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Official High-Definition Remastered release by Paramount Pictures. All Regions blu-ray release, playable on all worldwide blu-ray players.
Special Features:Feature Commentary with film historian Sheldon Hall and Zulu's Second Unit Director Robert Porter.
The Music of Zulu / Zulu: Remembering an Epic / The Making of Zulu: "Role of Honour" / The Making of Zulu: ...And Snappeth The Spear In Sunder / Theatrical Trailer / Teaser Trailer
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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The Zulu are magnificent! Michael Caine, Stanley Baker, and Jack Hawkins lead a superb cast. Richard Burton narrates the opening and closing of the film -- what a voice. If they gave an Oscar for voice -- he'd have gotten it for this one. John Barry's excellent score and the Zulu chanting give life and gravitas to this epic story. Outstanding cinematography by Steven Dade. The extras are plenty and all worth watching. The commentary with second unit director Robert Porter and film historian Sheldon Hall is worth the price of admission. A true film classic of the highest order. Most highly recommended!
(I wish Amazon would separate out reviews by manufactured edition rather clustering together VHS-DVD-Blu-ray reviews. Many negative reviews address pan & scan VHS issues not applicable to other formats, licensed DVD releases with less-than-desirable sub-VCR quality, and the like. Separate reviews for separate releases would be beneficial to everyone all around.)
I can forgive the armorers using Webley Mark VI revolvers instead of the Webley-Pryse revolvers Chard and Bromhead would have carried. Visually, they are very similar, with the main difference being in the longer hammer spur. But the rifles are another matter.
The production company was unable to obtain enough Martini-Henry rifles to equip all of the extras, and had to fill in with No.1 Mark IV Enfields disguised with socket bayonets as used on the Martini-Henrys. In the scene at 1:37:30 where Chard orders a walking advance and volley fire by ranks, the cocking pieces can be seen moving forward as the men shoot, and one kneeling man can even be seen working the bolt on his rifle. As a rule, throughout the movie in any scene shot from the soldiers' left, the rifles being used are bolt action Enfields. In any scene shot from the right, they are using tilting block Martini-Henrys. You can see the Enfields again in the climactic battle where the company is half in front of the mealie bag redoubt and half behind it. The troops out front have Martini-Henrys; the troops behind the mealie bags have Enfields.
The rifle anomalies only will bother gun guys. But aside from that, and ignoring character changes made for a more dramatic presentation (for instance, Private Henry Hook, VC was a teetotaler and an exemplary soldier, not a drunken troublemaker), it is a compelling movie about soldiers who stood up against 20 times their number -- and prevailed.
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Not much in the way of extras though, because most of the filmmakers are gone.Read more