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Going Postal [DVD] (2010)
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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
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I give this 3 stars because,while falling way short of the actual book,this adaptation is far better than the previous tv versions of Colour of Magic(David Jason as Rincewind? COME ON...NOT THE RINCEWIND IN MY MIND OR THE Kidby illustrations),and Hogfather,a fabulous book,is really quite bad as a tv version.
I know the late TP had a lot to do with these adaptations but they just do not achieve the class of the books.And like others have commented,please DO NOT base the books on these films,READ READ READ!!!
The Cosgrove Hall cartoon versions of Soul Music,Wyrd Sisters and the stop motion Truckers are more inkeeping with the books.
Still Going Postal isnt too bad.
Being a postie myself,this book had me in stitches.
Great actors but most didn't fit the roles. Trying to fit a story, which takes a couple of avid days to read, into less than 2hrs does not work. To much missed, characters not filled out, important bits missing, relationships not made. All the bits we love best about Terry work.
I miss him.
Very, very disappointed! Don't judge the books from any of these TV adaptations.
Richard Coyle plays Lipwig extremely well, especially in the scene where he blags a table in the restaurant and Claire Foyle is an adorable feisty Adora. The high calibre David Suchet (Reacher Gilt) Andrew Sachs (Groat) and Charles Dance (Vetinari)demonstrate that the stories and production can attract the best of our acting talent.
My favourite character apart from the key protagonists was Tamsin Greig as Miss Cripslock. Impeccably dressed and well characterised.
I regard this as the best interpretation of a Terry Pratchett book to date and hope that the producers go on to produce more!
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