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Anzacs [VHS] (1985)

Andrew Clarke , Paul Hogan , George Miller , John Dixon  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Andrew Clarke, Paul Hogan, Megan Williams, Mark Hembrow, Jon Blake
  • Directors: George Miller, John Dixon, Pino Amenta
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Celebrity Home Enter
  • VHS Release Date: October 28, 1992
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F25O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,332 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Aussie Soaper... April 1, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is an interesting chronicle of the ANZACs, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
This made-for-Aussie-TV production is aimed squarely at the Australian audience, who still revere the memory of the ANZACs, the troops who suffered horrendous losses at Gallipoli in WWI. The heroism of the ANZACs became legendary. In fact, they fought so bravely and with such determination that the Turkish enemy erected a monument to them.
While it is true that the film (culled from a five-part mini-series), is not riveting entertainment compared to something like "Centennial" or "War and Rememberance", it does outline the feelings, views, and politics of the day faced by the ANZAC forces.
The Australian and New Zealand viewpoints of the Great War are rarely on display, and here we have all of the various sentiments played out before us. The overall feeling (still is tangible today), is that the incompetence and arrogance of British officers, under whom the ANZAC force operated, were directly responsible for the waste of lives in pointless charges against the heavily-entrenched Turkish forces.
The mini-series is positively anti-colonial in regards to the portrayal of the British as uncaring, and more interested in saving British lives than that of the Aussies or New Zealanders.
Paul Hogan will most likely be the only familliar face for American viewers. I would recommend the Mel Gibson film "Gallipoli" for those looking for a familliar cast and a relatively big budget look. That film also has more weight to it, and is more stylized.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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First off, the American VHS release, listed here, has been dramatically edited from it's original six plus hours to down around two. This is very unfortunate. While the cut down version in itself is not a bad movie, the uncut series is nothing short of outstanding. The acting and production values are top notch ( Paul Hogan is fantastic, as are Andrew Clarke and Jon Blake ). World War 1 buffs will be very pleased at the dedication to authenticity in the series. In fact to me the series is almost on par with Spielberg's Band of Brothers. At any rate, while I can only give the American VHS release 3 stars due to it's editing, the uncut mini-series is definately a 5 star in my book. The uncut 3 disc DVD ( Region 4 ) is often available on EBAY. While it cannot be watched on an American DVD player, it can be viewed on a laptop or PC with a DVD drive.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie for WWI Buffs April 7, 2004
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This is one of the best WWI movies to be made in a long time. I highly reccommend it. I would have given it 5 stars except for the fact that it isn't edited very good. The orginal version is six hours long and they crammed it into two. There are scenes that are out of place and you can easily tell this by looking at the character's ranks. There is also hardly any transition between Gallipoli and France. Thats what happens when you condense a movie. Both of these are minor and maybe I am being nit picky. I have yet to see the full six hour version. I just recently ordered it. Once I view it I may edit this review.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If it Were Only Digitaly Remastered June 4, 2009
ANZACS is the original "Band of Brothers." Five episodes each about 90 minutes long, cover a group of Australian volunteers enlisting in 1914 and fighting till the Armistice in 1918. These men become part of A Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 1st Australian Division. They fight in Gallipoli and then move to the western front to participate in all the major British offensives. Although there is some social and political drama the focus is on thier experience in the war. The uniforms and equipement are mostly spot on. The combat scenes a pretty good for a 1985 TV series. But the quality of the series is exactly that. It looks like you are watching it on your TV in 1985. Aside from this negative comment (hence only four stars), I would recomment this series for any military history buff, and any Australian, for that matter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb at the start with a slight let-down by the end January 14, 2014
This series almost rivals Band of Brothers and Lost Battalion in quality. It follows a platoon of ANZCS through WW1 starting in 1914 just as the war starts. The first 2 episodes are excellent. Subsequent episodes are of lesser quality as some extraneous events are thrown in (love stories, bars, almost excessive pseudo-comic relief by Paul Hogan) ; however overall it is a worthwhile presentation of WW1 with appropriate equipment (including a good, working mock up of a Mark V tank). Overall, you will be entertained and not be disappointed by this series.
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