Monday, 10 June 2013

Blu-Ray Review - Tin Man: The Complete Mini-Series Event

Tin Man: Complete Mini-Series Event
Starring: Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough, Raoul Trujillo
Co-Starring: Kathleen Robertson, Richard Dreyfuss, Callum Keith Rennie, Blu Mankuma
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: May 14, 2013
Run Time: 4 hours 28 minutes
Rating: TV-14


Oz the Great and Powerful is being released on Blu-Ray and DVD this week, but the film isn't the only recent Oz incarnation. Back in 2007, the Sci Fi Channel (now known as SyFy) aired a three-part mini-series Tin Man, based on L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but with a science fiction twist. Mill Creek Entertainment released Tin Man on Blu-Ray and DVD last month, which they kindly sent me a free copy in exchange for my honest review.

Zooey Deschanel plays DG, a small town waitress who life is completely changed when a storm sends her to O.Z. (Outer Zone). She quickly befriends Glitch (played by Alan Cumming), a former "Tin Man" law enforcer named Wyatt Cain (played by Neal McDonough), and Raw (played by Raoul Trujillo). O.Z. is now ruled by Azkadellia, who had overthrown her own mother, the Queen, and Azkadellia happens to be DG's sister.

DG learns about her true heritage. It seems that the original Dorothy Gale is actually her "greatest-great-grandmother." She soon realizes that all the evil in O.Z. was created by a mistake she made as a child. Along with her new friends, she plans on stopping the evil Azkadellia and restoring O.Z. to its original glory.

Special features on this release are:
  • Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
  • The Making of Tin Man 
  • On Set With the Director - Nick Willing
  • Wizard Tricks - Hilarious Gag Reel
  • Interviews with the cast & crew
  • Tim Man Original Trailer
  • Raw & Uncut With Raoul Trujillo
  • Making the Mystic Man With Richard Dreyfuss and Director Nick Willing
I remember watching Tin Man when it originally aired in 2007, which is more of a steampunk version (and somewhat of a sequel) of the original classic. I'm not the biggest fan of Zoey Deschanel, but she does a desent job as DG throughout the miniseries. The entire supporting cast does wonders compared to the horrible Witches of Oz mini-series. There are many twists and turns throughout Tin Man, but it does fall into the typical Sci Fi Channel's (SyFy) clich├ęd touches, especially for the final the act. The mini-series does look great on Blu-Ray and it does contain many extras. Die-hard Oz fans may not like the new tech version of the beloved classic, but I'm sure others will enjoy watching it. Overall, Tin Man is well acted and an intriguing mini-series.

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