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Going Postal [DVD]

David Suchet , Tamsin Greig , Jon Jones    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Suchet, Tamsin Greig, Charles Dance, Richard Coyle, Claire Foy
  • Directors: Jon Jones
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug 2010
  • Run Time: 182.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IPC3JU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,223 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into...a government job? By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as Postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may prove an impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, greedy Grand Trunk Clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical headman. But if the bold and undoable are what's called for, Moist's the man for the job--to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every being, human or otherwise, requires: hope.

Lavish television adaptation of Terry Pratchett's hugely popular novel Going Postal, part of the Discworld series.

Special Feature: Exclusive Terry Pratchett introduction

Stills from Going Postal (Click for larger image)




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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into...a government job? By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as Postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may prove an impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, greedy Grand Trunk Clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical headman. But if the bold and undoable are what's called for, Moist's the man for the job ...Going Postal (2010)


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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I want to talk to you about Angels. 21 Jun 2010
Format:DVD
Okay, so first thing first, I absolutely love Terry Pratchett and all things Discworld, however probably because of that I have high expectations when it comes to the adaptations. Hogfather was great, although of course the book is immensely superiour, Colour of Magic I wasn't a huge fan. Going Postal I really enjoyed, a lot of the actors were perfect (imo) for the roles, Charles Dance IS Vetinari (albeit a blonde one, but hey, we managed to get over the whole 'blonde bond' thing so why not Vetinari), Adora, Stanley and Reacher were pretty much as I saw them, Moist wasn't, but he grew on me and now whenever I re-read GP or MM I shall imagine him.

Going Postal does deviate from the plot of the book, in my mind there are only three major variations, one of which I think they got away with leaving out, another was a 'slight' deviation which I can see why they did it and it works for the screen, and the last that annoyed the hell out of me. But life isn't perfect, and books always lose something in the translation to screen. Saying that GP works

Of course one of the best parts about Pratchett's books are the footnotes, the little asides and further jokes and explanations to the reader, this was always my biggest problem with the idea of the adaptations, but with Going Postal I didn't miss them that much, this could have been because they weren't as fixed in my mind or numerous as with the Hogfather, which all the way through I kept remembering the asides that were absent in the adaptation.

All in all I really enjoyed it, and I hope they adapt Making Money soon (and by gods I hope they keep all of Gladys' lines).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the book's essence well 9 April 2011
Format:DVD
So much imagination goes into Discworld that a video adaptation can't capture everything. This does a fairly good job, leaving out a few plot details but capturing the crucial bits. The acting is good enough. I quibble with the casting for Vetinari - thinner and black hair, and I always imagined Drumknott as being elderly.
I don't really know if someone unfamiliar with the book Going Postal: A Discworld Novel would follow it easily - but if you haven't read it and you're here it's because you saw the program (Yank spelling) and liked it.
Technical Note: It is a Region 2 DVD for European players with PAL instead of NTSC. If you are looking to watch it outside Europe, it is a bit of work, but worth the effort. Just get an all-regions DVD player, or buy a cheap second player and assign its region code as Region 2 if you plan to watch a lot of British discs.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you believe in Angels.....? 28 Jun 2010
By rose_02
Format:DVD
As a devoted Pratchett fan I have watched the good, the bad and the ugly come to screen (the latter two mostly occuring in COM). For this third outing we see the unfortunately named Moist Von Lipwig narrowly avoid a hanging (and that's 'narrow' with a capital 'N') to awake to find he has a destiny to follow - the re-opening of the Post Office and all the problems that go with it. These problems include; escaping from his Golem Parole officer, Angua of the City Watch (werewolf), his arch enemy Reacher Gilt, and trying to get Adora Dearheart to go on a date with him. Yet all of these pale into comparison to the terror of the ancient letters that show his dark past and need deliverance.....literally!

As a huge fan of the books, I knew I would be a hard crowd to please. The Hogfather I loved, yet there was something missing from it, Colour Of Magic I disliked and would not watch again (mostly due to major casting errors), so I was hugely surprised when I found myself hooked watching this adaptation. Going Postal was one of my least favourite books, that I decided to give another chance when I found they were making a t.v. adaptation and grew to love.

There are obviously major flaws; the Post Office and the letters not getting enough time, and the deaths of the previous postmen being explained on the deadly banshee, Mr Gryle, instead of on the time-warping power of the letters and their need to be delivered. Also, the character of Moist and his people pleasing nature, his con-man skills did not seem apparent until the second part of it which also detracted from the major point of the book. The Golems are not right and look rather comical rather than intimidating. Oh, and don't forget Tiddles.....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not great 19 April 2011
Format:DVD
It helps that I haven't read Going Postal in a while, but I quite enjoyed this adaptation. I thought the two leads were brilliant - I actually liked Adora Belle better in the film than the books - and I think even those who aren't familiar with the Discworld would have been entertained by it. Seeing the soft-spoken Hercule Poirot as a murderous villain with a deep voice was also a constant source of amusement. There were some touching moments as well as laugh out loud ones. However, there were a few things that grated. Some of Moist's outbursts (especially towards his employees) were deeply out of character, Angua was far too sinister, and Vetinari totally lacked the dry humour so obvious in the books. The golems looked a bit 'undercooked' and cheap. The eerie ghosts in the clacks that gave depth to the original story were all but absent...and there were other seemingly unnecessary changes that I won't go into here. All in all, far better than 'Hogfather' but still not as good as the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
Excellent TV production. I hope they would be able of creating things like this here, in the USA.
Published 1 day ago by J. montero
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for any Terry Pratchett Fan
A brilliant movie accurate to the book in most parts. And unbefitting to the book the dvd arrived promptly which has nothing to do with the review but I though I would throw that... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Kevin
3.0 out of 5 stars Get it on DVD
The story, production and acting are great.
However - the video quality is poor and in many scenes there is a lot of noise in the darker parts of the picture, sort of like... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Trollslayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Pratchett.
Enjoyed watching this film as now i have both Terry Pratchett films. Blue-Ray makes it Brilliant.
Published 13 days ago by Walter T. Gilligan
5.0 out of 5 stars Going Postal
I loved it. The story was excellent the pace good and the entertainment was there in so meny ways. Funny, moralistic and just a little bit wicked
Published 1 month ago by Julie-Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb story telling on the screen
I have read most Terry Pratchett books and viewed all the Made for TV Movies, I bought this to go with my collection of Books and DVD's, though my mother stole my book, she is also... Read more
Published 1 month ago by glen wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny, I hope that they do more
Good film. I really enjoy Terry Pratchet's sense of humour. I hope that they do more of these films but unfortunately, Terry's moon is waning
Published 2 months ago by Dr David A Humphreys
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Really good characters, well produced, nice plot development. The trrouble is the set looks clean and in the original, the place should be filthy.
Published 2 months ago by DR PAUL E HELLIWELL
5.0 out of 5 stars giggle chortle or damn well belly laugh
Chuckle power ***** = star Yes I've read the book and yes the books are better than the films. However in this rating I reckon it's a close call. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tony Connolly
5.0 out of 5 stars The disc world just has so many great characters!!!
It is a wonderfully inventive take on modern technology versus the previous generation tech but set in the all too imaginative realm of the disc world... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lincoln Birnie
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