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Zulu [Blu-ray] (1964)

Michael Caine , Nigel Green  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (521 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 (521 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CTBGNS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,375 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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353 of 361 people found the following review helpful
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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 Four Stars
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Published 5 hours ago by Shiboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film of outpost last stand!
First of all this is a great epic made in 1964. Truly one of the best of this type ever made concerning the Zulu wars of the late 1870s. Read more
Published 7 days ago by George Nestler
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorite Movies of all time!
I am not going to write much here because there are already some brilliant reviews listed that actually describe the story, pacing, acting, and artists involved with this... Read more
Published 13 days ago by M. Best
5.0 out of 5 stars Zulu blue ray dvd movie
Very good quality and full of action.this was the movie I always was waiting to get when I saw it many years ago.i will put this movie in my top 10 list collection.
Published 28 days ago by Herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite action movies
It's a great true story. It shows how skill, determination and courage can overcome overwhelming odds to survive. The script and acting was outstanding.
Published 1 month ago by Patrick R. Satterfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Zulu - A Great Movie
Zulu is a real gem for many reasons. First of all it is totally accurate as to what happened historically.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vina Schemer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, But not the DVD case cover illustration I wanted
The DVD case's cover I received of the copy of the great 1964 film "Zulu" I ordered from Amazon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert A. Cook, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband's Dream Movie
This was a birthday gift for my husband. He really enjoyed the movie. He will find many years of enjoyment watching this because take it from me it will not sit on a shelf and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edna D. Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated classic
I'm not going to regurgitate the story or background to this movie as many reviewers have already covered it extensively but I wanted to highlight a few areas which give me a lot... Read more
Published 2 months ago by The doctor
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong world zone
I am disappointed that this movie turned out to be in an european zone and would not work on my american zone dvd player.
Published 2 months ago by Charles e melton
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