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  • Actors: Sam Neill, Zafer Ergin, Demetri Goritsas, Jeremy Irons
  • Directors: Tolga Örnek
  • Writers: Tolga Örnek
  • Producers: Tolga Örnek, Burak Örnek, Hamdi Döker, Ismail Çaglar, Peter Hankwitz
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Epoch
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YXMMDQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,001 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gallipoli" on IMDb

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Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons and Golden Globe nominee Sam Neill narrate this account of the historical battle. It began as a demonstration against the Ottoman Empire by Great Britain and her allies. Nine months later it had become one of the fiercest and most controversial battles of the First World War. Produced over six years and in seven different countries, "Gallipoli" is the story of ordinary men forced by history to do extraordinary things. The courage with which they faced hardship and the sacrifices they made are brought to life through their own words. Newly uncovered diaries, letters, and photographs from both sides; interviews with international experts; on-location landscape, underwater, and aerial photography; 3-D computer animations; and dramatic re-enactments of trenches and battles make this docu-drama not only the newest film on the subject but also the most comprehensive.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Greality Test on April 15, 2009
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This DVD is technically very well made. It gives insight into the WWI mindsets of the English and Turks. The personal notes from participants on both sides of the fighting are read, "Ken Burns" style, which makes it all the more human and credible. It is much more informative than the popular movie of the same title, which is often shown on cruise ships as they pass the area.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David D. Lawson on October 11, 2008
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This ia a very well written, edited and photographed film about one of the great "What If" Battles of the First World War. I frankly thought it was really the only imaginative plan put forth in that war. I think that if it had been properly supported and led by The British it could of been pulled off. But instead it was treated as a sideshow and the Brits tried to do it on the cheap. So it was doomed from the start.
Altogether well worth the coin and time to see if this is your forte of History.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Melomet on March 30, 2008
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I have watched many films on Gallipoli, both features and documentaries. Nothing comes close to having the sustained emotional impact of Tolga Ornek's modern masterpiece. The narrative is based on the diaries and letters of 8 allied soldiers and 2 Turkish soldiers. Gelibolu (the Turkish title) focuses on the shared suffering and sacrifice by both sides in the disastrous Dardanelles campaign. The similarity of this ill-planned invasion of a Moslem nation over 90 years ago and our current situation in Iraq is uncanny. I highly recommend this title.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mete Soyoguz on October 18, 2010
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GALLIPOLI by J. Irons and all of the supporting producers have done a marvellous job in creating one of the most objective and factual historical account of the GALLIPOLI battle which resulted in the loss of hundreds of Turkish, Australian and British lives during the difficult years of the OTTOMAN EMPIRE. This video is 100% history with no theatrical tones.
It is part of a long Turkish battle against invaders which could be classified as a British Crusade against the Ottoman Empire to control the militarily critical BOSPHORUS STRAITS connecting the Black Sea with the Aegean Ocean. The grand architects of the GALLIPOLI battle against the Ottoman Empire caused unforgivable crimes against the Australian the ANZACS and the TURKS who perished in great numbers which resulted in beating the invaders. The great Turkish general who won this battle was ATATURK who also created the westernized modern TURKISH REPUBLIC.
I recomend this video to everyone who have a sincere interest in war politics and true history.
MS
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rafik Razzouk on June 27, 2010
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One of the best documentary with both sides of the waring parties (Turks and ANZACs: Aussies & New Zealanders) expressing their experiences of this famous battle of the first World war. A must see if you're studying modern history. Note that Mustafa Kemal Atatürk commander the 19th Division attached to the Fifth Army during the Battle of Gallipoli became founder of the Republic of Turkey as well as its first president.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the zulu on July 21, 2011
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I have visited Gallipoli twice for a number of days (over 12 years) and have found the battle fields the most moving and sad, as well as so wasteful of human life (equal to the carnage of the Western front) ....of the many war sites I have visited ... and these include Culloden, Isandlwana.
"Gallipoli" portrays for the first time in any depth the Turkish side of the 1915 debacle, showing the depth of feeling and commitment by the Ottoman army in defending their country from a hopelessly led coalition.
Both sides are shown in intimate detail including the hell of the trenches, the letters home, the hopeless conditions,the sickness, and the pathetic leadership of the English led allies. The courage and determination of the Turkish forces under Mustafa Kemal is detailed.
This fine (Turkish originated) documentary is the best so far of a fascinating episode of WW1 that could easily have changed the course of the war... and should have !!
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