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Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic (Two-Disc Edition) [DVD]

David Jason    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: David Jason
  • Format: PAL
  • Audio Description: 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: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Nov 2008
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EM1E8K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,930 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Effects-strewn, feature-length, TV adaptation of the first two novels in Terry Pratchett's 'Discworld' series of comic fantasies. Sir David Jason stars as the jaded, incompetent wizard, Rincewind, who unwittingly finds himself playing guide to naive tourist, Twoflower (Sean Astin), when the two are forced to flee from the city of Ankh-Morpork after a terrible inferno. The film co-stars Tim Curry and Jeremy Irons, while Brian Cox narrates, and Christopher Lee provides the voice of Death.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He's a hero isn't he? 7 Jun 2009
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
A live-action Terry Pratchett movie is either doomed to fail in every way, or succeed in practically everything.

And "The Colour of Magic," adapted from the first two novels in Pratchett's brilliant Discworld series, is more the former than the latter. This one is no "Hogather" -- it has rather slack direction at times -- but it preserves Pratchett's wry satirical sense of humour. And of course, it's all about a mercenary, cowardly failed wizard.

Rincewind (David Jason) is ejected from the Unseen University, on the very day that Twoflower (Sean Astin) arrives with his many-legged Luggage. He's come to the Disc... to "look at it." But after Rincewind tries to con Twoflower, the Patrician (Jeremy Irons) orders Rincewind to be the guide/bodyguard of the Disc's first ever tourist.

After a massive fire sweeps through the city, the two end up fleeing Ankh-Morpork and running into all sorts of weird things -- a very assertive magic sword, a floating island full of see-through dragons, a dramatic dragonlady in a leather bikini, astrozoologists trying to determine Great A'Tuin's gender, the aged Cohen the (retired) Barbarian, druids, and even getting thrown clear off the Disc in a strange spacecraft. And you thought YOU had problems.

Unfortunately the Unseen University is having troubles of its own -- the magical book Octavo is acting weird, and power-hungry Trymon (Tim Curry) is scheming against the Archchancellor. Even worse, a strange red star has appeared in the sky, and the world is facing destruction. The only thing that can save it is the spell in Rincewind's head.

Perhaps it's because it's based on the first, roughest Discworld books, but "Colour of Magic" is not quite as funny or tightly-written as its predecessor, "Hogather.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 5 Nov 2008
By Eolake
Format:Blu-ray
Rincewind the wizard was never my favorite Terry Pratchett character, but I have to say they did a fine job turning this book into a three-hour film. (Or two TV episodes, whatever.) It had a good cast, including Jeremy Irons and the toothsome newcomer Laura Haddock, who did a fine job in the role as octogenarian Cohen The Barbarian's fair maiden.

Most of all, the dragons, buildings, and space turtles were detailed and beautiful to behold, created on a budget which would have lasted a Hollywood studio through lunch time. We are clearly out of the age where a TV production would have inferior graphics.

I'm hoping they will continue to make films from Pratchett's books, there's a wealth of humor, great stories and outlandish ideas to explore.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cracked it 31 Aug 2008
By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I sat down with a large degree of tepidation when this appeared on Sky but they cracked it, it was great and I think I know why.

I hated its forerunner "Hogfather". Hogfather had been one of my favourite books, and I could quote large sections of it, and I believe that this intimate knowledge of the book was the reason that acted version of it failed in my eyes (that and incredibly bad casting).

However, the Colour of Magic and Light Fantastic weren't anywhere near my favourite books, in fact they are the ones that I had read the least. And I think that this is the reason I enjoyed the films - because I was not as familiar with the detail of these two stories I found that I wasn't able to say, in a frustrated tone, "why did they alter that?", etc.

One problem I thought I was going to have was with the casting of David Jason (Frost, Dangermouse, Mr Toad, etc) as Rincewind. Yet Mr Jason so easily became the Rincewind that I had pictured in my mind. His depiction was, in my opinion, wonderful, and this only goes to prove that you need to cast fans of the books in important roles, or at least someone who has had the intellegence to read the relevant books before he takes to the screen.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Simply doesn't work 17 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
I adore Terry Pratchett's books and recognise that translating them to film would alway to be a challenge - what can compare with the product of his writing and your own imagination? But Hogfather worked well and Going Postal wasn't too bad, considering it seemed rather low budget, especially in the special effects of creating the golems. But The Colour of Magic simply does not work.
Maybe Terry Pratchett is a great David Jason fan, or vice versa, but, as Rincewind, Jason is totally miscast. Rincewind is tall, gangly, rather despicably self-centred and cowardly. David Jason is, as always, David Jason - cuddly, slightly muddled and loveable. In no way a realistic Rincewind (I have to admit too that his Albert was, for me, the low point of The Hogfather - too much David Jason, not enough Terry Pratchett.)
And Sean Astin as Twoflower the tourist? Who on earth thought of that? What, he played a (passable) hobbit therefore he is indispensible in filming fantasy novels? Pleeease! Dreadfully weak in characterisation. And isn't Twoflower meant to be oriental?(Interesting Times, his return, ends up with terracotta warriors!) Or did the powers-that-be think that casting him as oriental would lay them open to cries of racism? Wussies!
I woud love to say that this enthralled me - but I can't. It simply left me unsatisfied and very disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Of course it is brilliant it is terry pratchett! Often films disappoint when transferred to the screen, this has been done very well with a good choice of actors. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Moira Wilkinson
3.0 out of 5 stars Should be fantastic, so what went wrong....?
I mean, it's Terry Pratchett......how could it fail? I really wanted to love it. It has David Jason (not really my idea of Rincewind, but still...... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tempestas
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear!
Oh dear me! I so looked forward to seeing this and was so disappointed. Almost all of Pratchett's humour is lost in this slow, poorly put together offering. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Provocateur
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible sound quality
I was really looking forward to this. Good cast, great story, etc. But the sound editing on this was abysmal: even with the bass turned off and treble maximised we still couldn't... Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Neal
5.0 out of 5 stars the first of Terry Pratchett books
A funny story about the disc world and how it all began. I love the idea of the luggage following David Jason's character everywhere.
Good humour and cleverly done. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dianeh
4.0 out of 5 stars One for Pratchett fans
As a fan of his books it was good to see how my mental images of his characters compared with the those portrayed in the film I certainly enjoyed watching it
Published 5 months ago by Vee Rider
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
As always Terry Pratchett stories are great & convert well to the silver screen. The actors fit their characters well and are true to the books. Read more
Published 6 months ago by cyclingsjm
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to the beginning
After the success of Hogfather, Mob Films decided to go back to the beginning of the series and adapt the Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic as one. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gatekeeper197
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
My first experience of Terry Pratchet and I am enthralled absolutely brilliant. Can't think why I've waited so long but this made me want to embrace fantasy with a big hug...
Published 6 months ago by Elmer Nash
3.0 out of 5 stars well....
Terry Pratchett is a fine author and the film is a wonderous adventure but I must say that it is too long.
Published 6 months ago by Sj Orr-cooper
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