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Zulu Dawn (1979)

Burt Lancaster , Peter O'Toole  |  Parental |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Burt Lancaster, Peter O'Toole, Sir John Mills, Bob Hoskins
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Zulu
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Tango Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009UVCR6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,650 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Zulu Dawn" on IMDb

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A prequel to the war epic "Zulu", this dramatic story recounts the breathtaking defeat of British forces at the hands of a 25,000 strong and relentlessly determined Zulu army in 1870. The all-star cast, and extravagant production quality make Zulu Dawn a spectacular film with a guaranteed place in the list of Hollywood Greats.

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

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132 of 140 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable film marred by a poor transfer 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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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Train Wreck DVD 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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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this Movie! 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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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the movie but didn't like the transfer April 12, 2010
By J. Lees
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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82 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soldiers of the Queen November 16, 2001
By A Customer
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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132 of 156 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zulu Dawn Flawed, But Good March 4, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This is a decent movie which attempts to cover its subject well. The anti-British bias of the movie hurts its accuracy. For one, the Zulu Kingdom was not some innocent, put upon people. Shaku Zulu had spend years creating a brutal tribal kingdom that was under his complete control. His seccessors were no less brutal. King Catayweo may have been marginal less dictatorial than Shaku, but only by degrees. Despite this flaw, the movie is still worthwhile. Peter O'Tool lays it on thick by making Lord Chelmsford look the arrogant fool. This was not quite the case. Burt Lancaster does a nice job as Durnsford, and Simon Ward is great as the young gent recruit in the native horse.

The battle scene at Ishlandwana is impressive, but almost totally inaccurate. For one thing the British firepower kept the Zulus pinned for quite a while. The movie shows them charging forward ever invincible. Only when the Britsh fire slackend were they able to surge forward and break the line. The movie does not show this. Also the Zulu prisoners reporting the British position back to the main Impi is pure fantasy! This never happened and is another attempt by the movie to make the British look cruel and stupid! There are some other flaws, but to me these are the most serious.

The production quality is first-rate, and the attention to the flow of historical events is well done, if a little confusing at times. Those not familar with the campaign may have problems following it. Although portrayed as one of the most serious defeats ever in British military history this is also an exaggeration. The Zulu campaign was a embarrassment in some ways for the British, and also an un-wanted conflict, but the ultimate result was a crushing British victory a few weeks later under Chelmsford.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A truly great movie. Watch this one, and then "Zulu" right after for the historical facts of the rise and fall of the Zulu Nation.
Published 5 hours ago by Black Cat 27
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great old movie about the history of English colonialism in Africa.
Published 10 hours ago by Raymond A. Sowers
5.0 out of 5 stars British arrogance leads to demoralizing defeat at Isandluwana.
I gave me a historical insight into South Eastern Africa and the Zulu nation in the late 1800's
Published 14 days ago by T. C. Pinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent historical movie great cast
Published 20 days ago by mario s dattilo 3
1.0 out of 5 stars must have hit the wrong button did not really want ...
must have hit the wrong button did not really want to order this. Was looking for another version of this movie
Published 25 days ago by PM
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as excellent is the sequel
Just as excellent is the sequel, Chaka Zulu. I noticed that it is not available on Prime or even for rent at Amazon at all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great classic movie
Published 1 month ago by ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite movie of all time.
Published 1 month ago by Josh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film about the zulu wars
Good film about the zulu wars, not as the movie Zalu.
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Wrong DVD format. UK version
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