The Thorn Birds - The Complete Mini Series

The Thorn Birds - The Complete Mini Series

Richard Chamberlain
Director: Daryl Duke Cast: Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
, Rachel Ward
Rachel Ward
, Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
Daryl Duke

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Overview

This wildly popular television miniseries, based on Colleen McCullough's best selling novel of enduring, but forbidden, love, has been given a solid presentation for its release on DVD. The Thorn Birds has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, while optional subtitles in English, Spanish, and French have been included. As a bonus, this edition also features "The Thorn Birds: Old Friends, New Stories," a newly commissioned documentary on the making of the series.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2004
UPC: 0085393162429
Original Release: 1983
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 8:07:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Thorn Birds: Old Friends, New Stories" commemorative documentary; English, French, and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Chamberlain Ralph de Bricassart,Ralph de Briccasart
Rachel Ward Meggie Cleary
Barbara Stanwyck Mary Carson
Christopher Plummer Archbishop Vittorio Contini-Verchese,Vittorio Scarbanza di Contini-Verchese
Jean Simmons Fiona Cleary
Bryan Brown Luke O'Neill
Richard Kiley Paddy Cleary
Ken Howard Rainer Hartheim
Piper Laurie Anne Mueller
Earl Holliman Luddie Mueller
Mare Winningham Justine O'Neill
Philip Anglim Dane O'Neill
John Friedrich Frank Cleary

Technical Credits
Daryl Duke Director
Colleen McCullough Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Episode 1
1. Countryside Credits [5:45]
2. Stuff of Cardinals [3:33]
3. Whose Drogheda? [5:52]
4. The Clearys [3:49]
5. If Only They Knew [3:49]
6. After His Soul [4:20]
7. No Room for Wild [4:03]
8. Learning Curves [4:16]
9. Out Into the World [2:44]
10. Wild Boar [3:07]
11. Never Again [4:22]
12. Don't Talk Someday [2:31]
13. Her Special Place [4:44]
14. No Escapes? [4:49]
15. Look at Your Life [4:03]
16. Needs and Wants [5:46]
17. Gillanbone Fair [3:00]
18. Fighting Frank [4:37]
19. Mine First [4:05]
20. Brother's Goodbye [2:31]
21. Thorn Bird [5:02]
22. Coming Home [4:32]
23. Warring Souls [4:01]
24. Death in the Family [3:51]
25. Soulmates [4:44]
26. Mary's Birthday [3:39]
27. Meggie's Entrance [3:38]
28. Dancing Partners [5:24]
29. What Would You Chose? [1:57]
30. Respectable Distance [3:14]
31. "I Still Feel!" [2:31]
32. Wish Under the Stars [3:59]
33. Mary's New Will [6:10]
34. That Settles It [4:44]
35. "But I Love God More" [5:54]
36. End Credits [1:14]
Side #2 -- Episode 2
1. Credits [5:28]
2. Special Responsibilities [3:22]
3. All Too Human [4:47]
4. News of Frank [3:30]
5. To Blame [2:23]
6. That Kind of Love [4:48]
7. Test of Humility [2:00]
8. Drogheda on Fire [4:22]
9. Paddy Struck Down [4:22]
10. Stu's Parting Shot [5:02]
11. Brink of Passion [3:37]
12. Too Late [5:07]
13. No Reminder Needed [4:33]
14. Shearers Arrive [3:53]
15. Eyes on Meggie [5:05]
16. Showing Interest [3:37]
17. Shearing Contest [6:14]
18. Dancing Lessons [6:25]
19. A Fool to Let You Go [3:43]
20. Fated From the First [3:32]
21. Ambitious Men [4:21]
22. Marry Me [2:15]
23. Announcements [3:32]
24. End Credits [1:13]
Side #3 -- Episode 3
1. Ceremonial Credits [7:01]
2. Off for Queensland [4:42]
3. Dedicated to God [2:00]
4. The Newlyweds [3:30]
5. Adaptations [4:25]
6. The Muellers [3:37]
7. Bachelor's Life [4:51]
8. Not What Meggie Wants [6:27]
9. The Sacrifice [3:06]
10. Night of Seduction [4:12]
11. Asked to Choose [2:54]
12. Unsettling News [4:45]
13. You Made Your Bed [3:16]
14. If I Were the Husband [5:39]
15. Moths Around a Flame [6:11]
16. Cane Field Confrontation [3:01]
17. Island Holiday [5:46]
18. Help Me Get Free [3:23]
19. Alone [2:58]
20. Lovers at Last [3:33]
21. From the First Day [5:04]
22. Mine While Here [3:01]
23. My Punishment [2:37]
24. End Credits [1:12]
Side #4 -- Episode 4
1. Credits [5:25]
2. Saved by a Rose? [5:49]
3. Farewell Performance [5:03]
4. A Son [3:37]
5. Beating God [5:34]
6. December 1954 [5:10]
7. Dane's Future [3:37]
8. Return to the Past [2:46]
9. Loving Too Much [2:36]
10. Like Her Father [3:00]
11. Perfect Priest [4:27]
12. Reparation [4:10]
13. Fellow Travelers [4:43]
14. A Mother's Goodbye [4:09]
15. Ride With Rainer [3:33]
16. Such Good Theater [3:21]
17. Needless [2:54]
18. My Old Self [2:01]
19. In Others' Footsteps [5:09]
20. Her Reasons [4:00]
21. No Longer an Idealist [2:10]
22. Ordination [2:47]
23. Dane's Decision [4:16]
24. Proposal Rejected [2:34]
25. Deserving of Love [6:05]
26. Playing the Scene [3:18]
27. Tragedy [2:54]
28. From Peace to Sadness [4:35]
29. Entrusted to God [5:23]
30. Moment of Truth [5:18]
31. Mother/Daughter I [4:36]
32. Mother/Daughter II [6:09]
33. Be Happy [4:05]
34. Wrong Choice [3:05]
35. Pressing the Thorn [4:15]
36. End Credits [:42]

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Thorn Birds 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Thorn Birds' has become that pinnacle of masterful storytelling for all small screen melodramas by which every subsequent miniseries has been compared. Based on the sweeping family saga spanning from the 1920s to 1962 and penned by Colleen McCullough, Daryl Duke directs an all-star cast including Richard Chamberlain (Father Ralph), Rachel Ward (Meggy) and Jean Simmons (Fiona). The story - just in case you weren't one of the millions who tuned in - revolves around rich widow, Mary Carson¿s (Barbara Stanwyck) bittersweet lust for Father Ralph de Bricassart. After rejecting Mary¿s advances, Father Ralph's faith in God is put to the test when, upon Mary¿s death, it is revealed that she has bequeathed him her Australian outback estate. Mary knows that if Ralph loves God as much as he says he does then he will allow the estate to revert back to the Clearys, the family to whom it rightfully belongs. If, however, as Mary has predicted, Ralph desires the post of Cardinal more than doing God¿s will, he will turn over the estate to the Catholic diocese in order to procure his seat in the Vatican. Ralph¿s faith is further complicated by his bittersweet romance with the passionate Meggy. Unable to choose between her and servitude to the church, Ralph takes a temporary leave of his duties, seduces and impregnates Meggy, then returns to the false piety of his calling. Meggy¿s bitterness toward Ralph¿s rejection leads her to keep her pregnancy a secret. Their son, Dane (Philip Anglim) grows up and desires to become a priest. Though Meggy is disappointed, she allows Ralph to re-enter Dane¿s life, only as his spiritual guide. It is only after Dane tragically drowns that Meggy feels exonerated into exposing the truth to her one time lover ¿ that Dane was actually his son. Masterful performances and outstanding production values made ¿The Thorn Birds¿ one of the greatest and most watched television melodramas of the 1980s. Only ABC¿s miniseries, ¿North And South¿ comes close to authenticating the visceral emotions captured in this eight hour plus melodrama. Christopher Plummer, Richard Kiley, Mare Winningham, Piper Laurie and Ken Howard also costar. The transfer is overall pleasing. A well balanced picture with somewhat dated colors and a bit of haze greet the eye on this 2-disc edition. Flesh tones are a tad pasty and age related artifacts abound throughout. Blacks are solid and deep. Contrast levels are generally good. Fine details disappear during some of the darker scenes. It should be noted that television film stock of this vintage was generally not up to today¿s standards and the resulting shortcomings in video quality on this DVD presentation stem from those shortcomings, NOT as a result of the mastering effort put forth herein. The audio is dated but nicely balanced. Extras include an all too short documentary in which several cast members reminisce about their experiences while making the series. Quite frankly, the interviews offer very little in the way of interest and are presented as a ramshackle of snippets rather than one cohesive narrative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had actually heard of this miniseries while I was watching 'I Love the 80's strikes back' on Vh-1, and I gotta tell you, After I had seen the whole series I don't think words could even do justice the way this story was handled. It was done so well that it seems almost like another one of those series that has earned it's place alonside Roots. Now my mom and my dad(!) had watched the original viewing when it came out on TV and they said it was a classic, and they were right. Now I am a guy, and I don't get emotional from movies (except Ghost and Star Wars Episode III, and that one hasn't even come out yet) but I definitely felt somethin'. Also, read the book. It's even bettah than the movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed the story, I¿m a bit disappointed with the DVD quality. The film used for transfer shows a few scratches here & there. It looks like one of the copies making the syndication rounds, not a master copy. And the audio needs to be fuller. While the original production predates stereo TV transmission, the DVD audio could have been tweaked to simulate stereo sound ¿ as heard in the menu music & the ¿documentary¿. About 6 years ago, a friend of mine saw a re-airing of The Thorn Birds & said it included interviews with many of the cast members. I was hoping those interviews & some on-location production video would be included in this disk set¿s additional features. This 8-hour epic deserves more than a twenty-something minute, 2003 interview with the 3 leads & the producer. In recent years, Warner Home Video has released some meticulously created DVDs with oodles of extras. It¿s a shame the same studio did not give America¿s second highest rated mini-series a better DVD treatment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The characters in the book and miniseries are amazing, they're very well developed and very interesting. My mom even named me Meggie after the main character. Awesome book and awesome miniseries.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so happy to see this classic has finally made it to DVD. This story has so many memorable characters and scenes. It is one to watch over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've watched 'Thorn Birds' once a for the past five years. (Sometimes more than that.) Each time, it grows to mean more to me as I mature to understand the depth of the story. Also, I cry EVERY single time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the most beautiful love stories televised as a mini-series, the Thornbirds leaves you at the edge of your seat with anticipation. I saw the television series when it was first televised and couldn't watch anything else. Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward made magic onscreen alongside movie legends like Barbara Stanwyck and Jean Simmons. A beautiful love story filled with every profound human emotion, this movie toppled as one of my most memorable and very best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a 'classic'. I am thrilled it is finally out on DVD! I have so many taped copies from tv, they are so old! I could watch this over and over and I still need a box of tissues!!
galeAG More than 1 year ago
It's an unforgetable mini series. Very engaging.
EarlyShopper More than 1 year ago
I am an early shopper for Christmas. I purchased this as a gift therefore I have not viewed any of the associated DVDs. But I appreciated the experience I had in purchasing the box set of The Thornbirds. In fact BN is the ONLY store I have seen that has carried this mini series in stock or for order! My Mother will be THRILLED! Not only have I enjoyed the the experiences of purchasing gifts along with items I have purchased for personal at home viewing, I have also enjoyed the items I have purchased from the in-store coffee house. I had one of the wonderful edibles within the front case, similar to a quiche, it was fantastic! I have become a regular shopper at BN!! A GOOD THING!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a "must have" DVD for Richard Chamberlain fans! I loved The Thornbirds when it first aired on TV, taped it the second time around, and now purchased the DVD version! If you fell in love with Richard Chamberlain as "Dr. Kildare" you will thoroughly enjoy this DVD. The passion between the characters continues through the entire story. You just can't wait until the next scene when they are together to see what will happen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
no on could have portrayed father ralph better than richard chamberlain. This was the role of a life time. Bravo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Thorn Birds is one of the best movies I have ever watched. I highly recommend everyone see it at lease once. My advice is to set aside an entire day to watch it because it is long, very long, but once you start watching you will not want to stop. The story is heartbreakingly tragic. Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward do such a wonderful job of portraying the characters and bringing them to life. There is something for everyone. It is a love story and there is lots of drama, but it also contains some action and even a little suspense. The Thorn Birds is based on a novel by Colleen McCullough, which I recommmend reading, and follows the plot of the novel extremely well. It is not often that I enjoy movies based on books if I have read the book first. They are usually lacking so much, but this is the exception.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story.
louise71594 More than 1 year ago
I have seen my share of good love stories, but this mini series is the best love story of all time. But its more than just a love story, and that is what makes it so great. Tragedy, triumph, love, desperation, ambition, rich, poor, glamour, pretty much everything that life is and some, but in a more refined way. One of the things that really stands out about it is, although it takes place in the early 1900's, it shows you how much we as humans have changed, but yet many of us can relate. The acting was superb, the scenery breathtaking, the characters were driven, and its one those movies that keeps you thinking about it long after its over. If you have not seen it yet, what are you waiting for, and be sure to have the kleenex handy, because you will need it. I love it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorites! I've watched The Thorn Birds at least ten times and always find it engrossing and enjoyable. I never tire of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest love stories ever told. Handsome Richard Chamberlain was made for the part of Father Ralph. It is a timeless classic!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best love stories I have ever seen. I remember when I went to church the priest banned everyone from seeing it. But I saw it anyway and I am glad I did, and so did thousands of other people. I recomend this movie to everyone, it taught me that when you find love, try to keep it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film not only gave me insight on my own life but opened my heart to new ideas, helped me to see in myself what has always stood un-noticed. I bow to Richard Chamberlain and his co-Actress Rachel Ward, superb, time well spent!!!