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  • Actors: David Jason, Marc Warren, Michelle Dockery, David Warner, Tony Robinson
  • Directors: Vadim Jean
  • Writers: Vadim Jean, Sarah Conroy, Terry Pratchett
  • Producers: Elaine Pyke, Ian Sharples, Robert Halmi Jr., Robert Halmi Sr.
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: March 4 2008
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010X741Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,358 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 21 2008
Format: DVD
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Jane Austen fan on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Gering on July 29 2008
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 11 2009
Format: DVD
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.

And fortunately the BBC's first live-action adventure in Terry Pratchett's Discworld is a brilliant affair -- faithful, hilarious, and full of intricate plotting and gutsplitting satire. It also manages to mingle the unsentimental observations about human nature with a feel-good message -- not an easy thing to do, especially in a Christmas-related movie.

On the night before Hogswatch, the Auditors enlist the Assassins' Guild for a very special job: "delete" the Hogfather. For this, Lord Downey calls on the psychotically childlike Mr. Teatime (Marc Warren), who has already figured out ways to kill the Hogfather, Soulcake Duck, and even Death. Soon Death (Ian Richardson) finds that the Hogfather has vanished --and takes on the Hogfather's duties for the night, much to the disgust of his granddaughter Susan (Michelle Dockery).

But realizing that something is very seriously wrong with the world, Susan begins investigating the origins of the Hogfather, and the terrible reasons that he has vanished. Mr. Teatime and a locksmith, wizard and trio of thieves have infiltrated the Tooth Fairy's castle and have somehow contrived to erase the Hogfather. And the wizards -- after opening a lethal bathroom for the bombastic Ridcully (Joss Ackland) -- learn that strange creatures are coming into existence, such as the Verruca Gnome and the Eater of Socks (not to mention Bilious, the Oh God of Hangovers).

Now Susan must somehow find a way to bring back the Hogfather -- or else despite all Death's best efforts ("And what do you want, small human?
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