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Wonderfalls - The Complete Viewer Collection
     

Wonderfalls - The Complete Viewer Collection

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Cast: Caroline Dhavernas, William Sadler, Diana Scarwid, Katie Finneran

 
A young woman trying to sort out her life after college returns home to Niagara Falls and gets a job at a souvenir shop, where she discovers all sorts of inanimate objects are attempting to communicate with her in the offbeat comedy drama series Wonderfalls, which arrives on DVD in this special collector's set. Wonderfalls: The Complete Series features all 13

Overview

A young woman trying to sort out her life after college returns home to Niagara Falls and gets a job at a souvenir shop, where she discovers all sorts of inanimate objects are attempting to communicate with her in the offbeat comedy drama series Wonderfalls, which arrives on DVD in this special collector's set. Wonderfalls: The Complete Series features all 13 episodes from the quirky cult favorite, including nine that never aired on American television. Also included in this package are audio commentaries on several episodes, a short documentary on the production of the show, a look at how the special effects were created, and a music video from XTC leader Andy Partridge.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
For a series that Entertainment Weekly called "a revelation," the quirky drama Wonderfalls barely got started before Fox unceremoniously cancelled it. Although 13 episodes were produced -- all of which fans can finally get to see in this set -- only 4 actually aired, culminating with the final telecast on April Fool's Day, 2004. Young Canadian actress Caroline Dhavernas stars as Jaye Tyler, a slacker with an unused philosophy degree who lives in a trailer park and works at a Niagara Falls gift shop, Wonderfalls. She hates her job and her boss, Alec (Neil Grayston) -- whom she nicknames the Mouth Breather -- and has an uncomfortable relationship with her upwardly mobile family: father Darrin (William Sadler), a doctor; mother Karen (Diana Scarwid), an author; sister Sharon (the great Katie Finneran), an immigration attorney; and brother Aaron (Lee Pace), who is close to completing his doctorate in theology. Jaye seems relatively comfortable with all this until, one day at Wonderfalls, a little lion souvenir with a smooshed wax face speaks to her. From that point on, inanimate objects with faces begin to tell her to do things; and she soon realizes that ignoring the directives from sundry brass monkeys, cow-shaped coffee creamers, and the like can wreak havoc on those around her, including best friend Mahandra (Tracie Thoms) and burgeoning love interest Eric (Tyron Leitso). In a brilliant touch, Jaye's tchotchke "muses" impart their information cryptically, so she is never sure exactly what to do. When one advises her to "Get her words out" in the episode "Karma Chameleon," Jaye thinks she must help a girl who stutters, only to find out ultimately that the muse meant something else entirely. The souvenirs keep her busy: In "Wound-Up Penguin," she steers a wayward nun back to the convent; in "Crime Dog," she rescues the family housekeeper; and in "Lovesick Ass," she helps a smitten 12-year-old send his Russian mail-order bride home. Along with bonus features such as commentaries, a documentary, and a featurette, fans will be most happy knowing that the series comes to a definite conclusion with the final satisfying episode, "Caged Bird."

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
UPC:
0024543148043
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
9:30:00
Sales rank:
36,505

Special Features

Closed Caption; All 13 episodes, including 9 that never aired; Selected episode commentary; "Greetings From Wonderfalls" documentary; Visual effects featurette; Music video

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
1. The Maid of the Mist
2. No One Here Is a Loser
3. A Word of Advice
4. Family Intervention
5. The New Bartender
6. See a Penny...
7. An Act of Kindness
8. Make Me a Match
9. Peanuts in the Salad
10. So You're a Lesbian Now...
11. Surrendering to Destiny
12. End Titles
1. Get Off Your Ass/Main Titles
2. A Multiple Fracture
3. Gretchen's Helper
4. Reunion With the Anti-Christ
5. Baby-Sitting Dad
6. The "A" List
7. Destroy Gretchen
8. Defy the Chicken
9. Fate's Bitch
10. Flattering, but Creepy
11. Thanks for Being You
12. My Good Luck Charm/End Titles
1. Four Words and a Digit/Main Titles
2. Get Her Words Out
3. Binky's Mentor
4. Her Own Personal Himmler
5. Like a Jaye Tyler Cover Band
6. Bianca Alert
7. Single White Female
8. The Gen-Y Non-Winner
9. Fired
10. Parked in My Zone
11. Getting the Words Out
12. A Work in Progress/End Titles
1. Big, Big Rat/Main Titles
2. Bring Her Back
3. The Man in Black
4. A Nun No More
5. What if It's Just Cheese?
6. Finding Faith
7. The Devil's Work
8. Break the Taillight
9. Forced Conversations
10. Getting God's Attention
11. Sadie's Father
12. Back to the Convent/End Titles
Side #2 -- Disc Two
1. Her Fourth Arrest/Main Titles
2. Have a Pancake
3. Bring Her Home
4. A Horrible Person
5. It's Only Canada
6. The Bus Station
7. The Old Folks at Home
8. Everything but Love
9. Busted at the Border
10. Wanted in Two Countries
11. Daddy's Girl
12. Breakfast With the Family/End Titles
1. Spying on Freaks/Main Titles
2. The Baby Saver
3. Fat Pat
4. Still Fat
5. Game Night
6. More Friends
7. The Wrong Idea
8. Cow Creamers Don't Talk
9. An Existential Crisis
10. Fat Pat Forever
11. Muffin Buffalo Benefits
12. I'm Not Nice/End Credits
1. Recap/Give It Back
2. Main Titles
3. Millie Marcus
4. Promoting Millie
5. A Big Fat Liar
6. Flannel Granny Justice
7. Protecting History
8. A Role Model for Lazy
9. Stuck in a Metaphor
10. It's Not Too Late
11. The New Millie
12. History Is Preserved/End Titles
1. Smitten and Eager/Main Titles
2. A Girl Needs a Boy
3. The Fountain of Love
4. The Grounded Groom
5. How to Be a Man
6. Peter's New Love
7. Fish Jell-O
8. A Peter Problem
9. Tchaikovsky & Heavy Petting
10. Psycho Boy Cabin
11. The Tortured Poet
12. Ready to Date/End Titles
Side #3 -- Disc Three
1. Recap/Take a Picture
2. Main Titles
3. Save the Lovebirds
4. Banned From the Birds
5. The Love Killer
6. Birdnappers
7. A Place to Mate
8. Out the Window
9. Magnetic Mahandra
10. Females in the Way
11. Love Is in the Air
12. Meet Heidi/End Titles
1. Mend What Is Broken/Main Titles
2. Very Nice and Very Wrong
3. Crazy, Right?
4. Heidi's Headache
5. A Few Missing Details
6. The Honeymoon Suite
7. It's My Snake
8. Karen's Date
9. Back at the Barrel
10. Eric's Choice
11. Get to the Church
12. The Witness/End Titles
1. Give Back the Monkey/Main Titles
2. The Fish Broke My Heart
3. Save Him From Her
4. An Honest Woman
5. Ask the Monkey
6. Homicidal Heidi
7. Damaged Goods
8. Dead Man From Jersey
9. That Olsen Girl
10. Lick the Light Switch
11. Back From the Edge
12. Everything's Weird Now/End Titles
1. The Chosen One/Main Titles
2. The Tribal Lawyer
3. Poking a Dead Grandmother
4. Show Him Who's Special
5. Signs of a Seer
6. Karma's Comin' 'Round
7. The Final Test
8. Making a Stand
9. Not So Much the Guy
10. Vision in the Mist
11. Pathetic With Purpose
12. A New Direction/End Titles
1. Let Him Go/Main Titles
2. Bend Over for Destiny
3. You're in Love
4. Hostage Situation
5. The Guy With the Pop Gun
6. Is This Closure?
7. Rumors of a Rendezvous
8. The Plan
9. Double Homicide Guy
10. The Hidden Door
11. Let's Go Home
12. A Reason to Come Back/End Titles

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Wonderfalls - The Complete Viewer Collection 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this set off a recommendation from a friend and I was pleasantly surprised. The first few episodes "and, unfortunately, the only ones to make it to air" set up the show to be what it was -- quirky, cute, and downright mean at times, but it isn't until the second disc that the show really grabs your attention and doesn't let go. The talking inanimate objects get pushier, the stories get more complicated, and the hilarity escalates to the extreme, as Jaye tries to please the muses, juggle a personal life, and keep her sanity. Caroline Dhavernas' turn as the underachieving Jaye Tyler is so perfectly played that you can't help but laugh at her blunders and cry at her misfortunes. Along with an amazing supporting cast and smart, witty writing, it's a shame that "Wonderfalls" was cancelled so soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Tim Minear's work on Angel, so when I heard he was involved in this show I got interested. We managed to catch 3 of the 4 broadcast episodes before learning of its untimely demise. It probably never would have become a smash hit, since it is very quirky, but it's also smart and funny and thought-provoking. I'm so glad that the entire production run is available on DVD. we've watched the ep that we missed so far and it was excellent, looking forward to all the unaired stuff. Very bizarre that FOX production is willing to pay to make this kind of interesting stuff (like Firefly, others), but nobody will put it on the air long enough to find an audience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This show is something that TV has been lacking for a long time and finally somebody created this brilliant show with cool jokes and quirky characters. It has everthing a show like this requires to be enjoyed aside from watching model after model or hot babe lay some guy or have painfully obvious storylines. For this show you never know what twist is coming next. You try to guess but something different happens and thats what makes the show great:It is different from the recent crapola that seems to be coming in. How can anybody not like it. It is good entertainment that even a little kid sitting with his parents can enjoy. Caroline Dhavernas acts brilliantly and doesn't overplay her part and the other characters work in very good synch.What was surprising was that you can almost watch yourself episode after episode fall in love with the show and the characters.BRILLIANT ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems like all the really good shows don't have a chance to spread their wings. This is a great show; funny, intelligent, different and all around a joy to watch. I loved the off the wall, funny way that this show explored doing the right thing and the consequences of seemingly unrelated events. At least they were able to somewhat wrap it up at the end but I would have loved to see more. A must for anyone who wants to see something different, something entertaining and interesting.
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MattmanUT More than 1 year ago
Its a strange and quirky show of wit. Too bad it only lasted 13 episodes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I look out there on tv and see some of the dumbest shows out there but they let a genius of a show go without even giving it a fair chance. It truly is a work of art that will have you gasping for breath holding your side because you've laughed so much. Just remember the facts of life....
Guest More than 1 year ago
You know, thank goodness for the latest craze of putting recent and past television series on DVD. Cause otherwise fans of FOX's late series Wonderfalls would have never been able to enjoy their fav and dearly missed program in all its glory. Wonderfalls represents what's really great about television, a fun, quirky series with a lot of potential. A series that doesn't need to water itself down with what currently is on much of television, i.e. - inuendos, skin the making of mountains out of mole hills or otherwise completely situations bordering on the completely unrealistic for storylines. The loss of Wonderfalls, after only four episodes no less when series, was just a travesty. Thank goodness putting it on DVD can bring some semblence of closure for the show's fans. And lest we forget Caroline Dhavernas, a native of Canada, the lead and an up and coming actress whom demonstrated incredible potential. Wonderfalls may have died a quick death and now may be no more, but Caroline will definetly be heard from again. Long live great programing, long live Wonderfalls....if only on my DVD player.
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