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Pushing Daisies: Complete First Season [Blu-Ray]

4.7 out of 5 stars 1,124 customer reviews

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Ignore the fact that ITV, bizarrely, decided to meddle with its UK transmission of Pushing Daisies by lopping out an entire episode. Instead, consider giving this box set a chance, which brings together every episode--fully in tact!--of one of the most interesting new shows to come out of the States. The concept behind Pushing Daisies is quite simple, but unsurprisingly, it doesn't take long before it gets more complicated. It follows Ned, a young man who discovers he can bring the dead back to life for a short period of time. Inevitably, he starts using his gift on humans, solving crime as he goes along. Yet things get far more troubled when he then brings the love of his life back from beyond the grave. In lesser hands, Pushing Daisies could so easily have gone wrong. But in the mits of Bryan Fuller, the man who previously gave us the terrific Dead Like Me, it really does work. The concept gels exceptionally well--thanks also to a cast led by Lee Pace and Anna Friel--and it's an unpredictable program that you simply can't help but enjoy. On the downside, this maiden series is just nine episodes long, and that's a pity, but a promised second series--off the back of this first run--is a very welcome prospect. --Jon Foster

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Ellen Greene, Swoosie Kurtz
  • Format: Blu-ray, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 383 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D5HH6Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Alternately funny and whimsical, PUSHING DAISIES is a visually distinctive romantic comedy that encompasses a truly winning mix of ingredients. With its modern fairy tale settings and exploding color schemes - along with perfect but unobtrusive narration by Broadway veteran Jim Dale - comparisons to the work of Tim Burton are all but unavoidable. (In a good way.)

As in his previous outing (DEAD LIKE ME), series creator Bryan Fuller explores the great beyond but this time the results are much more impressive. The entire series centers around Ned (an utterly charming Lee Pace), who - at an early age - discovers that he possesses the power to bring the dead back to life with just a touch of his finger. The tradeoff? If he touches that person again, they will remain dead forever. And leaving the dead resurrected for longer than a minute causes someone else in the immediate vicinity to die. Cruel? Perhaps. But the universe demands a cosmic balance - and this is its solution.

Ned - the owner of a fairly successful pie shop known as `The Pie Hole' - uses his unique gift to earn a living in two ways: His astonishing pies, where his special touch invigorates the fruit with incredible flavor; and helping a detective (Chi McBride), who accidentally witnessed Ned's gift first-hand, solve murder cases. How? He revives the victims long enough to find out who killed them and then the two of them split the reward money. This can, and usually does, lead to near dangerous adventures for the two of them. Sounds exciting - but as Ned's co-worker Olive (the adorable Kristin Chenoweth of Broadway's WICKED) points out, it's a detached, emotionally frigid existence.

That is, until Charlotte enters his life again.
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Season One of PUSHING DAISIES has ended. Sadly, the show, which was supposed to run through 22 episodes, has ended at 9. Many shows have been adversely affected by the WGA strike, but except for FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (which not only is going to be cancelled, but did not even get to wrap up its final season, so that it will end with the narrative dangling, an unfitting end to one of the most brilliant shows on TV) none as much for my money as PUSHING DAISIES. This is simply one of the most original, extraordinary shows in the history of television. I awaited the arrival of each of the nine episodes comprising Season One like many await the release of highly anticipated films. That we got only the fraction of a season is heartbreaking.

In case anyone questions whether the season is indeed over, creator and producer Bryan Fuller has stated bluntly that the show will not resume production until next summer, when they will start work on Season Two. And to make it all even more definite, this past week it was announced that Anna Friel, who plays Chuck on the show, will very shortly start filming LAND OF THE LOST with Will Ferrell. You can't shoot new episodes if your female lead is unavailable.

What makes this so heartbreaking is how incredibly fresh and original this show was from the very first episode. I was enthralled from the very first seconds. As the camera moves up from underneath the earth, through the roots of the plants and grass just under the surface, and then up to reveal a vividly yellow field of flowers through which young Ned is running, I was completely entranced.
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I wasn't sure if Pushing Daises was going to make it to a second season. Not because it isn't good, but because I didn't know if the average viewer would be interested in such off-the-wall stories and characters. It seems that enough of us stuck with it to bring the show back for a new season this fall. Good job folks.

The main draw for me were the interesting plots of each episode, the wacky characters, and most of all, the incredibly vibrant visuals. You just have to watch this show broadcast in HD or on Blu-ray DVD. It is really a feast for the eyes.

The production design, colors and amusing narration reminded me a lot of the movie Lemony Snicket with Jim Carrey, but being that this is a TV show with a much smaller budget, it is amazing in terms of technical achievement. I'm just glad that reality shows are getting replaced by real entertainment. Thanks to shows like this one and others, TV is worth watching again.
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For the two weeks that I was watching this show from the first season to the second and last, I walked around in the greatest mood with a giant stupid smile on my face. It is light, romantic, incredible sweet, witty, funny, intelligent. It does not trivialize matters and it does deal with some pretty deep things, but it's a lesson in taking hard things in life lightly and still seeing the world with all its vivid colors and smiling about it. Lovely show. I wish there were even more of it.
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Now that the format wars are over and Blu Ray has won out over HD TV, I have taken the high def plunge. And the first thing that I have purchased in Blu Ray is PUSHING DAISIES. It won't be out until September, but for symbolic reasons I made this my first purchase in the format. The series is so visually stunning that it is perfect for high def presentation.

Season One of PUSHING DAISIES ended prematurely. Sadly, the show, which was supposed to run through 22 episodes, has ended at 9. Many shows have been adversely affected by the WGA strike, but except for FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (which not only is going to be cancelled, but did not even get to wrap up its final season, so that it will end with the narrative dangling, an unfitting end to one of the most brilliant shows on TV) none as much for my money as PUSHING DAISIES. This is simply one of the most original, extraordinary shows in the history of television. I awaited the arrival of each of the nine episodes comprising Season One like many await the release of highly anticipated films. That we got only the fraction of a season is heartbreaking.

In case anyone questions whether the season is indeed over, creator and producer Bryan Fuller has stated bluntly that the show will not resume production until next summer, when they will start work on Season Two. And to make it all even more definite, this past week it was announced that Anna Friel, who plays Chuck on the show, will very shortly start filming LAND OF THE LOST with Will Ferrell. You can't shoot new episodes if your female lead is unavailable.

What makes this so heartbreaking is how incredibly fresh and original this show was from the very first episode. I was enthralled from the very first seconds.
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I AM TRULY GONNA MISS THIS ONE OF A KIND GEM OF A SERIES!!!
Network television is going to lose me as a viewer all together. I understand that television programming is a business therefore art (creative and inspired writing and performing) has no real value in television unless it makes money.

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Mar 11, 2009 by M. Mumford |  See all 4 posts
9 episodes for $30?
This Is Good! DIRT SEXY MONEY has a list price of $40 and AMAZON price of $28. IT ONLY HAD 10 EPISODES!!!
Jun 24, 2008 by JoshD |  See all 11 posts
Help save Pushing Daisies!!
http://www.tv.com/best-of-2008/genre/index.html?page=2 This is a poll TV Guide is doing for the best of 2008 and PD is behind The Office in second place! It killed me to vote against 30 Rock, but I think that show is safe. Vote away!
Nov 16, 2008 by Anne Masterson |  See all 8 posts
Watch Season Two!
Nuriko is right! This is the best show on Tv right now. The acting, writing, narration and set design are all first rate! You can catch up on season two on ABC.com. Don't miss a great thing!!!!
Oct 31, 2008 by Anne Masterson |  See all 2 posts
Amazon's Product Details are incorrect. No Spanish subtitles.
Yep! I don't know what the Studio did!
The DVD version already includes Spanish subtitles. I had the same problem!
Sep 29, 2008 by Roberto Gomez |  See all 2 posts
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