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The Tick Dvd:Entire Series

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  • Actors: Patrick Warburton, David Burke, Liz Vassey, Nestor Carbonell, William Newman
  • Writers: Ben Edlund
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 30 2003
  • Run Time: 201 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AUHQE
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He's the Wild Blue Yonder, and The Tick is back to show why this outlandishly funny TV series should never have been canceled! After proving his mettle in comic books and animated TV, creator Ben Edlund's blue-insect superhero made his auspicious debut on Fox (in November 2001), portrayed in live action (in a buff-muscled rubber suit) by Patrick Warburton, the popular Seinfeld guest star (as "Puddy"), who instantly perfected the role he was born to play. In his appreciative commentary track, co-executive producer (and Men in Black director) Barry Sonnenfeld calls the pilot episode "the best thing I've ever directed," and it's easy to agree: wide-angle lenses, stylized sets, hilarious dialogue and a comedically gifted cast make the episode (and the entire series) a perfect summation of Sonnenfeld's wacky style. Edlund concurs, observing that The Tick is "something you get or you don't," and the impatient Fox executives obviously didn't get the show's expert blend of absurdity, stupidity, and good-natured irreverence. They axed the series after eight of these nine episodes aired, only proving that The Tick was too hip for their bean-counting mentalities.

In the title role, Warburton (with highly expressive antennae) hits all the right notes of dimwitted innocence and brute-force gallantry, aided immeasurably by his moth-costumed sidekick Arthur (David Burke), wannabe lothario Batmanuel (Nestor Carbonell), and buxom beauty Captain Liberty (Liz Vassey). Attentive to the more mundane aspects of superheroism, The Tick offers outrageous villains (like the nefarious "Destroyo") and eccentric allies (like Ron Perlman's hilarious "Fiery Blaze") while showing that even crimefighters have everyday problems and desires. Brilliantly conceived and executed, The Tick can now be enjoyed by an audience it never had a proper chance to cultivate. --Jeff Shannon

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Lee on Dec 25 2004
Format: DVD
The Tick was a live action television series that aired during the fall of 2001 on FOX. The show was based on writer Brian Edlund's irreverent and often brightly brilliant 1990s comic book and cartoon series of the same name. The premise of the franchise is simple: it serves as an exploration into the daily lives of superheroes. Like Seinfeld before it, the strength of The Tick stood in its ability to inject the surreal into the lives of its characters by ensuring that they are all well-grounded in a realistic, believable setting. The cartoon itself spanned thirty-six half hour episodes and ran for three seasons from 1994-97 (and is sadly not yet available on DVD). The live action series wasn't as long lived, seeing the production of only nine half hour episodes, of which only seven were ever aired by FOX.
Like so many shows before it (Twin Peaks, Nowhere Man, Firefly and Maximum Bob), The Tick suffered the fate of cancellation simply because it was too good for tv. The uniqueness of shows like The Tick lay in their ability to consistently deliver a compellingly original storytelling experience for its viewers. But it was this very uniqueness that made these shows the ugly ducklings of their day - scary on the outside for the networks who had to market them, but hiding a hidden treasure trove of situational goodness on the inside for the viewers fortunate enough to find them.
Overall, the different incarnations of The Tick are appealing because of their keen, shoot from the hip, suave mentality. It takes the idea of the traditional superhero mythos and literally turns it on its head with hilarious results. This 2-disc DVD brings this live action series back to life, with a myriad of fascinating extras, from behind the scenes interviews to episode commentaries by the writers and producers of the show, making it a must have for any DVD collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Fehr on April 22 2013
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If you love super heroes, cheesy one liners, and confusing conflicts then you need to watch this mini series. My only regret is that it is too short, so much potential here. And it is not all silly gags and well placed puns but real world issues are masked beneath the goofy facade making you think while your sides hurt from laughing too much. I never watched The Tick animated cartoon but if its anything like this then I am going to love it. Seriously this is such a fun ride, and don't be too put off by the cheese factor it means well.
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By RK O on May 6 2004
Format: DVD
I never watched the series when it was on the air, or watched the cartoon, comic book...but I was always told they were funny and be something that I would enjoy. I have to admit that I thouroughly enjoyed this series. The episodes got better as the season went on. My favorites are "Arthur, Interrupted", "The Funeral", "The Big Leagues", & "The Tick vs. Justice", although they were all pretty good! Patrick Warburton did an incredible job as the Tick. Many actors who portray comic heroes fall flat but Patrick was utterly convincing as the Wild Blue Yonder. David Burke, Nestor Carbonell, & Liz Vassey were all hillarious in their portrayals. It is sad that this series did not continue, one could only imagine what heights of levity could have been wrought if only this brilliant show was not terminated!
I wished this DVD could have had more extras...I couldn't find the DVD rom link either, but maybe I'm looking in the wrong places...and deleted scenes or TV spots would have been nice!
It would be great if a MOVIE gets produced...I would definitely Watch it!
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Ben Edlund's oft-licensed, off-beat creation was never in finer form than Patrick Warburton's jut-jawed portrayal of The Wild Blue Yonder himself. Matching the goofy heights reached by the excellent cartoon in a measly nine half-hour episodes, there's no telling what Sonnenfeld and company could have done with this series. Unfortunately, it looks like there never will be any telling, as the show was unceremoniously canned before the last episode even aired. Still, there's mirth aplenty in this strangely sparse 2-DVD set; Christopher Lloyd guest stars in an episode, as do Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and John de Lancie (Star Trek: TNG's Q). Warburton's Tick seems right at home alongside David Burke's Arthur, as well as new Edlund creations Batmanuel and Captain Liberty (ably acted by the hilariously oversexed Nestor Carbonell and the ever-serious Liz Vassey, respectively). Commentary tracks with Barry Sonnenfeld (who produced the series and directed the first episode) and Ben Edlund (who wrote the comic book back when it was an underground sensation) are available for nearly every episode, and a few poorly-selected trailers are on the second disc. Buy it for the show, chum.
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By -|- on March 1 2004
Format: DVD
I've been a fan of The Tick since the original comic book series in the late 80's. Writer Ben Edlund was genius on this series, but alas the comic only lasted 13 issues with him as creator. The Tick continued in other series written and drawn by other writers and artists but they never lived up to what Edlund did and interest in the comic faltered. Then the cartoon came along and although it was quite good it basically reduced a smart teen/adult comic to a show for a 10 year old audience, although it did contain enough twisted humour to appeal to the eclectic grown up which is a good thing and came with Edlund's involvement in the show. The live action tv show with Edlund's involvement once again provided a series that was directed at a more mature audience and proved that The Tick character was easily capable of transending any audience. As with previous incarnations however, the show was shot down much too early. This DVD collection is well worth a purchase if you are a fan of the character. The episodes are clever and well written and the characters are great. The only disappointments I can sight are that just as you are getting used to the true genius of the show, it ends. Not even enough episodes were made to consider this a season and that's just too bad. Shame on the studio for cancelling a show that had so much potential, but that seems to be the thorn in The Tick's side no matter what medium he adorns. My only real complaint about this set is that there is an extra that is web linked, meaning that you put the disk in your pc drive and click on a link to a website where you can watch a badly streamed 20 minute interview with actor Patrick Warburton who plays the Tick.Read more ›
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