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Hogfather Limited Edition [DVD]

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  • Actors: Mark Arden, Terry Pratchett, Vadim Jean, Ian Richardson, David Jason
  • Directors: Paula Nightingale
  • Producers: Vadim Jean, Paula Nightingale, Elaine Pyke, Ian Sharples, Rod Brown
  • Format: Limited Edition, PAL
  • 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: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 23 April 2007
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MRP3YE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,443 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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A lovely film. This is pure entertainment from start to finish. I too, don't have access to Sky and was fretting over missing it. However, the DVD has more than made up for that. I can watch it now, whenever I want! The plot as ever is the usual Pratchett mix of wierd and spectacular. You need to watch this one a few times as you get something different each time you watch it. The cast is brilliant (I loved Nigel Planer as the student wizard). Of course, there's much more to the book than you could possibly fit into a film. If you're a Pratchett book fan just enjoy the film as a great piece of film making and don't try and compare the two. If you've never encountered Terry Pratchett before, and like something a bit fantasy, you'll love the film. Great entertainment.
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The best programme on TV last Christmas - This is just fantastic - the casting of the late Ian Richardson as the voice of DEATH was inspired .So sad he wont be around for any more

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
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i am a fan of the books but not the tv versions. this one is different. i watched it when it was broadcast over the christmas period and it is fantastic. the special effects are top notch and the storyline matches the written version. buy it and get your family and friends round to watch it
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I have only just received my copy so have not had chance to see it yet. Stars based on previous review and anticipation

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
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Great fun to watch, especially for Discworld fans like me. David Jason plays Alberto Malich brilliantly, and Terry Pratchett makes a couple of little appearances in it. Look out for the hidden humour in it.
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I don't have Sky so was fretting over not being able to see this at Christmas ... thank goodness it came out on dvd. I disagree with the reviewer who said the casting of Teatime wasn't right - I think ALL the characters are exactly as I imagined them from reading the book. Actually, I have to say I was a tinsy bit disappointed with Nobby Nobbs and Washpot ... but they hardly feature in the story and clearly were trying.

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.
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I've not been reading TP books for long - probably since I was nearly 13, two years ago - but I have read Hogfather.

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 [14], certainly.

Final comment: I want Susan's outfits!! ...Even her governess ones... I was born a century too late it seems... =[
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I need to start by admitting I was always coming at this as a long term enthusiast for Pratchett's books and so have been 'imagineering' the Discworld and characters in my head for around 15 years.

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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