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A towering cinematic achievement. An astonishing true story. And "a battle film in the grand tradition of Four Feathers and Gunga Din" (Time)! Filmed against the exotic locales of Africa and starring Stanley Baker (The Guns of Navarone), Jack Hawkins (Lawrence of Arabia) and Academy AwardÂ(r) winner* Michael Caine (in his first major motion picture role), Zulu is a thrilling account of one of history's fiercest battles! As a terrifying war chant echoes across the majestic African plains, 4000 Zulu tribesmen rise up from the tall grassthat hides them. Furiously beating their swords against their shields, the warriors descend upon a small garrison of English soldiers. "Usuto! Usuto! (Kill! Kill!)," they cry as they launch into a battle with the vastly outnumbered English militia who must manifest incredible skill and incomparable bravery just to survive. *1999: Supporting Actor, The Cider House Rules; 1986: Supporting Actor, Hannah and Her Sisters
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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.)
Featuring excellent performances by Stanley Baker (who also produced), Jack Hawkins,Michael Caine (in his first major film role) and a first class cast, this is a great action movie. The music by John Barry alone is worth the price of the disc - a score he developed using Zulu songs and rhythms. However, it is much more than an action movie as it examines war, bravery and the clash of cultures (Zulu, British and Boer).
This Blu-ray edition is a multi-region version but played perfectly well in my machine and the quality of the picture was excellent, really highlighting the magnificent scenery. The special features include a number of interviews with the surviving cast, crew and family about making the film that give a lot of interesting detail on the difficulties involved, including working under (and around) apartheid constraints
One of my favorite movies, I would highly recommend it and this Blu-ray version.
collection. A final note, this is the Blu-ray edition and even if you have the dvd get this edition as well, the visual up-grade is very much worth it.