GOING POSTAL (eOne, 2010) D: Jon Jones, w/ Richard Coyle, Claire Foy. Rating: NNN; DVD package: NNNN Rating: NNN
You'll find lots of deadpan silliness in this three-hour British miniseries based on one of Terry Pratchett's novels about Discworld, a place that looks like rundown Victorian England where vampires, banshees, golems and the like live alongside regular humans.
Busted for fraud, con man Moist Von Lipwig (Richard Coyle) is sentenced to revitalizing a completely moribund postal system overflowing with millions of undelivered letters. The entire population is now using the Clacks, a sort of internet without electricity owned by the villainous Reacher Gilt (David Suchet). Setting up his escape, Moist encounters Adora Belle Dearheart (Claire Foy) and is smitten, despite her icy manner and sharp tongue.
The cast has great fun in high seriousness and arched-eyebrow mode, especially Suchet and Foy, who get to be nasty, and director Jon Jones creates some brilliant silent-movie-style dreams, with Moist awash in a heaving sea of letters.
Over an hour of extras and Jones's amiable commentary provide a good look at the production.
EXTRAS Commentary, cast and crew interviews, bloopers, gallery, deleted and extended scenes. Widescreen. English audio and subtitles.