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Man from Snowy River (L'homme de la rivière d'argent) (Bilingual)

Kirk Douglas , Tom Burlinson , George Miller    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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With its unforgettably heroic story, its stunning cinematography, and acting performances that are uniformly excellent, THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER is one thrilling adventure you won't want to miss. Set during the 1880's, when the Australian frontier was as wild and dangerous as the American West, the film follows the exploits of a handsome youth (Tom Burlinson) who sets out to tame a wild herd of horses. Taking on a challenge many men had attempted before him, he rides deep into the treacherous and untamed wilderness of his native timberlands where boys become men fast - or die trying. Featuring Kirk Douglas in a remakable dual role and highlighted by a climactic chase involving 40 horsemen and 90 wild stallioins thundering across snow-covered peaks, THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER is destined to become a legendary film!

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A conventional boy-and-his-horse story set against the red rocks of remote Australian mountains. (If there's a wide-screen edition, grab it. The scenery is one of the movie's strongest features.) Tom Burlinson is Jim Craig, a young man left stranded after his father's death who is struggling to save the family farm. He proves his manhood during a hair-raising hunt over the wooded slopes in search of an escaped stallion. The great, grizzled, Australian character actor Jack Thompson (the idealistic lawyer in Breaker Morant) is the tough, older horseman who takes the lad under his wing. The director, George Miller (not to be confused with the action-master who made the Mad Max films) allows costar Kirk Douglas to mug and grimace and prance far too much in a duel role as a pair of lovable old coots who hate each other's guts. Luckily, one of the coots has a handsome daughter (Sigrid Thornton, an Elizabeth McGovern-type with grit), who also has a way with horses. So it isn't all rocks and pine trees. --David Chute --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, with beautiful music and scenery!! July 12 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I was only nine years old when this movie came out, and I have loved it ever since I first saw it in the theater. I am a horse lover and rider myself, and so I'm sure that's a big part of why this movie is one of my favorites, but I think even people who have never even been around horses can appreciate it. The acting is excellent, and the scenes with the horses galloping across the gorgeous Australian countryside, are wonderful. One of my favorite things about it is the music. The music is some of the most beautiful I've ever heard. The soundtrack is definitely one of the highlights of the film. And of course, I can't forget one of the most incredible scenes I've ever seen in any horse movie, which is where Tom Burlinson gallops his horse down an unbelievably steep mountainside. My family and I have always wondered if this was actually done by a stunt rider, or if it involved trick photography. Either way, it is a very impressive scene, and will leave you in complete awe. This will always be on my list of all-time favorite films, and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the Western-type genre, or anyone who loves horses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What's Not To Like...?? March 23 2004
Format:DVD
"NEVER CRY WOLF"..."FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX"..."THE ENLGLISH PATIENT"...
...all, cinematic and character delights - as you will find "THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER"...
Technically a "10", this Aussie (and World) classic, may leave you none-the-less breathless. George Miller's direction, Cull Cullen's script (enhanced by John Dixon and David Bradshaw's, "A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson", whose original poem is the essense of the film), Keith Wagstaff's absolutely stunning cinematography and Bruce Rowland's original and heart-tugging music (particularly, the piano solo, "Jessica's Theme") may bring tears to your eyes with this simple, Down-Under western plot -- but it took a world-class editor like Adrian Carr to put this gorgeous film into the top ranks of movie-watchers the globe over. Carr's timing of Wagstaff's photography and Rowland's music is the stuff legends are made of...just, dare I say it, "Professional Grade"(!)
It didn't hurt to have a made-to-order cast. Burlinson is quietly, and wonderfully, cast as the young male hero, "Jim Craig." Kirk Douglas hasn't played a better role - and, as a double. Terence Donovan played the quietly strong, short-lived role as Burlinson's father, "Henry." Sigrid Thornton was exemplary and believable as Tom's love interest, "Jessica" (the woman is beautiful) and the venerable Jack Thompson was magnificent as "Clancy" - the range-wise, "horse-magician" glue that holds the whole film together.
The subtle British humour Americans are so used to is sometimes raucous in the film - more the better from Chris Haywood's
"Curly" (..."Ah'm studyin' to be Supavisa!").
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great family Western Feb. 2 2004
Format:DVD
This is a good example of a "family" film that doesn't play down to any member of the audience. It also takes the Western in an interesting direction by moving the setting to Australia (it's based on a poem by an Australian poet). The dramatics are sometimes creaky, especially the twist that most viewers, even the young 'uns, will see coming from miles away, but the absolutely gorgeous photography makes up for it. The scenes of stampeding horses and the wranglers chasing them are literally breathtaking, and the widescreen transfers captures is all. Kirk Douglas is also excellent in his dual role and brings and American earthiness to the production.
This DVD features an excellent sound mix. Although not in 5.1, the Dolby Surround is crisp and lush for a back catalog film that otherwise has no special features on it at all. Bruce Rowalnd's wonderful score certainly deserves this deluxe treatment. And at this price, how can you resist the appeal of The Man from Snowy River?
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The Man from Snowy River is one of the ten best movies ever made. Sure it has great cinematography, fantastic scenery and a GREAT cast but this motion picture is true literature. It's based on a poem by A.B.Patterson (perhaps Mr Patterson, a character in the movie). The story is about a young woman who's father plans to sell her to the highest bidder. The hero's initials are J.C. (look familiar) who comes DOWN to the low country (Earth) to free the young woman (the church) from Old Regret which is "The sins of the fathers being visited upon the generations". He chases down the horses which symbolize merciless FATE. He doesn't swing the heroine up into the saddle at the end but goes to prepare her mansion, promising to return. This is one of the best examples of biblical allegory ever. The Snow in Snowy River refers to something Isaiah promised. Another great thing about this movie is that Jim Craig is considered a hero not because he can kill but because he can WORK. DO NOT miss this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Majestic and Romantic Adventure Sept. 14 2002
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Format:DVD
This film is just as wonderful today as it was at the time of it's release. A teriffic story of an old romantic rivalry, a legendary wild horse, and a young man from the high country is played out against the rugged but gorgeous Australian landscape. It is cinematically beautiful, dark silhouettes of horses and two people falling in love captured in front of the orange and blue hues of the majestic plains.
Tom Burlinson is great as the young man trying to "earn" his right to live in the high country after a legendary horse named "Stallion" causes his father's death when the herd of wild horses it leads stampedes them. Kirk Douglass has a dual role here as Tom's friend, a crusty but lovable miner who has been working the same claim for years, and his brother, a rich cattle rancher he goes to work for.
Sigrid Thornton is beautiful as the daughter of the rancher, her dead mother being the key to the long years of hatred between the two brothers, something she is unaware of. Burlinson and Thornten begin an innocent but very real romance cemented when he saves her life in a storm. Her father, of course, won't hear of it, but his chance to prove himself comes when an expensive colt who may have ties to "Stallion" gets loose and starts running with the wild Brombies.
This is a beautiful and romantic saga that has an ending full of hope, that is really only a beginning. It's old fashioned adventure and sterling entertainment that everyone in the family can enjoy. Sadly, they do not make many films like this anymore. There were sequels to this film as it was hugely popular but this is the origional one that started it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the movie
What can I say ? Love the movie, if Jim doesn't marry Jessica, I will!!!
Published 25 days ago by Terry McAllister
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
super
Published 4 months ago by Yves
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is a great movie, full of action and comedy....and ,of course, horses! I'd recommend this movie to everyone. We watch it over and over.
Published 7 months ago by Mark Hamelin
5.0 out of 5 stars Aussie through and through.
I am an Australian living in Canada. I lived in Snowy River country for 30 years and the filming made me really homesick. The actors portrayed the characters perfectly. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Vivienne Gibson Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie
I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes to watch good movies. Great story and great acting. Beautiful scenery.
Published 8 months ago by Joan Borle
4.0 out of 5 stars not re-mastered on blu-ray
If ever I wanted to own a film on blu-ray it's The Man From Snowy River. Though the spectacular scenery and photography still look outstanding here (in the best possible format),... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cheryl
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, Blu Ray rendering is almost there.
I am quite sure you'll have seen the movie elsewhere, before you consider buying it on Blu Ray. And one of the big reasons we lay out the cash to buy it on Blu Ray is because we... Read more
Published 17 months ago by George Eggberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift to Sister
This is the first movie of the set and it makes a great gift for people of all ages. I ordered it and had it within a week.
Published 20 months ago by Shirley Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic feast for the eyes
You cannot beat the scenery in this movie! Solid cast and good story line are almost secondary to the eye candy that blu-ray so ably delivers. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mrs. Olive Dempsey
5.0 out of 5 stars The hills come alive!
This my all-time favourite movie, I own it on VHS, DVD and now BLU-RAY, the picture quality of the BLU-RAY is astonishing, I see details now that I have not seen all those years... Read more
Published on April 6 2012 by Cornelius Krynen
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