Hell On Wheels - Season 1 2011

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Set in the 1860s "Hell On Wheels" centers on former confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan, whose quest for vengeance has led him to the Union Pacific Railroad's westward construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad.

Starring:
Dominique McElligott, Jeff HäNni
Rental Formats:
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Hell On Wheels - Season 1

Product Details

Discs
  • Hell On Wheels - Season 1 - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Hell On Wheels - Season 1 - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
  • Hell On Wheels - Season 1 - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 6 hours 52 minutes
Starring Dominique McElligott, Jeff HäNni, Tom Noonan, Christopher Heyerdahl, Common, Phil Burke, Ben Esler, Anson Mount, Robin McLeavy, Dohn Norwood, Eddie Spears, Diego Diablo Del Mar, Colm Meaney, Duncan Ollerenshaw
Director Phil Abraham, David Von Ancken, Alex Zakrzewski
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT ONE
Rental release 23 July 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Mr. William Oxley VINE VOICE on 1 May 2012
Format: DVD
The story of Hell on Wheels follows the former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount), who finds work on the railroad whilst tracking down the Union soldiers responsible for the murder of his wife and child. Cullen was fighting the war while his family remained on the farm (reminiscent of the Gladiator). Immediately, bam, you have our anti-hero Cullen executing one his targets, and it just continues from there.

Hell on Wheels is actually the name of the makeshift town. Out here in the wild West there are Indians, priests, villans, ex-soldiers, whores, and everything in between. Cullen is up against the Swede who enforces the railroads law, and takes a cut for himself on the side. Canadian actor Christopher Heyerdahl who plays the Swede, is stand out brilliant.

This is one hell of a good show. If you enjoy action, violence, great characters, and a gripping story line, then watch this. This is almost as good as Sons of Anarchy - Season 1 [DVD], Dexter : Complete Season 1 [DVD], and Game of Thrones - Season 1 [DVD].

The show is made by AMC in the US and they have decided to make Season 2. Fantastic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 July 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Hell on Wheels isn't another Deadwood - despite being set against the building of the Union Pacific railroad, the scale is less epic, the cast of characters less eclectic and the dialogue less elaborate - but is a very much more conventional oater. It's probably the fact that it plays so safe and predictable that's why it's now into its fourth season when Deadwood could only manage three. It doesn't exhilarate or surprise, but it is an undemanding and easy watch.

It starts out as a revenge western where the trail leads to Hell on Wheels, the moving construction camp of the Union Pacific Railroad uniting the east and west coasts. Sold to the public as a project that will help heal the nation after a war that has left it a gaping open wound but naturally a scheme for various profiteers to get rich, Colm Meaney's ruthless railroad baron, bribing, blackmailing and bullying his way along the least direct and most profitable route the dominant figure even though Anson mount's vengeful veteran actually takes centre stage and Christopher Heyerdahl's towering Swede ("Actually I'm Norwegian"), a former bookkeeper who looks like Karloff's Frankenstein and now practises a form of immoral mathematics as the head of security on the railroad, makes the biggest impression.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A.G. on 9 Sep 2013
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Not knowing what to expect I thought I`d take a look at this series. I`m glad I did, I thought it was a first class western, it seems authentic as to how I would imagine post civil war America would be, it`s gritty, violent & an excellent cast who play their characters without fault. Very watchable & highly recommended. I will buy the second series.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Dec 2012
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American TV continues its run of quality series with this Western set in post Civil War America. There is a sense of the familiar in the way the episodes are put together, using the editing and music stylistic choices that have worked well in other quality TV series, but satisfyingly there is also a sense of something new, in the setting and the characters. The setting is a gritty - well no, lets make that muddy, settlement which houses the workers on the railroad, and moves from time to time to stay where the work is - hence the title. Into this town of ex slaves, immigrants, criminals and whores, comes an ex-Confederate soldier, on the trail of Union soldiers who murdered his wife. However the pleasure in the series isn't this slim character arc, but rather getting to know the range of characters who subvert the usual clichéd expectations in Western - yes, we get the hooker with a heart of gold - but her history is an unexpected one, and yes, we get the lone preacher trying to convert the wretched hive of scum and villainy - but his character is also not as we at first expect. Even Colm Meaney's magnificent railroad baron is a treat, as he defies expectations and manipulates (and occasionally is manipulated) those around him. The head of security is a fantastic creation - The Swede, and then there is Common, playing the ex slave, and Dominique McElligott as the Englishwoman who supplies the beauty against the range of beasts on display. They're all well drawn and well acted characters, which makes this an eminently watchable series.
I had the same view as others as I watched this, that it was good to have a
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