HBO's Deadwood - Any fans?

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HBO's Deadwood - Any fans?

Postby El Vez » Wed Oct 05, 2005 10:55 pm

I know that Bobster and Pip are both into this show and I was curious as to whether or not any other board members happen to be Al Swearengen fans.

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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Thu Oct 06, 2005 7:13 am

I've tried, but I missed the first season and now I feel lost. May have to just rent the DVDs and try to get into it that way, becuase a lot of people whose opinions I respect are big fans of the show.

Useless piece of "Deadwood" trivia:

Ian McShane's father, Harry McShane, played for Manchester United.
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Postby bobster » Thu Oct 06, 2005 11:58 am

Sam -- I also tried to pick up with it in season 2 and experienced the same symptoms. Renting the DVDs is the only cure! (As it turns out, because I'm such a purist, I'll be renting the Season 2 DVDs as well -- the shows that were taped on my DVR were not letterboxed!!!)
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Postby Boy With A Problem » Thu Oct 06, 2005 1:05 pm

I have the first season on DVD - loved the first half of the season - liked the second half. I'll buy the second season when it comes out. The extras and commentary reveal that the actors and creator are full of themselves. Shocking!

It was great to see Brad Dourff (spelling?) back in action (you can still see the Billy Bibbitt in him) - he was in a terrific John Huston film - Wiseblood (based on the Flannery O'Connor book).
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Postby El Vez » Thu Oct 06, 2005 1:39 pm

Douriff was/is astounding as Doc. His breakdown at the end of season one, which had been built up episode by episode was shattering and I loved the little grace note w/ Jewel (not THAT Jewel!)

Big Molly Parker fan and I think it's pretty cool to compare and contrast how perfectly she inhabits that character versus the one she nailed in The Center of The World.

Keith Carradine did kinda come off a little insufferable in the commentary, didn't he? McShane and Olyphant were more interested in cracking each other up but I did like Douriff and Weigert (Calamity Jane) just because they take me back to my undergrad acting class days with all their talk of finding the character's spine, playing intention and all that.

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Postby bobster » Thu Oct 06, 2005 2:45 pm

I only listened to part of the Dourif/Weigert commentary. Moderately interesting, but I always find it amusing how actors tend to spend so much time praising each other on these things -- not that all of the actors on this particular show don't all deserve praise but it's like a requirement.

No surprise if K. Carradine might come off as bit of an actor with a capital A -- anyone who ever heard his dad talk might understand. Somehow, the British are better at pulling off this sort of thing. If you listen to one of Christopher Lee's edifying and charmingly self-important commentaries you'll know what I'm talking about.
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Postby cosmos » Thu Oct 06, 2005 7:00 pm

Deadwood, South Dakota, is a pretty cool town! 8)

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Postby miss buenos aires » Fri Oct 07, 2005 5:16 pm

LOVE Deadwood. Only seen the first season on DVD. I think they play it on tv here, so I will have to try and figure out when it's on. Only watched the McShane/Oliphant commentary, because I usually find the commentaries are boring and detract from my ability to suspend my disbelief. McShane totally wiped the floor with Oliphant, who came off as kind of dumb. Now I have to forget that before I can enjoy the show as much as I did before.

In conclusion:
Deadwood- good
DVD commentary- bad

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Postby selfmademug » Fri Oct 07, 2005 5:32 pm

I just cannot afford the jump to HBO, so I've missed out on a lots of fantastic stuff. I want to watch all of the Sopranos, all of Six Feet Under, and Deadwood also. Which should I do first??

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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Fri Oct 07, 2005 5:35 pm

selfmademug wrote:I just cannot afford the jump to HBO, so I've missed out on a lots of fantastic stuff. I want to watch all of the Sopranos, all of Six Feet Under, and Deadwood also. Which should I do first??


My vote goes to "Six Feet Under".
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Postby miss buenos aires » Fri Oct 07, 2005 5:39 pm

Starting with Deadwood might be more manageable.

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Postby selfmademug » Fri Oct 07, 2005 5:42 pm

miss buenos aires wrote:Starting with Deadwood might be more manageable.


Eh, manageable, schmanageable, I'm single. :) But thanks for your suggestions!

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Postby libster » Fri Oct 07, 2005 6:36 pm

Deadwood makes me sad because it drove Carnivale out of business. Or so we believe. :cry:

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Postby pip_52 » Fri Oct 07, 2005 7:23 pm

Somebody loved me enough to give me the complete first season for my birthday. I watched all 12 episodes in a single weekend. Such a good show. All the characters are great, but I love Al. Just cant help myself ...

I tried to watch the commentaries but just couldnt do it ...

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Postby El Vez » Fri Oct 07, 2005 8:24 pm

Great to see you back on the board, Pip!


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