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 Terry Pratchett's Going Postal


  Review by Suzanne 9/27/11

This is a very bizarre 2-part TV movie that aired in the UK. If you like steampunk, you should love this. Apparently it's based on some novels that I haven't read. I might just have to go read them now. The movie is set in a very strange far-off land, but somewhat similar to ours. There is a lot of humor and strange fantasy elements. It's hard to describe, exactly.

The main character is a con man who gets caught and sentenced to hang. However, someone in charge rescues him and orders him to re-open the post office. He tries to get out of it, but he can't.  Then he finds out that the post office is haunted. It's a very interesting and original story, very complex. The characters are all very unusual and endearing.  It could have easily taken place in a regular city, but instead it takes place in a fantasy world that lives on the back of a giant turtle floating through space, and there are werewolves, vampires, and other strange creatures.  Some of the tone of it reminds me very much of the Harry Potter movies.

Any fan of fantasy should love this movie. It's very good. The acting is great. I really enjoyed it. There are a ton of features. Terry Pratchett, author of the series, gives lots of commentary, as does the director. There is a whole disc of extras where you can meet the cast, the crew, and even the fans. Of course it also has the usual deleted scenes, blooper reel, and image galleries. They pretty much did every possible extra they could for this.  It's a great collection.

More Information:

Terry Pratchett's Going Postal (U.S. Debut, Blu-ray and DVD) - "A tale of love and revenge...and stamps." New, star-studded adaptation of Terry Pratchett's beloved Discworld novel comes to life in the dazzling two-part drama. Starring Richard Coyle (Lorna Doone), David Suchet (Agatha Christie's Poirot), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) and Timothy West (Bleak House, Edward the King), this spectacular 2010 production boasts first-class performances, elaborate costumes and impressive sets. Includes more than an hour of exclusive extras, including video intro from Pratchett, deleted scenes, blooper reel, and more. A worldwide phenomenon best-known for his Discworld series, Pratchett ranks second only to J.K. Rowling as the U.K.'s bestselling author and in the top-ten bestselling non-U.S. authors in the U.S. 

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