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Tin Man

Tin ManAll the right ingredients — and more
 
are there in a clever modern take on
  The Wizard Of Oz, creating a fantasy
  adult fairy tale, Tin Man, that now comes
  to DVD with plenty of action as the main
  characters face their past mistakes and
  their fears to save their world...


A TIMID LEONINE CREATURE, a man whose heart has metaphorically turned to stone and a zipper-head without a brain feature in the fantasy adventure television series Tin Man, now released on DVD.

Featuring such characters as a wicked witch, half-sized humanoids, beautiful princesses and an evil sorceress, this adult fairy story was the most watched mini-series in the Sci-Fi Channel's history and has many twists and turns to keep you guessing — and to keep you watching.

Not surprisingly, Tin Man was the recipient of no less than nine Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Director Nick Willing's highly entertaining, imaginative and gripping take on L Frank Baum's timeless classic The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz brings another dimension to the story and turns it into a glorious fantasy adventure loosely based around some of the characters you'd recognise from the book and from Victor Fleming's classic 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz, that starred the magnificent Judy Garland.

Tin Man is now available on DVD, featuring all three parts of the epic series, completely uncut and presented in 16:9 anamorphic widescreen format. It is a stunning and riveting creation that stands apart from The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz.

Tin Man is set in the once-beautiful land of the Outer Zone (the O.Z.) that has been turned into a cold and desolate landscape by the evil sorceress Azkadellia (the superb Kathleen Robertson). Having imprisoned the rightful Queen Lavender Eyes (enchanting Anna Galvin), the cruel Azkadellia has some unpleasant ways of dealing with those who oppose her. But she carries a startling secret.

Meanwhile, in a sleepy Midwestern town, diner waitress DG (Zooey Deschanel) is troubled by recurring nightmares of people and places she has never seen, and she sketches strange images that worry her parents. She also dreams of a beautiful woman with lavender eyes and draws images of a tornado and a town that reminds her father of Milltown, the place where he used to live.

DG's otherwise seemingly untroubled and mundane life is suddenly torn apart when a group of mysterious men try to abduct her, after which her parents tell her enigmatically that the Longcoat stormtroopers are after her "because it's time" and urge her to throw herself into the heart of a passing tornado (as you do!).

DG lands in the bewitched land of her dreams — a land with twin suns — and she begins to have flashbacks of memories of a life far removed from her life back home. DG will soon discover her destiny — she is the 'othersider' who is the only hope of the inhabitants of the former paradise, and she alone can break the spell cast by the wicked Azkadellia.

Unsure of what to do, DG is soon in danger as a prisoner of a band of suspicious half-size humanoid resistance fighters. She manages to escape but loses her locket and gains her first companion — the brain-less zipper-head Glitch (Alan Cumming), who says DG's parents would be on their way to Central City along the Old Brick Road — where DG's father had once told her that all life's answers could be found.

DG and Glitch then rescue former Central City cop (cops are known as 'Tin Men') Wyatt Cain (Neal McDonough) from certain death and in turn they save the nervous, psychic, lion-like man Raw (Raoul Trujillo) from being devoured by other fearsome creatures.

DG sets off with her new-found companions to find Central City and consult with the Mystic Man (Richard Dreyfuss) — and longs to find her parents. But DG and her companions are being tracked by the frightening monkey-bats and Longcoat stormtroopers — led by the heartless Zero (Callum Keith Rennie) — sent by Azkadellia, who now knows that DG is in the Outer Zone and wants her dead.

Tin Man is a fantastic, grown-up, epic fairy tale adventure with plausible heroes and villains; beautiful maidens and strange characters who are not what they appear — a brilliant, unforgettable production. Fantastic creatures include a shape-shifter and, just when you think you've got the measure of the plot, it twists and turns until you can't see who to trust or where to go.

Everything seems to hinge on the eclipse and a lost emerald and every moment is riveting. DG experiences a series of fantastic adventures in a bid to find a brain for Glitch, courage for Raw, a warm heart for Wyatt and a mother's love for herself. The O.Z. is definitely no place like home.

Can DG and her friends escape the clutches of the evil sorceress Azkadellia, find her mother and save the O.Z. before the eclipse? Will she discover the secret of the Emerald? And just who, if anyone, can she really trust?

Boasting an all-star — and very talented — cast, Tin Man is a surreal and gripping adventure guaranteed to delight not only fans of Baum's original book, Victor Fleming's classic 1939 musical adaptation and current West End hit, Wicked, but also anyone who loves fantasy.

The memorable music is by Simon Boswell; Art Director is Paolo Venturi; and the visual effects are from Anthem Visual Effects Inc. Tin Man also features: Blu Mankuma as Tutor; Ted Whittall as Shaman; Ian Wallace as Raynz; Gwynyth Walsh as Emily; Kevin McNulty as Hank; Jason Schombing as Demilo; Doug Abrahams as General Lonot; Shawn MacDonald as Lylo; Ingrid Tesch as Adora; Karin Konoval as the Wicked Witch; Lucia Walters as Adreana; Tinsel Korey as Airofday; Andrew Francis as Jeb; and Baxter as Toto.

Tin Man was released on DVD (19.99) and Blu Ray (24.99) by Brightspark Productions on 15 September, 2008. Special Features include 16:9 anamorphic widescreen presentation; 5.1 Surround Sound; and behind the scenes documentary Beyond The Yellow Brick Road.

"Tin Man is a fantastic, grown-up, epic fairy tale adventure with plausible heroes and villains; beautiful maidens and strange characters who are not what they appear — a brilliant, unforgettable production with an engaging cast" — MotorBar