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Twitch City - The Complete Series


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  • Actors: Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, Don McKellar, Callum Keith Rennie, Molly Parker
  • Directors: Bruce McDonald
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Video Service Corp
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5VACA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Twitch City - The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on two discs
  • Commentary by Don McKellar and special guests
  • Still gallery
  • Cast and crew bios

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Tony-winning writer/director/actor Don McKellar created this quirky non com (neither sit nor dot) that explores our collective addiction to television.

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One of the most subversive sitcoms ever, Twitch City tells the discordant tale of Curtis (Don McKellar, Last Night, who also wrote the series), a stunted slacker who's emotionally incapable of leaving the apartment he shares with his despised roommate Nathan (Daniel MacIvor, The Five Senses). When Nathan is arrested for accidentally murdering a bum, Curtis seizes the opportunity to rent out Nathan's room and woo Nathan's neurotic girlfriend, Hope (the ever-delectable Molly Parker, Deadwood, Kissed)--so long as their romance doesn't interfere with watching lurid talk show The Rex Reilly Show (host Reilly was played by Kid in the Hall Bruce McCullough in Twitch City's first series, then by Kid in the Hall Mark McKinney in the second). The hero of this Canadian series is lazy, narcissistic, untrustworthy, and addicted to television, but that's not what makes Twitch City subversive; it's something far more slippery, something to do with the show's all-around unwholesome flavor--imagine, if you will, Three's Company as directed by David Lynch. Your average sitcom doesn't build entire episodes around mysterious pineapple almond cookies, cats controlling the world, or infestations of Nazis. Needless to say, many viewers will find this show repellent, but if you're the right person, Twitch City will scratch an itch you didn't even know you had. This dvd has all 13 episodes; the extras are minimal--a few commentaries and bios--but the show speaks for itself. Co-starring Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica, Hard Core Logo). --Bret Fetzer

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This is probably one of my favorite shows ever.
M. Rehmer
I liked the characters so much that I am searching out other projects that the cast members of Twitch City have done.
Eric
It worked on my Australian DVD Player no problems.
K. Green

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mark on November 13, 2006
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I have been waiting for the Twitch City DVD since watching the show on Bravo years ago. The show is about a couch potato named Curtis (actor/director Don McKellar ) who spends his days eating fruit loops and watching TV. To support his slacker lifestyle, Curtis rents out his extra room out to a revolving cast of strange characters.

Bruce McCulloch and Mark McKinney from "Kids in the Hall" take turns guest staring as crazy chat show host Rex Reily.

Fans of smart comedy like "Arrested Development" and "The Office" will appreciate this well written comedy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jen on March 17, 2007
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Finally, this great (but short-lived) Canadian series makes it to DVD. This is one of those cult classics that actually DESERVES to be a cult classic. It's a deadpan spoof of pop culture for people who enjoy pop culture (it satirizes without being smug). Writer/director/star Don McKellar and his castmates Molly Parker and Daniel McIvor (among others) are a pleasure to watch. I saw this on tape several years ago from a friend who had taped it off A&E -- now it's great to own the whole thing on DVD even though the picture quality could be better. Not to be missed if you like comedy that manages to be both goofy and smart!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric on December 11, 2006
I was initially drawn to Twitch City by the reviews it had received, as well as the fine comedic talent Canada has produced in the past. This comedy has no laugh track, so the viewer is responsible for deciding what is funny, making it a unique "anti-comedy". The series only has 13 episodes, which probably helped prevent it from "jumping the shark" like many shows have done. I liked the characters so much that I am searching out other projects that the cast members of Twitch City have done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Xtopher Xtopher on June 4, 2007
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I love this show. I am so happy to see the whole series finally came out on dvd, and at a great price. I saw it when it was on Bravo, but not in order. As it turns out, the show, over 2 seasons, was shot more like a film, with a beginning, an end, and characters that evolve over the course of the story. That alone sets it apart from most comedies on TV.

It is about Curtis, an agoraphobic TV addict whose favorite show is Rex Reilly, sort of a Canadian Jerry Springer. His uptight roommate ends up in prison, and Curtis and his roommate's girlfriend rent out the room to a series of very odd tenants in each episode. Oh, and their cat may be a re-incarnated Egyptian Goddess who can communicate telepathically (you have to see the show).

It is surprising how good such a basic premise ended up, but I think it's the characters that you really relate to in all their flaws (very well-portrayed by a talented cast). The series has an odd black comic tone, and is sometimes a bit sweet, and sad.

The series only lasted 13 episodes. I doubt the premise would have held up over more seasons, but there is a story arc through the episodes, with a satisfying conclusion.

My only criticisms about the dvd set are the video quality seems a bit grainier than I recall it being on cable, I'm not sure if it is the transfer or what. Also the commentary, only on a couple episodes, is pretty disappointing and doesn't add much. But these are very minor flaws, for a great show at a great price. Well worth the purchase!

Highly recommended! Buy it, watch it, give it to a friend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By scott ghrist on November 25, 2006
fans of this series have been waiting for years for this release. after several attempted releases, it's finally out in canada and soon in the states. the release includes all 13 episodes of the series with remastered picture and sound, but falls way short in the extras department. disk one has all 6 episodes of the first series and the first episode of the second, with commentary on two episodes by don mckellar. the second disk rounds off the the rest of the episodes with no commentary at all, a photo gallery and some cast and crew bios. the disks are well worth the wait, but it would have been nice to have more in the way of special features. if you can't wait until the u.s. release of twitch city, you can get it through amazon.ca right now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth L. Hyzy on May 12, 2007
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Unlike a lot of people that have purchased this show, I had never seen an episode before buying it. I really bought it because it had Callum Keith Rennie in it and I read over the internet that it was funny. But I loved it, so it's all good. Twitch City is a really quirky, funny show. I'd recommend it if you enjoy watching shows such as Arrested Development or even The Office. It is very different from most American sitcoms, however (more swearing and sex.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Eliassen on December 6, 2007
I am not a fan of most television. I watch mostly documentaries and news programs. Usually I think that sitting in your living room and looking at one on TV is a bizarre passtime but this show is different in that it pokes fun at just that. The story line and characters are addictive. If you are a fan of The Kids in the Hall you really must check this out.
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By T. Yates on November 22, 2007
This is an excellent X gen style comedy. I remember watching it when it first came out in around 2000. I bought the DVD and it's as funny as I remember, if not funnier. I can really relate to the main character Curtis. He's a TV addict and a agrophobic. He survives by renting out parts of his flat to an array of crazy people at over inflated prices. He does horrible things but is somehow very likeable. My favourite quote is about Gilligans Island.

CURTIS: You know that episode of Gilligans Island with the giant spider?

FAITH: Sure it traps them all in the cave.

CURTIS: Exactly! OK, so um as a viewer first of all I am asked to overlook the questionable science and accept that such a creature exists. THEN, I am asked to look beyond the costume, a small man kneeling in a canvas sack, and accept that what I am looking at is in fact a spider. Right? OK. Then finally I am asked to overlook the apatheic performances of the actors and accept that they are indeed so afraid that they are unable to outrun a spider, that moves about as fast as a small man crawling in a canvas sack. Well I say no.

FAITH: No?

CURTIS: Uh uh. I refuse to accept those things right. Cause what I see are seven actors trapped in a TV show that should have been cancelled long ago trapped there by me because I insist on watching despite the poor quality, and so, like in effect I am the spider. Really I am the spider.
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