Published: New York, NY : HBO Video,  Description: 6 videodiscs (720 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in ISBN/ISSN: 0783119348, Language: English
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Originally broadcast on television, 2004
Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Jim Beaver, Brad Dourif, John Hawkes, Paula Malcomson, Leon Rippy, William Sanderson
1876, the Black Hills of South Dakota. In an age of plunder and greed, the richest gold strike in American history draws a throng of misfits to an outlaw settlement where everyone has a price. Welcome to Deadwood ... a hell of a place to make your fortune
MPAA rating: Not rated
DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital
Disc 1: Episode 1.Deadwood -- Episode 2. Deep water. Disc 2: Episode 3. Reconnoitering the rim -- Episode 4. Here was a man. Disc 3: Episode 5. The trail of Jack McCall -- Episode 6. Plague -- Episode 7. Bullock returns to the camp. Disc 4: Episode 8. Suffer the little children -- Episode 9. No other sons or daughters -- Episode 10. Mister Wu. Disc 5: Episode 11. Jewel's boot made for walking -- Episode 12. Sold under sin. Disc 6. Bonus features. Making Deadwood the show behind the show -- The real Deadwood -- The new language of the old west -- An imaginative reality
Don't get me wrong, there have been great westerns to come before Deadwood, but none of them really got it right. There is just a reality that some people aren't willing to deal that after 50 years of our history being whitewashed through film and TV, we're finally starting to see the truth. David Milch has done his research and discovered the wonderfully bizarre contradiction of languages used in the old west. Watching the cast of Deadwood converse with a combination of old world English laced with profanity straight from the gutter is incredible and feels right for the first time. Where do people think our language came from? People always want to think that they were the first to do something, when things like profanity, substance abuse and prostitution have been around since man walked erect.
Along with the incredible dialog and storytelling, David Milch has introduced possibly the greatest character to ever come to TV or film...Al Swearengen. Ian McShane plays Al with the same intense conviction and truth that the character himself lives by. In Al's world things are black and white and never apologizes for a second for living his life by a strict code of morals of his own making. I don't think we've ever seen a character go from crying after a mercy killing to watching a murder he orchestrated stone faced.
This is indeed a special show that paved the way for the facts of our history to finally be told with truth...Instead of the whitewashing we've seen our whole lives to make us feel better about ourselves.