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Hogfather [DVD]

David Jason , Joss Ackland , Vadim Jean    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: David Jason, Joss Ackland, Michelle Dockery, Nigel Planer, Marc Warren
  • Directors: Vadim Jean
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V7ZMK0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,190 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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With an all-star ensemble cast of the UK's most loved actors including David Jason, Ian Richardson, Peter Guinness, Marc Warren and Tony Robinson, Hogfather brings Pratchett's infamous 'Discworld' to life.

Discworld is a world very similar to our own - if you overlook the fact that it is flat, and balanced on four elephants, which in turn are standing on the back of a giant turtle. The inhabitants of Discworld have their own version of Christmas, Hogswatch, and their own version of Santa, the Hogfather - who is pulled across the sky in a hog-drawn sleigh.

This year, however, something is amiss, when on the night before Hogswatch, Death (voiced by Richardson, Bleak House), who is responsible for escorting all beings to the afterlife, notices that the Hogfather's life-timer is lying broken on the floor of his castle. Could it be that Hogswatch will not happen this year?

With much of the fabric of reality dependent on the human power of belief, Death swaps his black shroud for a false beard and red coat to make sure that the children of Discworld remain blissfully unaware of the Hogfather's absence. With the help of his faithful servant Albert (Jason, A Touch of Frost, Only Fools and Horses) Death dutifully travels from house to house delivering gifts, leaving his granddaughter Susan (Michelle Dockery) to find the real Hogfather before belief in him, and subsequently Discworld is destroyed.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A successful move from book to screen 13 Mar 2008
This is the first "theatrical" (i.e. live actors, not cartoons) realisation of a Terry Pratchett novel, and like, I'm sure, all Pratchett fans I approached it with some trepidation. Would it work? Would the intricacies and atmosphere of the Discworld be adequately represented for us here on Roundworld? Could they be? It was a bit like going to see the first of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy at the cinema - could such a different place, which each of us believed in in our own way, actually be filmed successfully? The answer with the Peter Jackson film(s) was, of course, a resounding "yes" and the same goes for this less ambitious venture.
There have been cartoon versions of two Terry Pratchett novels, "Wyrd Sisters" and "Soul Music" and these worked reasonably well, but the limitations of the media (and some rather quirky editing) mean that we had to wait for the live action "Hogfather", with excellent casting and production, CGI, and animatronics to start to do justice to Pratchett's vision.
It is difficult to fault it. The only thing the viewer has to take care about is that as well as enjoying it you have to pay attention because otherwise you will miss some typically Pratchett little gems, and possibly something relevant to the plot. Discworld devotees will appreciate it most, I think, but others should too, judging from the positive reaction from my family members who have hitherto resisted the novels. And yes, it is worth buying the two-disc version.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised 13 Jan 2011
By Petra
I really enjoyed this movie having purchased it at the Christmas holiday season so was particularly appropriate. If you are a Terry Pratchett fan you will not be disappointed.Where else could you read about Death being Father Christmas!
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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The deranged assassin Mr Teatime has figured out a way to kill the Hogfather (think Santa but with porcine overtones). Knowing that without the Hogfather the sun will not rise, Death decides to boost the power of belief by impersonating the jolly fat man. Meanwhile, Death's (adoptive) grandaughter Susan takes it upon herself to stop Teatime's plans.

Pratchett fans will be pleased by the surprisingly faithful adaption of the Discworld novel of the same name. The character of Susan (played by the beautiful Michelle Dockery) is a wonderfully realised character with the perfect dry wit and cynicism which makes for a great protagonist. In fact, all of the characters are played to perfection by the all-star cast be it Marc Warren's psychotic Teatime or the bemused wisdom of Joss Ackland's wizard Mustrum Ridcully. There's plenty of humour on offer here too, with at least one good chuckle every ten minutes (the Oh God of Hangovers is particularly amusing). However, the element which made this film worthwhile for me is Death. The design of the character is really good, with the twinkling blue lights deep in his eye sockets being more effective than any amount of CGI could be. But it is Ian Richardson's vocal talent which, if you'll pardon the pun, really bring Death to life. Richardson manages to convey everything from Death's confusion over the human race to his rage against the Auditors perfectly. (ALBERT: "Never say die, that's our motto" DEATH: "I can't say it's ever been mine")

The plot of this film is really quite intricate and if you don't pay attention you may find yourself wondering things like 'Why are they in the Tooth Fairy's castle?' or 'What's all this stuff about the Verucca Gnome?'.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hogfather - excellent! 11 May 2007
I won't make this a long review, but if you want to watch a film that has superb actors and characters along with humour and seriousness, then I strongly recommend you get this film. It makes excellent viewing without going overboard as some films can do. It helps that the film is divided into 2 episodes. My children and I enjoyed this very much.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adaptation of the Discworld novel 13 Jan 2008
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
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An excellent film to watch with the family if you like Terry Pratchet's novels of Discworld, particularly at Christmas.

The story is divided into two episodes, each with an introduction and a set of credits. Contrary to the inaccurate review above, both episodes ARE included on the disc.

The story is set in Terry Pratchet's Discworld at the start of the festival of "Hogswatch" which is extremely similar to our Christmas. Children are hanging up their stockings and hoping that "The Hogfather" (e,g, Santa Claus/Father Christmas) will bring them plenty of presents.

At the start of the film, four spectres who call themselves the auditors of reality pay a visit to the head of the Guild of Assassins with a most unusual assignment - they want to take out a contract on Father Christmas/The Hogfather.

It turns out that a very sinister assassin called Mr Teatime,
(pronounced Tay - Ah - Tee - May and he hates being addressed by the name of the meal) has actually done some thinking about how you might go about killing immortal beings like the Tooth Fairy, Death, or Father Christmas, and he is willing to put these ideas into practice ...

Mr Teatime's plans appear to be working when both Death, and Death's grand-daughter Susan, discover that something very strange is going on. Before long Death finds himself impersonating Santa (sorry, the Hogfather).

It's not often an actor who is merely providing a voice manages to steal the show, but the late Ian Richardson as the voice of Death, manages to do so here. Richardson even gets to reprise the infamous line of his almost equally sinister character Francis Urquhart from House of Cards - "You might think that, I couldn't possibly comment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
soooo slooooww. Didn't think it was possibly to make Terry Pratchett tedious but this succeeded.
Not an ideal book to televise due to its lack of action and three hours was... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Clare
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a rainy day
Perfect for a rainy day
Published 27 days ago by Arpad Lööv
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
également satisfaite. merci
Published 29 days ago by Monique Watteau
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great DVD perfect for Christmas
Published 1 month ago by S. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun!
I watched this a few years ago and enjoyed it,so when i saw it on amazon cheap (used) i decided i'd like to watch it again.Good Discworld fun!
Published 1 month ago by mrdubyadee
5.0 out of 5 stars A real visual treat
I am a big fan of David Jason so it goes without saying that I would buy something with him in it. I was not disappointed with this TV movie, I have complained in the past about... Read more
Published 2 months ago by r a price
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not a particularly great adaptation of Terry Pratchett's...
This is not a particularly great adaptation of Terry Pratchett's offcenter dark fantasy "Christmas" book and as such, is pretty much par for the course for films made off... Read more
Published 2 months ago by MarsTwain
5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett at its best
Fans of Terry Pratchett will likely love this, just a bit of fun.
Family entertainment, no real violence or bad language.
Good fun !
Published 4 months ago by S Foster
Though the cast can act, an the visuals are fine, this doesn't makeup for a trivial storyline, an low drama. Read more
Published 4 months ago by vlc
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I hadn't seen this before id brought it and brought it because it was david Jason ya cant go wrong
Published 5 months ago by sarah morris
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