I have a confession to make. Back when I was in college, I had a major crush on a young seminary student who I met in one of my classes. He was very nice, smart, and sweet — as well as cute in a boyish sort of way. I had never met anyone quite like him before, which probably explained the crush. Anyway, as soon as I realized how I felt, I read The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough and then spent a small fortune renting the entire miniseries on VHS from the local video store. Yeah, I know this sounds utterly stupid now, but hey, I was 18 at the time!
Anyway, I actually liked the story, and to this day I always think of my seminary student whenever I hear that title. That’s why I would love to add The Thorn Birds DVDs to my collection. The 487-minute miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Barbara Stanwyck, and Ken Howard has been condensed to fit on two discs, which is much more reasonable than the 11 videotapes that I remember renting nearly two decades ago.
Unfortunately, these DVDs do not include any extras at all. It would have been nice to get at least some commentaries or interviews or something, but I guess not. On the bright side, the lack of extras is reflected in the sale price of $18, which is quite cheap for a movie this long.
I often wonder what happened to my seminary student. I transferred to a different school after freshman year, and we didn’t keep in touch. Maybe I should look him up. It would be interesting to see how he turned out!