Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Blu-ray Review - Terry Pratchett's The Color of Magic & Hogfather

I’m not a big fan of fantasy novels for many reasons that I won’t list here. My fantasy knowledge is limited, but I'm aware of many popular fantasy authors, such as the late Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series. Over the years, many readers have suggested I should read the Discworld books. I’ve kept my eye out for the books at thrift stores and used bookshops, but I've never come across any of them.

However, I have seen The Color of Magic and Hogfather miniseries, which took me nearly two months to watch. Mill Creek Entertainment released the two UK miniseries on a two-disc Blu-ray (Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart) earlier this year, which they were kind enough to send me a review copy.

Hogfather a two-part miniseries based on the 20th Discworld novel. The plot centers on Hogfather (Father Christmas) disappearing near Hogswatch, the night he delivers presents to children. Death (voiced by Ian Richardson) temporally takes Hogfather’s place, while his granddaughter, Susan (played by Michelle Dockery), goes on a quest to find the real Hogfather.

The Color of Magic (also known as The Colour of Magic) is a two-part miniseries based on the first and second Discworld books. The plot mostly centers on Rincewind (played by David Jason), a failed wizard who’s assigned to be a guide for Discworld’s first tourist, Twoflower (played by Sean Astin).

Final Thoughts

There’s a reason why it took me two months to watch The Color of Magic & Hogfather - they’re weird. And this is coming for someone who likes to eat cheesy pizza while watching zombie movies. For me, The Color of Magic is too silly and corny for me to enjoy anything from it. Hogfather is slightly better, but it’s just as ridiculous. I probably should have read the books first. Right?

For those of you who need to know, the picture and sound qualities are topnotch. There are no special features or bonus extras. An English subtitle option is available on both discs. The Blu-ray comes with Digital HD movieSpree codes.

If you’re a fan of the Discworld books, then you will probably like The Color of Magic & Hogfather Blu-ray. Though, if you’re as clueless about Discworld as I am, skip this release.


  1. I think if you haven’t read the books these might come across as totally bonkers I mean it has a world on top of elephants on top of a space turtle.

    I’ve read the books that these were adapted from and I love them both but I can definitely see how they may come across to someone what hasn’t.

    1. The space turtle appears at the beginning and end of each miniseries. Are the books a fantasy-comedy? The miniseries attempted to be funny, but to me, it felt too goofy.


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