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Deadwood: Complete Second Season [DVD] [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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Deadwood ~ Season 2

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Deadwood, Best on TV, Might be Killed by HBO's bizarre marketing 15 May 2006
By Paul D. Macneil - Published on
Format: DVD
First a review on the 2nd season of Deadwood, then my comments on the bizarre treatment of this show by HBO and possibly it's creator David Milch.

While the 1st season of Deadwood was almost unwatchable to some due to the constant profanity, it was hands-down in my opinion the best show on T.V. in gritty realism, set-design, writing, acting and re-watchability. You could watch the same episode for the 4th time and still catch something new. The dialogue was brilliant.

The 2nd season was just as compelling as the first (although a tad weaker) and it brought character development to a new height, introduced some brilliant new characters, and never lost its stride. Again highly re-watchable which makes it a nice DVD to own.

Now on to the strange behavior of HBO and David Milch. I just read that HBO released the contracts on the cast members of Deadwood allowing them to pursue other projects and hints at the fact that Deadwood may be dead no 4th season. Also, in the same news story it hinted at a new HBO series by David Milch about surfing culture. In addition, was I the only one who seemed to notice that HBO was ignoring Deadwood earlier this year in the news, on its website, and even within its marketing deparment. I mean The first trailer for season 3 appeared only last week! On top of all that, everyone knows that Summer is the Television graveyard and even though Big Love needed a strong kickoff behind Saprano's, exiling Deadwood to June makes me question HBO's sanity. To sum it all up, when after Saprano's sleeps with the fishes next year, Deadwood will be its highest rated show and HBO and Milch may cancel it.

Has HBO lost its mind? Has Milch lost interest in 1870's South Dakota? IS this all a marketing ploy? Am I being paranoid?

I was the first in line to send feedback to HBO stating SAVE DEADWOOD! Lets hope I'm not the only one.
113 of 126 people found the following review helpful
Even better than the first series 9 Mar 2006
By M. Packham - Published on
Format: DVD
Deadwood is perhaps the best show HBO has made, and that's saying something. There is no other TV show, barring perhaps 'The Wire', which is written with such a keen ear for dialogue and with such fleshed out characters. Season 2 is just as good, if not better, than the first series. It moves with slightly more pace and some of the more interesting characters, such as Cy Tolliver and Alma Garrett, are explored in greater depth. Tolliver - played by the incredible Powers Boothe - truly becomes a force to be reckoned with in this second series. The powerplays between him and Al Swearengen make for some of the most interesting television one could hope to see.

Among other things, we see in season two the return of Bullock's wife and son; the softer side of Al Swearengen; a sadistic geologist with a keen eye for gold; and blood-letting between Mr. Wu and a chinese rival from San Francisco. Throughout, we are treated to a healthy dose of Deadwood's trademark violence and profanity, the latter of which rolls of the tongue with surprising eloquence. Swearengen makes certain curse words sound as if they are as natural as 'if', 'and' or 'but'.

Ultimately, the most outstanding features of this series are the following:

1) Al Swearengen - again, as in the first series, Ian McShane is amazing.

2) Cy Tolliver - Powers Boothe devours every scene he's in.

3) Seth Bullock - Timothy Olyphant's sheriff walks the streets of Deadwood like a cauldron about to teem with furious anger. The addition of his wife and son, and his illicit affair with Alma Garrett, add further tension.

Pick up series two when it comes out. Strangely, it's already out here in Australia!
48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
A few more clarifications about the show 10 April 2006
By Dave Sanasac - Published on
Format: DVD
As with my review of the first season (which can be seen by clicking "See all my reviews" directly above this) I'm not going to comment on the acting, the story or anything of that sort. Again, I gave it a five star rating, and that should imply my opinion well enough.

This time around I want to comment on the delay of the DVD release and the price of the set.

The delay, while unfortunate, is actually a good thing. The third season of Deadwood was originally set to air concurrently with the sixth season of The Sopranos. However, after HBO executives saw the first half of the third season, they felt the show had sufficient strength to not need to piggyback on the ratings of The Sopranos. So Deadwood and Big Love switched time slots, with Deadwood moving to this summer. So Deadwood is no longer The Sopranos' little brother. This shows the confidence that HBO has in the show, and that means the show isn't going away any time soon.

As for the price of the set, keep in mind that HBO is a subscription based network -- meaning they don't make any money from advertising or product placement, which is what pays for most programming on network television (thus the need to charge more than other networks for the DVD releases of their shows).

HBO has something like 25-50 million subscribers, I believe, so most of the country hasn't seen a single episode of the season when it comes out on DVD. Compare that to shows like Law & Order, 24, and Desperate Housewives which are free to anyone with a TV, so anyone interested in those shows has probably already seen at least half of the season by the time the DVD comes out.

I don't know specific numbers for Deadwood, or any of the other shows that I mentioned, but I do know that HBO spent approximately $4 million per episode of Carnivale, which, while a great show, never had anywhere near the popularity that Deadwood has.

So, yes, the set costs a bit of money. And, yes, we did have to wait a little longer for the set than most of us would have liked. But any comments about greed are unfounded.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Entertaining and Intelligent 13 Mar 2006
By E. Buck - Published on
Format: DVD
Despite a barrage of profanity in every episode, the script of Deadwood represents the best writing in television bar-none. The characters are brilliantly developed by the show's writer, David Milch (of Hill Street Blues fame). I eagerly await the third season's debut in June, but will also add the 2nd season DVD to my collection (which already includes Season 1) as soon as it is released in May. This show is a masterful combination of fact-based drama(ableit not a "true story"), and brilliant acting from the cast including Ian McShane, Powers Boothe, William Sanderson, W. Earl Brown, and others. As you watch this show for the first time, be reminded the profanity is there to add authenticity from the period. In my opinion, Deadwood is one of the best series ever created for television. Enjoy!
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
What's wrong with HBO??? 18 May 2006
By Barbara E. Henry - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Why did HBO cancel "Deadwood" before David Milch could finish his beautiful story? It's the second-highest-rated of all HBO's "Quality Programming" hour-long dramas, and deservedly does very well in DVD sales. I personally have bought several DVD sets for myself, my family, and friends.

This show's fans (myself included) are rabidly passionate about it, and grateful for every word, every scene, every episode we've been blessed with so far. "Deadwood" is delicious and disturbing, the way great art always is, and we all hoped it would go on forever. So, of course, we were disappointed when HBO and Mr. Milch discussed ending the series after only four seasons. But it was creator Milch's choice, and his decision to make.

So what happened? Why isn't Mr. Milch going to be allowed to finish his masterpiece? Can you find out for us?

Many of us fans are so angry and disgusted that we have decided to cancel our HBO subscriptions after the third season. This is what you do when you feel personally betrayed by a trusted resource. There is also talk about organizing a "National Cancel HBO Day" to be held at the end of Season Three ... and it's a movement that seems to be gaining support.

Recently, someone at the HBO Community Board established a website as a clearinghouse for ideas. It's at [...] and it's for folks who want to help in a massive grass-roots effort to bring HBO back to its senses, to its long-held mission, and to its loyal fan base.

It's time to make a few demands of HBO.
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