Anyone Want Some Luggage?

Luggage from Colour of Magic up for auction

Rox writes in to let us know that the Luggage is up for auction. Not just any luggage, though. The Luggage from Sky One’s adaptation of Colour of Magic. As I write this, it’s currently at £2,150. And if you know anything about the exchange rates these days, that means it’s roughly $10,000 in US currency. But the good news is that the Pratchett Nation continues its assault against Alzheimer’s, and 100% of the purchase price goes to Alzheimer’s research. Nice.

On a side note, some of you on this side of the pond might be saying: “Colour of Magic? Sky One? Eh?” Yes, apparently. Check out the official site with the trailer. David Jason, Sean Astin, Tim Curry and Christopher Lee as the voice of Death. Wow, Christopher Lee as Death. What great casting. That airs on Easter in the UK.

As Ken says after watching the trailer, it’s possible to do a completely faithful TV adaptation of Hitchhiker’s Guide. Somebody get on that, would you?
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By | 2017-09-24T23:21:09+00:00 March 16th, 2008|Headsup|0 Comments

Pratchett vs. Alzheimer’s; Terry Comes Out Swinging

Terry Pratchett and friend

Terry Pratchett yesterday announced that he’s donating $1M to research for Alzheimer’s. This after he was diagnosed in December with an early onset version of the disease.

He said, “Part of me lives in a world of new age remedies and science, and some of the science is a little like voodoo, but science was never an exact science, and personally I’d eat the arse out of a dead mole if it offered a fighting chance.” He also said “I intend to scream and harangue while there is time.”

I’ve personally lost two grandparents to Alzheimer’s, so I feel for him. And I’m sure his carrying on will help the cause. So scream on, Brother Terry. We’re right there with you.

In related news, the British Association for the Advancement of Dead Moles was quick to point out that there are no scientific studies linking them with Alzheimer’s cures. They said this while remaining seated. And also dead.

Thankee to Rox, who sent us this.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:21:12+00:00 March 14th, 2008|Stuff You Need to Know|0 Comments

Further Thoughts On The Raising Of A Evil Genius

Mr SmugAss

I was with Joseph, the future Evil Genius, and his parents the other day. Sharon was reading a book to him about the noises various barnyard animals make. You know, quack quack, moo moo, etc. It occurred to me that the closest my young friend was going to get to these animals was the meat department at Publix. This is not a new notion; it was most recently expressed by the renowned author Terry Pratchett. Children need to be aware of our modern world, for good or ill. Forewarned is to be forearmed, especially if you’re going to be a Science Villain.

Fortunately, Christopher Bird of MightyGodKing.com has reworked, nay re-imagined a classic children’s book series to prepare this generation for the sheer weirdness that modern Western culture. Parents, it is never too early to develop a child’s sense of the ridiculous.
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By | 2011-06-09T03:47:44+00:00 February 11th, 2008|Stimuli|0 Comments

Good Omens Dreamcast Mark II – The Explanation

Good Omens book cover art

Need to check out the cast list? Find both updated versions here.

Why Good Omens? Packed with nine essential vitamins and Gaiman and Pratchett‘s trademark twisted whimsy, it’s a Brit humor cornucopia. We wanted to cast it because it’s in some stage of development somewhere in the tar pits of Hollywood, and yes, you guessed it–it’s so far been in a sorry state, indeed. In fact, when I first presented this DreamCast to The Neil himself back in 1998, Gilliam had not been announced as director. When The Neil asked me who we had down for director, and I told him, his response was “I can neither confirm nor deny Gilliam’s involvement with this project.” A shining moment in DreamCast history. Anyway, if somebody could just fund Gilliam, he’d make the movie. I personally think Gilliam’s idea of raising money for films via the Internet is a damn good one. I’d throw some serious coin in a tip jar for a Gilliam movie done right, wouldn’t you?

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By | 2017-09-24T23:29:13+00:00 July 22nd, 2007|DreamCasts|0 Comments

Good Omens Dreamcast Mark II

Good Omens book cover art

Howdy folks. The DreamCasts are re-opening for business. We’re starting with what it is, without a doubt, our most popular DreamCast ever: the Terry Gilliam-directed adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s classic “What if Monty Python did The Omen?” novel, Good Omens.

Now, we’re doing this a bit differently. We were sitting around Needcoffee HQ, and I was snorting ground espresso beans, when it struck me what we’ve been doing wrong this entire time. That’s right…it’s a DreamCast for Buddha’s sake! Go ahead and dream like maniacs!

So now every updated DreamCast will be two–two–two DreamCasts in one. You get the cast we would advocate if the project were to be shot today. Then you get the cast we would have on hand if we could go to any time period and, like some kind of casting version of The Monitor from Crisis on Infinite Earths, pluck any actor at any point in the timestream.

We’ve gone apeshit, in other words.

So here’s the cast. Sadly, because comment spam bastards circle this site looking for chinks in our armor, we can’t open up comments. Because if we did, the site would blow up. Instead, we’ll have to direct you to the Gabfest if you want to give feedback. Or widge sucks at need coffee dot com.

So, as always, if you haven’t read the original novel, click over to Amazon and buy it. You’ll be glad you did.

Both casts appear after the break. The explanations for all this appear here.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:29:49+00:00 July 12th, 2007|DreamCasts|6 Comments

Soul Music (1997) – DVD Review

soul music dvd cover

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Terry Pratchett, based on his novel
Directed by: Jean Flynn
Starring: Christopher Lee, Debra Gillet, Andy Hockley

Features:

  1. Interview with Terry Pratchett
  2. Production sketchbook
  3. Pratchett, character, and cast biographies
  4. Discworld booklist

Released by: Acorn Media
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A; presented in original 1.33:1 format

My Advice: Rent It.

OK, let me start out and say I’m a huge Discworld fan. I’ve read all the books many times over and I have all the British editions because the cover art is lively and crowded and the American versions are minimalist crap. So when Widge said he had two Discworld animated stories, Soul Music and Wyrd Sisters, for review, I think my exact response was,”GIMME GIMME GIMME!”

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By | 2009-01-10T01:00:43+00:00 April 16th, 2002|Animation, Reviews|0 Comments

Wyrd Sisters (1996) – DVD Review

Wyrd Sisters DVD cover art

Film:
DVD:

Written by: Terry Pratchett, based on his novel
Directed by: Jean Flynn
Starring: Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Annette Crosbie, Christopher Lee

Features:

  1. Pratchett and character biographies
  2. Production storyboards
  3. Discworld booklist

Released by: Acorn Media
Region: 1
Rating: NR
Anamorphic: N/A; presented in original 1.33:1 format

My Advice: Rent It.

Okay, let me start out and say I’m a huge Discworld fan. I’ve read all the books many times over and I have all the British editions because the cover art is lively and crowded and the American versions are minimalist crap. So when Widge said he had two Discworld animated stories, Wyrd Sisters and Soul Music, for review, I think my exact response was, “GIMME GIMME GIMME!”

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By | 2009-05-21T19:58:29+00:00 April 16th, 2002|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments