I've been meaning to get this on the blog all day. Been one of those days. Anyway, the DVD will be out on Sept. 16 -- therefore around the time of the second season -- and will have the nine episodes seen to date. DVD and Blu-ray. Since I watched the ABC HD version, with its eye-popping color, I'm anticipating the Blu-ray. Boilerplate after the jump.
“Original,” “rewarding,” “enchanting” and “clever” are some of the ways in which critics describe Pushing Daisies, the innovative and imaginative new series from Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Heroes) and Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black), which makes its highly-anticipated DVD and Blu-ray™ hi-def debut on September 16, 2008 from Warner Home Video (WHV).
Pushing Daisies follows the charming and whimsical story of Ned (Lee Pace), a handsome, lonely, young pie maker who possesses a mysterious gift -- bringing people back from the dead with his touch. The DVD will feature all nine episodes from the series’ first season, along with a bonus interactive featurette. Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season will be available in both standard and Blu-ray™ hi-def formats. The standard format DVD will retail for $29.98 and the Blu-ray™ hi-def format will retail for $39.99.
Presented in visually stunning, storybook-like cinematography, Pushing Daisies follows the offbeat escapades of Ned, a young man who during his childhood discovers he has the ability of bringing the dead back to life with a single touch. First, he resurrects his golden retriever Digby after he is hit by a truck, and later brings his own mother back to life after she suffers an aneurism. But there is a caveat to Ned’s unusual talent. If something that he’s revived remains living for more than one minute, then something of similar life value within the vicinity will die. Additionally, if he touches the resurrected a second time, that life will die again, but permanently – a stipulation which proves to be a great strain when Ned brings his childhood sweetheart, a beautiful girl named Chuck (Anna Friel), back to life.
Ned inherits his mother’s baking talents, becomes a pie maker and opens a restaurant called the Pie Hole, which he runs with kooky waitress Olive Snook (Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth). The restaurant however, begins to fail financially and Ned finds an unusual way to earn money via Private Investigator Emerson Cod (Chi McBride), who accidentally discovers Ned’s gift and makes a proposal – to bring murder victims back to life in order to inquire about the circumstances of their death. After collecting the facts, Emerson solves their cases and splits the reward money with Ned.
The series also stars Emmy® winner Swoosie Kurtz and Tony Award nominee Ellen Greene, and is narrated by Jim Dale (Harry Potter audio books).
“Pushing Daisies is one of the most original and imaginative television programs airing on television today and we are pleased to bring this highly acclaimed series to DVD,” commented Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV & Special Interest Marketing.
She added, “Consumers will find themselves captivated by the show’s intelligent and witty dialogue, gorgeous cinematography, offbeat storylines and quirky but endearing characters. Pushing Daisies is sure to liven up anyone’s home entertainment library.”
Pushing Daisies originally premiered October 3, 2007 on ABC and has recently been picked up for a second season. The show earned three Golden Globe Award nominations, including Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Lee Pace and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy by Anna Friel. The release of Pushing Daisies: The Complete First Season is timed to the second season premiere of the show on ABC.
From Living Dead Guy Productions, The Jinks/Cohen Company in association with Warner Bros. Television, Pushing Daisies is executive produced by Dan Jinks & Bruce Cohen, Barry Sonnenfeld, Bryan Fuller and Peter Ocko.
DVD Special Features Include:
Pie Time - Time for Pie – An interactive featurette with creators of the show, the set designer and special effects team who all come together to make this show so unique. Special interviews from creator Bryan Fuller and Lee Pace as they discuss their favorite first season scenes.