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David Jason , Marc Warren , Vadim Jean    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Words from the wise March 21 2008
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Terry Pratchett fans long waited for the transformation of Discworld tales into visuals. Computer games, animations and stage productions were all right in their place, but film adaptations are the mark of success. Pratchett resisted adaptations because most producers "didn't get it". Vadim Jean "got it" and has made the story of "Hogfather" into a fine film presentation. As a TV production, there are limitations and omissions, but these do not detract from the success of Jean's efforts to bring Pratchett's story of intrigue, power and imagination to the small screen.

But what of the newcomer to Pratchett and his Discworld? Will they gain the same satisfaction from the visual presentation of one of the more compelling [and best-selling] authors of the past generation? The DVD opens with a Bang. Not a very Big one, but enough to discharge a wondrous sight - a disc sitting atop four elephants who stand on the carapace ["shell"] of a giant tortoise. The vision certainly imparts the feeling that something unusual will follow. Which it does: a young governess is reading "Jack And The Beanstalk" to a pair of youngsters on Hogswatch Eve. Tucking them in, Susan notes: "If you don't believe in the Hogfather, there won't be any presents." It is the film's key statement.

For the Hogfather has gone missing. This may be because the Auditors of the Universe, who resent life and loathe humans because they're unpredictable, have commissioned Guild of Assassins to have the Hogfather "brought to an end". The Guild's Head assigns the job to a young Assassin, Mister Teatime ["Tee-ah tim-eh, most people get it wrong, Sir."] who has already devised a plan to accomplish it. Teatime gathers a team to put his plan into effect. This scheme starts by kidnapping the Tooth Fairy. Wot?
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5.0 out of 5 stars in love with Death May 22 2008
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As a long time discworld addict, I was prepared to forgive almost anything from someone who was brave enough to bring 'Hogfather' to life, but it turned out there was nothing to forgive. Vadim Jean has captured the spirit of the story perfectly even though he was forced to omit many wonderful scenes and details that didn't make it from book to movie. My seven year old son has become extremely fond of Death (not death!), which is a testament to the genius of Terry Pratchett, Ian Richardson (THE VOICE) and the others involved, the Grim Reaper is not usually such a sympathetic character. The movie may not make perfect sense to a non-Disworld fan, but certainly will pique his/her interest in the rest of the series. Most of the characters, especially Susan and the assassin Teatime were pitch-perfect. Even the actor playing Nobby Nobbs got the personality down, although Nobby's unique physical characteristics would be almost impossible to duplicate without CG effects. I am looking forward to the next live-action adaptation of the Discworld.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Pratchett Rocks! Jan. 24 2014
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Bring on the Terry Pratchett movie a thon! Hogfather was well made, a good laugh, an interesting escape into a unique world!
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I bought Hogfather because I Iove Terry Pratchett's work. I am not normally a reader of either fantasy or science fiction, but what Pratchett writes is brilliant and very funny satire about our world, disguised as the imaginary Discworld. If Hogfather and Pratchett's other works are "mere fantasy" so is Gulliver's Travels. Where Swift and Pratchett differ, however, is in Pratchett's huge generosity of spirit and affection for his characters. Where Swift points out our human flaws with "savage indignation", Pratchett does it through laughter. Susan and Death are among my favourite characters.
The video is brilliantly done, faithful to the work, superbly acted by a cast of some of Britain's best performers, and with very high production values. I would say exactly the same of the other video I purchased, The Colour of Magic. I watched a friend's video of Going Postal. Same thing. I haven't seen any of the animated versions. Not sure I want to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Feb. 28 2013
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We like Brittish humor and acting and this is some of the best drama/humor out there. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hogfather Dec 1 2012
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I find this movie shock full of surprises and a delight to watch. Terry Prachett is such a humorous and witty writer and I think they did a fine
job recreating his book on screen..
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Hogfather is O.K. but to see Terry Pratchett at his best check out Going Postal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Family Treasure, perfect for the Holidays July 29 2008
I know this starts out wrong, but please bear (bare) with me ;)

I've only read the first Terry Pratchett's novel, Color of Magic, and quite frankly, I read the first chapter or so and let it sit for a 1/2 to 3/4 of a year. Once I picked it up again, however, the pages flew by and I finished it quite promptly. It was an extremely colorfull depiction of an alternate universe that had very close ties to our own. Of course, being fantasy, or literal fantasy, it resembles more of the english speaking folklore and mythology, than any actual historical events. Now take all that, give it a, stir, a chop or two, infuse some octarine, and you have Discworld.

This was the information I had going into viewing this wonderful film. To say the least, it was a wonderful show that entertained me to the core. Extremely well done, the focus here is on the actual work done by Mr. Prachett. It doesn't have the Hollywood abundant budget, but more than makes do with the resources that were available to it. Vadim Jean (adaption and director) has used the gift of ingenuity to create a truly spectacular and heart warming family holiday masterpiece. I was spell-bound and in awe of this great work of art.

If you're looking for a magical slaughter-fest, this isn't it (although the death count is higher than most movies). If you're looking for a story that has been dramtically reproduced with loving care about us as a whole, with a definately UK slant at humor, this is a show for you (heck, it even attracted the attention of my 15 year old boy to stop and watch).

So in summary, I had rented it, but as soon as it is available I'll be purchasing a copy of this to view each holiday season. There is just something about it that calls to you and make you think Hogswatch, er I mean Christmas ;)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 8 days ago by gerald
3.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed.
I thought it would have been better as per the reviews. So so. Not impressed. Not worth to buy I find.
Published 12 months ago by Sandra Tasse
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
It's a good movie, based off of Terry Pratchett's book of the same name. Those who already read the book will enjoy the movie more; those who didn't, could be bored one's or twice.
Published on March 1 2011 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adaptation of a Terry Pratchett's Discworld book
OK, I admit, I'm a huge fan of Terry Pratchett. So it is even more important to me that the adaptation be just right. Of course, since Mr. Read more
Published on April 12 2010 by Gwen
4.0 out of 5 stars good character casting
I like the way the characters were portrayed and think the casting was done quite well. I imaged Teatime a little differently and it put me off the first time I watched it, but he... Read more
Published on Dec 21 2009 by Martina Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Hogswatch
Hogfather the movie is the best film adaptation of a book I've come across. Sadly not all the characters in the book could be included in the storyline of the film but you wont... Read more
Published on April 14 2009 by William A. Stonier
5.0 out of 5 stars Twas the night before Hogswatch
Twas the night before Hogwatch, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring... because the only person stirring was Death in a Hogsfather costume. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2009 by E. A Solinas
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