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A tale of love and revenge … and stamps

“Elaborately designed fantasy fun” —The Observer (U.K.)

Moist von Lipwig (Richard Coyle, Lorna Doone) is a con man and a charlatan—and he loves every minute of it. From confidence tricks to far-reaching financial fraud, von Lipwig revels in hoodwinking, fleecing, and otherwise ripping off the citizens of Ankh-Morpork. When the law finally catches up to him, the city’s shrewd leader, Lord Vetinari (Charles Dance, Game of Thrones), offers von Lipwig a choice: he can take over the derelict post office . . . or suffer a painful death.

The reluctant postmaster finds himself in charge of thousands of undelivered letters, commanding a charmingly deranged staff of misfits, and at odds with corrupt businessman Reacher Gilt (David Suchet, Agatha Christie’s Poirot), who will stop at nothing to crush his competition. Along the way, he falls under the spell of the icy Adora Dearheart (Claire Foy, Little Dorrit), much to her chagrin. In this delightful adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel, Moist von Lipwig needs every ounce of his considerable charm and cunning to restore the post office, trounce Gilt, and win Adora’s affections.

Special Features

Terry Pratchett Video Introduction (5 min.)
Director Jon Jones Audio Commentary
Bonus Disc with cast, crew, and fan interviews (62 min.)
Deleted Scenes
Blooper Reel
Image Galleries

Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 252 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056G1APW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,613 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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101 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Charity Bishop on June 25, 2011
Format: DVD
This was actually my introduction to British satirist Terry Pratchett, and what an introduction it was! If you have never discovered his hilarious Discworld, this film is a good place to start. You might just wind up like me in running to the library and the bookstore for more!

"Going Postal" is about a con man who is offered a second chance by the Patrician of the city after being hanged (yes, you read that right -- he was already hanged once!): he can either leave free and unchallenged (unfortunately, the only door out of the room opens into a bottomless chasm) or he can revive the derelict Post Office, because the Patrician is sick of his long-distance games of Thud (like chess) being interrupted by his telegrams getting stuck in the Clacks. Moist chooses, as most of us might, this second option only to find himself in way over his head with whispering letters, a haunting past, a parole officer who lacks a sense of humor (and has an uncanny ability to always find him), two oddball assistants one of which who collects pins, and the realization that every one of his predecessors has died a horrible death. And then there's the woman he thinks he might grow to love if she'd stop trying to kill him. Not to mention murder, mayhem, assassins, thugs, thieves, and a competition that might end, as the story begins, with certain, sudden, and rather horrid death.

If you like quirky stories you're bound to like this one -- it has a dark, morbid sense of humor that kicks in right around the opening credits and doesn't let up until the end. The costuming and set design is spot on, as is the casting.
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In the city of Ankh-Morpork, all long-distance communication is done by the clacks (sort of platform telegraphs). But all of that changes in "Going Postal," the third miniseries adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books -- this one poking fun at the postal service, with a charmining conman, a golem, and a ragtag band of postmen at the helm.

Moist von Lipwig (Richard Coyle) was a very successful forger, conman and embezzler... until the Watch caught him, and he was hanged for his crimes. Fortunately, he's not QUITE dead. It turns out that Lord Vetinari (Charles Dance) wants to give Moist a choice: he can die for real, or he can revive the moribund Post Office.

So Moist finds himself saddled with a decaying building filled with undelivered letters, two slightly insane postmen, and golem parole officer named Mr. Pump. And every night, letters force Moist to see the fallout of his past crimes, including a terrible one against the prickly Adora Belle Dearheart (Claire Foy), whom he is starting to fall for.

But the biggest problem may be the owner of the clacks, Mr. Gilt (David Suchet), who is willing to do whatever it takes to destroy the post office. Though he's becoming a more honest man, Moist must put all his con-man skills to use in a war between the clacks and post office -- or he'll lose a lot more than just his job.

"Going Postal" a grittier, less fantastical story than the previous two Discworld miniseries. Sure, we still have fantasy stuff like banshees, golems, whispering letters and wizardly devices, but it all basically boils down to the Post Office against the telegraphesque clacks. But don't worry, the adaptation is pitch-perfect.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on August 6, 2011
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LOL QUIRKINESS. A Medieval fantasy in an English Victorian setting with modern phraseology. Stunning sets and costuming to match any computer generated animation's fun. "GOING POSTAL" was filmed in Budapest with a stunning star-studded cast. Rightly so, for such a production of one of Terry Pratchett's amazing Discworld books. And disclosed in the ample bonus material: the author loves this film with 2 feature-length episodes.

Main plot is a con-man (Richard Coyle-Lorna Doone) is saved from the gallows by being forced to become Postmaster at defunct Ankh-Morport PO. A super-con's worst nightmare. His name, Moist Von Lipwig, is as weird as his official cap. Businessman Gilt (David Suchet-Poirot) is amazing, the villain, devilish and funny, and now owns the Clacks. Clacks are a communication system (typewriter, semaphore, tickertape, and network of strings.) Moist lives in the PO and has ghost visits not unlike Dicken's Victorian Ebenezer. Moist's haunting past. Author Pratchett even goes postal with a Postman cameo requiring 6 takes.

Beyond that info, just be open minded (or no mind) and enjoy an experience worthy of 6 stars. It's an unadulterated mix of adventure, comedy, action, fantasy, historical drama, romance, magic, and it's addicting. Rich characters, common trait from this world-renown author, that live in a fantasy world eons beyond the Land of OZ. So fantastical! And magical stars: Lord Vetinari (Charles Dance- Bleak House; Gosford Park); Ridcully (Timothy West-Colditz; Bleak House) a wizard; Old Postman Groat (Andrew Sachs); Mr Pony (John Henshaw-South Riding); Mr. Pump voice (Nicholas Farrell) a golem (orange Vader, Hulk type).
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US vs UK version
The one I have is by Acorn Media. It has CC in the set up menu. I don't know why it is not listed on the Amazon description. The great thing about it is that the interviews and special features have CC too. The earlier Disc World movies were by Mill Creek Entertainment. They don't have CC or... Read More
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Is this DVD set close captioned?
Yes it does have CC. It is in the set up menu. This is by Acorn Production. The other Disc World movies do not have CC or English sub titles. They are put out are by the tight wad company Mill Creek Entertainment. What's so wonderful about the Acorn production, is that the Terry Pratchett... Read More
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