The supporting cast embraces the high drama with equal aplomb, with Richardson turning what could’ve been a passive character into a fascinatingly self-destructive force and Hensley emerging as much more than just a face in a typical teenager throwaway role. The constant parade of recurring and guest stars like Vanessa Redgrave, Famke Janssen, Jacqueline Bisset, Peter Dinklage, Rosie O’Donnell, Portia de Rossi, Sharon Gless and many others is also rather impressive.
Nip/Tuck has an addictive quality, even though it feels like the show was trying too hard to be controversial or edgy occasionally. Though it all can seem patently ridiculous, the show is committed enough to its heightened qualities to make all six seasons gripping drama.
The complete series box set simply compiles all seven DVD sets previously available (season five was split into two volumes, because its halves were separated by almost a year because of the writer’s strike in 2008) and puts them in a big, shiny silver box. The individual boxes that contain each season are identical to those that were available separately, as are the contents, with all special features, including deleted scenes and production featurettes, included.
For fans that have already purchased each individual season, there’s nothing to double-dip for here, unless that silver box is worth 140 bucks to you. For those who have yet to purchase any of the series, the box set is slightly more expensive than picking up used copies of each season individually, but for the sake of convenience, the box is a good route to take.
It’s unfortunate that a Blu-ray release of the complete series couldn’t have accompanied this DVD one to offer extra value, but with only season four getting a high def release previously, it seems as if Blu-ray plans for the series have been officially scrapped.