part because it would have been hard to put a final ending on history that did go on. If you watch the special features of the complete box set, you do get to see the creator of the show being a grump (mildly put) about the whole cancellation.
But all in all, it's a great show. It makes a great gift, and it's been making the rounds among my family members who all have given Deadwood two thumbs up. Buy it, ya ****suckers.
I was shocked, amazed and couldn't get enough of it!
I also figured it was a bargain price when I bought it for only 70$.
39 episodes of about 60 minutes each, which is good seeing how the standard is usually roughly around 40 minutes.
Lots of use for the words F*ck as well as my favourite C*cks*ckers.
I watch this series with my boyfriend every night and each time we get stunned at how they really went ahead and did what we speculated in our heads. The producers, writters and directors had balls to actually do what they did.
For that, I just LOVE IT!
I got tired of watching series that are always so damn predictable and boring because nothing really bad happens.
Deadwood, expect the unexpected.
PS : this is easily a 18+ series. Honestly, if you have kids, hide it somewhere and do not watch with them. Cursing and sex and other profanities are popular and always around.
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Impressive acting, superb production values and very strong writing make this one of my favorite shows on TV.
In season three, however, things fall apart a little. The episode synopses disappear, it doesn't follow smoothly on from the end of season two (in fact I had to check that we were watching the first disk of the series), new characters are introduced with no apparent plot to support their presence (witness the brief appearance of the Earp brothers and the utterly pointless theatre troupe) and the script seems to lose its earlier virtuosity, perhaps through the absence of Ed Bianchi as producer. Throughout the season, animosity builds between the odious mining magnate Hearst and Al Swearengen, but the skilfully managed tension just fizzles out in a most unsatisfying (though plausibly realistic) ending.
As with every other HBO series we've watched, the production values, casting, script and attention to detail are unrivalled and a few minutes in Wikipedia give testament to the attempt at historical veracity (with an acceptable level of poetic licence).
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Great series, and it's a complete collection what more could you want. The extras with the writer are fun.Published 1 month ago by Denis Bernicky
simply outstanding series! Not for the faint of heart and not a typical western! As realistic as can be! Dissapointed it only went for 3 yearsPublished 7 months ago by Doug Wong
Bought this for my dad for Christmas, and he loved it. He's really in to westerns, and he's even loaned this set out to his friends.Published 8 months ago by Sadie May
This is great entertainment. History with a fictional touch that makes it so good.Published 13 months ago by h2oski
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