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The Boer War: 1899-1902 [DVD]

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Go Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HP406K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,184 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Explore the war that changed the British Army forever. Take a trip back in time to the turn of the 20th century, to the last years of Queen Victoria s reign when the sun never set on the British Empire. Rebellion and war had occupied the British military for decades, flaring up in colonies from Canada to Burma, yet the British Army had always emerged victorious. Now, in the sun-bleached landscape of South Africa, Britain found itself in conflict with a formidable and determined enemy. It would prove to be a war that would demand new strategies and tactics from the British, as the rulebook was torn up in the face of a new kind of guerilla warfare. This feature-length documentary uses rare archive footage, photographs and illustrations to bring to life the last large-scale British military operation before WWI. Examining both sides of the conflict, the programme places the three-year campaign in its historical context, providing a shocking and revealing insight into a war that claimed tens of thousands of lives.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Documentary on The Boer War. 14 Oct 2012
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This documentary is 80 minutes long (just under 1 & 1/2 hours)...and combines all the things that I like about a documentary. 1. sober & objective narration 2. plenty of real imagery (in this case, plenty of photographs) 3. scholarly & informative (not fluffy content just "to entertain".

If pay attention to this documentary one should come away after 2 hours knowing quite a lot about the Boer War..however this is the kind to watch again and it is full of information that one cant completely "Download" into their brain 1st time viewing.

Highly Recommend.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentry. 27 Dec 2012
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I thought this was a great DVD. Everything about it was excellent,.. I was totally enthralled. Iwish more of the from the narration to the presentation.
It was as if I had been there. I wish more docs. where like this one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the little known wars 7 Feb 2013
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For me this is a conflict that is rarely publicised. We certainly did not learn about it at school, even though we were taught about the Victorian age, culminating in WW1. It is regarded as the first modern conflict, helping to shape the strategies to be used in that later war. This DVD helps explain what happened.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary 14 Oct 2013
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I buy war documentary DVDs so that I gather an overview without having to do my own research. I require a level of detail between minutia and over-simplification, and I'm quite happy for the researchers to tell me what to think of the subject. In short, this DVD gives fact, summary and detail, without modern style-over-content hyperbole or bias. The documentary visual material was excellently done, and the archive footage from those earliest days of moving pictures is understandably rough and sparce, but it's still surprisingly good, and used, I felt, honestly and appropriately by the film makers. Got what I wanted, thanks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Documentary 31 Dec 2013
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This is a very good 2 part documentary. In my opinion it is just as a documentary should be, full of detailed knowledge and using actual photographs and very rare film along with multiple drawings. None of this awful docu-drama that seems to be the in-thing these days, using actors and using words and actions that never happened. Added to this is the wonderful clear narration of Robert Powell (I would love to know how many documentaries he has narrated. It must be in the hundreds).
Before watching this DVD I knew very little about the Boer War. This DVD has really improved my understanding of the conflict. It is full of information, everything one needs to know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Generally recommended. 17 Nov 2013
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An interesting documentary mainly covering the second Boer War between 1899 and 1902. There is a small amount of poor quality black and white movie footage, but the programme relies mainly on still photographs. With an excellent narration by Robert Powell it conveys the background to the Boer War, its various military actions together with the privations suffered by both sides. Generally recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Boer War - The wider implications 31 Oct 2013
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DVD mainly consisted of still photos , maps , a limited amount of film shot at the time and commentary. The introduction as to the causes of the War was covered reasonably mentioning prominent politicians like Milner ,Joseph Chamberlain , Cecil John Rhodes . There was the late Victorian pressures of imperialism especially with the economic rise of the Transvaal and Orange Free State with the development of gold mines which changed the perception of the European powers to Africa at the end of the 19th Century.
Britain and the Empire eventually sent half a million men to South Africa overwhelming the better armed Boers with numbers and a ruthless policy of depriving them of support as farms were burnt down and livestock destroyed. Boer families were transported to internment / concentration camps where 28,000 died of disease and neglect- a sixth of the total Boer population. Even more Africans died in British run camps, which was not covered in the film. There was massive protests internationally about Britain's harsh policies from France, Germany , USA etc. and politicians like Lloyd George who opposed the War were attacked mobs in England. Half of Britain's dead in the War of 20,000 were as a result of diseases like typhoid rather than in military action . The economy of South Africa declined drastically as a result of the War - Rand down to 40% of pre War level. By 1902 politicians on all sides except for a few hard liners were desperate for peace and reconciliation after the misery of deprivations , disease and loss. The bitterness of the conflict especially with many Boers lasted for generations- in 1916 Kitchener's drowning in World War One was a cause for celebration amongst many in South Africa after his time as Commander in Chief and the neglect of those suffering in the concentration camps during the Boer War .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars A documentary in the worst tradition.
The doccie was done as if there were no other people besides Boers and Brits in South Africa. Quite shocking! Read more
Published 1 month ago by zweledinga p. jordan
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic facts about the war
If you require a basic understanding of the war this would be ideal, I found it lacked any real depth in the major battles that took place.
Published 2 months ago by a staples
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boer War
Very good documentary about the Boer War. Very informative, aspects from both sides. The Boer War is a conflict, which is not very well known in our times.
Published 5 months ago by Marko
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Well worth the money to find out what really happened and what life was like during this time. fanstatic watch
Published 10 months ago by ajr
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Groundbreaking
This account of the Boer War is quite acceptable as a piece of documentary film making . It certainly covers its subject well . Read more
Published 11 months ago by A.J. Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Well dealt with
A well constructed DVD for anyone interested in late Victorian imperialism. The Boer War was a watershed for the British Empire and I think that this work covers most of the bases.
Published 11 months ago by Nicholas Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars 'The Gentleman's War'
As my grandfather fought in the Boer war, I've always wondered what it was really like. I believe the program shows very clearly what each side endured. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jocelyn Gibson
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