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Tin Man – 2-Disc Collector’s Edition (2007/Vivendi/Genius/RHI TV Mini-Series Blu-ray)


Picture: B+     Sound: B+     Extras: B-     Miniseries: B-



Outside of the fact that Zooey Deschanel is absolutely beautiful the made for TV miniseries Tin Man has very few things going for it.  There have been many takes on the Frank Baum classic, but Tin Man decidedly puts a modern, sci-fi spin on the traditional tale.  The problem with the miniseries is the number of liberties the writers took; that in the end are too tangential for this reviewer’s taste.  The film is visually pleasing and has a huge amount of creativity; but as an OZ tale I find the series lacking in substance.  If it wasn’t for the talented cast of actors the miniseries would have been a complete miss.


The tale switches back and forth between OZ (The Outer Zone) and the real world; using Dorothy Gale’s [DG] (Zooey Deschanel) dream sequences to jump between the worlds.  It is eventually revealed that OZ is part of DG’s past and she must go to OZ to confront her past and move forward.  Sadly this filming scheme hardly works and is perplexing more than anything; with the transition from ‘reality’ to OZ being haphazard and awkward.


If anything what worked for TIN MAN is the visual experience, as the creators obviously placed in insane amount of effort into creating the world of OZ.  The landscapes, castles, creatures and darkness are stunning; it is too bad not much else about the series was.


The technical features are a huge upgrade from the DVD release.  The picture is presented in a 1080p MPEG-4 AVC Encoded 1.78 X 1 widescreen that boasts of brilliantly vivid colors while maintaining well balanced and bold blacks.  The detail remains sharp throughout with a crisp, clean image that is admirable.  The audio is a DTS-HD 5.1 track that floods your room with sound from every angle.  The directionality is nice and the ambient noises are constantly increasing the viewing experience.  The dialogue comes through clean and clear without any distortion or issues.  Overall, the both the audio and visual experience can be described as lively.


The extras include a bunch of features I did not care much for, but fans of the miniseries will be pleased to indulge in them.  The extras include Beyond the Yellow Brick Road-Making of Tin Man; On the Set with the Director-Nick Willing; Wizard Tricks-Bloopers and Gags; The Brain, Heart and Courage of the Movie-Director and Cast Interviews; Raw and Uncut with Raoul Trujillo; Making the Mystic Man with Richard Dreyfuss and Director Nick Willing.


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