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Deadwood: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] [Import]
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Deadwood: The Complete Series (BD)
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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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i took a chance on this series based on word of mouth and all the favourable reviews here on amazon ......
i'm a big 'westerns' fan ....... but really ..... i don't think you need to be, to enjoy what this series has to offer ........
great characters, GREAT writing , great actors ..... great drama, great laughs, wonderful use of language , and i mean not just the cursing lol .........
i was easily sucked in after the first few episodes .......
not only entertaining ......... it has a lot to say about us all ......
UPDATE - i had no idea this series was ABRUPTLY CANCELLED after season 3. how ridiculous is that ? and no 2 hour film / TV movie 'ending' either .....
i enjoyed the ride, but must admit feeling ripped off for the amount of time i invested in the story and the characters .........
not sure i'd recommend buying the complete series ......... might just want to rent or stream them ........
what a shame.
knock off a star for HBO and whoever else, was responsible in deciding to abandon the series .......
UPDATE #2 : I"m finding it quite amazing just how good this series STILL IS on a 2nd viewing ...... I am enjoying and revelling in it's wonder ..... the language / the writing, the acting, the production design, ...... It is full of intelligence and heart. I actually missed these characters !! some women may find certain aspects distasteful ........ but even as an asian i have no problem with the amount of slant eyed chink talk found within ...... if you go 'all the way' with this series , and not get 'turned off' at whatever scenes may shock you initially .....Read more ›
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.
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 8 months 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 14 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 14 months ago by Sadie May
This is great entertainment. History with a fictional touch that makes it so good.Published 19 months ago by h2oski