The Tick Dvd:Entire Series
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
Our family loves the animated series, so I thought why not buy the 'human version', just for kicks. Well, I'd save your money if you are tossing the idea around. Read morePublished on July 14 2009 by A. Mansfield
... I did watch it religiously when it was on TV. Apologies for not having read the comic (I've just recently given up my anti-comic-book mentality and am working my way through... Read morePublished on Dec 17 2004
i always loved the cartoon seris and sice i live in ireland i had to stay up until six o'clock to watch the live action version but it was worth it. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2004
I was a fan of The Tick comic books ( all, what, 13 of them?) and they are amongst my most prized posessions. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Quickbeam
Probably the most hysterically funny TV show ever! Beats Seinfeld! (by a narrow margin). Would've loved to see their take on the comic "Night of a million zillion... Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by Douglas Henry
I don't know why, but the cartoon version was just about the funniest show I had ever seen, but for some reason it didn't transfer well into live-action. Read morePublished on March 3 2004
I have argued to friends that TV is a medium with vaster potential than cinema. TV has an extraordinary advantage: more time, time to develop characters, story lines, long story... Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by Robert Moore