Tin Man

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In this Emmy-nominated adventure, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" takes a twist with DG (Zooey Deschanel) finding herself in the Outer Zone when the ruthless Azkadellia sends her soldiers to get her. She befriends Glitch, the Tin Man and Raw. As she journeys through this magical land, she discovers secrets about her own family and identity. Series also stars Alan Cumming and Richard Dreyfuss.
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Zooey DeschanelNeal McDonoughKathleen Robertson
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Episode 1
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    June 25 2015
    1 h 31 min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    In this Emmy-nominated adventure, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" takes a twist with DG (Zooey Deschanel) finding herself in the Outer Zone when the ruthless Azkadellia sends her soldiers to get her. She befriends Glitch, the Tin Man and Raw. As she journeys through this magical land, she discovers secrets about her own family and identity. Series also stars Alan Cumming and Richard Dreyfuss.
  2. 2. Episode 2
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    June 25 2015
    1 h 27 min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    In this Emmy-nominated adventure, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" takes a twist with DG (Zooey Deschanel) finding herself in the Outer Zone when the ruthless Azkadellia sends her soldiers to get her. She befriends Glitch, the Tin Man and Raw. As she journeys through this magical land, she discovers secrets about her own family and identity. Series also stars Alan Cumming and Richard Dreyfuss.
  3. 3. Episode 3
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    June 25 2015
    1 h 28 min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In this Emmy-nominated adventure, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" takes a twist with DG (Zooey Deschanel) finding herself in the Outer Zone when the ruthless Azkadellia sends her soldiers to get her. She befriends Glitch, the Tin Man and Raw. As she journeys through this magical land, she discovers secrets about her own family and identity. Series also stars Alan Cumming and Richard Dreyfuss.

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Directors
Nick Willing
Supporting actors
Alan Cumming
Producers
Matthew O'ConnorMichael O'Connor
Season year
2015
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FilmRise
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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jasvanekReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good retelling and reimagining of a classic book
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Is it a classic like the 1938 film? No, it has some issues. But it is well worth the purchase of the DVD set. The effects are only so-so considering the level they are at in 2007. More SyFy channel than major motion picture quality, but I don't think that detracts a great deal from the story. They aren't horrible, just could have been better.

But the story itself is very good. It may be a bit contrived to make some of the plot elements work but I'm fine with that. The characters reimagined is what I like. DG (Dorothy) is not a clueless teenager who flounders around in the story seemingly overwhelmed. The tin man used to be lawman (Tin badge, get it?), the lion is actually another species with telepathic powers and the scarecrow was a brilliant adviser to the queen but had half of his brain removed by the evil ruler. Much more believable to me than a group of anthropomorphized beings.

Like I said, I can't see this one becoming an icon of cinematography to last for decades. It drew me into the story enough that I watched all 4 1/2 hours in one sitting just because I couldn't leave it hanging at the end of each episode. And it was worth it to lose a little sleep to see it. I doubt I'll marathon watch it again, but I certainly will watch it again. I have no problem recommending this mini-series to my friends who like the sci-fi/fantasy genre.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Warning: NO SUBTITLES; Entertaining Derivation from Original
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To reiterate, the verbal part of the soundtrack contains no subtitles and is difficult to manage for the hearing impaired. One hears enough to enjoy it but not enough to follow many parts in detail.
One need fear little or no interference with gratification from the potential memory clash with the classic musical based on the same original. There is no singing to Arlen and Harburg tunes, and no attempt to duplicate the unique qualities of Bert Lahr, Ray Bolger and Jack Haley, much less, Margaret Hamilton (the wicked witch) or Billie Burke (The Good Witch).
Standing on its own, this is an entertaining version of the Frank Baum original, with a less distinguished cast than assayed the parts in the late thirties, but with a different set of expectations (straight acting) than pertained in the earlier work. The cast does a good job in a situation where overacting is invited by the situations played. No doubt to subdue the almost inevitable (with the older audience) temptation to recall the earlier musical score, this one has a strong musical background, often emphasized in scenes.
Unless divided into its component three parts by the listener, there is a tendency toward tedium. More than 90 minutes at a time is a bit overlong. Stick to the episode lengths and I think you will find it more enjoyable.
There is an adequate display of visual phenomena but not up to the level, BIG pictures today accomplish with the computer based imagery. All in all, I think this will prove good family watching in most homes.
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Xan VegaReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
It Just Goes On and On...
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I wanted so much to like this miniseries. I glimpsed it on SciFi once and it looked like a good time, but minus a few good ideas--a Tin Man being a police officer, the Scarecrow literally being a man without a brain--it is just slow and plodding. The effects and sets are good, and it's obvious the creators meant well. Alan Cumming and Neal McDonough try their damnedest to salvage it but Zooey Deschanel spends the whole thing staring confusedly around and speaking in a vague monotone. If she had one believable expression in the whole thing, it might just be endearing, but as it is, she's Alice wandering vapidly around Wonderland with none of the original's charm. The plot approaches interesting a few times as it meanders along, only to take a hard left into cliche and predictable. It's just a waste of talent. I can't recommend it at all unless you really love the original story...and even then, you'll be disappointed.
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WryGuy2Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars
Well Worth Watching
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"Tin Man", a 3 part mini-series that aired on the Sci-Fi channel in 2007, is a re-imagining of the Wizard of Oz. But unlike the classic 1939 movie, which despite its overtones of evil, was basically a bright and cheerful place, "Tin Man" is much darker and apocalyptic (and in a sense, truer to the novel by L. Frank Baum.)

The story follows D.G., a young woman in Kansas who lives at home on a farm, working as a waitress in a local diner, and yearning for a more exciting life, one where she better fits in. Without giving anything away, she is transported to the O.Z. (the Outer Zone) and meets up with updated versions of the tin man, cowardly lion, and scarecrow, who help her on her quests. However, while giving the occasional nod to the 1939 film, the story and characters in "Tin Man" are basically brand new, and are entertaining and imaginative.

For a miniseries, the special effects are quite good and very realistic. The actors are, by and large, talented and fit well into their characters, especially Alan Cumming as Glitch (the scarecrow), and Neal McDonough as the Tin Man. I had some problems with Zooey Deschanel's portrayal of DG, though. While Ms Deschanel is extremely talented, I felt that the scope of her character's emotions was too limited and too bland, when greater passion and amazement would have been more appropriate.

While I enjoyed the story as a whole, I also thought some of the dialog was a bit too stilted and/or trite at times, and that there were several holes in the plot that could have been better explained. Again, without trying to give anything away, the evil witch has her purpose, but it's never really clear why she wants to do it, especially as the likely impact would be the end of the world. The first two episodes were better in this regard, while the third (and final episode) felt a bit rushed. I also would have liked a slightly longer and more conclusive ending after DG and company defeat the witch.

Taken as a whole, though, this is a good miniseries. It runs to about 4 ½ hours of actual viewing time, and is well worth watching. I liked how they turned the story of the Wizard of Oz inside out, along with the superior productions values, and how well the actors fit their roles.
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wiredweirdReviewed in the United States on April 15, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great fantasy entertainment
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I suspect this came from the same team that created the [[ASIN:B0031DDG9A Alice]] mini-series. It has all the same characteristics I liked so much in that one. It honors the original without trying to redefine the characters, or wedge new story into the old plots, or capitalize on the name to suck viewers into an unrelated plot. Instead, it follows a parallel path, brushing closely at times, adamantly its own creature while maintaining respect for the beloved stories and movie that begot it.

Taken by itself, it's a more-than-passable modern kind of fantasy - gritty, noir at times, boiling with unresolved tensions and unexplored strengths that give plenty of room for each character to expand. Visuals are strong, even if they tend to rely on icons more than new imagery, but that's a fair way to get time-bounded story telling up and running. And, there's plenty here to echo today's headlines: harsh interrogation, deep-cover agents, S/M overtones in the Evil Sorceress and her corsetry. But, when you line it up against the [[ASIN:B00CNW9ZI6 classic rendering]], that's where it really stands out. Old and new at the same time - riffing on the old as a jazz guitarist might, but respecting it.

-- wiredweird
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Kayla RigneyReviewed in the United States on February 27, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Print of the Awesome Miniseries!
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I love Tin Man. I watch it over and over -- and it never disappoints. It's my favorite retelling of the Wizard of Oz story. This Blu-ray 2 Disc Set has the complete set of extra interviews with the cast as well as a mini-doc about the making of The Mystic Man's cabaret act. (I particularly enjoyed the interview with Raoul Trujillo who played Raw, the visionary who sees with his heart.)

For fans of the 1939 film Wizard of Oz, there are "easter eggs" imbedded throughout Tin Man -- some obvious and some very subtle. Just spell Ahamo backwards. I dare you. Grin. Sure, Tin Man has flying monkeys -- but they're really scary and fly out of tattoos that adorn the evil witch Azkadellia's cleavage. We're talking scary *cool.* The scarecrow character, Glitch, is brought to life by Alan Cumming -- whose head sports a snazzy zipper. The cowardly lion, is the aforementioned Raw,a gentle seer. Toto is there, too, but he's played by the incomparable Blu Mankuma, familiar to sci-fi fans from the New Outer Limits. But Tin Man is truly carried by Zooey Deschanel as DG and Neal McDonough as Wyatt Cain the Tin Man of the title. DG is a strong female lead that I'd feel comfortable being a role model; and the Tin Man himself is a Good Man.

This OZ -- the outer zone -- is peopled with munchkins, robot nurture units, and a Kind Queen, held prisoner by her daughter. And because it was filmed in beautiful British Columbia, the world of the O Z is truly lovely. Combine the old and new, and you have this lovely fantasy for the ages. All this and Blu, too!

I cannot give this edition of Tin Man enough stars. It's delightful. It's haunting. And it's one of my favorite miniseries ever. Get Tin Man and know the wonder of the O Z. In its own way Tin Man is a classic -- every bit as much as 1939's Wizard of Oz. Enjoy!
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SwissangelReviewed in the United States on January 10, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
follow the yellow brick road again
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Sadly, the german DVD is edited down to just 86 minutes so I ordered this Blu-Ray and hey... its a very interesting Version and return to Oz.

Not only Neal McDonough ("Desperate Housewives"), Zooey Deschanel, Kathleen Robertson (Claire in "Beverly Hills 90210") and Alan Cumming and Richard Dreyfuss are interesting actors, also Ted Whittall ("Smallville" as Rick Flag)as Ahamo (return spelled Omaha), Dan Payne (also once guest in "Smallville") who play the longcoat leader , Craig Veroni ("Stargate Atlantis" in Season 1) have a nice appearances.

Those longcoats troups remember me somehow to Gestappo in the WW2. Hm.. for some fetish fans could be any scenes interesting (Leather/Rubber Uniforms/Clothes).

Very nice are the trivias / references to the original 1939 THE WIZARD OF OZ Movie:

The Housenumber where D.G. (for Dorothy Gale) is living has the number 39. It can been seen in a scene before the storm is beginning. Its a reference to the year of 1939.

During the dream sequence, DG is asked if she's been having dreams again, and she says, "Yeah, in Technicolor." "TEchnicolor" was the camera process who gave the 1939 movie the wonderful color.

The officer who's giving D.G. on the beginning of the movie a ticket for her driving has the name Gulch. A reference to Miss Gulch.

Near on the beginning of part 2, DG calls her father "Popsicle". In the "Wicked" stage version its also mentioned but by Glinda the Good Witch.

My mind: the Mini-Serie is very nice and interesting. The special effects are sometime not quite perfect and looks cheap (any creatures!). Others looks very good.

The picture quality is good. The soundtrack is english and contains english subtitles (which I need sometime as help).

Also very nice - the bonus-features have a lenght of approx. 155 minutes and are interesting (Interviews, behind-the-scenes documentaries).

FAZIT: Of course, its quite different from the 1939 movie which was very magic and beautiful. No other new movie/remake will get his "magic". Don't try to compare it. Zooey Deschanel is not Judy Garland, Neal McDonough is not THE Tin Man like Ray Bolger it was. Also Richard Dreyfuss is not Frank Morgan was as the Wizard etc.

This version has his own charme.
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J. HillReviewed in the United States on October 21, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good story, horrible acting
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Were it not from the horrible acting of Zooey Deschanel, I would’ve given this at least four stars. I’ve seen kids in school plays who could do better acting than her. Thankfully, the other actors were good enough to save this from total disaster. Alan Cumming and Neal McDonough come to mind. Watch if you have a free weekend and are bored.
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