The History of Warfare: The Boer War and Other Colonial Adventures
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This intriguing chapter from the History of Warfare series once again employs expert commentary and analysis by Dr. David Chandler, a renowned military historian who gathers authentic film footage and computer-generated graphics to recreate the Boer War. The war pitted Imperial Britain at its pinnacle of power and strength against the Boers, the original Dutch settlers of the Cape of Good Hope. 2007/color/55 min/NR/fullscreen.
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The poor sound quality is equally matched by the poor content of this film. The film is very biased siding with the British side of the South African wars. It only glosses over the true causes of the wars and tries to minimize the suffering of the Boer civilians that were held in concentration camps. In fact the film almost makes it appear that the Boer civilians were responsible for there own deaths in these camps.
In the product description it states "This DVD uses accurate feature film footage and original dramatised reconstructions and re-enactments". This is laughable as most of the footage is from the films "Breaker Morant" and "Young Winston Churchill" and one or two other movies. The product description also states "This highly atmospheric programme also features state of the art computer mapping techniques". Once again this is laughable as I could easily make better "mapping techniques" with Power Point or Google Earth.
I have never written a negative review on Amazon before but the poor quality and content of this film compels me to write this one. If I could dissuade one person from wasting their money and time on this DVD it will make this effort worth while.
This is a one sided view of the Boer War - it would have been more pertinent having both views presented.
The scramble for Africa content is not accurate, unfortunately.
As there is scant Visual Material on the Boer war - this will at least be somewhat informative.