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Zulu [DVD]

Stanley Baker , Jack Hawkins , Neil McCarthy    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Michael Caine, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth
  • Directors: Neil McCarthy
  • Producers: Stanley Baker, John Barry
  • 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 (308 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DMK5DA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,635 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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

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213 of 223 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the best Hi Def transfer yet? 3 Nov 2008
By D. I. Shipley VINE VOICE
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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149 of 156 people found the following review helpful
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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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest adventure films of all time 27 Nov 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Zulu is one of those films that left an indelible impression of the unique power cinema can have on those of us who saw it on the big screen as children. Intellectually and emotionally other films may have the advantage over it, but as a purely cinematic experience Zulu is unbeatable.

Siege epics were curiously popular in the Sixties - 55 Days at Peking, El Cid, Khartoum, The War Lord, The Alamo among them - but perhaps none have quite such a hold on the public's affections as Zulu, particularly in the UK. It's a celebration of national courage (but not nationalism) with its eyes wide open. The besieged men aren't there to build empires but because it's their job - "Because we're 'ere. There's no-one else," as Nigel Green's memorable Colour-Sergeant puts it to a young soldier.

It's a film with dignity on both sides of the conflict but no self-importance, it manages to extol heroism without glorifying war. It's also one of the few films to show the sheer physical arduousness of prolonged battle - it ends not with triumph and jubilation but with sheer exhaustion.

The narrative construction is deliberate and belongs to the days when films built up to a climax instead of throwing them in every ten minutes to keep the audience awake. John Prebble and Cy Endfield's script is strong, its subtle clash of egos between Stanley Baker and Michael Caine never over-emphasised and surrounded by memorable vignettes among the rank-and-file that gives the film a depth beyond the superbly handled battle scenes - Nigel Green struggling to maintain his composure as he takes the final depleted roll call, drunken missionary Jack Hawkins' truly irritating Bible-bashing unnerving a young private, Neil McCarthy's concern for a sick calf taking precedence over the ongoing battle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I first saw this film when I was 12 at ...
I first saw this film when I was 12 at my little local cinema and remember enjoying it. Don't think I've sat all the way through it again until I bought the Blu Ray edition. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by abcman
4.0 out of 5 stars He loved it.
A present for a grandson. He loved it.
Published 1 day ago by john Furlonger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good film
Published 2 days ago by casey
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best EVER.
Remarkably this film is 50 years old, and yet still shows the majority of filmakers past and present how it should be done. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Driza
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent
Published 7 days ago by Dr A. S Burman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film and based on fact and lost my original ...
Great film and based on fact and lost my original film so great to have this in the file again to watch when I want.
Published 8 days ago by Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Just a classic
Published 9 days ago by P. Pitchford
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films ever
One of the best films ever, a "timeless" film which in years to come will still be watched as if it had been made yesterday, the usual "peerless" Amazon service... Read more
Published 11 days ago by BillyE
5.0 out of 5 stars ZULU
After talking to a friend about the film Zulu, I managed to get it for him as a present on Amazon and they really appreciated it.
Published 20 days ago by Sandra Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Seen this done that
I am surprised Michael Caine was that young but the film is still superb, the film work brilliant, the co-operation of Zulu very good, the grating military supremacy the discipline... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mr. M. Stagg
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