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Zulu Dawn (Blu-ray / DVD Combo)

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Burt Lancaster, Peter O'Toole, Simon Ward, Bob Hoskins and Sir John Mills lead an all-star cast in the shocking true story of The Battle of Isandhlwana: In January 1879, arrogant officials of the British colony of Natal, Africa issued a list of unauthorized ultimatums to the Zulu Nation. When the Zulu King refused their demands, the Empire declared war. And in a series of grave tactical blunders, a garrison of 1,500 British soldiers faced an army of 25,000 enraged Zulu warriors in what would become the most horrifying disaster in British military history. Nigel Davenport (CHARIOTS OF FIRE), Denholm Elliott (RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK), Phil Daniels (QUADROPHENIA) and 13,000 actual Zulus co-star in this acclaimed prequel to the classic ZULU, now packed with exclusive Bonus Features, fully restored to its correct aspect ratio, and re-mastered in stunning HD for the first time ever in America.

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Sweeping Battle...Top-Flight Cast... An Eye-Catching Film. --The New York Times --The New York Times

A SUPERB EPIC WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST... A staggering spectacle, with fighting men real men, not CGI pixels stretching as far as the eye can see. --DVD Savant --DVD Savant

The screen is constantly filled with action.--London Observer --London Observer

A SUPERB EPIC WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST... A staggering spectacle, with fighting men real men, not CGI pixels stretching as far as the eye can see. --DVD Savant --DVD Savant

The screen is constantly filled with action.--London Observer --London Observer

Product Details

  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Simon Ward, Denholm Elliott, Peter Vaughan, James Faulkner
  • Directors: Douglas Hickcox
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Severin Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A29HFMU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,791 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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123 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Bill Allcorn on April 24, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'll leave it to others to comment on the film itself, but I do want to warn potential purchasers that the DVD transfer leaves a lot to be desired. The original film is 2.35:1; the DVD is 16:9 letter boxed (not anamorphic)so about a third of the film is missing and it is clearly obvious in quite a few scenes. The quality of the transfer itself, while not awful, is not particularly good either.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Decker on June 17, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I highly recommend this movie to all war or history buffs.This movie is based on the true story of the Battle of Isandlwana in south Africa .The battle was fought on Jan. 22nd 1879 between the 24th regiment under the command of Lt.Gen. Lord Chelmsford and the Zulu nation under King Cetshwayo. To make a long story short, The Zulus crushed and wiped out the entire British regiment largely in part because they outnumbered the British 24,000 to about 1,500, but also due to British arrogance(Which is pointed out time and time again in this movie)and the lack of respect and where abouts of the enemy.An allstar cast including Peter O'toole and Burt Lancaster Star in this Classic. The only Bad thing about this movie is that it is no longer in print, which to me is a real travesty, considering all the garbage that was made that still is in print. In fact i had to buy this movie off an online auction. I hope that the Movie Company that made this Great film comes to it's senses and Redistributes this movie so that it can be enjoyed on DVD as well.
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
If you get this video and the other epic relating to this same time (Zulu) you'll know all about the British and Zulu war in Africa. This film, Zulu Dawn, tells the story of the debacle at Islandhwana where spear-carrying Zulus badly mauled British rifles and effected the greatest defeat of so-called natives on British arms. It sticks pretty close to the actual history of the engagement. The action is the star, but big names appear throughout. John Mills, Peter O'Toole, Burt Lancaster. A first-rate job of filmaking if you like military action and stories of the Thin Red Line of Britain's heyday as a colonial power.
To get the full picture you might also want to get "Zulu", mentioned above, starring Stanley Baker and introducing a very young Michael Caine. This is more along the lines of Gunga Din and portrays the true heroism of the British (Welsh really) at Rorke's Drift, a subsidiry action to the events of Zulu Dawn. Again with considerable historical accuracy. Both films are British made and together make a nice balanced commentary on England's shortcomings and successes in the Zulu War.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Wright on September 30, 2005
Format: DVD
This is one of my favorite movies of all time and I've been waiting ever since the invention of DVD for it to appear. The VHS version I had was by some two-bit Canadian company and it hissed so badly you could barely understand the dialogue. When I saw that the DVD was going to be released I jumped with joy and I had to keep myself from running to the mailbox (like the dork that I am)when it arrived.

So you can imagine my disappointment at the lack of a widescreen version the p*ss-poor extras and worse, the godawful sound and atrocious coloring. What was once an epic looks like something you'd find on late nite TV on a channel with poor reception. I know this movie was made in '79 but does it have to look like an old 8mm porno thats been wasting away in a steamer trunk for two decades?
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By J. Lees on April 12, 2010
Format: DVD
Many of the reviewers of this DVD like the movie but are critical of the transfer. It is terrible, and my rating is for the transfer, not the movie. There is a solution if you have a region free DVD player: Go to Amazon.fr and order the French release, titled "L'Ultime Attaque." Just turn off the French dubbed version and watch the origianal English. This transfer is pristine with an aspect ratio of 2.35.1. Compared to it, the version offered by Amazon.com is shabby, indeed, and the French transfer is like watching a different movie. Remember, the French version is region 2, so you need a region free player, and shipping makes "L'Ultime Attaque" a bit pricey. Hope this helps.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By lordhoot on October 1, 2005
Format: DVD
Zulu Dawn is probably one of the more entertaining war movies out there regarding the colonial wars. I am bit puzzeled by many of the previous reviews written on this film. It seem that many of the reviewers expects historical accuracy from movies. How can such expectation be after watching movies like Braveheart, Patriot, Windtalkers or Pearl Harbor??

Zulu Dawn gives a pretty good coverage of the initial stages of the Zulu War, one of many wars of aggression fought by the British Empire during the 19th century although it no worst then the wars of aggression United States wages against the American Indians during the same period. While not historically accurate per say, it gives a nice accountability of the British arrogance and greed versus the natives' defiance toward the imperial order.

Top notch cast with Peter O'Toole, Burt Lancaster and Simon Ward helped this movie considerably. Bo Hoskins as one of the sergents definitely add color to the cast. The events in the movie lies from the British point of view. Like all movies, there were historical free plays given to add spice, tension and characters to the historical events. Thats to be expected....!!

The battle scenes were well done and British mistakes well presnted even if they may or may not be historically accurate.

The DVD edition of this movie is not in Widescreen at all. Its in pan and scan mode like the VHS. I guess the company who came out with this edition can't find the widescreen version. It almost looks like they just took the VHS version and clean it up for DVD. That is quite disappointing to say the least and I expect that the price of this movie will drop considerably because of it.
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