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Return to Snowy River (1988)

Tom Burlinson , Sigrid Thornton , Geoff Burrowes  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton, Brian Dennehy, Nicholas Eadie, Mark Hembrow
  • Directors: Geoff Burrowes
  • Writers: Geoff Burrowes, John Dixon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLHX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,283 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Return to Snowy River" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Australia's breathtaking Victoria Alps set the backdrop for this spectacular epic saga. Tom Burlinson and Sigrid Thornton, two of Australia's brightest film talents, star in a fast-paced, action-packed story of a stormy romance caught up in a violent feud between landowners. Acclaimed actor Brian Dennehy (LEGAL EAGLES, COCOON) gives a gripping performance as the powerful patriarch determined to keep them apart. Visually unforgettable and packed with rugged adventure and masterful stuntwork, RETURN TO SNOWY RIVER is a thrilling and memorable film!

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99 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man from Snowy River is Back! November 21, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The man from Snowy River is back! After a few years trying to earn money to marry Jessica Harrison (Sigrid Thornton), Jim Craig (Tom Burlinson) returns to Snowy River. But he finds that a lot of things have changed. The succesful ranchers and bankers want to buy up all of the land of the beautiful Australian mountains where he was brought up. He also finds that Jessica's father, Harrison (Brian Dennehy) wants her to marry Alistair Patton (Nicholas Eadie), son of landowner Patton Sr. (Rhys McConnochie). With a sort of silent feud between the landowners and the mountain men going on, Jim and Jessica must decide if they're love is worth firing up the feud even worse.
As most of the cases, I prefer the first movie to "Return to Snowy River" though I think they both deserve 5 stars. One of the reasons is I enjoy the first one more is that Kirk Douglas played Harrison in the first movie. Yes, Brian Dennehy was superb in that role, I still like Kirk Douglas.
All right, to the fine parts of the movie. Beautiful and magnificent scenery of the Australian mountains! Excellent acting by all actors and actresses, the suspense, action, and adventure will keep you on the edge of your seats! And Tom Burlinson sure know how to ride when he performs some pretty cool stunts while riding horses. Especially the earlier part of the movie where he proves that he can certainly ride better than Nicholas Eadie who plays the part of the jealous bad guy for Jessica's affection.
I recommend this movie along with the first movie, "The Man from Snowy River". These movies are classics and one of the family movies I watch at home. Can't be missed!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cinematic work of art....... April 9, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Return to Snowy River is a sequel that definitely compliments the first movie considering a lot of movie sequels don't really make the grade. Also knowing that Disney was at the helm of this production, with their excellent track record, it was a pretty sure thing it was going to be great.
Tom Burlinson (as Jim Craig) and Sigrid Thornton (as Jessica Harrison), once again display great chemistry in their interactions that makes for a very pleasing, although turbulent romantic adventure. Amidst the clashing of landowners and Jessica's father (played by Brian Dennehy) wanting to distance her from Jim Craig permanently, the couple discover the power of love and surmount the odds to find happiness.
Filmed in Australia's Victorian Alps, the cinematography is visually stunning and breathtaking. The horsemanship and stunt work is very exciting also and coupled with great acting, this movie is a highly rewarding experience for everyone of all ages.
I highly recommend this movie to everyone.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, terrible DVD January 30, 2006
Format:DVD
This movie is almost as good as the original Man from Snowy River, my all time favorite movie. However, I put off watching this DVD because here in the U.S. it was released as a 1.33:1 pan and scan picture, a far cry from it's theater release of 2.35:1. This means you're only seeing about 1/2 to 2/3 of the original frame of the movie. And, if you're like me and have a widescreen set up, it looks even worse. There is a solution if you're a serious fan. A digitally remastered DVD of Snowy River I and II with the origianl aspect ratio 2.35:1 and glorious Dolby 5.1 and DTS 5.1 soundtracks were released (together in one package) in Australia. They are region 4 DVDs and PAL to boot, but if you have a region free dvd player or can convert yours to region free (I have the Oppo 971H and it was a snap) then you can find these movies from sellers in Australia (fleabay or other places) and see them as they were meant to be seen. In fact, Geoff Burrowes who produced them both, includes on Snowy River II the wedding scene between Jim and Jess that was cut from the theatrical release at the very last second. He says it was the way the movie was meant to end, and is the way it's shown here (the shorter ending that was actually released is on the special features menu, so you can see both). I don't know if the wedding is on the dvd released in the U.S. since I refused to watch it. What a great story these 2 movies share!! Watch them, you'll not regret it!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Follow Up February 4, 2005
By Maigray
Format:DVD
This is one of those soaring, melodramatic epics, set as a sequel to the classic film "The Man From Snowy River." It's a typical action-adventure love story, laden with turgid emotional scenes, where the hero gets plenty of triumphal moments and everybody gets what they deserve in the end.

The movie is set apart from most by its stunt work, cinematography, scoring, top notch actors and classy style of filming. This movie is also suitable as family entertainment, though this in no way takes away from its overall quality.

Plot wise, there are several engaging storylines, well knitted together and leading to a thrilling climax.

Fans of the first film should also be pleased to see the return of the prize colt, who Jim and Jessica trained in the first film, making his racing debut.

This film seems to be frequently overshadowed by its predecessor. But I think it's a more polished product; the actors look better, the editing is smoother, the stunts are more daring, the cinematography is more expansive. It come across as a more mature film overall, which is really what it's supposed to be.

The cinematography is notably fabulous, and the dramatically flighted score matches it perfectly. Many prefer Mr. Douglas in the first film, but I thought Brian Dennehy did the role a lot of justice.

The social commentary implicit in some of the storylines can get a bit heavy-handed. Some of the characters are saved from being too stereotypical only by the skin of their scripts and some good acting. There are times when the dialogue skates the edge of cheesiness or the plot line takes a turn into improbability. But the overall strength of the acting and filming always manages to pull it through.
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