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Tin Man (DVD)
Member Name: ryanando
Tin Man (DVD)
Advantages: The wonderful things it does. It's great
I feel this week has been rather productive. Not only have I finally fixed the wing mirror on my car, I have ordered the indicator so I am no longer turning left constantly! It has arrived and I am awaiting Friday so I have time and daylight hours to fit it. To add to this I have booked myself an all inclusive 2 week holiday to Sri Lanka in September AND found out that I can swim in the evenings at my local pool (which I started tonight!!! I'M SO FIT...excuse me while I polish off these celebrations)
Amongst this productive week I also decided to splash out on a DVD I've been wanting for a hella long time (yes, it's a word, I'm just not sure what it means) For the lovely price of £10 I bought myself "Tin Man" and preyed that it wouldn't land through the neighbours letter box. My experience of them so far is the old guy watching while I try and break my door down since I lost my keys and locked the spare set inside and him and his wife ruining sexy moments with the boyfriend by hocking what is presumably a glut ball the size of New York up morning noon and night in their bathroom that backs onto my bedroom. Do you think it would be rude to suggest a trip to the doctor to them?
To my delight, it came through my letter box. "Tin man" is a 3 part series that aired on SCI FI a couple of years ago. It is essentially a rather dark update on the goings on in our dearest OZ (as in "The Wizard of OZ").
OZ (or "The Outer Zone" or "the Oh Zee" as they now call it) has fallen into ruin. It has had a thorough dressing down from a fairy tale land into a creepy as hell nightmare world, full of crazy creatures and ruled by the evil gothic sex symbol sorceress Azkadellia with the help of her special forces the Long Coats and her flying tit monkeys. Well that's what I call them. She has some funky tattoos on her chest and when she gets real pissed, they turn into the flying monkeys. See. Tit monkeys.
---People who are, like, in it and stuff---
The cast are a bit touch and go with me. Imagine my horror when, after hating "The Happening" and its awful acting, I picked up the next DVD and there staring back at me is the wide eyed, constantly shocked, blow up doll-esq Zooey Deschanel staring back at me from the cover.
Zed Dee plays the character Dee Gee (oh how I love phonetics), the modern day Dorothy Gale, thrown into a hurricane by her parents when a bunch of Long Coats show up in our world looking for her. Apparently it's the only way to travel between the worlds.
Alan Cumming (also in x-men 2) plays Glitch the equivelant of the scarecrow. He is what they call a Zipper Head. Someone who has had their brain removed as punishment for heinous crimes and has a zipper right down the middle of his head. Cumming is amazing in this role if only for the fact he looks a tad like a wisend old drag queen and says "honey" quite a lot.
Neal McDonough (currently playing Dave in desperate housewives) is Cain, the "Tin Man" which is OZ slang for the police. He makes a fantastic entrance from a steel sarcophagus and in true Tin Man style is a heartless bastard hell bent on revenge. At least for a while.
Richard Dreyfuss is the Mystic Man, occasionally referred to as the Wizard. He has been in a grand total of nothing I have ever seen, but rather interestingly played a part in a 1987 film called Tin Men. Random. I have no feelings for him one way or another.
---Oh Em Gee Shiny goodness---
The box is a rather fabulous one, coming in a very shiny sleeve that will throw rainbow colours all over the place when you tilt it into the light. I have spent half an hour doing it so far. The description on the back is a tad too long and inaccurate for my liking (stating that DG jumps off a cliff into the storm when in fact she is pushed off the roof of her house and only jumps off a cliff later when she is being chased by some blood hungry demonic monsters)
Each part is about One and half hours long, so it may be wise to set some time aside to watch them if you want to get through all three.
---Yeah, like, Part one---
==Into the Storm==
So finally I get to talking about the episodes themselves.
Part one sees D.G. longing for another life. She is currently a waitress in a little café on a highway in the middle of nowhere. Her parents have spent her whole life telling her wonderful stories of where they grew up and plenty of fairy tales to go with it.
In the meantime, in the O.Z. Azkedellia is frantically searching for something that will rule the world (more so than she pretty much already does). Unfortunately, she sees a prophecy that a light from "the other side" will stop her. This light is DG. Swiftly she orders her minions (the long coats not the tit monkeys) to call up a storm and travel to the other side to extinguish her.
What follows is a frantic journey of discovery as DG tries to find her mother in the O.Z. helped along the way with some amazingly dark creations who are stopped in their tracks in a nice little cliff hanger that is strangely reminiscent of the haunted woods scene from the original film.
There are a lot of similarities between part 1 and the original film. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I think it might put a few people off. Personally I loved it for the much more modern take on the characters and surroundings and the strange little additions they made such as Raw (the cowardly lion character) being an empath. Thumbs up.
---like, the next part---
==Search for the Emerald==
Part 2 is apparently too much for my pile of crap computer to handle. If yours is similar I find waiting a day and trying again will get it to play.
So, part two begins and DG is mysteriously back in Kansas. The mystery is upheld for about a minute and we are shot right back into OZ. Azkadellia has DG and her Mother trapped. Azkadellias lips have taken my focus by this point. She has a talent. Her lips continue moving even when she isn't speaking. It's almost like watching a Japanese movie that's been dubbed. How odd.
On the plus side it would seem that the plot is so brilliantly conceived that I quickly looked past this. More references to the original Wizard Of Oz stories are made in this part and it soon becomes apparent that this series is set long after the original story. Some references to the original are worked into the plot so well it made me giggle when I realised what was happening.
This part deals a lot more with DG's childhood and her forgotten relationship with her sister. Throughout this part you start to see another side to the devilishly sexy Azkadellia as we delve into her childhood, taking some incredibly dark and satisfying twists. Toto even appears as a shape shifting mutt-man!
All the characters are built on tremendously in this part, making the whole story a lot more rounded and enveloping and helping me ignore the twitchy part of me that wanted to shout about Deschanel's wide eyed acting skills.
Part two takes a giant leap ahead of the first by showing that as much as you are in O.Z. you are watching a brand new story line unfold around you. By the end of part two I had to ask my flatmate to get a spatula to peel my eyes off of the screen.
---OMG like the end, you know?---
Part three begins where the second left off - with Azkadellia sending out her evil tit monkeys to find DG and her little friends too. DG well and truly uncovers her past and the witch from ancient times rears her ugly head in a rather slow, but still quite brilliant finale. I want to tell you more but, seriously, I'd ruin the fun. That and I'm lazy.
A brilliant ending to the series though I did think that they could have drawn out the end scene for a little longer than they did to get some more of the reactions from the characters. They might have thought of a better name for the episode than "conclusion" too. Overall though, I am quite happy with the episode and the series as a whole. Some truly terrifying moments, remarkable characters and marvellous performances all round. Even Deschanel wasn't entirely awful.
---Give me more or I'll, like, hit ya---
After watching the series, you may wish to indulge in the extras. Personally, I'm a little disappointed with the utter lack of extras. They give you two. I suppose that will have to do.
I'm sure we all know what a trailer is? And no, I don't mean the kind that house Jerry Springers' favourite source of income. A rather fabulous theatrical trailer awaits you here. It made me want to watch the show again. If you need to convince someone to watch it, this will come in handy. If not then...well screw you.
---Making of Tin Man---
The making of is split into a few parts but runs as one big extra giving you 24 minutes of looking round on sets, talking with the cast and crew. .
==Beyond the yellow brick road==
This part focuses mainly on the sets, which don't look to fabulous considering most of it was green screened, but you do get to listen to some nice people talk to you about how great the wizard of oz is.
==The characters of Tin Man==
It would seem that wide eyed blow up doll look on Deschanel is what she normally wears! I quite enjoyed this extra mainly for hearing Cummings and his broad Scottish accent after watching him be an American airhead for about 4 hours. I also realised that I know the woman who played Azkadellia! Kathleen Robertson! Now all I need to do is figure out where I know her from!
This part of the making of explores each individual character, giving you a bit more to bite in to and allowing you to see that Raw is actually a quite ooft-worthy male under all the make-up. Unless its Deschanel they are talking about in which case, just skip it.
==The Magic of Tin Man==
This section focuses more on the visual effects used in the film. Which is quite a lot really. More so than I originally thought, in fact. There are sequences throughout the series that are quite obviously CG but it is beautiful, so you don't care. Then there are parts that look so fabulously real you won't even realise it's not. Yay for them!
==The look of Tin Man==
More on the sets, props and costumes, and a tad more cast insight. Fabtastic.
==The Message of Tin Man==
Oh dear, I have paused the DVD in fear that they are about to ruin my fun by telling me God loves me or some such bum. Lets push play and see what they say....
Home is where the heart is and there ain't no place like it aunt em! Well that's better than The G man wanting my arse!
---Ok, I spose. *shrug*---
And so the end is near. Well, its more than near. It IS the end. The extras were far too short for my likes. I wanted MORE! As for the mini series itself I have nothing but praise (not including Deschanel). Apparently it was the most watched Mini-series in the history of the sci fi channel and was nominated for 9 Emmis (I, like the advertisers, will ignore the fact that it only actually won the award for outstanding makeup for a mini-series or movie (non-prosthetic) as it makes it sound a bit crap). I will be forcing this upon my flatmate, boyfriend, mother, brother, father and Fiona, the crazy one from work. Get your butt out there and buy it!
Summary: Return to Oz but twenty bajillion times better.