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The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant [DVD] [2005] [2006]

Romola Garai , Jack Davenport , Peter Andrikidis    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Romola Garai, Jack Davenport, Sam Neill, Alex O'Lachlan, Tony Martin
  • Directors: Peter Andrikidis
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Vision International
  • DVD Release Date: 24 April 2006
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,399 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This mini series tells the epic story of 19-year-old Mary Bryant (Romola Garai) who was transported on the First Fleet to the new penal colony at Botany Bay, Australia. She escaped with her husband, her two small children and a handful of other male convicts on a tiny boat to Timor some 3500 miles away, but was recaptured and returned to England again as a prisoner. Starring Jack Davenport, Romola Garai and Sam Neill.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great drama! 22 April 2006
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I liked this drama so much when I saw it on ITV that I bought the dvd straight away. Mary Bryant's amazing story is little known here and this production, if not perhaps, always completely true to events is a really good place to start to find out more and it's also a very good drama. Romola Garai (I Capture the Castle) plays Cornish girl Mary Broad, who is sentenced to transportation after stealing a bonnet and money.

It's gripping stuff and even more amazing that it actually happened. Romola Garai is brilliant as the strong, remarkable, Mary Bryant. Well worth watching (although I should warn you that this is NOT an historically accurate portrayal of the events)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely one for the romantics! 1 May 2006
By Laura
I found this series really gripping from start to finish, and thoroughly enjoyed it mostly because I'm a big romantic and I absolutely loved Will Bryant ("They said we'd never see the sun down here, but there you are")!! The acting was terrific, there's a great 'girl power' theme going on, and there were some truly emotional scenes that moved me to tears! It's not all romance and tears though, there's a fair bit of action going on, what with Mary's escape from the island and her being on the run! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of romance and adventure.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 26 April 2006
This film is based on the amazing true story of Mary Bryant, a young Cornish girl transported to Botany Bay for stealing a bonnet. Resourceful and determined, Mary is willing to do whatever it takes to survive the harsh journey to Australia and the grim penal colony. She employs whatever means are at her disposal to protect herself and her children, even if it involves deceiving and using others. In this respect she is not always a completely likeable character, but thanks to Romola Garai's excellent portrayal one can't help but admire Mary's incredible determination as she fights for freedom, and cheer her on! As well as plenty of action, suspense, and at times rather graphic portrayals of life in the penal colony, there is also romance and passion. Two men fall for the strong-willed Mary: an easy-going fellow prisoner Will, and one of their jailers, Lieutenant Ralph Clarke. Although Jack Davenport as the lieutenant has the task of serving as the bad guy of the film, his nuanced and appealing performance - as well as his striking good looks in the 18th-century naval uniform - create an unexpected effect, as the viewer may find themselves at times sympathising with the "villain" of the story. All in all, a great adventure story with memorable characters; beautiful photography and costumes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good DVD with some interesting History. 16 April 2009
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This is a good DVD interesting tale of Life as convicts sent to the other side of the world. Everything in this film, Brutality, Love, Jealousy, the lot. Loved It.! And perhaps I'm biased as my favourite (Alex O'Loughlan) stars in this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably brilliant! 20 Aug 2007
The richness of Romola Garai's talent is revealed is this mini series. I never thought that a woman of her age could act so compellingly and yet so naturally. What a stunning performance!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, great gal! 10 Jan 2012
This is one of those period dramas (like Lorna Doone) that you can watch with your man... enough violence and action to keep him interested, while also satisfying your romantic period drama hungerings...
It really is an incredible journey - must go and find out exactly how much is true and how much is 'embellished'. I was worried about the rating that said 'contains scenes of sexual violence', but this was more implied than explicit. A damning indictment on Australia's convict past, and the Poms who sent them here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this! 17 Feb 2014
By MissyC
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Very good! One of my favourite actresses too! I read "Lesley pearse remember me" first, which was maybe the best book I have EVER read! Would defiantly recommended this film! Very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant 5 Feb 2014
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Amazing story of a young women sent to Australia on the first fleet. Ive read the book which is fantastic, but the film gives a good outline of what Mary went through for such a petty crime.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting, great story, love this film
If you like costume dramas with action, suspense, a storyline which your not sure how it ends, and life and death situations through out you will love this. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Williamsgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good, true story well worth buying
Published 20 days ago by mike griffiths
2.0 out of 5 stars False advertising
Despite being blu-ray, this is not in High Definition. False advertising. It's just a DVD port over to a blu-ray disc without actually being any higher resolution
Published 1 month ago by Parramatta
5.0 out of 5 stars The incredible story of Mary Bryant
Based on a true story one of the best films I have seen ,all characters convincing in parts they play. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Samuelle40
3.0 out of 5 stars Not like the book
Disappointed with the film as it misses out quite a bit from the book. Did not keep me interested to see the ending.
Published 12 months ago by S. K. Bland
5.0 out of 5 stars the first slaves the poor englander.
a movie with a storey its how the normal poor people are treated,slaves wipping posts much the same as the rich are unaware they still say let them eat cake if they have no bread,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. S. G. Lupton
3.0 out of 5 stars the content was fine but the ending sequences were faulty so spoilt...
as mary bryant nee broad is a direct ancestor, I looked forward to watching this film of here life.however, as the end sequences were faulty, I couldnt see how it all ended up. Read more
Published 17 months ago by arthur broad
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Tale
Epic tale of people convicted mercilessly and deported rather than executed for simple theft of food when starving. Read more
Published 21 months ago by soso
4.0 out of 5 stars good story
this is a very good film. i like the story and the bravery of this woman, its worth watching it. also nice places where it was film
Published 23 months ago by zoila
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
An incredible story, unbelievable infact but the fact it is basically a true account of Mary Bryant (a "convict") and her courageous escape from Botany Bay makes the film even more... Read more
Published on 17 July 2012 by A. J. Beaumont
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