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The Color of Magic (2008)

David Jason , Sean Astin , Vadim Jean    Unrated   DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars He's a hero, isn't he? June 5 2009
A live-action Terry Pratchett movie is either doomed to fail in every way, or succeed in practically everything.

And "The Colour of Magic," adapted from the first two novels in Pratchett's brilliant Discworld series, is more the former than the latter. This one is no "Hogather" -- it has rather slack direction at times -- but it preserves Pratchett's wry satirical sense of humour. And of course, it's all about a mercenary, cowardly failed wizard.

Rincewind (David Jason) is ejected from the Unseen University, on the very day that Twoflower (Sean Astin) arrives with his many-legged Luggage. He's come to the Disc... to "look at it." But after Rincewind tries to con Twoflower, the Patrician (Jeremy Irons) orders Rincewind to be the guide/bodyguard of the Disc's first ever tourist.

After a massive fire sweeps through the city, the two end up fleeing Ankh-Morpork and running into all sorts of weird things -- a very assertive magic sword, a floating island full of see-through dragons, a dramatic dragonlady in a leather bikini, astrozoologists trying to determine Great A'Tuin's gender, the aged Cohen the (retired) Barbarian, druids, and even getting thrown clear off the Disc in a strange spacecraft. And you thought YOU had problems.

Unfortunately the Unseen University is having troubles of its own -- the magical book Octavo is acting weird, and power-hungry Trymon (Tim Curry) is scheming against the Archchancellor. Even worse, a strange red star has appeared in the sky, and the world is facing destruction. The only thing that can save it is the spell in Rincewind's head.

Perhaps it's because it's based on the first, roughest Discworld books, but "Colour of Magic" is not quite as funny or tightly-written as its predecessor, "Hogather.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not as good as Hogfather Aug. 27 2009
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David Jason, while a wonderful and likeable actor, is simply too old and and too stout to play the lanky and young(ish) Rincewind. Sean Astin was also the wrong physical type for Twoflower, who is described in the book as chubby, balding, and probably older than Rincewind. Despite these discrepencies, the performances were engaging enough to make the characters believable . Christopher Lee, who voiced Death in several animated Discworld adapations, has replaced the the late Ian Richardson seamlessly. Cohen the Barbarian, one of Discworlds most classic characters, looks and sounds exactly as he should and is portrayed by an actor who seems very familiar- perhaps Argus Filtch from the Harry Potter movies? 'Color of Magic' was Terry Prachett's earliest Disworld book and lacks some of the depth and sophistication of his later works and this is reflected in the movie- characters are more one-dimensional (in general) and the plot is a little clunkier than in later stories, but all in all, it's a good adapation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually about 3 1/2 Aug. 2 2010
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I love Terry Pratchett's books, having read each one an average of 3 times, and finding more funny stuff each time. I regard him as the most talented (living) satirist in the English language. Although his most famous novels are set in the Discworld, they are meant to have resonance in the modern world. And they do, spoofing Hollywood, the space program, governments everywhere, and us. The books on which this movie are based are early novels, with a bit less nuance than the later novels, but still outshine the movie.

Its main problem? It's too long. Some judicious editing is in order. The incidents are funny and well set, but everything drags just a little. Loved Jason as Rincewind, the tourist and his luggage, and cameos for Vetinari and Cohen the (retired) Barbarian. But with all the successful bits, there's a little too much exposition, sections where little happens, and it becomes a little tedious. I would like to love this movie, because I love Pratchett's written work, but it doesn't quite meet expectations. Hogfather was better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Colour of Magic - totally cool Dec 26 2010
By Jude
Being of the doubtful type, I wasn't sure of a film adaptation of one of my favourite author's books - however, after spending all afternoon watching this movie with my two daughters, we all agree that they did a fantastic job - having Mr Pratchett himself in two cameos a la Stan Lee, and having the author 'muck about' with the screenplay obviously works. Tim Curry (one of my all time favourite actors), David Jason (a staple of English comedy, and fabulous actor), James Cosmo (fabulous as ever) as well as Sean Astin (can be good, however, wouldn't have been my choice for Twoflower) as part of the ensemble made for a great adventure - the photography was gorgeous, wonderful sets and detail to costumes all helped pull the stories together.
Left feeling satisfied and happy at the end of the movie. Fun, and even better if you've read the books.
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The Colour of Magic, superbly rendered by a British cast, lacks something of the depth of Hogfather, as does the original novel which is one of the earlier works in the series. But is has all the characteristic wit and world play that I so love and I enjoyed it enormously.
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By Bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Bethan (Laura Haddock) has a look of shock.
Rincewind "I beg your pardon!"

This is a tongue in cheek (2008 TV movie) based on the writings of Terry Pratchett novels "The Colour of Magic" & "The Light Fantastic". I have not read the novels so I cannot compare this presentation to them. As soon as I saw that the bad guy Trymon was Tim Curry I knew I was in for a treat. Brian Cox the Narrator really sets the pace for this presentation.

Most of the story seems to be focused on the adventures of an expelled wizard student Rincewind (David Jason) and a tourist Twoflower (Sean Astin.) In a mythical flat world held up by elephants standing on a turtle's back.

"You really have not been anywhere until you've got back home" the tourist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 7 months ago by BRYAN LAROCQUE
4.0 out of 5 stars It cover events from both Colour of Magic and the Light Fantastic...
This Blu Ray has a Regional Lock for Europe. So unless you have a means to handle this you may not be able to play this disc in a North American player. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Coral
4.0 out of 5 stars fun enough
fun movie, a bit of a turn your brain off, but still good fun. I was disappointed at how the 2 stories were woven together, and what parts were left out though.
Published 12 months ago by Greenmomma6
4.0 out of 5 stars nice story
Good plot, funny and entertaining for the whole family. Love the story line! I would recommend this one to a friend.
Published on Sept. 30 2013 by livia rodriguez-keindel
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Happenings
“The Color of Magic” follows the zany and quirky adventures of a wizard and his reluctant assistant as they end up in one crazy incident after another. Read more
Published on July 10 2013 by marriedmoneywizardintraining
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
We like Brittish humor and acting and this is some of the best drama/humor out there. I highly recommend it.
Published on Feb. 28 2013 by Denise Dignum
5.0 out of 5 stars Despite the length, it felt a lot shorter!
This movie is long, WONDERFULLY long. Its a movie you can watch over and over. The Pratchett feel is evident throughout this great movie. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2013 by Hilary Close
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun
This movie is an incredibly accurate depiction of Terry Pratchett's novels "The Colour of Magic", and "The Light Fantastic" and maintains the subtle wit that Pratchett's books are... Read more
Published on June 18 2012 by S. Fehr
2.0 out of 5 stars Colour of Magic
Even though there are some good actors, the production in general is very poor. Boring and tastless. The mixture of all kands of styles, but in a wrong way. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2011 by My Voice
5.0 out of 5 stars Colour of Magic
A fairy tale type show ... will appeal to kids and I think, most adults who don't take it too seriously. Watched it 2x and I only opened the package yesterday ! lol
Published on July 7 2011 by kekes
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