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Not "That" good
on January 4, 2009
This DVD may well go in to the box with the other films I have purchased, and I will keep, but may never watch again. I had not seen the film before purchasing but I love the outstanding film "ZULU". So for that reason alone I ordered it. The film itself gets 3-stars. The transfer (from celluloid to DVD) gets a Zero. The quality of picture is poor - very poor. It is actually painful to watch on a big screen TV! Other reviews site how much of the original frame is lost. I don't know all the technical aspect but I don't doubt that they must be correct.
As I stated before, the movie itself gets only three stars. I believe the Producers and Directors must have watched the "original" Stanley Baker ZULU (battle at Rorke's Drift) and then left directly to shoot this film. It is a poor imitation. The movie even starts the same way with Zulu dance and song and a brutal death of a Zulu warrior on the King's whim. The missionary's not there but he shows up soon after. And believe me, there no comparison to any actor in this film to the job the young Michael Caine accomplished in the earlier film. Bob Haskins is a good actor but his role as a Sergeant pales in comparison to Nigel Green as the indefatigable "Colour Sergeant Bourne" -- a solider I felt I would follow anywhere after watching in the first film! Eventually the film gets "going" and the battle scenes that follow are good. As it was shot before CGI it is great to know that every person shown in the battle was really there on the set.
Comparing the two films is fair. This film was created in part to take advantage of the eventual success of the first film (which is of course about what happened "a day after" the events in this movie.) If one really wants to know about the disaster of Isandhlwana I might suggest a book rather than this film.