- Actors: Gerda Nicolson, Mark Lee, Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter, Bill Kerr
- Directors: Peter Weir
- Producers: Robert Stigwood, Patricia Lovell
- Format: PAL
- Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish
- Dubbed: German
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Paramount
- DVD Release Date: 3 April 2006
- Run Time: 106 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000EHRUMU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,931 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Two young Australian friends from distinct backgrounds are caught up on the Eastern Front of World War I in the confrontation betwee n Australia and the German Allied Turks. Bungling by the generals in command allows the Turks time to dig in and the battle becomes a mutual war of attrition.
Gallipoli is well worth seeing for a number of good reasons. As a war movie, it ranks alongside the best of the genre: affecting without being sentimental, brutal without being gratuitous, and blessed with a credible, human screenplay by David Williamson. As an historical introduction to the disastrous Dardanelles campaign of 1915, it isn't bad--the odd liberties taken with the facts, while annoying (especially, one imagines, if you have ancestors among the 30,000 British troops buried on the peninsula) are just about forgivable. And as an explanation and distillation of the Gallipoli legend that looms so large in the Australian consciousness, it is unbeatable not least because the film itself did so much to fuel it. It is no coincidence that the numbers of Australians at the April 25th dawn service at Gallipoli have been increasing every year since the film was released in 1981.
Mel Gibson and Mark Lee play two young sprinters who join in the army in search of adventure iconic representatives of the generation of young men that the newly federated Australia pitched into the slaughter of World War I. While Gallipoli does not shirk from the reality they discover, nor does it quite allow the characters' enthusiasm for the enterprise ever to diminish, all of which helps make the climactic scenes, based on the suicidal assault enacted of the Australian Light Horse at The Nek on August 7th, 1915, among the most moving in modern cinema.
On the DVD: The disc is in anamorphic widescreen, and can be heard in either English or German; many more languages are available as subtitles. The two special features included are the cinema trailer for the film, which should serve thoroughly to enrage any Australian viewers with both its delivery (in an American accent) and patronising sales pitch ("From a place you've never heard of . . . comes a story you'll never forget".) There is also a brief interview with director Peter Weir, which yields a few faintly interesting reminiscences about the film's gestation, but fails completely to ask him any of the many questions about the Anzac legend, jingoism, and the relationship between historical truth and cinematic art, raised by the film. --Andrew Mueller --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Like most of the other rookie volunteers, the geographically isolated Archy is incredibly naïve about the war, seeing it as little more than a foreign adventure. After clearly inadequate training in Egypt, the two friends and their comrades land amidst spectacular gunfire in Turkey and are soon disgracefully ordered forward with sudden catastrophic results.
Made by renowned Australian director Peter Weir, the pointless waste of these young lives packs a very powerful punch. Less impressive is the film's development towards this climax with Archy and Frank's burgeoning friendship being under-developed on-screen. Gallipoli's lack of cohesiveness is also not helped by it already feeling dated, not least due to its horrible early 80s music interludes. Still it's a very powerful indictment of a terrible episode of army incompetence and despite its flaws, is well worth seeing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great film true story. Offensive to the Aussies though which is understandable.Published 14 months ago by Safety conscious