KLONDIKE | DVD REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

Robb Stark is not dead, the sneaky King of the North was frozen alive and defrosted years later in the late 1890s to attempt to regain his riches with a mate by battling the brilliant but brutal landscape during the Klondike gold rush. KLONDIKE is the Discovery Channel’s first-ever scripted miniseries and was directed by Simon Cellan Jones and executive produced by Ridley Scott. It stars Richard Madden and Augustus Prew as two adventurers who travel to the Yukon, Canada, in the late 1890s during the Klondike Gold Rush. It is releasing from eOneANZ on July 23rd and thanks to them we are giving away 5X DVD BOX SETS. Each box set is 3X 2hr episodes giving you a 6hr journey back in time, KLONDIKE is rated MA15+. Find out how to win after my review. Have a good one……..JK.

 

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KLONDIKE | SALTY POPCORN MINI SERIES REVIEW | AUSTRALIAN DVD COVER

 

This show is epic in scale, and while I felt sorry for Richard Madden’s character, Robb Stark, being slaughtered on Game of Thrones, he went on to star in this fantastic show, set in this incredible landscape. Being made by The Discovery Channel, they can afford a decent budget and find some epic crew. And epic in nearly every way this show is. It is worth seeing for the snow and cinematography alone, when your cinematographer is Mike Eley, you couldn’t be in better hands in this environment – he was the cinematographer on TOUCHING THE VOID – enough said, the end.

The show is a little like watching DEADWOOD on ice. I will state though, it does not meet the production brilliance that was DEADWOOD and while I love Tim Roth, his bad guy, The Count, will never match the pure evil of Al Swearengen (Ian McShane). That being said the acting in this show is admirable and it makes up for the occasional disappointment from the screenplay. Madden is great, I love the guy, will watch him in anything, he is GoT alumni and that is all I need. Roth is pretty decent but his character was written too weak and cliched, he could have been much more evil. I love Abbie Cornish, but felt she was miscast in this film. She was great as the love interest but to be the financial opponent to The Count was just wrong, I would have loved to have seen someone like Glenn Close, or an older, wiser, more tough woman take on this role, but Close and Madden would not make for an appropriate coupling :).

 

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KLONDIKE | SALTY POPCORN MINI SERIES REVIEW | BILL HASKELL (RICHARD MADDEN) AND BYRON EPSTEIN (AUGUSTUS PREW)

 

I also have to mention Tim Blake Nelson (Minority Report, Lincoln, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) as Meeker, love this character actor. I should also mention Sam Shepard (Paris, Texas, Black Hawk Down, The Right Stuff) as Father Judge, he always has the old man comfort on-screen – although his losing-the-plot priest was a bit odd. I think this film would have benefitted from a 20x 1hr episode series as opposed to 3x 2hr episode mini series. They could have done so much more and delved further into characters. I also have to have a slight whine about director Simon Cellan Jones, while the film looks epic, has brilliant acting, a fairly decent story and what looked like an endless budget, the action scenes in the snow are pretty bad, while people are near on freezing to death in horrendous weather, I have walked for beer in weather worse than that, it just did not look realistic, it was an epic fight for survival, yet, it looked rushed, as if, “this little snow flurry will do, we will make it sound epic and that can probably fool the audience.” That was disappointing, and I am no expert on the authenticity of historic parts of the story but do not read online what some people think of the historic accuracy, they are not overly filled with praise.

 

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KLONDIKE | SALTY POPCORN MINI SERIES REVIEW | BILL HASKELL (RICHARD MADDEN) AND BELINDA MULROONEY (ABBIE CORNISH) DEFROST

 

Besides my negative thoughts, the historic accuracy at the town and the issues they faced are brilliant, I could totally believe I was standing in Dawson City and the community created for the show is superb. The idea of mud and no wood around for heating is a concept I never thought of but the nuance given to the town, costumes and the people was an impressive part of the show. What makes the entire mini series even more impressive, NO CGI and all shot on location, it gets more love just for that alone. When those characters are chattering or shivering, they aren’t acting.

Overall KLONDIKE is impressive, it is a mini series that once I started I was hooked, there are a billion shows worse you could waste six hours on. As I said, it is worth it for the cinematography alone. Out Wednesday but win your own copy below.

 

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With special thanks to eOneANZ to win one of the 5x DVD BOX SETS of KLONDIKE you need to either like and share this post on Facebook or retweet/ favourite it on Twitter, you then need to answer the following question. 

Firstly, just an FYI on how to increase chances of winning a salty comp; commenting on the review generally holds you in better stead of winning as opposed to just comp sexing :)

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TELEVISION MINI-SERIES OF ALL TIME AND WHY? Mine would probably include ANGELS IN AMERICA, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (2003), BLACK MIRROR and BAND OF BROTHERS.

If you do not have Facebook and Twitter then you can still enter, leave your entry below and email me at jking@saltypopcorn.com.au telling me you don’t have social media (you still need to enter the comp on the website).

Prizes will be awarded based on skill and selected purely on the thoughts of the judges, said judges being the Salty Kernels, more likely ME.

The prizes will be sent in the next week or two. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.

 

 

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