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The History of Warfare: Culloden 1746 - The Last Highland Charge


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In a barren Scottish moor in April 1746, the tired and hungry men of the last Highland army made their final desperate charge against a well-disciplined British force led by the Duke of Cumberland. Despite their incredible courage and valor, the clan warriors met a terrible end. It was to be the ruin of the Jacobite cause...forever. This is the moving story of the last great battle to be fought on British soil. Culloden 1746 features spectacular, accurate battle reconstructions and reenactments, plus moving footage shot on Culloden Moor as it is today. The program's dramatized "eyewitness" accounts, period imagery, and computer-generated maps combine perfectly to provide a superb and accurate account of a crucial day in British history. Narrated by Brian Blessed, with expert comment and analysis by Dr. David Chandler, the world's most foremost military historian and former head of War Studies at Sandhurst. NTSC, Color, Dolby Digital, Menu Language English, Full Screen.

Introduction * Bonnie Prince Charlie * The Rise of the Jacobites * The Invasion of England * The March to Culloden * The British Army * The Highland Charge * Aftermath of the Battle * Special Features: Test Your Knowledge * Picture Gallery * Interactive Menus * Excerpts From Other Titles In The Series


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  • Actors: Brian Blessed
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cromwell Productions
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LX4BSW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,332 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John on September 21, 2010
Culloden is often portrayed as a rather simplistic English vs Scottish battle but what I loved about this documentary is that it really got to grips with the underlying background of events. It paints a sophisticated and historically informed picture of what happened and why, in a way that's both mature and sensible. If you want to know about Culloden and the Jacobites, watch this documentary. It's respectful, balanced, sensible, well filmed and a fitting tribute to the courage of the highlanders.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roger Kennedy VINE VOICE on May 11, 2010
This very fine DVD provides a comprehensive look at the events of the 1745 Jacobite Raising. Narrated by Brian Blessed this is an unromantic look at the events of the '45. We find Bonnie Prince Charlie was not so bonnie after all! Half Polish and Italian, his claim for his father's English crown was tenuous at best. With interviews from the great David G. Chandler we find that like all Stewarts he possessd a strong stubborn streak. Had he become king it is likely he would have fared little better than his luckless grandfather James II.

The DVD provides good background on the Highland Clan system which ruthlessly provided many unwilling recruits for the Prince's army. As with all the Cromwell film series we get numerous eyewhitness accounts by actors who add their imput to the story.

A Scottish historian breaks down what was really involved in the famous Highland Charge and how it worked on the battlefield. He also explains that Cumberland's bombardment at Culloden while galling to the Jacobites did not kill so many men. What it did accomplish was to induce a reckless charge which fed exactly into his strategy while taking the battle out of the Prince's control. In fact the Bonnie Prince exercised no direct control over events.

This DVD is enhanced by the many re-enactors and extras that were used for another Cromwell Production CHASING THE DEAR which stars Brian Blessed as well. He certainly was a fine character actor for many lesser known works such as this.

While slightly under an hour this work provides a comprehensive and entertaining look as the last Jacobite upraising which brought such misery and discontent to the Highlands.
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I think this is a relatively good treatment of the Battle of Culloden which ended forever the rebellions of the Scots against the English crown and ended the Stuart family's relevance in "British" politics with equal finality.

I think the DVD itself did a reasonably good job of "setting the stage" or describing the events leading up to the battle. I think it did a good job of showing the history of the Stuarts as kings of Scotland & England. The Stuarts seem to have the singular ability to aggravate their own subjects to the point of removing them from the throne on several occasions. In this stubbornness, "Bonnie Prince Charlie" seems to have inherited a double portion.

The video shows that these rebellions did not happen in a vacuum. Spain and France often played a part in supporting Stuart claims to the throne of England & Scotland - for their own purposes. It also showed that the Highland clans rose in rebellion several times before 1745/1746 and were soundly defeated by English forces with heavy casualties - making many of them less likely to support yet another rebellion.

The DVD showed the campaign as a whole and covered Culloden well with diagrams of forces on the eve of battle as well as how the battle progressed. I think the re-enactments were quite good, showing both sides fairly accurately even if they weren't the best of actors.

The main criticism I had is that they didn't seem as effective at showing more of what was happening in Charles Stuart's mind, what were his intentions and what his side expected.

On the whole, I think they did a good job with the subject given the time constraints. I thought it informative, enjoyable and I recommend it with four stars.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cindy on April 5, 2011
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After reading the other reviews I was surprised to find this to be short, and not nearly as detailed or balanced as I had hoped it would be. There are two sides to every battle, and while I wouldn't suggest that anyone could put a positive spin on Bonnie Prince Charlie's actions, THIS little "documentary" was clearly written from an English perspective. I have been to Culloden and can say that quite a bit was left out or glossed over. Disappointed.
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