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Tomorrow, When The War Began [DVD]


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  • Actors: Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis
  • Directors: Stuart Beattie
  • Writers: Stuart Beattie
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CYECFE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,081 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When their country is invaded and their families are taken, eight unlikely high school teenagers band together to fight. Set in Aust ralia.

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Based on the novel by John Marsden, Tomorrow, When The War Began is the story of Ellie Linton, one of a group of teenagers embroiled in an ongoing guerrilla war, trying to defend their hometown from outside invaders. Made and set in Australia, the movie stars Caitlin Stasey as Ellie, and pulls in strong support from the likes of Rachel Hurd-Wood and Lincoln Lewis.

It’s a bumpy film at times, not helped by a script that’s not particularly even. And yet by the final credits it has comfortably transcended its flaws, thanks to some excellent direction and strong action sequences. As an action adventure film, Tomorrow, When The War Began is most certainly one to watch, and should satisfy most fans of the novel.

The Blu-ray is the best way to catch the film, with the visuals and action really benefiting from a high definition upgrade. The audio mix, too, is set to give a good home cinema setup a thorough workout.

Tomorrow, When The War Began might not be perfect, but it’s nonetheless an exciting, engaging movie, played nicely by its cast, and with welcome surprises up its sleeve. --Jon Foster

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By AK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
The basic premise of the movie, a quasi overnight invasion of Australia by a foreign (unidentified but clearly Asian) power is on the one hand chilling yet very interesting as well. Most developed countries simply do not and have not for some time lived under the constant threat of military invasion and apart from the armed forces occassionally participating in operations abroad, the reaction one would have to one's own country being invaded is probably largely unknown and unexplored for today's population living in such countries.

This is what this movie sets out to do and in my opinion it does a good job of it too. It is seemingly based on a book of the same name (Tomorrow, When the War Began), which seems to have been receiving fairly positive reviews on Amazon as well.

A group of teenagers goes for a camping trip to a remote location and they return to a world completely alien to them - an Australia invaded by a foreign power. To them remains the decision whether to run and hide, surrender or fight.

While this all sounds a bit like Wolverines it is nowhere nearly as cheesy, pathetic or poorly executed. The various people in the group display various ways of dealing with the dilemma, and seem pretty well modelled. Sure enough, the tone does turn up a bit patriotic in the end and they get idealised at some point but at least there is a pretty good description of how the patriotism develops.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By PJ Rankine TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jan 2011
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I thought this was going to be some low budget tv style movie and was pleasantly suprised. I was also suprised to find Australia isn't just a flat desert with Ayres Rock sticking out of the middle. The region in which the heroes of the tale take refuge from the invaders is mountainous, green and beautiful. So that's the stereotypes out of the way, what's the film like? It starts off quite slowly as it introduces the cast members who appear to be young soap stars in the main and they all set off for said beautiful countryside to go camping. When they return they discover that the country has been invaded by an Asiatic coaltion and all their families are interned. They go on the run back into the wilderness and decide to fight back. Action scenes are well executed and no it isn't low budget, some of the effects are very good indeed. The story romps along at a good pace and overall it was suprisingly good. Some of the storyline is a little predictable but that is inevitable in our media soaked world and you and I know that the USA would not have stood by and let Australia be overrun but don't let that spoil a good yarn. I'm looking forward to seeing part two which should be out next year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graham k on 16 Jan 2014
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this film has good story line and keeps you interested ,its an ok film and one you can watch again if you have nothing else to do ,the quality is good as you would expect from a blu ray ,think they got the rating spot on
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Buckley on 14 April 2011
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As a fan of Caitlin Stasey from the older generation I was looking forward to seeing her first major movie film.To say Tommorow was done on a very limited budget and no commitment from Hollywood financial or otherwise and varied reviews from the critics, I went in with a opened mind to give my review,which is as follows.SEE THIS FILM yes I felt there were some continuity issues by the editing or footage not shot due to cost.Having said that The Aussie film industry can be well pleased with Tomorrow When The War Began.Strong performances from the young cast especially Caitlin AND Deniz.Great action footage and great scenary of NSW.Well done Stuart and all involved.My favorite part was when Caitlin goes to town on her friend for falling asleep on guard duty,I just thought WOW. LOOKING FORWARD TO TWTWB 2 AND 3. Go buy the DVD GO SEE THE FILM.PS I know comparisons have been made with Red Dawn as far as I am concerned the films, apart from both countries being invaded is where the similarities stop.Both films stand on there own merits.
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Having not read or heard of the book when I watched the film, this brilliant Australian adventure story was a complete surprise. It's a film that forces its young characters to treat their old home like an occupied warzone - so while its not a post-apocalyptic story it will probably appeal to the same sort of audience. I loved it and went on to read John Marsden's books.
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Red Dawn in OZ, but so much better than, the 80's one set in the states. Well worth a watch if you like the idea of the Plucky under dog.
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By Christa Tjadens on 12 Jan 2014
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I absolutely love this film: it is super intense. I also like how it made me think of what my response would be if my country was invaded by an unknown force: would I try to fight back or save myself and flee?
The actors and actresses did a good job!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bearfax on 18 Feb 2013
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John Marsden is a popular Australian author, who writes mainly for a younger generation, given he is a teacher by profession. Tomorrow, When the War Began is the first in a series of about ten novels that follows the development of a group of generally pampered young high school students from being naive fun loving kids, to eventually a seasoned guerrilla force who later come under the command of military forces from New Zealand and the uninvaded parts of Australia. Told from the point of view of their unofficial leader, an 18 year old farm girl called Ellie, it offers a sense of the sheer fear and panic of being thrust into an environment totally alien to them and their initial amateurish efforts to fight back against a professional foreign army and peoples who are occupying their home.

Marsden has cleverly reversed the setting, where he is allowing us to have a taste of what it must be like for other war torn countries and peoples around the World, who are suffering under invading forces. Perhaps its even an attempt to look at our actions when, with the best intentions, we in the West enter wars in other countries and how the average person can change dramatically from being simple everyday people into becoming a ruthless fighting force to defend their homeland.

Comparisons have been made with the 1984 American film Red Dawn, which has recently been remade. I think it looks deeper into the characters and the issues than that film, but then as an Australian I guess it hits home more. I understand that at least two film sequels are being made, which is good, because the story is much grander than the first film which was only the first book.
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