I read the reviews that were not too flattering, and hesitated about purchasing the DVD. There is a plethora of information in this program; there are some holes, but overall, this DVD covers the bases quite adequately. My procedure was to watch the DVD; then, play again, but only listen to the narration; now watch it and take notes of events at least 2 other times. There is an overwhelming amount of information, and it cannot be absorbed in just one viewing. Of 4 pages of notes, only @ 6/10ths of 1 page deal with British adventures in Egypt and the Sudan. the rest deals with Southern Afrika. Topics include: the driving forces behind european colonialization in Afrika, weapons and tactics of the British and the Boers; how and when the British acquired the cape colony; Cecil Rhodes concept of a "Cape to Cairo" railroad and how it applied to the Zulus and their land; how the discovery of a major gold vein in the Witwatersrand of the Transvaal in 1886 influenced British attitudes toward the Boer Republics; the British use of consentration camps and the the "Post System" against the Boers. Throughout the program we see how the British policy and attitude toward the Boers swings one way, then back again; and how the British annexation of Natal Colony forces the Boers to settle the Transvaal and become overwhelming wealthy from the gold discoveries. Dr. David G. Chandler, Instructor, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (Britain's West Point) provides enlightening commentary. Don't shortchange yourself...this is one film you will want to add to your DVD collection ! ! !