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Feature 8.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 6.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: Warner Bros
Classification: M15+
Running Time: 598
Reviewer:
Kyle Sudukis

8.0


Pushing up Daisies: The Complete Second Season

This quirky comedy really pushes the boundaries of what can be produced by Hollywood if studios take a risk and this series, Pushing up Daisies is the result. Unfortunately due to writers strikes in the US and a poorer than expected rating season, season two would be the last of this excellent series.

The story revolves Ned (Lee Pace) and his colourful assortment of friends that makes this such a compelling and witty series. Ned for some strange reason has the ability to bring people back from the dead, however if he lets them live for longer than 60-seconds, than someone else will die in their place. Now that we’ve established that, if Ned touches the recently resurrected person again, they will die. Needless to say, it’s a great premise for a comedy series.

To throw another spanner in the works, Ned, the owner of the Pie Hole, a small diner is also the mate of Emerson Cd (Chi McBride), a detective who uses his friends unusual fees to solve his crimes. The romance of the series involves Charlotte “Chuck” Charles (Anna Friel), recently deceased but thanks to Ned, is alive and healthy again… unless Ned touches her. With one touch, this romance will end but lucky or unlucky for Ned, he also has another person who loves him, his waitress Olive (Kristin Chenowth).

Season two is almost as enjoyable as the original and there are a few bumpy episodes, perhaps due to the writer’s strike but for the majority, I was smiling like a Cheshire cat. In season two, Ned finally tells Charlotte that he inadvertently killed her father when they were small and Emerson is searching for his long lost daughter. The storylines are pleasant and the comedy quite quirky but it’s unusual premise about Ned’s powers assist in making the series an almost surreal and at times extensional experience.

Although not slapstick, it’s the conversations and scenarios that will put a smile on your face in this unique comedy series that unfortunately failed the acknowledgement it deserved. Definitely worth watching and hopefully if more people see it, we'll see more from the writers of this great series.

The video quality looks visually stunning on Blu-ray with larger than life colours and sets that come to life like something from a children’s storybook. With deep levels of black and realistic skin tones, this is almost as good as a TV series can look, especially on Blu-ray.  Add in Dolby Digital 5.1 and although the disc does not blow you out of the water, it does sound crisp and clear through our surround sound setup. In terms of extras, there’s some interesting featurettes such as interviews, set designs and clips to give fans of this series an extra incentive to purchase.

In conclusion, Pushing up Daisies: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray) feels like a sitcom out of the 50’s but with a true 21st century twist, especially thanks to its witty dialogue. Even though this is probably the last we’ll see of this series, it’s definitely worth investigating if you like intelligent and witty comedy and on Blu-ray… it looks and sounds amazing. Recommended!






 
 



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