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Wyrd Sisters - from Terry Pratchett's Discworld [Import DVD]

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  • Language: German, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GSZADM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,602 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Wyrd Sisters is an animated six-episode miniseries adaptation of one of author Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. The books offer an alternate reality that has proven irresistible to an avid, international audience--a universe where the world really is flat after all, and is supported by four elephants floating through the cosmos on the back of a giant turtle. It's a world where fantasy conventions have been filtered through an antic, satirical lens that slyly warps the actions and motives of the wizards, witches, monarchs, and knaves that populate them, and it is suggestive of a sword & sorcery counterpart to Douglas Adams' venerable Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Wyrd Sisters retains the verbal wit and colourfully stylised visual terrain of Pratchett's cracked re-imagining of familiar mythological themes, although modest animation techniques relegate its impact to the realm of older TV cartoons. Sci-fi aficionados spoiled by lavish computer graphics and big-screen state of the art will wonder what all the fuss is about; Pratchett's fans, however, won't mind. An intricate plot, set in motion by the murder of King Verence by the utterly dim-witted Duke Felmet, encompasses a smuggled baby, an itinerant theatrical troupe, a kiss lasting 18 years, time travel and other poker-faced twists of fate cohering around the three titular heroines, a coven of rather dotty witches. A droll, sociable Death (voiced by Christopher Lee) epitomises the breezy comic spirit that fuels Pratchett's stories.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett 10 April 2011
Format:DVD
I have only recently disovered that one of my favourite authors, Terry Pratchett, had these dvd's on the market. Going Postal and Hogfather were what I expected and I enjoyed them, even though with an illustrious cast do not come across like the books. However, after searching for Wyrd Sisters - one of his funniest, I was terribly disappointed by the quality of of the product which wasn't cheap. The graphics are truly abysmal. Hey Ho, they were made in the nineties which probably explains it. Please, please Mr Pratchett get a proper unanimated dvd done with David Jason and, especially Jane Horrocks as the younger which, and using her lancashire accent. I'm in my late seventies so get it done QUICKLY!
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2.0 out of 5 stars very weird sisters 25 Jun 2014
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one of our bad buy's
not at all what we expected.
terry pratchet must have okayed the production but had a brain storm in the process.
disappointing!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Pratchett 30 Jan 2014
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A must for any Terry Prachett fan, This was a present for my Husband, And with other Prachett dvds we could not buy them in the shops so thank you amazon
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5.0 out of 5 stars A step away from the norn-al! I MEAN NOW! 9 Jun 2012
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Absolutely ecstatic I am at finding this cartoon mini-series on DVD after a patient hunt spanning many years. I love the Pratchett Discworld stories and was captivated when the Wyrd Sisters was broadcast on TV.

The Cosgrove/Hall treatment of Sir Terrys work is top-notch and makes for great viewing with the voices matching the character and look of each and every of the Pratchett creations I imagined while reading the book, I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

I've found the other Cosgrove/Hall Discworld mini-series Soul Music for sale from the same source, it is such a pity they only made the two as they are head, shoulders and boots above the live-action Discworld movies that have been televised on Sky, not as 'mucked about' either.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like the books, you'll love the video! 9 Mar 2000
By Charles Prepolec - Published on Amazon.com
At long last the Discworld comes to the small screen; in this the first North American release of the Brit TV series. All the humour and brilliant dialogue of the novel translated very well to this visual medium. Character visuals while not always quite as I imagined, still carried off the right impression. Voice casting is superb and included both Christopher Lee (as Death, of course!) and Jane Horrocks. I can't wait until Reaper Man and Soul Music are released to hear Chris Lee in a featured role.
No the animation is not state of the art, but still manages to exceed the basic needs of the story. This isn't about slick animation, but superb dialogue and inventive storytelling. It is about time that we got to see these brilliant stories and imaginatively crafted characters realized on screen.
Buy this video and show your support of the Discworld series. If sales on this are good, we'll likely see more released in the near future.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 18 Jan 2000
By wallawallan - Published on Amazon.com
I have seen many books that were turned into movies and shows, both live action and animated. 90% of the time it is a complete let down. So I was highly skeptical of Wyrd Sisters. I am a devoted fan of the Discworld series and despite living in the United States I have been able to obtain just about everything printed about the Discworld. I got this video and expected the usual terrible adaptation where the animation is cheap and all wrong for what I pictured and the story is changed horribly because the movie producers think we are so stupid we will only get a joke or a plot line if its yelled in our faces.
But I was delighted with these videos. They are probably the best adaptation of a novel I have ever seen. The movie was well animated, I think, probably because it was not made in the USA! But animation aside, the story itself was a brilliant adaptation of the book, and a lot the humor is very subtle and you can miss it if you aren't careful. And I loved the British accents, because I tend to not think of the books that way when I am reading them. This video had me laughing so hard at points my stomach hurt, and I will be watching again and again to catch what I missed from laughing, if I can contain myself that is.
So in summary all I can say is get it if you like the Discworld novels, get this video because you won't be disappointed!
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You've read the books - now see the cartoon 22 Nov 2002
By Doug Urquhart - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been putting off buying the Pratchett cartoons, since I was apprehensive that the images wouldn't match my own personal images of the characters.
I was also worried that the process of transferring print to screen would lose a lot of the subtlety of the original.
I needn't have worried.
Very enjoyable indeed.
Were the characters as I imagined them? Not all, No. Did it matter? Not really.
I found to my delight that the makers of the cartoon had taken the trouble to immerse themselves in the books, and hence were able to throw in the occasional allusion (for the diehard fans) and to edit the narrative without any loss of enjoyment.
Strongly recommended.
Soul Music is even better.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hamlet's Device, Macbeth's Tale, Pratchett's Wit 17 Dec 2004
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I got this DVD because, like many, I'm a Terry Pratchett junky. At first glance I had some problems mostly do to the very made-for-tv animation and more important, many of my ideas of what the characters were like was just as idiosyncratic and those of everyone else. I stuck with it, and in short order discovered I liked this series very much - in an endearing sort of way.

Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat are nearly perfect. Especially the latter two, Nanny Ogg displaying her usual 'loosidity' and Magrat as the permanently flower-child witch. Having been roped into responsibility of the murdered king's infant son, the maneuvers, manipulations, and frontal attacks of three ladies who obey the rules only when it is convenient can't help by claim the loyalty of those of use who also believe in doing the right thing even when we have to do the wrong thing in order to accomplish it. A surprising amount of Pratchett's tongue-in-cheek sarcasm makes it through the transition from book to tube as well.

The usurpers to the Lancre throne are the enemy. Not satisfied with the country they proceed to cut down all the trees, burn the houses of non-taxpayers, and drive the witches from the kingdom. When all of this lands in the witches' laps along with the child and the ghost of its father. They pack young Tom-John off with a band of wandering players and are finally driven by a kidnapped cat to make a direct confrontation, which culminates in a war of headology and a final confrontation of Macbethian proportions. And, in the background, a fool makes a man of himself over Margrat.

I found DEATH was the least convincing character. He had all the lines right, but I had expected something more sepulchral - especially from Christopher Lee. After all, if someone goes about speaking in capital letters all the time one expects drum rolls or killer shark themes to play when you actually hear him. Well, he was OK, but not DEATH as I would live him.

Poor animation and an insufficiently dead DEATH aside, all this really is good fun. The DVD does demonstrate that Pratchett's appeal is much wider than I would have previously guessed. I may even start giving copies of the book away as Christmas presents.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Discworld Brought to Life 25 Feb 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I've loved Terry Pratchett's Discworld from the first words of The Colour of Magic and his delightful description of the luggage. I will admit that the voice they gave Magrat is grating on the nerves and the animation could have been a bit better. Honestly, I think the only three characters they got right on were Granny Weatherwax, Death and Verence (the fool).
But to see the book brought so wonderfully to life, so many little things they retained, and they didn't cheat on the spell! I adore it. This may not be for the 'perfectionists who think they are Number One Pratchett Fans', but for the rest of us poor mortals, it's absolutely endearing.
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