"Klondike" is the story of lifelong friends Bill Haskell (Madden) and Byron Epstein (Prew), who set out to stake their claim in what would go down in history as the last great gold rush. They know the quest would change their lives forever, but they never could have predicted the unprecedented desperation they would unearth in the unclaimed Yukon Territory. Greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans, and native tribes facing extinction all claw their way into this land and the promise of undiscovered wealth, but a sweeping plague, ravaging conditions, and unpredictable weather will leave the final say in who walks out alive. In the end, the question is no longer if they will find gold but if they will stay alive long enough to enjoy it. This Discovery Channel miniseries is based on the actual events from Charlotte Gray's book "Gold Diggers." (Gary Reber)
There are no special features.
The 1080p AVC picture is desaturated throughout and lacks vividness and saturated color. Occasionally a glimpse of rich, vivid color is exposed. Contrast also is generally poor and lacking in deep, solid blacks. An overall grayness permeates the imagery, with shadows relatively unrevealing. The aerial scenes of the frozen wilderness and snowcapped mountains are often impressive in terms of color fidelity and depth. Fleshtones exhibit naturalness throughout. Because the lighting design exhibits natural gas lights, the night imagery appears murky, which deprives the picture of clarity and resolution. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack sounds dynamic at times, with strong deep .1 LFE bass that sounds rumbly, such as in the devastating avalanche and storm and raging rapids sequences. Atmospherics sound realistic and provide a sense of surround envelopment. The orchestral music score is nicely recorded and aggressively enveloping, with a wide and deep soundstage presence and effective low-frequency foundation. Dialogue is often muted and non-intelligible. While there are some effective segments with excellent fidelity and dynamics, the soundtrack sounds "produced" rather than natural. (Gary Reber)