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In the title role, Warburton (with highly expressive antennae) hits all the right notes of dimwitted innocence and brute-force gallantry, aided immeasurably by his moth-costumed sidekick Arthur (David Burke), wannabe lothario Batmanuel (Nestor Carbonell), and buxom beauty Captain Liberty (Liz Vassey). Attentive to the more mundane aspects of superheroism, The Tick offers outrageous villains (like the nefarious "Destroyo") and eccentric allies (like Ron Perlman's hilarious "Fiery Blaze") while showing that even crimefighters have everyday problems and desires. Brilliantly conceived and executed, The Tick can now be enjoyed by an audience it never had a proper chance to cultivate. --Jeff Shannon
- 9 episodes on two discs
- ROM link to additional added value with executive producer Barry Josephson and a special surprise guest
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First, when you start an episode with a commentary track (from the menu) a prompt comes up for whether or not you want to listen to the commentary.
Second, the ROM-Link that Cobalt said didn't exist DOES exist. There's a program that opens a browser to a web-site with an interview between Barry Josephson and Patrick Warburton. I wish the interview had been on the DVD -- there was plenty of room. I also wish that every episode had had a commentary track, but about 4 or 5 out of 9 episodes isn't too bad.
I don't know where Cobalt got his pirate DVDs, but when you BUY the product, you get what's advertised. More bonus materials would have been great, but that's almost always the case.
Buy this DVD. Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld have both stated that if sales are sufficient they'll try to get a Tick movie made, and with the success of the MIB films and several other projects, Barry Sonnenfeld is enough of a Hollywood power-house to keep his word.
THE TICK is one of these unfortunate shows that made the mistake of trying to do something original and different, and to do this with tremendous wit and intelligence. I have to be honest: THE TICK never became a great show, but it is obvious that it had the potential for greatness. Shows always take some time to find their feet. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER didn't become truly great until the second season, and most series follow this pattern. They get better as they go along, and unfortunately THE TICK didn't get to fulfill its potential.
The genius behind THE TICK is Ben Edlund, who followed the cancellation of THE TICK with some utterly brilliant scripts for FIREFLY and ANGEL. Edlund breaks many standard conventions with THE TICK. For one thing, we never really learn all that much about The Tick. Most super hero shows deal at length with back story, but despite having appeared in comics, in an animated series, and a live action series, we know little more about The Tick at end than we did at the beginning.Read more ›
Mild-mannered accountant Arthur (David Burke) quits his job in order to don a spandex moth suit and fight crime. When he's attacked by inept Communist agents, he's suddenly rescued by... the Tick (Patrick Warburton), a dimwitted innocent who lives in a world of his own. Reluctantly recruited by the Tick as a sidekick, Arthur accompanies his bizarre, superhuman friend through a strange array of crime-fighting scenarios
With the wannabe Latin lover Batmanuel (Nestor Carbonell) and patriotic amazon Captain Liberty (Liz Vassey), the Tick attacks the eccentric evil of the world: fire-spewing Apocalypse Cow, 112-year-old supervillain The Terror, formerly pudgy ballerina Destroyo, Arthur's relatives, and robots who are trying to kill Jimmy Carter. In the meantime, Our Heroes have to deal with dogs, mixed dating (superhero/ordinary person), porn shoots, Captain Liberty accidently killing the poorly-named celebrity-superhero Immortal (in the sack, no less!), the snobby League of Heroes, and the Tick's search for his true identity.
It doesn't get much goofier than "Tick," which spoofs the sort of comic book heroes like Superman and Batman. The villains are over-the-top (check out Destroyo's tanklike exoskeleton), the heroes are more often insane than not, and sidekicks form little clubs to complain about how their heroes treat them.Read more ›
Although the budget was too low to do great superhero action sequences, the writing was sharp and the actors seemed to enjoy playing these exaggerated dumb (Tick), meek (Arthur), bitter (Captain Liberty) and vain/cowardly (Batmanuel) characters. We all knew the show would be short-lived since it was filmed years before it actually aired in 2001 against "Friends" (guaranteed death slot). It's a shame, but at least it's now on DVD so the laughter can continue at home. Plus, there's the added bonus of getting to see the final un-aired episode with Armin Shimerman as The Terror.
Enjoy this DVD, read the comic books and then find a petition to get the animated series on DVD as well. IMO, you can never have too much Tick!
Oh, and Read a book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great show, but the episodes seem to be numbered out of order-- at lease compared to [...]
1. Pilot Season 1 · Nov 8, 2001
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So spot on to the original cartoon it is uncanny. Very funny show.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Slow moving comedy, with a subdued plot. It does not leave you wanting more.Published 3 days ago by Vincent T Prator
I used to love this show (animated and live action), the pilot was fun! Give me more!!!Published 3 days ago by franklin357
The season of The Tick was a lot different than the Pilot. The actors were goofballs, the cinematography was cheap, and the storyline wandered aimlessly. I mean really.... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mark
Love this show, the humor is awesome. Too bad it was cancelled after only 9 episodes. Warburton at his best.Published 3 months ago by R. Daniels