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Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
7 out of 10
Extras Rating:
7 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Lee Pace as Ned
Anna Friel as Charlotte 'Chuck' Charles
Chi McBride as Emerson Cod
Jim Dale as Narrator
Ellen Greene as Vivian Charles
Swoosie Kurtz as Lily Charles
Kristin Chenoweth as Olive Snook
Field Cate as Young Ned
Sy Richardson as Coroner

Special Features:
Pie Time - Time for Pie: Delicious Interactive Featurette with Flavorful, Fresh-Backed Pie Slices As Your Entree and Cast/Creative Team Members Dishing Forkfuls of Series Secrets.

Other Info:
Widescreen (1.78:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Portuguese Language
Running Time: 379 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the official DVD description:

"Every not-so-often, along comes a show that's different. Wonderfully different. 'Pushing Daisies' is the story of Ned, a lonely pie maker whose touch can reanimate the dead. Cool, but there's a hitch. If Ned touches the person again, the miracle is reversed. If he doesn't, a bystander goes toes up. What to do? Easy: Team with a private eye, bring murder victims back just long enough to discover whodunit, and collect the rewards. Things go well until Ned's boyhood sweetie is the next dear departed, and he can't resist bringing her back for keeps! Dig the wit, style and quirky romance: If you're not laughing, you may need a visit from Ned. "

"Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season" is not rated.

Mini-Review:
Look up "quirk" in the dictionary and you're going to find "Pushing Daisies." It has the odd fairy tale quality of "Edward Scissorhands" or "Lemony Snicket." However, it also has black comedy aspects in that they are resurrecting corpses and solving murder mysteries. If other parts of it feel a little like "Men In Black" it's because Barry Sonnenfeld directed the pilot and is an executive producer on the series.

"Pushing Daisies" looks fantastic. Every episode looks more like a movie than a TV show. From the sets to the cinematography to the score, it's a lot better than most of what you see on TV. The story is so unique that it's amazing the creators were able to get it approved for a show. You don't see concepts so imaginative on TV very often. Ned has the power to touch someone and resurrect them. However, if he touches them again, they revert back to death. It's a great twist on the standard, boring murder mystery drama. But when you throw in the forbidden romance between Ned and 'Chuck' (they couldn't think of a better nickname??), it adds another great layer to the show. There's also a tad of a "Desperate Housewives" feel to it in that this picture perfect happy looking town is full of secrets, deception, and soap opera drama under its surface.

If you're looking for something completely different, "Pushing Daisies" will fit the bill. And since the second season just got rolling, it's not too late to catch up on the story.

There isn't much in the way of bonus features here. There are a batch of brief featurettes that cover the creation of the show, the casting, Barry Sonnenfeld's involvement, the sets, and more. You see your usual cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes footage, and other goodies.

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