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Like a drug, NIP/TUCK, is a highly addictive television series. Every episode of the series produces a high that leaves one craving another fix of NIP/TUCK, even before an episode has ended. For anyone who never checked out an episode of the popular series, which ran for six seasons on the FX Network, the basic premise of NIP/TUCK follows the personal lives, the practice and exploits (not to mention patients) of two of cosmetic surgeons… namely Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (Julian McMahon). While the lucrative practice of McNamara/Troy was originally located in Miami, during seasons one to four, our good doctors relocated to the plastic surgery capital of America… Los Angeles. When we first meet our two surgeons, we discover them to be near polar opposites. Sean McNamara is a family man, whose marriage is on the rocks, and wants to do something more with his talents than just sucking the fat out of the asses of rich women. On the other hand, Christian Troy is single and seemingly devoted to a hedonistic lifestyle and happy to perform surgery on anyone who can pay for it.

Mixing medical drama with the soap opera that is the doctors lives, the following characters are also featured prominently the world of NIP/TUCK: Julia (Joely Richardson) is Sean’s wife and mother of his children, the marriage is a Rollercoaster ride with highs and lows and always threatening to fly off the tracks. Matt McNamara (John Hensley) is Sean and Julia’s perpetually screwed up son, who is ultimately revealed to be Christian’s biological offspring. Liz Cruz (Roma Maffia) is the resident anesthesiologist for McNamara/Troy, and usually the only voice of reason in the office. Kimber Henry (Kelly Carlson) is Christian's on-again/off-again girlfriend, who also has relationships with Matt and Sean across the series six seasons. Featured guest stars across the six seasons included: Jessalyn Gilsig, Bruno Campos, Famke Janssen, Jacqueline Bisset, Sharon Gless, Rose McGowan, Vanessa Redgrave and Rhona Mitra.

NIP/TUCK: THE COMPLETE SERIES ($199) comes to DVD in a thirty five-disc set that features the following one hundred episodes that were aired during its six year run: Pilot, Mandi/Randi, Nanette Babcock, Sophia Lopez, Kurt Dempsey, Megan O'Hara, Cliff Mantegna, Cara Fitzgerald, Sophia Lopez II, Adelle Coffin, Montana/Sassy/Justice, Antonia Ramos, Escobar Gallardo, Erica Noughton, Christian Troy, Manya Mabika, Mrs. Grubman, Joel Gideon, Bobbi Broderick, Naomi Gaines, Agatha Ripp, Rose & Raven Rosenberg, Kimber Henry, Natasha Charles, Julia McNamara, Oona Wentworth, Trudy Nye, Sean McNamara, Joan Rivers, Momma Boone, Kiki, Derek, Alex, And Gary, Rhea Reynolds, Granville Trapp, Frankenlaura, Ben White, Tommy Bolton, Hannah Tedesco, Madison Berg, Abby Mays, Sal Perri, Joy Kringle, Cherry Peck, Quentin Costa, Cindy Plumb, Blu Mondae, Monica Wilder, Shari Noble, Dawn Budge, Faith Wolper, Phd, Burt Landau, Conor Mcnamara, Liz Cruz, Merrill Bobolit, Conor McNamara, 2026, Diana Lubey, Reefer, Willy Ward, Gala Gallardo, Carly Summers, Joyce & Sharon Monroe, Everett Poe, Dawn Budge II, Chaz Darling, Damien Sands, Dr. Joshua Lee, Duke Collins, Rachel Ben Natan, Magda & Jeff, Kyle Ainge, Lulu Grandiron, August Walden, Candy Richards, Ronnie Chase, Gene Shelly, Roxy St. James, Ricky Wells, Manny Skerritt, Budi Sabri, Allegra Caldarello, Giselle Blaylock And Legend Chandler, Don Hoberman, Enigma, Briggette Reinholt, Jenny Juggs, Abigail Sullivan, Alexis Stone, Alexis Stone II, Lola Wlodkowski, Benny Nilsson, Wesley Clovis, Dan Daly, Willow Banks, Joel Seabrook, Sheila Carlton, Virginia Hayes, Dr. Griffin, Christian Troy II, Edith And Walter Krieger and Hiro Yoshimura.

Warner Home Video has made all one hundred episodes that comprise NIP/TUCK: THE COMPLETE SERIES available on DVD in 1.78:1 widescreen presentations that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. While certainly not up to Blu-ray or HD broadcast quality, the episodes look quite good on DVD-- certainly better than SD cable broadcast. Images are sharp and well defined. Some mildly soft shots appear here and there, but by and large, the episodes look great. Colors appear strong and solid, with appealing flesh tones. Blacks are accurate, whites are clean and contrast can go a bit beyond what is typically found on broadcast. The film elements from which the episodes are transferred appear clean, although one will notice a grain structure in places throughout the episodes. Grain seems more prevalent in the earlier seasons than the latter. Digital compression artifacts are not a problem.

Seasons one to three of NIP/TUCK: THE COMPLETE SERIES come with Dolby Digital 2.0 channel soundtracks, while seasons four to six come with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtracks. Seasons four to six certainly come off better, with more engaging soundtracks, while seasons one to three feature relatively efficient sound. Bottom line, NIP/TUCK is a talky drama, so even in 5.1, no one is going to be blown out of their seats by the sonic virtuosity. For the most part, the episodic sound remains localized to the forward soundstage, with occasional directional effects making use of the outlying channels. Fidelity is quite good for a lossy format, with the soundtracks producing a punchy bottom end. Dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. No other language tracks are provided, but French and Spanish subtitles have been included.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard episode selection and set up features, as well as the supplements that were included with the various season sets. Season one featured: Giving Drama A Face Lift , Realistic Expectation: The Practice Of Plastic Surgery, Are They Real or Fake?: The Miraculous Make-up Effects Of Nip/Tuck, a Music Video for the show’s theme song A Perfect Lie and a Gag Reel and Teaser for the show’s second season. Season two featured: Recurring Pain: Three Women And Their Man. Season three featured: Chasing The Carver and The Perfect Look: Set Design. Season four featured: Cutting Edge, Clever Casting and Sizzle: The Sexuality of Nip/Tuck. Season five featured: Hollywood Hedonism: The Transition From Miami To Hollywood, Nip/Tuck: The Science Of Beauty, Unaired Scenes and a Gag Reel. Season six featured: Tell Me What You Don't Like About Yourself: The Psychology Behind Plastic Surgery.

NIP/TUCK is like the crack cocaine of medical dramas- both high inducing and completely addictive. NIP/TUCK: THE COMPLETE SERIES allows one to get their fix all in one box. The DVD presentations outclass broadcast, but a Blu-ray release would be nice.


Nip/Tuck: The Complete Series



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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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