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Zulu [DVD]

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  • Actors: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Michael Caine, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth
  • Directors: Cy Endfield
  • Producers: Stanley Baker, Cy Endfield
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (386 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DMK5DA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,943 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Based on the 1879 massacre in Africa, British soldiers stand fast against the Zulus at Rorke's Drift.


It’s a sad fact that many older films are shovelled onto the Blu-ray format, without a great deal of work put into improving their presentation. That’s an accusation that absolutely can’t be levelled at the outstanding transfer that Zulu has benefited from. It’s truly a template for other studios to follow, and a stunning high-definition upgrade.

It’s a superb restoration job that’s been done here, and it’s fair to suggest that Zulu has never looked better. The sheer level of detail is amazing, particularly given the age of the material, and it’s presented in an utterly pristine fashion. It’s both a delight and a surprise to see the film fare so well. The audio side of things hasn’t benefited to quite the same degree, sadly, but it copes with the demands of the film perfectly well. The visuals, however, are dazzling.

As for the movie? Zulu remains a classic. With a cast led by Michael Caine, the story centres around the seemingly impossible job of defending Rourke’s Drift in 1879. In a battle that’s stunningly brought to life, the British forces face insurmountable odds, something the film vividly gets across. It’s balanced film making too, and while it takes liberties with its recollection of history, it nonetheless sticks firmly in the mind long after the end credits have rolled. This surprisingly superb Blu-ray release is easily the best way to enjoy it, too. --Jon Foster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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223 of 233 people found the following review helpful By D. I. Shipley VINE VOICE on 3 Nov 2008
Format: Blu-ray
In March of this year, Paramount Pictures and Sky got together to restore two British films for a Hi Def release. Those films were "Zulu" and "The Italian Job".
The former was originally shown following its restoration on Sky's Hi Def TV channels and has now made it to Blu-ray. Originally this was to have been an HD DVD release back in June but like so many others with that format's abrupt termination, "Zulu" is now belatedly out on Blu-ray.
"Zulu" is one of my favourite films of all time. It is one of the very best war films to ever come out of the UK, indeed, some maintain it to be the greatest of all.
It tells of the heroic stand by just over 100 British troops at an isolated mission station called Rorke's Drift in 1879 South Africa, following the annihilation of a British Army at Iswandlana by the Zulu Nation.This army of 4000 strong Zulu warriors then headed to Rorke's Drift to dish out a similar fate to the small British force stationed there....
What follows is a sustained battle, the ferocity of which will linger long in the viewer's memory. "Zulu" boasts an all star cast headed by Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, and in his first film role - Michael Caine.
The subject matter could have been a minefield to film but "Zulu" just shrugs this off and portrays the Zulus with awe and respect, depicting them as almost a force of nature against whom the British Army look small and almost frail....
The film boasts a thunderous score courtesy of John Barry and although this is not in 5.1, the stereo mix is still very good, indeed, and does what it is supposed to do with aplomb.

However, the picture itself is most definitely the star on show here. The restoration to Hi Def is nothing short of astounding and I can only assume that a 70mm print was used.
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150 of 157 people found the following review helpful By Grant A Thompson on 26 Nov 2002
Format: DVD
At last, Paramount Home Entertainment has produced the finest release in almost 40 years of Zulu -- one of the greatest historical action movies ever made, and one of the great war movies. Zulu is based on what historian Michael Glover terms "the most highly decorated battle in British history", the defence of Rorke's Drift during the Zulu War of 1879. Eleven of the defenders received Britain's highest award for military valour, the Victoria Cross. The movie is a landmark in the art of cinema for its extraordinary combination of location, cross-cultural engagement, a real story, good script and fine cast. This 1964 film never looks tired, despite my many years of rerunning it in 16mm, the Criterion laserdisc, the stop-gap Front Row Entertainment Inc. DVD, and now the excellent Paramount DVD. Anecdotally, military colleges have used Zulu to show the power of directed massed musketry, and leadership and teamwork in combat.

Zulu is the greatest achievement of the career of British (Welsh) actor Stanley Baker, who co-produced with US-born, formerly blacklisted director Cy Endfield. Nothing else in the war movie genre really measures up, including Endfield's so-called "prequel", Zulu Dawn, or other epics based on British colonial wars, such as Khartoum. It was filmed on location in the grandeur of Natal, South Africa, with descendants of the Zulu warriors who took part in the original action portraying their forebears. The prominent Zulu politician and traditional chief, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, plays the Zulu leader, his distant relative Cetewayo. Mass Zulu participation in the project guaranteed the uplifting dignity and authenticity of cross-cultural characterisations of the film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "marksheehan7" on 16 May 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Zulu is the wonderful tale of how a small regiment of British soldiers withstood four thousand Zulus and eventually triumphed against enormous odds , but there is more to this film than that. It is wonderfully acted with Michael Caine , Stanley baker and Jack Hawkins outstanding in their roles. It has an absorbing and witty script with some great lines along the way (Bromhead - 'Sixty , we dropped at least sixty' Boer zulu expert - 'Well that leaves only three thousand nine hundred and forty' ), and the battle scenes are among the best and most effective ever committed to screen. The Zulus are terrifying as they charge in their native attire towards the brave Britons who are armed only with
bayonets capable of one shot at a time(in 1879 there was no such thing as a machine gun , which causes one to wonder how much more gory the film would have been if it had been set in a later period .It may have ended up being like the bloodbath that was BLACK HAWK DOWN).
Zulu is one of my favourite films of all time because of the way it stimulates the senses and treats the viewer with stunning performances and cinematography, with the beautiful South African landscape (the South African tourist board could do well out of this film ! ) arguably the star of the show. In short Zulu is a magnificent motion picture that has stood the test of time and justifies its status totally. No film buff can afford to be without this in their collection. THE GREATEST WAR FILM I HAVE EVER SEEN !
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 2 Nov 2002
Format: DVD
Based on a true story in British History in South Africa, this is absolutely one of the best films of all times. The late Sir Stanley Baker (whose superb performances are mostly lost to past few generations), same with the late Jack Hawkins (Ben Hur), James Booth and Nigel Green, it was the film that introduced Michael Caine to the world, showing what a natural actor he was from the start. (Caine, who originally tried out for the role of Hookie but lost to Booth, was almost fired from the film because the American backer, Joseph E. Levine, did not think Caine knew 'what to do with his hands'!! Caine was imitating Prince Albert!!). Fortunately, Baker ignored him.
Produced by Baker and Cy Enfield (of the Hollywood Blacklist fame) and written by the great historian John Prebble (Lion of the North - he also did the screenplay for Mysterious Island, another of Enfield's productions), the main focus of the film tells the story of a small pocket of British soldiers at Rorke's Drift on the edge of ZuluLand in 1879. These soldiers were left there for two purposes: some were sick with fever so were in hospital, the posting commanded by Gonville Bromhead (Caine), and the rest to build a bridge across the Buffalo River commanded by royal engineer, John Chard.
Just 10 miles down the road a force of over 4000 thousand British Solders camped on the hill of Islandlhwana were slaughtered by 10,000 Zulus. The worst defeat in British history of a modern army facing a native force. Over 4400 Zulu arrived too late for the attack, so they turned their attention to Rorke's drift and the little band of 100 men left there to defend it.
Baker and Caine (though not close in real life) worked magnificently together, giving powerhouse performances, with a great supporting cast of relative unknowns.
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