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5.0 out of 5 stars Go beyond the Zulu films
An excellent DVD by The History Zone and Narrated by Robert Powell but also included in the DVD are the Documentary, Scene Selection, Test Your Knowledge and Picture Gallery.

The Documentary gives clear knowledge with the background information, the ultimatum of the British and invasion of Zululand, the British Army including details like the weapons and...
Published on 24 Mar 2007 by BryBo

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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but dated documentary
This was one of the first (of many) Cromwell military history documentaries made in the 1990s. It gives a good overview of the Zulu Wars but looks rather quaint compared to more recent BBC/History Channel offerings with bigger budgets, CGI, lots of experts etc. It was very obviously made on a tight budget. There is a lot of stock footage from the film 'Zulu Dawn', for...
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by Mark J. Hone


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5.0 out of 5 stars Go beyond the Zulu films, 24 Mar 2007
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An excellent DVD by The History Zone and Narrated by Robert Powell but also included in the DVD are the Documentary, Scene Selection, Test Your Knowledge and Picture Gallery.

The Documentary gives clear knowledge with the background information, the ultimatum of the British and invasion of Zululand, the British Army including details like the weapons and uniforms, Major John Dartnell, the battle of Isandlwana-it's victory and Rorke's Drift.

It uses actors to speak the real words used in diary's and letters of the times and re-enactments / reconstruction footage and from both Zulu and Zulu Dawn films. It also includes maps and drawings with some nice photos as well. The computer maps give good detail and the interviews with the specialist to make it a very well put authoritative account of the war.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but dated documentary, 29 Jan 2012
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This was one of the first (of many) Cromwell military history documentaries made in the 1990s. It gives a good overview of the Zulu Wars but looks rather quaint compared to more recent BBC/History Channel offerings with bigger budgets, CGI, lots of experts etc. It was very obviously made on a tight budget. There is a lot of stock footage from the film 'Zulu Dawn', for example. While the film uses good first-hand accounts, the actors are all too obviously reading from an autocue (and one of the redcoat's Welsh accents is execrable!) while at the other extreme the late, great military historian David Chandler is perhaps not at his best trying to ad lib to camera. However, he does have a fantastic moment demonstrating one of the infamous Isandhlawana ammunition boxes. Overall a worthy effort and you come away with a clear understanding of the campaign. It is much better than some of the later additions to this series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed, 29 May 2013
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Having read a lot about the conflict and having seen Zulu and Zulu Dawn many times , I was disappointed by this DVD . The reinactments were very good , putting right some of the myths of the film Zulu . It concentrates on the reasons for the war , Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift but virtually nothing about the other battles , the end of the war and Ulundi . It totally missed out the death of Napolean one of the main incidents of the war itself .
Presumably limited in what it could show by time , it should have been more balanced .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Isandlwana documented, 18 Aug 2011
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No matter what your view of the Zulu Wars, it is a fascinating period of military history with heroic bravery on both sides, sides which differed so much in their approach to war but sides fighting for their nation.
A well-researched film, using well-known actors to narrate or read diary entries and other material, the DVD also contains extras.
Generally, it is a balanced assessment which would be a good addition for a student of the Zulu Wars or a good introduction for anyone beginning research or just trying to discover the history behind the film "Zulu".
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have DVD., 23 Sep 2009
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This Blu ray version is so good, the detail is excellent. We have both versions and the HD one is breathtaking quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 Nov 2014
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As expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Sep 2014
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