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Terry Pratchett's Going Postal (2010/Acorn Media DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: C     Extras: B+     Episodes: B-



Moist von Lipwig has been a con-man all his life, but when his sins catch up with him (and the werewolf brigade) he is given a choice to rebuild and restore the post office or face the hangman's noose.  Now, as the new postmaster he not only has to deal with 4 years worth of mail backlog, his employees, but deal with the vicious business man Reacher Gilt (who would like nothing better to see him fail) and win the heart of the feisty Adora Dearheart.  It will take all his cunning, wit and charm to restore all the damage he's done, and save the post office (and his neck).
Von Lipwig has always been able to con his way out of trouble and other people's money with no one the wiser, but when the law of the land, Lord Vetinari catches him, he is given the chance to reform or perish on the pain of death.  Now von Lipwig thinks he can con his way out this until he discovers his new parole officer, Mr. Pump, a golem.  His newest enemy/challenge is Reacher Gilt who considers the post office to be a rival to his 'clacks' (which he stole originally from the Dearheart family). Gilt attempts to find various ways to either sabotage/ruin the post office or kill von Lipwig.  Meanwhile von Lipwig tries the win the icy heart of Adora Dearheart who doesn't know von Lipwig was the man who ruined her family.
This was a comical series (the third release we have covered from Pratchett), filled with laughter, adventure and all sorts of fantastic and fantasy characters including golems, banshees, angels, vampires, werewolves and more... a con man who is (reluctantly) on the path to redemption.  Through working in the post office he realize the errors of former ways and the lives he destroyed, as he rebuild his life (and the post office) he learns the joy of helping others and anything worthwhile requires work.  The picture is decent, but lossy Dolby sound a little weaker than I expected.  Extras include commentary with cast and crew, interviews, deleted scenes, bloopers, and image gallery.



-   Ricky Chiang


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