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Pushing Daisies: Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] [2009] [US Import]

Lee Pace , Anna Friel , Adam Kane , Dean White    Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride, Jim Dale, Field Cate
  • Directors: Adam Kane, Dean White, Julie Anne Robinson, Lawrence Trilling, Paul Shapiro
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2009
  • Run Time: 598 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FB4VZI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,819 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

If you’re looking for proof of the questionable taste of US television programming decision makers, then the scandalous decision to scrap Pushing Daisies after two memorable seasons is a good place to start. As this second season demonstrates, the show is a cauldron of originality, startlingly good writing and real imagination, and it’s well worth trying, even if you’re new to the series.

Pushing Daisies isn’t the easiest show to explain, but the central concept is that Ned, a pie-maker by trade, has a special ability: he can raise the dead with a single touch. A second touch will kill them outright, and there are other repercussions to his gift that crop up, too. This is then the starting point for an intriguing fantasy series, that’s not short on laughs. Ned is teamed up with a private investigator, and the show then becomes what its creators describe as a “forensic fairy tale”.

But that sells Pushing Daisies short. Under the watchful eye of its creator, Bryan Fuller--whose CV also includes the superb Dead Like Me and a lot of work on the maiden season of Heroes, this second season is at times just flat-out brilliant. Across the 13 episodes that make up the series, there are the cases of a nun who was suspected to be murdered, a magician looking to track down who’s killing his animals and the mysterious death of a lighthouse keeper. But if you’re expecting any of these to be standard whodunits, you’re in for quite a surprise.

It’s hard to oversell the qualities of Pushing Daisies, and thus there’s inevitable disappointment that these are the last episodes of the show that we’re ever likely to see. But television this good simply doesn’t come along very often, and it’s really something you don’t want to miss out on. --Jon Foster

Synopsis

From a young age, Ned demonstrated a remarkable ability for raising the dead with a single touch. The only drawback to this seemingly miraculous gift is that a second touch from him would render them permanently dead. When a private investigator spots Ned's peculiar talent, he enlists him to help solve murder cases by reviving the victims just long enough for them to indentify their killer. An ingenious plan, you might think. But what happens when one of the deceased is your childhood sweetheart and you are faced with the ultimate moral dilemma: let the victim rest in peace after they've given evidence, or keep them alive indefinitely in the name of love?
Series creator Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me) indulges his taste for the macabre in a comic fantasy that not only challenges our own sense of mortality, but makes us laugh in doing so. With its hyper-real visuals, Pushing Daisies bears a striking resemblance to films like Big Fish and Amelie, though in this case, the bright, saturated colours and exaggerated camera angles belie the show's dark humour. This release contains every episode from the second series.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Pushing Daisies is one of the best TV shows there has ever been with the exception of Twin Peaks and Carnivale which co-incidentally were both given the brush-off before they had a chance to tell us the whole story and gather more fans deservedly.

Pushing Daisies wasn't given much advertisement by ABC thus no one tuned in apart from the hardcore fans because nobody even knew it was on! Hence, lack of high ratings which lead to ABC being able to have an excuse to stop the show (reportedly because they were a bit worried because Pushing Daisies was quite genre-breaking and cutting edge because of it's style and content and also because it cost a lot to make, most probably because of the latter).

I find it unbelieveable that shows like Friends is allowed to carry on for umpteen needless boring empty series and Pushing Daisies gets ripped off the air after only 22 episodes and 2 series.

No the end doesn't give closure. Only a little, but not much. It rushes to tie up ends and tell us what the characters do next but there is no closure whatsoever, just a MASSIVE cliffhanger and some really tasty leads that weren't follwed up. What a crushing disappointment. Anna Friel and Lee Pace were extremely angry at PD being taken off the air and legions of fans are left weeping into their Rice Crispies and have nothing left but to endlessly discuss what 'might' have happened (Like with Twin Peaks in the 90's ...till now!) ...me being one of them.

Series 2 is just as much as a visual and aural delight as series one. Brilliant plots and character development, beautiful music usage and faultless scripting. Great introduction of sub-characters that don't jarr the main casting too much. Just ..well, perfect.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing Daisies in hi-def 6 Oct 2009
Format:Blu-ray
The bluray of the second series of Pushing Daisies plays fine on UK Region B Bluray players.

Languages are English 5.1 French 5.1 Spanish 2.0 German 2.0

Subtitles also in English, French, Spanish, German

The extras are the same as those on the standard DVD release.

Pictures is 1080p and, as expected, better than the DVD release (though the DVD picture is no slouch)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing Daisies- Season 2 9 May 2009
Format:DVD
Pushing Daisies is....Well, its a lot of things;Its a romcom with a twist, a dective show with humour, a real-life fairytale but most of all it is totally breath-taking. Created by Bryan Fuller, a man whom I regard as a genius(check out Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls), this show had a glorious,if crushingly short run. It follows the adventures of Ned,a pie-maker with the ability to raise the dead. If you are familiar with the show, you know the rules and regulations that go with this, if unfamiliar read elsewhere. The main facts are these: he has a girlfriend he can't touch for she has already died, he runs the pie-hole with a waiter in love with him and is a partner in a P.I. firm with a surly,lonely grouch.
Every episode is a little film,bursting with colour and charm. The cast is excellent,Lee Pace and the beautiful Anna Friel starring in the main roles. The stars however, are Chi McBride as Emerson Cod, aforementioned P.I. and Kirsten Chenoweth, whose comedic-timing, serious acting and singing are all brillant.
The music of James Dooley and the narration of Jim Dale only add to the magic.This a show to be cherished,caressed and loved.Included are all 13 episodes. Buy it, Buy it, Buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I So Wish This Weren't the End 21 July 2009
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is a show that doesn't look like it should work on paper. Ned (Lee Pace) is a pie maker who also happens to have a gift. With one touch, he can bring the dead back to life. But a second touch kills them forever. While he owns a pie restaurant that he runs with the help of Olive (Kristin Chenoweth), he moonlights helping private investigator Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) solve murders by interviewing the murder victims. In the first season, Ned kept one such victim alive. He just couldn't let childhood sweetheart Charlotte "Chuck" Charles (Anna Friel) stay dead. But she has to keep her life secret from Aunts Vivian and Lily (Ellen Green and Swoosie Kurtz).

Yes, the set up takes a little bit to explain. But once you buy into the premise, it works. Every week, the crew takes on a new murder investigation in such locations as a circus or with magicians. Heck, they even get thee to a nunnery. They solve the murder of a modern day Robin Hood. And there's a synchronized swimmer killed by a shark.

But each week also involves ongoing stories about the character's lives. As the season opens, Olive knows a secret about Chuck's mother. As things progress, Emerson hunts for his missing daughter, Ned finds some long lost relatives, and Chuck and Olive become roommates.

All this leaves out my all time favorite episode of the show. "The Legend of Merle McQuoddy" makes so many references and jokes to the Disney film Pete's Dragon a fan of that movie must watch it. Adding to the fun, Jim Dale, one of the stars of that movie, is the narrator of this series.

Honestly, I can't rave about this show enough. It is whimsical and fun. Each week's mystery plays perfectly into the on going storylines. The acting is perfect.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So Quirky
Loved it when it was on the TV, the characters are great, stories are funny and quirky, it is light hearted and fun to watch
Published 24 days ago by D. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing Daisies
I love this series as much as the first but I'm really sad it finished. Again the storyline, acting and everything about the show is wonderful and uplifting despite being about... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lauren Hancock
3.0 out of 5 stars Pushing Daisies
Generally good condition, but towards the end of one episode the disc seems to be scratched or something- so you miss the last 10 minute as it doesn't play.
Published 1 month ago by Sophie Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars poetic
I love the pie-maker, and all the caracters are so funny and cartoon-like. It's very well written, full of colours, dream-like
Published 1 month ago by Antonella Muntoni
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
this series is exelent if you like'd the first series and it stil has the potential for a ther but we all know about that so anyway it is good to wach if you have had a hard time... Read more
Published 1 month ago by chris larkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and very sweet
It is fun, it is exciting, it is a perfect love story with colorful pictures.
I realy love the charakters!
Published 2 months ago by elenoir
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun
Ok, so maybe it's not quite as good as the first series but it's still good!
Nice and fun, no gory violence. Nice idea. I guess that's why it got cancelled... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert J Buckland
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Gentle (but very dark)
There are many people who won't enjoy the subject matter of this but for those who can cope thats what makes it a unique situation comedy which is gentle, thoughtful, romantic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by AndyL
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful
I missed the show when it was first shown so I'm just catching up now. It has a real Tim Burton feel about it- some very dark humour in a brightly coloured package. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Simon Exton
5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing Daisies
Loved the show on TV and missed the second series. Sounds like me all round. So had to buy on DVD to catch up
Published 5 months ago by Mr. E. Goody
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