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With an all-star ensemble cast of the UK's most loved actors including David Jason, Ian Richardson, Peter Guinness, Marc Warren and Tony Robinson, Hogfather brings Pratchett's infamous 'Discworld' to life.
Discworld is a world very similar to our own - if you overlook the fact that it is flat, and balanced on four elephants, which in turn are standing on the back of a giant turtle. The inhabitants of Discworld have their own version of Christmas, Hogswatch, and their own version of Santa, the Hogfather - who is pulled across the sky in a hog-drawn sleigh.
This year, however, something is amiss, when on the night before Hogswatch, Death (voiced by Richardson, Bleak House), who is responsible for escorting all beings to the afterlife, notices that the Hogfather's life-timer is lying broken on the floor of his castle. Could it be that Hogswatch will not happen this year?
With much of the fabric of reality dependent on the human power of belief, Death swaps his black shroud for a false beard and red coat to make sure that the children of Discworld remain blissfully unaware of the Hogfather's absence. With the help of his faithful servant Albert (Jason, A Touch of Frost, Only Fools and Horses) Death dutifully travels from house to house delivering gifts, leaving his granddaughter Susan (Michelle Dockery) to find the real Hogfather before belief in him, and subsequently Discworld is destroyed.
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David Jason's contribution is a tad underplayed but there again he doesnt steal the show and I suspect he deliberately pitched it so he wouldnt be THE BIG STAR
The FX are very well done the story moves at a cracking pace - all the flab from the book is gone
The Unseen University is magnificent and Joss Ackland has the time of his life as the Chancellor
But incase you were wondering what was so special about the "Special edition"- its simply the packaging. The extra pounds get you a fold out cover with a hole cut in it. As far as i can see the discs are identical. Worth the extra money- draw your own conclusions
As an adaptation it is spot-on, following the book faithfully even to the dialogue. The only thing you miss in any 'live' version of a book is often the humour and although there is some humour in the exchanges between characters, most of the humour in Pratchett's books comes from his witty asides and acerbic observations as well as his sudden leaps to an unexpected linguistic place; none of this is possible in a film version.
This is as good as it gets though. If you love the book, you'll really enjoy seeing it being brought to life in this adaptation, which was, after all, 'mucked about with' by Terry Pratchett himself; which has to count as a seal of approval.
When it was broadcasted, I didn't have SKY, but my dad asked nicely to your family-friend who happenes to be a TP Discword fanatic.. So I managed to see it a wee bit later than it was actually broadcasted.
The film is, I think, very closely related to the book as is possible. The Death Of Rats doesn't show up much, probably because it's expensive to animate on the computer or how ever it was done.
My only real disapointment was that I din't think that Albert would look like.. well.. David Jason. He was acted great, but just the way I imagined him was skanky greasy hair and stuff.. A bit like that Janitor from the Harry Potter films. . .
I loved the way the characters where acted and their costumes fitted in nicely to what I imagined.
People who haven't read the books can easily watch this, and I'm sure wee kiddies will like it.. although I don;t know any wee kiddies who've seen it...just people around my age and older. BUT IT CAN BE WATCHED BY PEOPLE YOUNGER THAN ME , certainly.
Final comment: I want Susan's outfits!! ...Even her governess ones... I was born a century too late it seems... =[
This said, the sets were great, acting good and the whole thing tried really hard to do the book credit. In particular I enjoyed Death but didn't find Te-a-ti-me as cold and ruthless as I thought.
I felt the film fell down in the pacing of the film. It just seemed to crawl in places and felt generally disjointed. I wouldn't have wanted to sit through the whole thing in one visit.
It seems to me that the film was also marketed as a childrens film for Christmas but the plot gets rather confusing with all that 'blood on the snow' etc. but I personally found some of the concepts went right over my heaed for much of the film. This is not the films fault as I do find that Pratchett tends to reach a stage in his books where it all goes a bit weird with magic, plots, cosmic events and piles of teeth(!) all getting on top of the wonderful world and characters that he establishes early in the books.
All in all I enjoyed it and think it's well worth a nosey but more in the way you can sit down and watch Mary Poppins on one of those Christmas Holiday afternoons where it's raining outside and there's nothing more appealing than curling up on a sofa in front of the television for the afternoon.
Like I say, Pratchett is better in print.
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I just love these books and stories, and the DVD is true to them, a huge cast, for young and oldPublished 1 month ago by D. Smith
I watched this yesterday and was delighted. The DVD stuck well to the story and effects were really good. The casting of the players was excellent. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Margaret M.
This is one of the best Christmas films to watch and the limited edition is great. I bought this copy after wearing out my sisters copy and gave it to her for Christmas and she... Read morePublished on 13 Mar. 2014 by Mazza
I am a big fan of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and was really looking forward to this first TV adaptation of Hogfather. Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2013 by Gatekeeper197
Only one person could write a story like this. Terry Pratchett. What more is there to say? Wonderful. Even death is fun.Published on 31 Mar. 2013 by jørgen bøttcher
Terry Pratchett has once again shown that the step between the narrative word and into film has been a success that seems to come so easy to him.
Long may he continue!
As a Terry Pratchett fan, I bought this DVD to satisfy my curiosity about how a Terry Pratchett novel could be turned into film. I was ready to be disappointed. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2009 by Veronica
Sorry if it's against the rules here but I really, really need your help.
There are 2 different versions of Hogfather: 2 dics edition (about 5 GBP) and limited edition (about... Read more