THE PLOT THUS FAR
This three-part mini series/ (6 episodes) – (set in the late1890s) centers on the friendship of two adventurers, Bill Haskell and Byron Epstein, as they travel Northwest during the Klondike Gold Rush. Along the way they must navigate harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Klondike” is a strong mini-series that felt like something Spielberg used to do for television. Everyone from Richard Madden to Tim Roth to Abbie Cornish to Tim Blake Nelson is in it. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, then this will be right up your alley. Honestly, it felt like a far more realistic take on “North to Alaska” for me. Take that for what you will, as I’m starting to learn that not a lot of readers keep abreast on John Wayne films. You guys are missing out.
I wish that Discovery got involved in more long-form narrative jaunts like this. The end result makes the recent History Channel successes look like crap. Without treading into HBO territory, “Klondike” was able to exist in a realistic world without everyone slapping women or dropping f bombs with every other word. I wasn’t familiar with the director before this, but I look forward to what Simon Clellan Jones has to offer in the future. There is one catch, though. The central friendship that pushes our main characters into the Klondike loses steam and focus by the second episode. That seems like it was preventable.
The Blu-Ray comes with interviews and featurettes as the special features. The A/V Quality on this disc is amazing for such a lengthy mini-series. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is reference quality lossless blasts of frontier goodness. Then, there’s the 1080p transfer that goes to show you how great this show looks when not on TV. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 06/10/2014