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Gallipoli - Sce [DVD]

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  • Actors: Gerda Nicolson, Mark Lee, Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter, Bill Kerr
  • Directors: Peter Weir
  • Producers: Robert Stigwood, Patricia Lovell
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 3 April 2006
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,832 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Two young Australian friends from distinct backgrounds are caught up on the Eastern Front of World War I in the confrontation betwee n Australia and the German Allied Turks. Bungling by the generals in command allows the Turks time to dig in and the battle becomes a mutual war of attrition.


Gallipoli is well worth seeing for a number of good reasons. As a war movie, it ranks alongside the best of the genre: affecting without being sentimental, brutal without being gratuitous, and blessed with a credible, human screenplay by David Williamson. As an historical introduction to the disastrous Dardanelles campaign of 1915, it isn't bad--the odd liberties taken with the facts, while annoying (especially, one imagines, if you have ancestors among the 30,000 British troops buried on the peninsula) are just about forgivable. And as an explanation and distillation of the Gallipoli legend that looms so large in the Australian consciousness, it is unbeatable not least because the film itself did so much to fuel it. It is no coincidence that the numbers of Australians at the April 25th dawn service at Gallipoli have been increasing every year since the film was released in 1981.

Mel Gibson and Mark Lee play two young sprinters who join in the army in search of adventure iconic representatives of the generation of young men that the newly federated Australia pitched into the slaughter of World War I. While Gallipoli does not shirk from the reality they discover, nor does it quite allow the characters' enthusiasm for the enterprise ever to diminish, all of which helps make the climactic scenes, based on the suicidal assault enacted of the Australian Light Horse at The Nek on August 7th, 1915, among the most moving in modern cinema.

On the DVD: The disc is in anamorphic widescreen, and can be heard in either English or German; many more languages are available as subtitles. The two special features included are the cinema trailer for the film, which should serve thoroughly to enrage any Australian viewers with both its delivery (in an American accent) and patronising sales pitch ("From a place you've never heard of . . . comes a story you'll never forget".) There is also a brief interview with director Peter Weir, which yields a few faintly interesting reminiscences about the film's gestation, but fails completely to ask him any of the many questions about the Anzac legend, jingoism, and the relationship between historical truth and cinematic art, raised by the film. --Andrew Mueller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb 2009
Format: DVD

"Gallipoli" made in 1981 is an Australian film directed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee, all natives of that country. The film is set during the First World War and the title refers to the peninsula of the same name located on the Aegean coast of The Dardenelles in Turkey. It was in this area that between the 25th April 1915 when it was captured, to the 19th December 1915 when it was evacuated, that many ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) soldiers fought and died. The climax to this film is at the brutal battle of "The Nek", which was a terrible killing field for the ANZACs.

The film concerns two young men from rural Western Australia who become close friends whilst competing against each other in a sprint at an athletics meeting. Mel Gibson, looking strangely youthful plays the cynical Frank Dunne whilst Mark Lee portrays the innocent and idealistic Archy Hamilton. Swayed by propaganda which was rife at the time they enlist to fight for their Countrys cause, although many recruits had never heard of the places involved in the conflict. Archy is considerably more enthusiastic about the idea than Frank.

They are then shipped out for training in Egypt where the soldiers indulge in a bit of good natured "Pommy bashing". Well it is an Australian film, so that is "Fair Dinkum". Thrashing us at cricket with monotonous regularity does not seem to appease their appetite for this genial sport! In all too short a time they are transported to the harsh realities of trench warfare in Gallipoli. Having trained with the Light Horse this bloody stalemate is not what they expected and they see the senseless slaughter first hand as their ranks are decimated.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Jan 2007
Format: DVD
This is a film I have seen several times since it was first issued, and it has always packed a considerable emotional punch. It tells of the accidental friendship of two young Australians, one from a comfortable farming background, the other rather from the other side of the tracks, brought together by their talent as sprinters. Both join up and are transported first to Egypt and then to the Dardanelles. There, at Gallipoli, they play out the last stage of their friendship in the inferno of bullet and shellfire which met the Anzac troops. The film is amusing in places, very characterful, visually very beautiful. The soundtrack seems to me appropriate ; I don't find it dated at all, and the classical pieces fit the sometimes sombre mood and the touching portrayal of the Australian officer who celebrates his wedding anniversary by playing old records of the famous Pearl Fishers' duet. I used to use this film a bit in a film studies course in the school in which I taught and it always left the teenagers silent and thoughtful ; it certainly touched them. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By What The Dickens on 26 April 2013
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I recently saw this on the big screen when the London Australian Film Society screened it on ANZAC Day and it really holds its own.

The script is wonderful - written by one of Australia's greatest playwrites, David Williamson. The acting is fabulous - I think this is Mel at his best and poor old Mark Lee, well he never really shook of this role to move on to others it's so powerfully iconic. The cinematography is gorgeous and say what you will regarding the rather jarring 80s synth theme - if you grew up with this film you can't imagine it with any other soundtrack. All pulled together by Peter Weir. Brilliant.

This is NOT a documentary in any way shape or form. If you want to learn about the Gallipoli campaign then I suggest you read a book about it. This is powerful storytelling with deep anti-war undertones. Tracking the journey of two under-age sprinters as they meet, con their way to signing up and travelling 1/2 way round the world in the search for adventure and find instead the shocking reality of war.

Can't recommend it enough.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Greg Farefield-Rose on 7 Dec 2006
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Uneven but powerful film about the First World War atrocity at Gallipoli where appalling incompetence by the generals lead to thousands of Australian soldiers being ordered above the trenches into direct Turkish gunfire. Gallipoli the film is also largely about the development of the unlikely friendship between country boy Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) and the more streetwise Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson). United as outstanding, competing, athletic prospects Archy leads the more questioning Frank into joining up after they undertake an unscheduled desert trek to Perth.

Like most of the other rookie volunteers, the geographically isolated Archy is incredibly naïve about the war, seeing it as little more than a foreign adventure. After clearly inadequate training in Egypt, the two friends and their comrades land amidst spectacular gunfire in Turkey and are soon disgracefully ordered forward with sudden catastrophic results.

Made by renowned Australian director Peter Weir, the pointless waste of these young lives packs a very powerful punch. Less impressive is the film's development towards this climax with Archy and Frank's burgeoning friendship being under-developed on-screen. Gallipoli's lack of cohesiveness is also not helped by it already feeling dated, not least due to its horrible early 80s music interludes. Still it's a very powerful indictment of a terrible episode of army incompetence and despite its flaws, is well worth seeing.
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