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A Town Like Alice [VHS] (1981)

Helen Morse , Bryan Brown , David Stevens  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Helen Morse, Bryan Brown, Gordon Jackson, Dorothy Alison, Yuki Shimoda
  • Directors: David Stevens
  • Writers: Nevil Shute, Rosemary Anne Sisson, Tom Hegarty
  • Producers: Henry Crawford
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: July 30, 1992
  • Run Time: 301 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302796857
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,688 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy jungles of Malaya to the dusty and desolate outback of Australia.

Based on Nevil Shute's international bestselling novel, A Town Like Alice follows the lives of Jean Paget and Joe Harman. Meeting in Malaya—she an attractive young English captive and he a cheerful Australian POW tortured for a simple act of kindness. Separated first by their captors then by the distance of passing years, the two are finally reunited in the rugged outback of Australia—to face a challenge every bit as demanding as their wartime trials.

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202 of 202 people found the following review helpful
By Ukegirl
I simply cannot believe this outstanding Australian tv series is still not out on DVD. PLEASE, WHOEVER OWNS THE RIGHTS TO THIS FILM, PLEASE PUT IT ON DVD BEFORE I DIE? I AM SO TIRED OF MY OLD VHS! I am sure I am in good company.
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123 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would love this on a DVD playable in the US September 1, 2008
By Susan
The first time I saw "A Town Like Alice" with Helen Morse and Bryon Brown, I was sucked in from beginning to end. All five hours of it. I was able to purchase a full length version on (one) VHS tape many years ago and put on white gloves about once a year to bring it out of storage and watch it. I am never disappointed, it gets better every time and I have shown this masterpiece to family and friends who now love it as much as I do. A very well done, gripping, human interest story of love and war made so real by the wonderful cast without a lot of gratuitous flash and whiz-bang. My VHS copy is still watchable, but my heart's desire is a remastered, full length DVD, with any extras (interviews etc.) that might be available.
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149 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time faves January 7, 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Joe Harmon (played by Bryan Brown) rocks! And so does this whole movie, based on Nevil Shute's superb novel of the same name. It starts well, picks up speed, and gets better and better. During WWII, Jean (who is her family's only survivor) is force marched back and forth across Malaysia by the Japanese, who don't know what to do with a bunch of English women and children. As their group dwindles from starvation, fatigue, malaria and dystntery, Jean becomes the leader of the little group, and she negotiates a deal with the headman of a small village whose men have been taken off to fight in the war: if the village will shelter them, the surviving English will work in the rice fields.
But it was during the months of wandering that Jean met Joe Harmon, an Austrailian prisoner of war who steals food for her, is crucified and left for dead by the Japanese.
After the war, when Jean is back in England, she comes into her family's money, and she has a dream: to return to Malaya to build a well for the village women. To her amazement, she learns that Harmon actually survived: when the Japanese could not grant him his last wish, they were honor bound to save his life. Jean goes back to find him at the same time he, having just discovered that she wasn't married when he met her (a deception she fostered for her own protection), flies to England to look for her. The two planes cross.
But, as with most good love stories, they meet - and things are awkward and stilted. When he knew her, her hair was loose and tangled, she was barefoot and wearing a sarong, and she had an orphan child balanced on her hip. Now when he sees her, she's an English lady - and he's still just a bloke from the outback.
Oh, I'm telling too much.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Anybody interested in purchasing this fabulous film on home video VHS should take a close look at which listing for it they are buying. The film was released 4 Different ways on VHS. By two different companies. STARMAKER which put out 3 Types and NEW WORLD which put out 1 version which is the most desirable. They are all the same film in various quality types. A Town Like Alice is NOT yet available on DVD. Here is the info on whats out there on VHS.

This version the first listed on AMAZON A Town Like Alice is for the One Tape EPmode STARMAKER release 301mins. EPMODE is the cheapest and also the lowest quality release! Since it is EP mode it will be hard to track on newer VCR's.
STARMAKER also put out a much higher quality 3 Tape 301min Release SPMode 3 VHS Tapes - A Town Like Alice

The Third is yet another STARMAKER Release A Town Like Alice 2tapes LP Mode. Still NOT great quality. This is OK but not near as good as the second 3 tape SPMODE option.

The BEST and most desirable release is this 4th release of A Town Like Alice is a NEW WORLD Home Video Release 301mins Uncut on 2 high quality SPmode Tapes. These are two T-160 videos which means they have longer reels then standard T-120 tapes. Thats why they can handle a combine 301mins. on 2 tapes. So, not as complicated or cumbersome as having to get the 3tape vers. The bad news is that this version is NOT listed on amazon. BUT you can still find it if you look at the marketplace seller descriptions.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT LOVE STORY OF THE CENTURY June 14, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is a movie to be viewed time and again. It encompasses several different cultures and spans several continents.
It is a love story that survives not only the nastiness of war but the trials of separation and the very unforgiving climate of Australia's outback.
When Jean and Joe, played admirably by Helen Morse and Bryan Brown, first meet, it is in the very trying conditions of war. After a separation of several years, they are reunited only to have their love tested again by the conditions of the land around them.
This movie was a TV mini-series based on Neville Shute's book and is quite long. However, it is worth it and I have watched it many, many times and never tire of it.
Beautiful scenery and great acting by everyone, especially Brown and Morse make this a thoroughly enjoyable must see movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AUSTRALIA WWI LOVE STORY
My all time favorite love story. Very well done.
Published 23 hours ago by Wilma K. Mussen
1.0 out of 5 stars Hugely disappointed !
I saw this series many years ago and loved it! Also loved the book!
I was excited to see I could see it on DVD ! Read more
Published 7 days ago by Elizabeth Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great to watch
Published 7 days ago by Doctorm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by Sally Hewitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another wonder story and well filmed.
Published 17 days ago by Juanita
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Soooo glad this is finally on DVD!!!
Published 21 days ago by cdonn82431
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'bonzer' programme! :-)
I first saw this as a television series long ago and had always wanted to see it again. And it was even better than I remembered. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Nobilangelo
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD version disappointing.
Bought the DVD version through Amazon from a 3rd party in July, 2014. Disappointed and sad. It appeared DVD was recorded in 16:9 when the original was in 4:3. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Allan Kawada
1.0 out of 5 stars BOOTLEG! BUYERS BEWARE!
This miniseries has NEVER been issued on DVD for N. America. If you buy this, what you'll be getting is a poorly made copy from the VHS tape!
Published 25 days ago by Charlotte Vale-Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic movie long but it will keep your interest
Published 29 days ago by gary heller
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A Town Like Alice DVD
Aye! Agree! We've lived in the Alice, we think the movie is great, and it needs to be released on DVD for regions outside of Australia.
Nov 6, 2007 by JAG |  See all 5 posts
Town Like Alice on DVD
I echoed the desire to have a copy of this fine movie on DVD (posted on 06 Nov), then I found an organization within the movie business that creates DVDs or tapes to order. It is called MovieLead and their primary business is for those in the business, but they provide movies for the rest of us... Read More
Dec 7, 2007 by JAG |  See all 7 posts
A Town Like Alice DVD---I'm BEGGING you.
I saw this miniseries on PBS many years ago and I've always wanted to own a copy. DVD would be a must because I would probably wear out a VHS tape from watching it over and over again.
Dec 26, 2006 by J. Conrad |  See all 14 posts
town like alice
I agree. I bought this new on VHS years ago, and still have it. I've watched it several times (and it's getting distant enough to watch again). Why this isn't on DVD is a crime.

This film is VASTLY underseen and underappreciated.
Jul 30, 2008 by Scott FS |  See all 6 posts
I have the sp version that is unavailable? ASIN B0032GQH56 Be the first to reply
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