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Terry Pratchett's Disk World: The Colour of Magic= FUN

Posted by RangerGal , 12 October 2008 · 942 views

Science Fiction
Whilst slumming around my usual haunts, I was hunting for something worthy to watch. I found "The Colour of Magic". Most of the movies posted at the URL listed below are unexplained and have absolutely no information about the cast. I tend to go on the rating of other viewers, which are posted below the movie links. So I took a chance, and what I found was a darling little gem that hasn't been released in the USA yet.

Not only does "The Colour of Magic" star Christopher Lee, Sean Astin, and Jeremy Irons: it's got Tim Curry. How can you go wrong? A sprinkle of adventure and a breathe of comedy really light this one up, not to mention the fun special effects. It is a long one 3 + hours?, so get out the popcorn and go for it.
I can absolutely say that the ending is spectacular. Give it the benefit of the doubt. There are a few seriously funny cracks in it - ones that I will remember for a long, long time.
Oh, ah - it's based upon Terry Pratchett's "Disk World" series. Not that I ever read any of them. I used to hear kids harping on "Thieves World", but I never had the gumption to pick one of his books up. They always seemed to me to be glorified D&D novels - and I was playing them out with my buddies on a weekly basis anyway. Who needed to read them when I was "living" them for "real"? Well, now I'm sorry I missed them. I may pop 'round the used bookstore soon, and see if I can pick them up. With comedy like this, you're sure to have a good time.

Oh, here's the link. Happy viewing!
http://www.watch-movies.net/movies/the_colour_of_magic/




:eek:

Why have I never heard of this adaptation? Now I have to set aside time to click on this link at some point. (Much obliged!)

I've read Pratchett's first few Discworld novels, plus a much later one called The Fifth Elephant. He's like the fantasy answer to Douglas Adams, only a little less arch. Highly recommended if you like whimsical fantasy. I'd caution that you have to read 'em in order, though. I dove into The Fifth Elephant almost cold. There were no recaps or helpful expository dialogue for new readers; I found very few obvious allusions to previous novels; and I was 150 pages into it before I realized I'd pegged one character with the wrong gender.
Thank you for the advice! I have a tendency to pick up the book out of a series that has the "best title", so now I know not to just go randomly stalking through Diskworld. ;)

The reason why you haven't heard of the adaptation is because it hasn't been released here. Things that happen overseas have a tendency to be *cough* hushed up by the SciFi Channel in the hopes that when they air it a full year later (when they get it at better rates) that we in the grand 'ol USA will be salivating for it by then.
Thanks to the Internet (and a litlle ingenuity) we can share before SciFi has a chance to take advantage of us! Don't mind me prattling on about SciFi, I'm still cranky about their treatment of "LEXX", and "Dr. Who". :rolleyes: :lol:
Totally understandable. I'm still bitter about the pink slips they gave to Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Who Wants to Be a Super-Hero?

Every time I love something on SciFi, it has to DIE. It's their destiny.

Totally understandable. I'm still bitter about the pink slips they gave to Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Who Wants to Be a Super-Hero?

Every time I love something on SciFi, it has to DIE. It's their destiny.


Ah, you're so right! Now it's Battlestar Galactica, and I'm not surprised.
I'm just waiting patiently and hoping things turn out well.

Mmm...Mystery Science Theatre...I gave up on it when Joel left and Michael took over. I just couldn't take the switch/change, I guess.

As for Who Wants To Be a Superhero -- hehe --I loved it. Damn shame that they gave up on it. I wished (and still hope) that another channel will pick up on it...but knowing SciFi, they won't sell the rights to something that they think they can still make money on (and use to torture us further). :eek:

Seems that we have similar tastes in series. :D

Mmm...Mystery Science Theatre...I gave up on it when Joel left and Michael took over. I just couldn't take the switch/change, I guess.

...Seems that we have similar tastes in series. :D


I was introduced to the show through the first wave of Rhino videos -- released between seasons 8 and 9 -- so I never had to endure the Joel-to-Mike transition phase that (as I understand it) was a dark time for a lot of older fans. I've seen more Mike episodes than Joel episodes, so I wound up liking 'em both...but I'll admit Joel has the overall greater hit-to-miss ratio. :thumbsup:

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