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For the Term of His Natural Life - Complete Series - 2-DVD Set


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  • Actors: Colin Friels, Diane Cilento, Robert Coleby, Jeremy Coote, Samantha Eggar
  • Directors: Rob Stewart
  • Producers: For the Term of His Natural Life - 2-DVD Set
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 283.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003LAMMVG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,217 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In 1830's England, a young man from a good but troubled family is unjustly convicted of stealing a watch. He's transported to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) where he suffers under the enmity of Lt. Frere while falling in love with Sylvia, the Warden's daughter. Meanwhile, back in England, an imposter lays claim to the young man's inheritance. ...For the Term of His Natural Life - 2-DVD Set

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Parkie on 22 July 2011
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This was an "I saw it years ago, will I still like it now?" purchase. It is still a brilliant piece of dramatic story telling.

In the early part of the nineteenth century, Richard Devine learns a shameful (by 1800s standards) family secret and is forced to assume a new identity, Rufus Dawes. Unable to defend himself against a charge of robbery, he is transported to Van Dieman's land "For the term of his natural life". He soon makes enemies among prisoners and guards alike, and endures the brutal regime by holding on to hope, even if he knows it to be false hope, of justice being done. Having escaped against the odds, a selfless act once again plunges him into the hell of the penal colony. His only hope of salvation lies with a traumatised child and an ineffectual preacher.

Almost four and a half hours in length, presented in 3 parts with perfectly judged cliffhangers, this is thoroughly engrossing and the time flies by. Colin Friels heads a superb cast, largely unknown outside Australia, with a performance that never fails to convey Rufus' hope and frustration. Patrick Macnee is also excellent as the colony commandant, never once bringing Macnee's iconic role of Steed to mind with his pitch perfect performance.

Most viewers will be surprised, possibly alarmed, by a lucky charm in one part - but this story is set over a hundred years before the ancient Sanskrit symbol of the wheel of life was subverted to it's present association. It can sometimes still be found in it's original meaning on old carvings in cathedrals and other places of worship. It's just the filmmakers staying true to the original story published 1870 - 1872.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sunny on 6 Feb 2011
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What can I say! An amazing film that is moving, powerful, exciting and insightful of the experiences of the Australian convicts. Colin Friels gives an outstanding performance. Although made many years ago, this film has not dated. A brilliant film that will keep you gripped to your seat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Salmons on 17 April 2013
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Had this on video so was really pleased to own it on dvd.
A really good story.really good value for money
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I thoroughly enjoyed this mini series and the scenery was lovely. A very sad story. 2 things spoiled it though and these were the convicts who were supposed to be English had Australian accents even before they were transported and, this story took place over approximately 25 years but the characters looked exactly the same after 25 years as they did on day 1 which was a bit weird.
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By S. thraves on 10 Mar 2013
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I have allways loved this film , but only had it on video tape , so now i have it on dvd , i my opinion i think this film is one of my favourite,s . second to none .
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