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Zulu [Blu-ray] (1964)

Michael Caine , Nigel Green  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (542 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Nigel Green
  • Format: Blu-ray, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: 138 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (542 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CTBGNS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,224 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Narrated by Richard Burton and starring an outstanding Michael Caine in his first starring role, Zulu is a tense and dramatic war film about the Battle of Rorke's Drift in 1879--which was part of the Anglo-Zulu War in South Africa--where approximately 150 British soldiers held off 4,000 Zulu warriors. Zulu is an exceptionally well-made and beautifully shot film from 1964 that demonstrates the bravery of the British troops and also acknowledges the Zulu's bravery. The emotional score of the film was conducted by John Barry. Eleven Victoria Crosses were won in the action, the most in a single battle. Most of the characters in the movie were based on real participants of the battle.

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Zulu is one of the greatest historical action movies ever made, and one of the great war movies. It is based on what historian Michael Glover terms "the most highly decorated battle in British history", the defence of Rorke's Drift during the Zulu War of 1879. Eleven of the defenders received Britain's highest award for military valor, the Victoria Cross--the rarely awarded counterpart of the US Medal of Honor. The movie is a landmark in the art of cinema for its extraordinary combination of location, cross-cultural engagement, a real story, good script, fine cast and great production team. This 1964 film never looks tired, despite my many years of rerunning it in 16mm, the Criterion laserdisc, later the Front Row Entertainment Inc. DVD, and then the Paramount DVD and Blu-ray discs. Anecdotally, military colleges have used Zulu to show the power of directed massed musketry, and leadership and teamwork in combat.

Zulu is the greatest achievement of the career of British actor Stanley Baker, who co-produced with US-born, formerly blacklisted director Cy Endfield. Nothing else in the genre really measures up, including Endfield's so-called "prequel", Zulu Dawn, or other epics based on British colonial wars, such as Khartoum. It was filmed on location in the grandeur of Natal, South Africa, with descendants of the Zulu warriors who took part in the original action portraying their forebears. The prominent Zulu politician and traditional chief, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, plays the Zulu leader, his distant relative Cetewayo.
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In January, 1879, a column of British soldiers comprised primarily of the 24th Regiment of Foot, South Wales Borderers, was wiped out at the base of the mountain, Isandhlwana, in Natal, South Africa. A large contingent of 4,000 Zulu warriors then moved on to the undermanned expedition base at Rorke's Drift. This movie tells the incredible true story of the subsequent battle, and of the victory of the 90 some British soldiers, many of them sick, who held their post in the face of overwhelming odds. See Donald Morris' definitive book, _The Washing of the Spears_, against which this film account compares most favorably.
This neglected classic was filmed at a time when it was still just possible to associate the word "glory" with military victory-- without a sneer. The makers of the film avoid preaching and just let the battle tell the tale of the men of both sides. The British soldiers are not the "good guys" nor are the Zulus "bad guys," and the lone derogatory comment about the fighting ability of the Zulus is instantly rebuffed by a tough Boer cavalryman who says, "And just who do you think is coming to wipe out your little garrison, the Grenadier Guards?" This is a soldier's story about a soldier's fight.
Did the Welsh really sing "Men of Harlach" as they manned their mealie-bag barricades?
Did the Zulus really render a warrior's salute as they broke off the action on the second day of the battle?
It doesn't matter. The film is accurate in the historical basics that really count.
Beautifully filmed on location, with an outstanding, stirring score by John Barry, this film features solid but appropriately understated performances by Stanley Baker, Michael Caine, and Jack Hawkins.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Battle at Rorke's Drift, Natal, South Africa September 20, 2000
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January 22-23 1879 will go down as one of the greatest and bravest days in British military history.
The battle at Rorke's Drift, or as the Zulus called it "Jim's Place" is magnificently portrayed in this 1964 epic filmed on location in Natal.
Michael Caine perfectly plays the part of Lieutenent Gonville Bromhead, a gentleman and professional soldier who along with Lieutenent John Chard of the Royal Engineers (played by Stanley Baker) masterminded the defence of the small missionary station at Rorke's Drift.
80 men of the South Wales Borderers 24th Regiment Of Foot defended the missionary station and it's 36 wounded men in the hospital against 4,000 zulu warriors.
The Natal scenery and costumes of both the British soldiers and Zulu warriors are a highlight.
The battle scenes were graphically ahead of it's time and the narration by Richard Burton (himself a welshman)certainly adds to the drama that would unfold.
One criticism is levelled at the characterization of Private Alfred Henry Hook, who in the movie is portrayed as a drunken malingerer. He was in fact a gentleman and small landowner who was a well regarded soldier. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery in evacuating the sick and wounded from the burning hospital.
Overall, as an avid historian on the Zulu War of 1879, I found this a compelling movie classic which has been watched over and over again by me and my 3 brothers( Tom, Chris and Sam)
James Hulston from Sydney, Australia
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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic seige film chronicling the 1879 Zulu attack on the ...
Epic seige film chronicling the 1879 Zulu attack on the British army hospital garrison of Rourke"s Drift. Well directed and acted. With a solid score by John Barry. Read more
Published 1 day ago by gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Great movie!
Published 4 days ago by Patricia D. Volpe
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good movie to killed time on a rainy Saturday
Published 4 days ago by Carlos M Echevarria
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice birthday gift. Great condition.
Published 6 days ago by Sarah Herbe
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent film about the battle of Rorke's Drift which followed ...
An excellent film about the battle of Rorke's Drift which followed the battle of Isandlwana. A complement to this film would be the National Geographic episode of Secrets of the... Read more
Published 15 days ago by James McClelland
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant presentation of a classic film.
Brilliant clear image, reflecting the 70mm original format. The sound is clear but basic. The film is a classic telling of an amazing battle.
Published 20 days ago by Ken Morrison
4.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational movie depicting the clash between cultures in the ...
An inspirational movie depicting the clash between cultures in the last 19th century. battle scenes honest without being to gory.
Published 26 days ago by Dan Alley
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST pic quality ive ever seen!!
ive seen many bluray releases but I must say this is the most perfect ive ever seen-the BEST in picture quality bluray offers-razor sharp and im not exageratting-stands alone-audio... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Neil L. Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great acting
Published 1 month ago by Ann Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Greta conversion
For this old of a movie, it is a fantastic conversion. On my 80inch Sharp, I now really feel I am part of the battle!!
Published 1 month ago by Steven G.
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