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Terry Pratchett: Going Postal (2010)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 252 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056G1APW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,545 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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

Editorial Reviews

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.


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82 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "He didn't believe in angels." 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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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
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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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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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.
SUBTITLES.

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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars lol
Love the books and the video was just as good! Captures the look and feel you want if you are a Terry Pratchett fan
Published 18 days ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome rendition of Pratchett
We're avid fans of the book and this movie does not disappoint!

A hilarious blend of fantasy, humor and the bizarre. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lareena Goertz
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely great British style comedy.
I like Terry Pratchett in books but like his movies even better. I thought the production and photography of this flick was great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Alex
1.0 out of 5 stars For an American Audience
They took an eloquent lively brilliantly written booked and "dumbed" it down to absurdity----obviously written for an American Audience because Pratchett's writing is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Lamont
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Pratchett Films
With Hogfather a close second, but a masterful interpretation of the novel and of Pratchett's inimitably wicked sense of humor. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Beth and Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on a Terry Pratchett novel.
"Going Postal" is an excellent film, and if you're a fan of the Terry Pratchett, then it is must viewing.
Excellent cast, chills, thrills, and laughs.
Published 2 months ago by PsycheNH
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd, funny abd thought provoking
An odd story about redemption, second chances and good versus evil all in a steampunk flavor. It is British so, if you're not into British humour be forewarned. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Donald Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats
I love going postal. It shows disc world as it was truely meant to be and watching the interactions of the characters made me smile. Now... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charles D. Oliver
4.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett fans will be pleased
This was a gift gift for my wife. She enjoyed it very much.
We are both big fans of the Pratchett books and felt good about the adaptation to film. Read more
Published 3 months ago by David M
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Going Postal is one of three movies presenting books written by Terry Pratchett in cinematic form. It is simply superb. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MICHAEL MARSHALL
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