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  • Actors: Richard Coyle, David Suchet, Claire Foy, Charles Dance, Andrew Sachs
  • Directors: Jon Jones
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IPC3JU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,473 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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Okay, so first thing first, I absolutely love Terry Pratchett and all things Discworld, however probably because of that I have high expectations when it comes to the adaptations. Hogfather was great, although of course the book is immensely superiour, Colour of Magic I wasn't a huge fan. Going Postal I really enjoyed, a lot of the actors were perfect (imo) for the roles, Charles Dance IS Vetinari (albeit a blonde one, but hey, we managed to get over the whole 'blonde bond' thing so why not Vetinari), Adora, Stanley and Reacher were pretty much as I saw them, Moist wasn't, but he grew on me and now whenever I re-read GP or MM I shall imagine him.

Going Postal does deviate from the plot of the book, in my mind there are only three major variations, one of which I think they got away with leaving out, another was a 'slight' deviation which I can see why they did it and it works for the screen, and the last that annoyed the hell out of me. But life isn't perfect, and books always lose something in the translation to screen. Saying that GP works

Of course one of the best parts about Pratchett's books are the footnotes, the little asides and further jokes and explanations to the reader, this was always my biggest problem with the idea of the adaptations, but with Going Postal I didn't miss them that much, this could have been because they weren't as fixed in my mind or numerous as with the Hogfather, which all the way through I kept remembering the asides that were absent in the adaptation.

All in all I really enjoyed it, and I hope they adapt Making Money soon (and by gods I hope they keep all of Gladys' lines).
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As a devoted Pratchett fan I have watched the good, the bad and the ugly come to screen (the latter two mostly occuring in COM). For this third outing we see the unfortunately named Moist Von Lipwig narrowly avoid a hanging (and that's 'narrow' with a capital 'N') to awake to find he has a destiny to follow - the re-opening of the Post Office and all the problems that go with it. These problems include; escaping from his Golem Parole officer, Angua of the City Watch (werewolf), his arch enemy Reacher Gilt, and trying to get Adora Dearheart to go on a date with him. Yet all of these pale into comparison to the terror of the ancient letters that show his dark past and need deliverance.....literally!

As a huge fan of the books, I knew I would be a hard crowd to please. The Hogfather I loved, yet there was something missing from it, Colour Of Magic I disliked and would not watch again (mostly due to major casting errors), so I was hugely surprised when I found myself hooked watching this adaptation. Going Postal was one of my least favourite books, that I decided to give another chance when I found they were making a t.v. adaptation and grew to love.

There are obviously major flaws; the Post Office and the letters not getting enough time, and the deaths of the previous postmen being explained on the deadly banshee, Mr Gryle, instead of on the time-warping power of the letters and their need to be delivered. Also, the character of Moist and his people pleasing nature, his con-man skills did not seem apparent until the second part of it which also detracted from the major point of the book. The Golems are not right and look rather comical rather than intimidating. Oh, and don't forget Tiddles.....
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So much imagination goes into Discworld that a video adaptation can't capture everything. This does a fairly good job, leaving out a few plot details but capturing the crucial bits. The acting is good enough. I quibble with the casting for Vetinari - thinner and black hair, and I always imagined Drumknott as being elderly.
I don't really know if someone unfamiliar with the book Going Postal: A Discworld Novel would follow it easily - but if you haven't read it and you're here it's because you saw the program (Yank spelling) and liked it.
Technical Note: It is a Region 2 DVD for European players with PAL instead of NTSC. If you are looking to watch it outside Europe, it is a bit of work, but worth the effort. Just get an all-regions DVD player, or buy a cheap second player and assign its region code as Region 2 if you plan to watch a lot of British discs.
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The first book I ever bought for myself as a child was Wyrd Sisters, and it blew me away. Terry Pratchett was and always will be my favourite and most inspiring author of all time. For me it doesn't get better than Mort, which is my favourite of all the discworld novels. So I am completely biased here, this could have been awful and I would have still at least liked it.
However, in saying all of the above I was preparing myself for disappointment here, but I genuinely thought this was a very well made production and enjoyed it more than I had originally enjoyed the book. I really felt a sense of the great man's, original and wry sense of humour.

I loved the visual realisation of Anhk Morpock, Ridcully the wizard and Lord Vetinari. Although those characters looked very different in my head when I had imagined them while reading the novel, I appreciated them as live moving talking actors and thought Charles Dance was every inch Lord Vetinari.
I thought all the lead characters were very well acted particularly Claire Foy, who played Adora Dearheart, who acted every one else of the screen. The scenes involving the other postman who came with the derelict post office were funny without being laugh out hilarious, and felt very true to the author's sense of humour.
I loved the Golum and the references to the assassins guild and the characterisations of the Guards. I thought the hangman particularly typified the discworld attitude with his 'Hello Sir, nice to see you again' patter, in the discworld everyone is just doing their job and has a code of conduct. Assassins have to join a guild so do thieves. The more weird something is the more accepted it is in this world.
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