Plot: What’s it about?
Duckman (voiced by Jason Alexander) isn’t what you’d call a professional success. While he dreams of fighting crime and being hailed as a hero, in real life his business flounders. He operates a detective agency, but has terrible instincts and barely has the skill level needed to answer a telephone. His partner Cornfed is the brains of the business, but of course, Duckman is convinced that he runs the show. While his work life is miserable, Duckman’s home life is even worse. His wife died and now he lives with his children, his sister-in-law, and comatose mother-in-law. When he isn’t being ignored, he is being abused or otherwise insulted. Can Duckman ever find his path in life, or is doomed to be a constant failure?
The wait was extensive, but Duckman has arrived on DVD. This show is hilarious, able to make things click from the start and never looking back, never pulling any punches. The show takes aim on all manner of social issues, from religion to plastic surgery to family life, with no intention of holding back. I can see how some folks might be offended at times, but to me the writing is so well done, you can’t help but laugh. Even when the writers are heavy handed with their messages, it all works and still entertains, so Duckman never fails to bring the laughs. Jason Alexander’s vocal performance as Duckman is priceless, his rants and raves fit the character like a glove and he was the perfect choice. The animation style is rather crude, but the show’s visuals work well enough. This collection has all of the episodes from the first two seasons, for a grand total of 22 episodes. I had a blast revisiting Duckman, so if you were a fan or had an interest in the show, don’t miss this release.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. The visuals here look a little rough around the edges, but still more than solid. The print exhibits grain, debris, and other concerns, but still retains decent clarity. If you watched the show when it was broadcast, that is about what we’re given here. I do think this is a little more refined, but it is evident that no clean up work has done on the elements. The simple animation looks good, colors perform well, and contrast is accurate. Not the pristine, polished transfers fans might have wanted, but Duckman still looks good.
Audio: How does it sound?
The audio is basic, but fine. The show is driven by dialogue and it sounds good, with Duckman’s acidic rants coming through loud and clear. The music is also well handled, so the tunes are crisp and as far as sound effects, they’re well placed, just not that powerful. So not a dynamic audio experience, but the show sounds quite good.
Supplements: What are the extras?
The pilot episode includes audio comments from Everett Peck and Jason Alexander, which proves to be solid. I just wish more episodes had been given commentaries, as this one was a fun listen. This release also includes two well done retrospective featurettes, as well as some character bios.