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The Color of Magic (2008)
"The Colour of Magic" (original title)

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As Rincewind involuntarily becomes a guide to the naive tourist Twoflower, they find themselves forced to flee the city of Ankh-Morpork to escape a terrible fire, and begin on a journey ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
 Narrator (voice)
 Galder Weatherwax
 Death (voice)
 Cohen the Barbarian
 Arch Astronomer
Geoffrey Hutchings ...
 Picture Imp


As Rincewind involuntarily becomes a guide to the naive tourist Twoflower, they find themselves forced to flee the city of Ankh-Morpork to escape a terrible fire, and begin on a journey across the Disc. Unknown to them, their journey & fate is being decided by the Gods playing a board game the whole time. Written by Anonymous

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The Alchemist is played by Richard Woolfe - better known for being Director of Programming for Sky One, Sky Two and Sky Three. Sky Televison commissioned the production of both "The Colour of Magic" and "Hogfather". See more »


When Rincewind and Twoflower are tied back-to-back, Rincewind says that "if complete and utter chaos was lightning, then you [Twoflower] would be the sort to stand on a hilltop in a thunderstorm wearing wet copper armor shouting 'All gods are idiots'."; you can tell by the way his mouth moves, however, that he actually says 'All gods are bastards', which is consistent with how it is worded in the novel. See more »


Trymon: I hope it's a good party!
Death: I think it might go downhill at midnight.
Trymon: Why?
Death: That's when they think I'll be taking my mask off.
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Hugely enjoyable adaptation of a Terry Prachett novel!
5 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I haven't read any of the DiscWorld books, and I know you are going to say i should. For a TV series, I found it surprisingly enjoyable. It looks beautiful, but I do agree that most of it lacks magic. The special effects, while overblown in places, aren't actually that bad, considering the track records of slapdash effects in TV series. Try the Chronicles of Narnia, very good, and faithful to the books, but the effects tend to let them down. As for the performances, what can i say? Very good indeed! David Jason, Britain's funniest living actor, gives a very funny performance of Rincewind, considering he wanted to do that role for years, though he may have been duller than what Pratchett intended. Sean Astin, of Lord of the Rings fame, is also a nice contrast to Jason's Rincewind. It's true that some of the humour is forced, but the chemistry between the two men compensate. Tim Curry was an inspired choice for Trymon, and he did a superb job, showing off his versatility, bringing back fond memories of his performances in films like Legend, the Three Musketeers and It. He wasn't too frightening, or campy, just in between.Christopher Lee was great as Death, great lines.("that's when they'll be taking my mask off" and "I think I've had another near-Rincewind experience")The script had its downsides but was overall very funny. It is evident that the adaptation is unfaithful to the books, because I felt it could have done a little more with the ending, which was rather disappointing. Overall, an uneven but enjoyable adaptation of Terry Prachett, who actually liked the changes for once. Try telling Stephen King that! 7.5/10 Bethany Cox

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