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The Color of Magic 

The Colour of Magic (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, Family | TV Mini-Series (2008)
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A cowardly wizard is roped into a life of adventure. A tale from the first two books of Terry Pratchett's fantasy series "Discworld".
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Complete series cast summary:
David Jason ...  Rincewind 2 episodes, 2008
Sean Astin ...  Twoflower 2 episodes, 2008
Tim Curry ...  Trymon 2 episodes, 2008
Jeremy Irons ...  Patrician 2 episodes, 2008
Brian Cox ...  Narrator 2 episodes, 2008
Christopher Lee ...  Death 2 episodes, 2008
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ...  Picture Imp 2 episodes, 2008
Marnix Van Den Broeke ...  Death 2 episodes, 2008
Michael Mears Michael Mears ...  Jiglad Wert 2 episodes, 2008
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ...  Lumuel Panter 2 episodes, 2008
Will Keen ...  Ganmack Treehallett 2 episodes, 2008
Richard da Costa Richard da Costa ...  Luggage / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Philip Philmar ...  Astrozoologist 1 / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Terry Pratchett ...  Astrozoologist 2 2 episodes, 2008
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A cowardly wizard is roped into a life of adventure. A tale from the first two books of Terry Pratchett's fantasy series "Discworld".

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Richard da Costa never got any screentime in human form, he was either in the Librarian's Orangutan suit or inside the Luggage. He was almost filmed as a comedy mime artist (he had been to make-up and wardrobe) but in the end, there wasn't time to shoot that scene. See more »

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Twoflower gets out his picture box to take pictures of the new worlds being born. When we see him and the others from behind Twoflower is in line with them, but when we see him from the front he is clearly far in front of the others See more »

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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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Both episodes had the same end-credits cast list although some characters only appeared in one episode. See more »

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Perhaps not the best books to adapt
23 December 2009 | by phonenumberofthebeastSee all my reviews

Vadim Jean's second adaptation of Terry Pratchett's longrunning Discworld series of comedic fantasy novels cannot compare to the first, though it is not really his fault. The series adapts Pratchtt's first two novels, The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic, which together form a loose single narrative. Set on a typical fantasy realm, replete with trolls, dwarfs and demons, they are, effectively, a parody of the hero's quest, in that the hero, an untalented "wizzard" named Rincewind, has no intention either of being heroic or of going on a quest but ends up fighting monsters, riding dragons and trying to save the world anyway. He is assisted by his "sidekick" Twoflower, who seems only dimply aware that he isn't on a packaged holiday. And that, without mentioning specifics, is the entire plot. Along the way, several fantasy (or perhaps D&D) conventions, such as talking swords, scantily-clad, Heavy Metal-style warrior women, and raging loin-clothed barbarians, are duly referenced and lambasted.

After the relative success of Hogfather in 2006, Vadim Jean decided to take the series in a surprising direction: backwards. Correctly in my view, he chose perhaps the archetypal novel in Pratchett's canon to adapt first. Hogfather was Pratchett at his absolute height, mixing adventure with philosophical commentary and existential humour, the most mature expression of such Discworldly themes of imagination vs. reality, the power of myth vs rationality, and the dichotomy of "the falling angel and the rising ape". "The Colour of Magic" and "The Light Fantastic" were written 25 years ago, when Pratchett was still finding his feet as a writer. As such, they lack some of the sophistication one comes to expect from the series. The books' humour, which would eventually become character and situation-driven, here operates on the level of broad parody, lampooning the absurdities of many fantasy and fairy tale conventions. The characterisation, which would become far more complex in later novels, is as broad as a wall, with Twofower the naive Asian tourist and Rincewind the cowardly non-hero. In a move that was either very wise or bewilderingly silly, Jean decided to cast Sean Astin as Twoflower, even though in the books he is East Asian in appearance. Perhaps this was done to lessen the racial stereotype, but if so, that doesn't reflect well on the source material. His decision to cast the elderly David Jason as Rincewind, who in the books is a youngish man with a scraggly attempt at a beard, is less explicable, other than Jean was simply grateful that Jason wanted to do another series with him.

But if the plot is slight, the actors certainly give it their all. Astin plays Twoflower with just the right kind of naivete, while Jason, though miscast, creates a Rincewind that is suitably cynical and craven. For Pratchett fans, a number of pleasing retcons have been incorporated: The Librarian becomes an orangutan much earlier; Death is now his fully-evolved, pleasantly bemused self, and the Patrician is unquestionably Vetinari, here played by Jeremy Irons- a nod to Pratchett saying that a good actor for Vetinari would be "that guy from Die Hard", ie Alan Rickman.

In summary, I think Pratchett fans will find pleasure in it, but others should probably stay away.


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