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The Thorn Birds - The Missing Years [1996] [DVD]

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,639 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Years 28 Nov 2007
By Janie
I have watched "The Missing Years" three times in the past two weeks and found myself enjoying it more each time. At first I was sceptical. I could not see how a new writer and new cast,apart from Richard Chamberlain as Archbishop de Bricassart,could possibly follow Colleen McCullough's much loved book "The Thorn Birds" and the mini series of the same name. But I was pleasantly surprised to find myself watching the "new" Meggie,Luke, Justine and Dane without comparison. Simon Westaway's Luke has a much bigger part this time and he played it with a mixture of deviousness and thuggery. Olivia Burnette as Justine, always believing herself to be unloved,brings subtle intellect to her part. Her brother Dane,played by Zach English,plays his part well too, but I would have liked him to have more of the physical characteristics of his father. More of the young Ralph's physical and spiritual beauty.

I have to say though, that I thought that Maximilian Schell in the role of Cardinal Vittorio and Julia Blake as Fee were interpreted very differently. Those who watched the mini series would have enjoyed Christopher Plummer's Vittorio. He would not have berated Ralph over the refugee finances as Maxmilian Schell's Vittorio did, but would have sat him down beside him and gently purred "my dear Ralph, we would like you to continue your good work with the refugees. They will need to be resettled in other countries, and as Australia has shown an interest we would like you to go there and negotiate with their government. And while you are there I think that you should perhaps call at Drogheda and see what problems are being caused by the severe drought".

In the same way it was hard to reconcile the two Fees. Jean Simmons was brilliant as the careworn wife and mother in the mini series.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing Years? Only One 17 May 2008
It's always difficult to follow up a classic and this sadly fails on almost all counts. Forget that the cast is almost completely different, it's the writing, format and oddly enough music that gives this a Hallmark TV feel compared to the classic drama of the origonal mini series.

The story concentrates on one single visit to Drogheda (which according to the origonal series did not happen) The relationship between Richard Chamberlain and the new, more action girl style Meggie (Amanda Donohoe) never gets close to that he had with the far more vunerable Rachel Ward.
The supporting cast just don't seem as convincing as before either.

It's not that this is bad, just it does no justice to what went before.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Time or Money 5 Jun 2009
I remember watching the original Thorn Birds mini-series when I was 13yrs old; after having read the book several times beforehand. Finally decided to give the Missing Years a try because Richard Chamberlain is a magnificent actor. I was really disappointed and found it to be absolute drivel. Richard Chamberlain is the only actor to reprise his role of Ralph de Bricassart from the original series, and it shows. The new cast are nothing like the characters portrayed in the original and the storyline is completely alien to anyone who knows the Thorn Birds - Meggie would never ever have gone back to Luke after being with Ralph; and Ralph, although he clearly loved Meggie, would never have given up the priesthood for her. Overall, this film almost ruined the original Thorn Birds for me but thankfully my faith was restored after watching it again and re-reading the book for the hundredth time. Richard Chamberlain is as excellent as ever but even he says in his memoirs, Shattered Love, that he has never been able to bring himself to watch the finished article The Thorn Birds - The Missing Years. I don't blame him.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mini Series follow-up 19 Jun 2007
By Simono
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If you want more of The Thornbirds then buy this DVD. It shows the years between the birth of Dane and when he is 10 years old - not featured in the original mini series.

Having not read the book, I'm not sure if this part is included, but it is enjoyable. It tells the story of Luke coming back to claim Dane as his son and a fierce court battle with Meggie for custody - no-one knows the true identity of Dane's father, except Meggie and her mother! There are more love scenes between Father Ralph and Meggie - wow, but somehow it's not quite the same! This is because most of the characters are different from the mini series. Only Richard Chamberlain remains and the chemistry with Amanda Donohoe, as Meggie, isn't as romantic as with Rachel Ward. What a pity the original actors couldn't have been employed again! Richard's obviously aged, 13 years after filming the first series, but he still looks good, considering!

If you're an avid Thornbirds fan, then it's worth a look at.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Such disappointment 15 Sep 2010
By Avvy
If you have read the book and/or seen the original TV series or DVD, this follow-up is a big disappointment. The relationships between some of the characters (particularly Justine and Luke) is very different from that which would seem credible from the original story. The original series made quite a lot of changes from the book, but they did not detract from the general portrayal of the characters. I think The Missing Years does, and would rather I had left those years to my imagination.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story.
Published 13 days ago by Susan H
5.0 out of 5 stars Summary verdict of product
Product was delivered on time and well was wrapped up as usual. The quality of the video is excellent and as usual I am not disappointed with the overall service.
Published 1 month ago by George Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing years Thorn Birds
I loved the Thorn Birds mostly because Richard Chamberlain was in it - I had read the book and found it good. I was disappointed in the Missing Years. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Quintella
2.0 out of 5 stars Have i missed something ---The Thorn Birds
Is it me but why the missing years when Richard Chamberlain grew old and died in the thorn birds when i saw it last on tv
so why has he come back to life in the missing years... Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Cat Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorn Birds - Missing Years
I bought this as a present for a friend, but I was impressed with the speed of delivery and I know that she loves the DVD.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. E. J. Bullworthy
2.0 out of 5 stars Spoils the end of the original
I loved (and still love) the original series and when I bought the boxed DVDs was delighted that this came too as I'd never seen it before but I hated it with a passion! Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. Capes
5.0 out of 5 stars Mum's choice
I bought this for my mum - she absolutely loved it. Not my cup of tea, I must admit, but it kept her quiet for a couple of hours. Read more
Published 15 months ago by F. Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars Thorn Birds Missing Years
Rachael Ward is a real miss in this sequel to the Thorn Birds. Richard Chamberlain is still georgeous!!!! Worth watching.
Published 16 months ago by Eve Humphreys
5.0 out of 5 stars Completing the story.
This was brought for mother-in-law, who loved The Thorn Birds book and television series, and was exactly what she wanted - it was received with great enthusiasm.
Published 17 months ago by Sarah P
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the original
I suppose the fact that Chamberlain is the only member of the original cast should be a warning. Its a shame as its well acted and the story is good but having enjoyed the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Julie Bennett
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