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1.0 out of 5 stars Censored edition, 4 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Zulu [Blu-ray] [1964] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Is "Zulu" my favourite film? It could well be. Five stars for the original film then, without question. Does the Blu-ray look good? Yes, although the colours are unnaturally vivid now, a bit like the post-"conservation" Sistine Chapel ceiling. Whether you like your redcoats positively glowing is a matter of taste (I'd prefer the picture toned down a little bit), but it is a handsome print and again worthy of five stars. Why then the one star review? Because this version of the film, like one of Surgeon Reynolds's unfortunate patients, has had the knife taken to it. In one of the most thrilling scenes Swiss Corporal Schiess, nursing a bandaged leg, leaves the relative safety of the hospital and launches on a solo rampage, bludgeoning Zulu warriors with his crutch and bayoneting them left, right and centre. Coming to Chard's rescue at the crucial moment, as John Barry's rousing music soars, Schiess's wild killing spree culminates in a quite extraordinary climax with his turning triumphantly to the camera, laughing deleriously at the slaughter with a hideous and terrifying glee. I don't remember anything quite like it in the whole of cinema but now the memory is all that is left because the Paramount censor has taken it upon himself to clean up not just the print but also its content. Now, as Schiess, facing away, begins to turn towards the camera, the scene suddenly breaks off to Chard, lying wounded on the ground, depriving the sequence of its disturbingly deranged conclusion. Why? Has Paramount taken fright at the prospect of a lawsuit brought by a sensitive Swiss soul, objecting to the portrayal of one of his countrymen as a goggle-eyed maniac, revelling in bloodshed? No idea, but the Paramount 90th anniversary "special edition" DVD of 2002 suffered the same cruel cut. Let Paramount issue an uncut version of the film on Blu-ray, complete and unabridged, and my one star will instantly become five, but until then does anyone know where an uncensored version of the film is available?
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Initial post: 4 Nov 2012 15:19:02 GMT
thanks for the info.

Posted on 15 Nov 2012 22:28:06 GMT
I. M. Hall says:
It was a really memorable moment, why have they cut it?

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2012 13:26:50 GMT
Movielover2 says:
Thank U. I am going to cancel my order for this blu ray version.

Posted on 23 Dec 2012 11:12:34 GMT
lymore says:
Thank you for your review i will not buy it till paramount reissues a bluray version that hasnt been vandelised by the polotically correct

Posted on 2 Jan 2014 10:47:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jan 2016 16:13:38 GMT
Speedigee says:
I think you are being over fussy. There are many cuts made during the editing process of all films. What you don't see you can't worry about. You are talking about one scene which you have seen. Just forget it and enjoy the film as it is now. This a classic movie and the Blu-ray is stunning. The unnaturally vivid colours you refer to are the way it was originally made. The film from, which the DVD was made, was washed out with use. The Blu-ray was produced from masters. See the review at http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Zulu-Blu-ray/1594/

Posted on 1 Mar 2014 09:21:29 GMT
Crookedmouth says:
That's an interesting point and I hadn't noticed the edit till I read this review (I watched the film last night). Still, it's hardly worthy of a one start review. The DVD as a package, is excellent and deserves 5 stars. Fair do's then - knock one or two off if the "censoring" upsets you THAT badly.

Posted on 22 Apr 2014 14:34:56 BDT
David Kane says:
Get used to it. The Left are progressively suffocating all artistic endeavour with politically correct censorship; from Oscar-winning Tom and Jerry cartoons to Zulu. Like good little Stalinists they are assuaging their liberal guilt with a retrospective airbrushing of history, as Orwell predicted, to the baleful drumbeat of "raaaacism!"

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2014 18:51:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jul 2014 18:52:36 BDT
Serpicon says:
I bought an uncensored VHS tape of 'Zulu' from a Charity shop. I have since seen three more in various other such places. Maybe if you want the original version, that is where to look. I wish you luck. I definitely agree with G.Cooke. I am heartily sick of PC too.

Posted on 30 Nov 2014 19:51:48 GMT
Thank you for this review, I agree that this cut is an outrage however I would not reduce the rating from 5* to 1* based only on this. However I accept that for some this is enough and the reviewer has the right to rate the movie as they see fit. Certainly it is a much more legitimate 1* review than the masses of people giving classic films a 1* review because the box was bent or they didn't realise they were buying a regionally encoded disc or whatever.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2015 20:26:17 GMT
Greystoke says:
Vlad,

I have a DVD of this movie, but the image quality is terrible, on my large screen it is quite grainy.
What is the image quality like of the DVD you have
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