Author Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels offer an alternate reality that has proven irresistible to an avid, international audience--a universe where the world really is flat, after all, supported by four elephants floati... more »ng through the cosmos on the back of a giant turtle. It's a world where fantasy conventions have been filtered through an antic, satirical lens that slyly warps the actions and motives of the wizards, witches, monarchs, and knaves that populate them, suggesting a sword & sorcery counterpart to Douglas Adams's venerable A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Developed for British television as an animated, six-episode miniseries, Wyrd Sisters marks the first attempt at transferring the franchise to video. As presented here on three tapes, with a running time of approximately 147 minutes, Pratchett's cracked re-imagining of familiar mythological themes retains its verbal wit and realizes colorfully stylized visual terrain, although modest animation techniques relegate its impact to the realm of older TV cartoons. Sci-fi aficionados spoiled by lavish computer graphics and the current big-screen state of the art will wonder what all the fuss is about. Pratchett's fans, however, won't mind. An intricate plot, set in motion by the murder of King Verence by the utterly dimwitted Duke Felmet, encompasses a smuggled baby, an itinerant theatrical troupe, a kiss lasting 18 years, time travel, and other pokerfaced twists of fate, cohering around the three title heroines, a coven of rather dotty witches. A droll, sociable Death (voiced by Christopher Lee) epitomizes the breezy comic spirit that fuels Pratchett's stories. --Sam Sutherland« less
Charles Prepolec | Calgary, Alberta Canada | 03/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"At long last the Discworld comes to the small screen; in this the first North American release of the Brit TV series. All the humour and brilliant dialogue of the novel translated very well to this visual medium. Character visuals while not always quite as I imagined, still carried off the right impression. Voice casting is superb and included both Christopher Lee (as Death, of course!) and Jane Horrocks. I can't wait until Reaper Man and Soul Music are released to hear Chris Lee in a featured role.No the animation is not state of the art, but still manages to exceed the basic needs of the story. This isn't about slick animation, but superb dialogue and inventive storytelling. It is about time that we got to see these brilliant stories and imaginatively crafted characters realized on screen.Buy this video and show your support of the Discworld series. If sales on this are good, we'll likely see more released in the near future."
wallawallan | Seattle, WA | 01/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen many books that were turned into movies and shows, both live action and animated. 90% of the time it is a complete let down. So I was highly skeptical of Wyrd Sisters. I am a devoted fan of the Discworld series and despite living in the United States I have been able to obtain just about everything printed about the Discworld. I got this video and expected the usual terrible adaptation where the animation is cheap and all wrong for what I pictured and the story is changed horribly because the movie producers think we are so stupid we will only get a joke or a plot line if its yelled in our faces. But I was delighted with these videos. They are probably the best adaptation of a novel I have ever seen. The movie was well animated, I think, probably because it was not made in the USA! But animation aside, the story itself was a brilliant adaptation of the book, and a lot the humor is very subtle and you can miss it if you aren't careful. And I loved the British accents, because I tend to not think of the books that way when I am reading them. This video had me laughing so hard at points my stomach hurt, and I will be watching again and again to catch what I missed from laughing, if I can contain myself that is.So in summary all I can say is get it if you like the Discworld novels, get this video because you won't be disappointed!"
You've read the books - now see the cartoon
Doug Urquhart | Southport, CT USA | 11/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been putting off buying the Pratchett cartoons, since I was apprehensive that the images wouldn't match my own personal images of the characters.
I was also worried that the process of transferring print to screen would lose a lot of the subtlety of the original.
I needn't have worried.
Very enjoyable indeed.
Were the characters as I imagined them? Not all, No. Did it matter? Not really.
I found to my delight that the makers of the cartoon had taken the trouble to immerse themselves in the books, and hence were able to throw in the occasional allusion (for the diehard fans) and to edit the narrative without any loss of enjoyment.
Soul Music is even better."
Discworld Brought to Life
Doug Urquhart | 02/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've loved Terry Pratchett's Discworld from the first words of The Colour of Magic and his delightful description of the luggage. I will admit that the voice they gave Magrat is grating on the nerves and the animation could have been a bit better. Honestly, I think the only three characters they got right on were Granny Weatherwax, Death and Verence (the fool).
But to see the book brought so wonderfully to life, so many little things they retained, and they didn't cheat on the spell! I adore it. This may not be for the 'perfectionists who think they are Number One Pratchett Fans', but for the rest of us poor mortals, it's absolutely endearing."
Great Idea just wrongly executed...
Michael Love | Michigan, USA | 02/08/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Now don't get me wrong, but maybe because I love Terry Pratchett books and I love the idea of an animated version. I was just so disappointed with this. I was actually worked up about getting this video. The story and the script are good the opening titles are great but it falls away fast after that. You know the feeling you got when you read the lord of the rings then saw the animated film. The disappointment over the poor animation and the story just stopping... Well this video made me feel just as disappointed. The production left something to be desired. The dialog sounded so wooden, spoken as if read directly from a script rather than acted (think of the cheesy Television ads you see some used car sales man read his lines from cue cards.) I can forgive bad animation but bad production is another matter. It was as if the animation and the voice-overs where two separate projects duct taped together. Despite my disappointment about the production I liked the characters and the story, pretty faithful to the book. I would love to see more adaptations but maybe not from the same production company"