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  • Actors: David Jason, Ian Richardson, David Suchet, Richard Coyle, Tim Curry
  • Directors: Vadim Jean
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct. 2010
  • Run Time: 555 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00428NATO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,176 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All three lavish television adaptations of Terry Pratchett’s hugely popular Discworld novels, in one DVD collection.

The Hogfather
In this live-action adaptation of the Terry Pratchett book of the same name, the inhabitants of Discworld celebrate a form of Christmas called Hogswatch, where the Hogfather travels in a hog-drawn sleigh, delivering presents to children. In this world, the fabric of reality is predominantly dependent on the power of belief. So, when the Hogfather mysteriously disappears, Death dons a red coat and false beard and sets about delivering all the presents before the children of Discworld notice that anything is amiss. Of course, he cannot do it all alone, and enlists the help of his trusty servant Albert (David Jason, Only Fools and Horses). Meanwhile, Death’s granddaughter Susan (Michelle Dockery, Consent) searches for the Hogfather before belief in him disappears, leading to the destruction of Discworld. This adaptation of The Hogfather is the first time a live-action version of a book by the hugely successful author Terry Pratchett has been made and it manages to be an entertaining Christmas family tale. With a sizeable budget and a charismatic performance by David Jason, The Hogfather brings Discworld fully to life.

The Colour of Magic
Following his expulsion from Unseen University for his inability to master basic magic, Rincewind (David Jason, The Hogfather) the wizard is compelled to become a Discworld tour guide to their first ever tourist. Twoflower (Sean Astin, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy) is a rather innocent insurance salesman who Rincewind exposes to the dangers of Discworld's mythical creatures, the threat of fire in Ankh-Morpork, Death (the physical incarnation) and the possible end of the world. The Colour of Magic is based on the acclaimed Terry Pratchett fantasy books The Light Fantastic and The Colour of Magic. This thrilling, action-packed production features an impressive supporting cast that includes Christopher Lee (The Wicker Man), Tim Curry (Clue), and Jeremy Irons (Die Hard With A Vengeance).

Going Postal
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.

Special Features
Exclusive Terry Pratchett introductions to Colour of Magic and Going Postal

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Fran on 25 Nov. 2010
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This set of three videos, originally on Sky TV, is a valuable addition to the Pratchett canon for those of us who enjoy all his books.

Clever casting, great effects, and faithfulness to the story lines make this a long lasting memento of a good writer.

His introductions to the videos give a clear insight into him as a person, and, knowing that he will not be able to write so interestingly (Iris Murdoch, who had the same health problems, lost a lot of her vocabulary in later books) makes it a bitter-sweet memento.

I would certainly recommend this set of videos to all Pratchett fans, and to anyone interested in intelligent fantasy.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Alilanien on 9 Dec. 2010
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Good product. It's in a nicely presentented box. The dvd's are excelent quality. The films themselves were very well done and accurate to the books. Would highly recommend.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tigergirl on 29 Dec. 2010
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An excellent box set for all Pratchett fans. Hours of quality entertainment that makes turning on the TV worth the effort as it is infinately superior in content than what is on the box normally. A must buy for those who love the Dicsworld series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mole on 26 Jun. 2011
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I've been a fan of Terry Pratchett's books for the last couple of decades. When I heard that they were to be turned into films, I was in turn worried and delighted. Worried that the atmosphere of the books couldn't be recreated so we would see a meaningless series of scenes, but once I had seen the films, delighted that they had managed to achieve a superb visualisation of the stories.

The locations and sets are beautifully crafted and do an excellent job of creating the environments of the Discworld. The actors playing the various characters do a superb job of portrayal, and I found them all very believable. They have had to modify the stories slightly to make the films, but this has been done in a way that doesn't detract from the main plot; and I don't feel that anything is lost by it.

In all, a great collection of the current films; I do hope that they will consider doing more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BrianC on 9 Feb. 2013
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These may not exactly meet your personal vision of Discworld, but they do a pretty good job - I could forgive the occasional divergence from my own mental picture! Kept me well-entertained for hours, can't fault it (unless I really nit-pick, and it doesn't deserve that).

Terrific production values, so obviously directed by an enthusiast who really "gets" Discworld, such great value - don't faf about, just buy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CC on 25 Mar. 2011
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Not quite spectacular but very good; perfect for a dull winters evening or perhaps a sick day from work/school. Close the curtains, snuggle under the duvet and what all 3. Some excellent character actors in here and imaginative sets, with some good old fashioned goodies and baddies fun. Very easy watching.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fiona on 28 Dec. 2010
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This Dvd was great i know some have been repeated on TV but you can watch at your own lesiure. Well crafted, well written well worth buying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephh on 21 Feb. 2013
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As a huge TP fan, I did get to see a couple of these when they were on tv (shh, a friend recorded them for me!) but to actually own them - Whoo hoo!
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