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Deadwood Ultimate Collection Seasons 1-3 [DVD]

Brad Dourif , Ian McShane    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Brad Dourif, Ian McShane, Robin Weigert, Timothy Olyphant, Keith Carradine
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 2160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005IMYK3I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Season One

The remarkable first season of 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, 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. Over 12 episodes, 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 Brad Dourif, Leon Rippy, Powers Boothe, and Kim Dickens. --Tom Keogh

Season Two

Deadwood: The Complete Second Season continues the Shakespearean brilliance of the landmark first season, created by NYPD Blue head writer David Milch. Milch either wrote or supervised the writing of each of the 12 episodes in this stunning follow-up, which contains more than a few surprises for anyone who thought they knew the myriad characters in the late 19th century town of Deadwood--a mucky, ungoverned, exceptionally violent development in South Dakota. As with the first season, Deadwood continues to be about many things--survival, loyalty, alliances, duty--but all of them are happening against a titanic battle between several parties to consolidate power and real wealth in the territory. Despite his cutthroat ethics, astonishing profanity, and bursts of cruelty, it's hard not to side in this bid for a piece of America's future with saloon owner Al Swearengen (a magnificent performance by Ian McShane), a visionary monster who is nevertheless more recognisably human than his rivals. Entering an uneasy partnership with Al is Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant). Seth begins the second season by teaching Al a few lessons in chivalry, and their brief but bloody feud commences physical ailments for Al that become increasingly shocking to behold. Yet Al's difficulties have the practical effect of sidelining him for a couple of episodes while the story sets up more complex power struggles. Al takes on Deadwood's other saloon-brothel owner, the unstable Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe), as well as an off-screen millionaire who is intent on owning all the gold-mining interests by buying out weary prospectors' claims. Meanwhile, Seth's wife and son (actually, his late brother's widow and child) arrive, an unsettling development for Seth's lover, the widow Alma Garret (Molly Parker), who soon reveals herself to be a more complicated person than in the first season. The prostitute Trixie (Paula Malcomson) begins thinking about her future and asserts independence from Al by having sex with Seth's friend, Sol Star (John Hawkes). Best of all, Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert) is back and more endearingly uncivilized than ever. Special features include actor commentaries on select episodes, the best of which finds Olyphant and McShane cracking each other up while watching the season premiere. --Tom Keogh

Season Three

The final complete season of HBO's remarkable Deadwood series is full of surprises and devastating experiences as the nascent, dangerous town prepares to join Dakota territory in 1877. As in the previous two seasons, the question of who will control the town's resources, assets, and people drives much of the drama, affecting all manner of relationships and alliances, often between the most unlikely people. The dominant storyline in Deadwood Season 3 concerns upcoming elections for mayor and sheriff of the mucky, gold-mining town. The real juice, however, is not so much between the individuals running for office as between two power brokers each trying to steer the results toward their own purposes. Saloon owner and Deadwood's puppetmaster, Al Swearengen (Ian McShane sustaining his brilliant peformance in the previous two seasons), works closely with incumbent lawman Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) on retaining the latter's seat. But Bullock himself has difficulty surrendering his penchant for taking unambiguous action and relying on few words, especially when he has to act like a politician and deal with people such as George Hearst (Gerald McRaney, playing the real-life father of William Randolph Hearst).Swearengen's rival, Hearst--a self-made industrialist who gained his fortune through mining--has every intention of overtaking Deadwood, with his eye particularly on the lucrative mine owned by Bullock's former lover, Alma (Molly Parker). (The violence Hearst employs to get to Alma's claim will stun many Deadwood fans.) Meanwhile, Bullock's old friend, Sol Starr (John Hawkes), runs for mayor against the feckless E.B. Farnum (William Sanderson), and tries to navigate through his difficult relationship with Trixie (Paula Malcomson) as she grows enraged by former lover Swearengen's manipulation of her and everyone else. Calamity Jane (Robin Weigert) is encouraged to become a public speaker, telling of her misadventures with General George Custer, and she commences a lesbian relationship with Joanie (Kim Dickens), the saloon owner who is becoming increasingly despondent and suicidal. Bullock's relationship with his wife, Martha (Anna Gunn) continues to deepen and become more of an influence on him, Wyatt Earp comes for a visit, and a newcomer to town, Jack Langrishe (Brian Cox), an old friend of Swearengen, attempts to open a theatre. As expected, the season finale concludes with the long-awaited election, but HBO's decision to bring Deadwood to an end required creator David Milch to wrap everything up in a pair of two-hour movies. Still, The Complete Third Season is very satisfying on every level, and will always be, along with the rest of the series, a television landmark. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

All 36 episodes from HBO's critically-acclaimed, controversial western series, starring Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane, set in the violent and corrupt South Dakota town of Deadwood in the days after Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn. Episodes are: 'Deadwood', 'Deep Water', 'Reconnoitering the Rim', 'Here Was a Man', 'The Trial of Jack McCall', 'Plague', 'Bullock Returns to the Camp', 'Suffer the Little Children', 'No Other Sons Or Daughters', 'Mister Wu', 'Jewel's Boot is Made For Walking', 'Sold Under Sin', 'A Lie Agreed Upon (Part 1)', 'A Lie Agreed Upon (Part 2)', 'New Money', 'Requiem for a Gleet', 'Complications', 'Something Very Expensive', 'E.B. Was Left Out', 'Childish Things', 'Amalgamation and Capital', 'Advances, None Miraculous', 'The Whores Can Come', 'Boy the Earth Talks to', 'Tell Your God to Ready for Blood', 'I Am Not the Fine Man You Take Me For', 'True Colors', 'Full Faith and Credit', 'A Two-Headed Beast', 'A Rich Find', 'Unauthorized Cinnamon', 'Leviathan Smiles', 'Amateur Night', 'A Constant Throb', 'The Catbird Seat' and 'Tell Him Something Pretty'.


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140 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HBO strikes gold - again! 17 Jan 2008
By Mr. Tristan Martin VINE VOICE
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1876. The Black Hills. A gold-rush attracts the desperate, the greedy and the vicious to a frontier town called Deadwood, a two-street mining camp dominated by saloon bar owner and pimp, Al Swearengen. Against this simple but deadly backdrop, plays out a story so rich in character, detail and incident, that most other dramas seem pedestrian by comparison.

HBO seems to have hit on a winning formula but the outcome is anything but formulaic. Like Oz, The Sopranos and The Wire, Deadwood is another stunning production that this reviewer finds outstanding, especially in light of the fact that I am not overly keen on the Western genre.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Deadwood (at least for British audiences) is that the character who dominates the series, around who all things seem to revolve, cut-throat Al Swearengen is superbly acted by Ian "Lovejoy" McShane. No, really. McShane steels every scene he is in; a brutal, profane man, who talks to a box containing the decapitated head of a dead Indian, who verbally abuses his prostitutes and other employees with an acid tongue, McShane is a revelation. Around him orbit a stellar cast. I shall mention no names because each and every one of them turns in an amazing performance. When taken together, the whole ensemble shines.

The writing, too, is again full of character and subtlety, almost too much to take in at one sitting. It is both heart-felt and honest, laugh-out-loud funny and yet brutal and savage. It takes a little time for the ear to adjust to the syntax employed; the lexis, too, seems of a particular age but once attuned, this particular writing style allows a range of expression that doesn't seem permissible in contemporaneous writing.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadwood - another HBO winner 22 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
I bought this ostensibly for my husband but actually because I wanted it for myself. Said goodbye to terrestrial and digital telly for a week and immersed myself in Deadwood.
As usual HBO has produced a high quality series which is nothing short of mesmerising. My only complaint is that it seemed somewhat rushed in the last couple of episodes and felt rather incomplete although to be fair this may have been the result of the directors and writers expecting another series in which to bring things to a more satisfactory conclusion.

Deadwood is set in the town of the same name in about 1875 although the events it depicts actually occurred over a longer time-span. Its characters are for the most part based upon its real inhabitants from Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane to the anonymous con-man pedlar of soap, although considerable liberty has been taken with their personalities and actions during the period of the Gold Rush and the negotiations to become part of the Dakota Territory. You can look them up in the official website and in Wikipedia. The power struggle between the two saloon and brothel owners, Al Swearingen and Cy Tolliver form the backdrop to most of the action while gripping story lines involving the self appointed sheriff Seth Bullock's affair with Alma, the rich widowed mine owner , the whore Trixie, the world- weary doctor and the tragic preacher. All of these stories contain elements of black humour, true human kindness, sadness and occasional terrifying evil. Violence is ever present and murder commonplace. This is not a series for your Auntie Minnie or for the faint hearted. Obscenity and blasphemy occur with eye-watering frequency throughout though this is oddly enough not as offensive as one might imagine considering the characters and plotting.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Fist full of dollars' meets 'Shakespear' 26 July 2009
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Top notch western series that's set in the North American Goldrush era, Cica1870. It's well written, produced and acted. Not much is left to the imagination, verbally or visually. Family viewing this is not! The lead actor, Ian McShane is convincingly evil and worryingly, a likable ruthless killer at the same time. The producers went to great lengths to make the set as authentic as possible, the detail is amazing. Why, `Fist full of dollars' meets `Shakespeare'? Well, as you may find out if you buy this excellent box set, the script sounds as though it was penned by the great bard himself. You're sometimes left wondering what the character has just said or meant due to the script being written in a syntax that one can only assume was the norm in North America some 140 years ago. It's quite wonderful how the characters communicated with each other, which is now sadly a long forgotten way of speaking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly compulsive - FANTASTIC !! 30 July 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The original reason for purchasing this collection was to see more of the actor Timothy Olyphant.
I didn't expect to like it as much as I did - because I was unaware of the extent of the bad language.

I have to say this is probably one of (if not the) most compelling series/movies I have ever seen and cannot recommend it more highly !!!
Great stuff and fantastic value from Amazon at this amazing price.
I spoke to family in Australia - they couldn't believe how good the price was.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant HBO production. 17 Feb 2012
By Willy Eckerslike TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The first thing that strikes on first viewing is the seemingly gratuitous bad language but it very quickly becomes part of the experience and recreation of the hard living early gold-rush. Thereafter you are drawn into the lives of the various characters and as series one and two progress the dialogue becomes almost Dickensian with the occasional Shakespearian soliloquy thrown in; yes, it really is that witty, clever and beautifully creative. The cast are universally superb; irrepressible, improbably honourable and compassionate saloon owner Al Swearengen (played with great aplomb by Ian McShane); irredeemably drunken Jane Canary (Robin Weigert - forget any images of Doris Day you may be harbouring); greedy and obsequious hotel owner E.B. Farnum (William Sanderson); upright but short tempered Seth Bullock (Timothy Oliphant)... the list goes on.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Deadwood...deadgood!
Production and performances in line with the script sometimes outrageous (to our mild existence) but marvellously executed with all the twists and turns (wonderfully written by the... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Karen A Belchere
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series, excellent acting, poor final episode.
This is an authentic and gritty series set in the Wild West fledgling town of Deadwood. Worth purchasing the boxset just for Ian Mcshane's fantastic acting - what a great character... Read more
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had missed it when it was on tv, watched this box set straight off really gritty and you got used to the bad language but again as in other western dvd's had to use the sub titles... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Bruce Macefield
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadwood
I ordered this for my husband for Christmas. He loved the series and enjoyed rewatching. It was packaged well, arrived in perfect condition and in good time.
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As you've probably gathered most of the reviews for the 'Complete' version of the bloody "Deadwood" TV Series are for the 'DVD'. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars This deserved every honour possible.
This is without doubt the best western I've every watched. It is a huge tragedy that it has no ending being axed by HBO early. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J D SCHOLES
5.0 out of 5 stars Deadwood
I love the way it is set. true gritty reality.At first i was taken back by the language but understand that this is probable necessary to the show. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pauline Gailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good give it a go
Ian mcshane as one of the main stars is a blast and its great to see a brit in such an american setting. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shame about the lack of extras.
Great series, shame it had to end so abruptly, leaving us all on the edges of our seats indefinitely. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars addictive, brilliant series
Great themes, great acting, great characters - even the small parts are beautifully written - and compelling story line. Dialogue is wordy and has great depth. Read more
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