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  • Actors: Richard Coyle, David Suchet, Claire Foy, Andrew Sachs, Charles Dance
  • Format: NTSC
  • 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: 2
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Acorn
  • Release Date: Sept. 20 2011
  • Run Time: 252 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056G1APW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,223 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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A tale of love and revenge … and stamps

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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Aug. 25 2011
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerald Saul on Oct. 22 2011
Format: DVD
Running approximately three hours long, I'm surprised by how riveting this film was. In fact, I watched it twice in the first week we owned it; my son watched it three times. I've read some Pratchett, but not this book. My son and wife have both read it and tell me they took many liberties with the story. However, most of that can be forgiven as a necessity to squeeze the most important ideas into a movie format. The characters are interesting, the locations and decor are suitably amazing, and Pratchett's cameo near the end is a delightful capper. Thus, while condensing and deviating from the novel, the movie remains complex and basically true to the spirit of Pratchett's work and enjoyable for viewers of all ages.
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By marriedutopianstriver TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 14 2013
Format: DVD
“Going Postal” is a fantasy film that is based on the novel of the same name and written by Terry Pratchett. The movie centers around a shrewd but conniving conman named Moist Lipwig who does not realize how his actions affect other people until life circumstances force him to change. Lipwig’s conscience grows even more strongly when he meets and falls in love with Adora Belle Dearheart. Lipwig meets Adora Dearheart after he is given a mandatory assignment to work at the post office. Terry Pratchett plays a role in the film and the following actors/actresses are also featured in “Going Postal”: Richard Coyle, David Suchet, Charles Dance,Claire Foy, Nicholas Farrell, Marnix, Broeke,Jimmy Yuill,Steve Pemberton, Andrew Sachs, Tamsin Greig, Ingrid Berdal, Adrian Schiller, Ian Bonar, Madhav Sharma, and Timothy West.The only caveat that was pointed out to me had to do with character personalities featured in the film compared to what was in the book. For instance,my husband watched the film with me out of curiosity and because he read the “Going Postal” book. He explained to me that the characters of Adora and Lipwig were actually portrayed much more self-confidently in the book than the film. Aside from that caveat, “Going Postal” is a quirky and adventurous film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on March 11 2013
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I saw all three movies made after Terry Pratchett’s books and I find this one the best. The characters are so original and the actors so well chosen (Richard Coyle makes an absolutely fascinating rogue and David Suchet, a master of evil). I was charmed by Mr. Pump – the golem, with his simple spirit yet devoted and deep. This movie deserves better advertising.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D.H. Kelly on Nov. 29 2011
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I enjoyed this video very much and while it missed much that was in the book and emphasized a romantic relationship more than was in the book it brought out some of the parts of the story very well and on the whole did an excellent job of presenting the core of the book in a balanced manner.
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I bought this originally because I really enjoy Terry Pratchett's books. I knew that it wasn't a big budget film, but I was really looking forward to seeing an adaptation of one of my favorite books.

This movie was way beyond my expectations. The movie was casted excellently and I find that each actor really embodied that characters that I had in m mind. The actors are witty, energetic and comfortable in their roles.

My only negative is the role of the banshee. This character seems more fitting to a stage play than film and it made it really difficult for me to find him believable.

Overall and excellent movie that has great production quality for the budget and a cast of actors that really mesh well with each other.
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