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Shaka Zulu [ 1986 ] Uncensored - Long Version - Box

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  • Actors: Edward Fox, Robert Powell, Trevor Howard, Christopher Lee, Gordon Jackson
  • Directors: William C. Faure
  • Producers: Shaka Zulu - 3-DVD Box Set
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 530.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006OXK6A6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,830 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Surround ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Box Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Framed around Queen Victoria's decision on England's political stance towards the Zulu Nation, this mini-series details King Shaka's rise and fall with mythic detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka's birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that lead to his downfall. ...Shaka Zulu - 3-DVD Box Set

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Shaka Zulu still invokes fear in the hearts of black Africans, even to this day. I lived in South Africa for 20 years, and I once asked our elderly maid (Who was a Zulu) about Shaka Zulu. Terror was written all over her face at mention of a man so evil yet so powerful. She never wanted to speak about him again.
Folklore indeed, but folklore has its point of origin. What people don't remember is that Shaka had absolute power over his people, and each of their lives. This is portrayed very much in the movie. When I first saw this as a mini-series I loved it, and thought it was an excellent portayel of a mighty warrior with a formidable intellect, that at one time was a real problem for the British, a country that was thousands of years more technologically advanced than his own.
In this DVD Henry Cele delivers a perfect likeness of the real Shaka Zulu, an incredibly brilliant man with a strong physique, who had a awful childhood, for which, through brilliant madness, he savagely took revenge, to become ultimate ruler of his world, the Zulu nation.
.....How many people have you heard of has done that before ?
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I've first seen this series when it first came out on TV and it had me at awe and having watched the whole series through again I realized that this is still a great story, very well told and well acted. Filmed entirely on location in South Africa, Shaka Zulu offers an often-compelling look at a tumultuous period in African history, centering around the character of Shaka himself, who emerges as a complex figure teetering on the balance between leader and tyrant. What I like most about Shaka Zulu is that it never bows to stereotype and never simplifies the story down to "good guys versus bad guys. The British government is clearly in favor of colonizing Africa through fair means or foul; some of the British feel that this is wrong, though they are outvoted by those who feel that British self-interest (and power) takes precedence over the less powerful native nations of Africa. But it's also abundantly clear that Shaka is far from a heroic leader of his people against European colonialism. His rise to power is shown to be a bloody, brutal story of merciless warfare and the quenching of his own personal thirst for revenge; and in the end, we can see that a "great leader" can destroy a nation as easily as he can create it.

Who can forget Henry Cele? He does a very creditable job as in the title role, radiating the raw power of the war leader while also clearly portraying Shaka's keen and agile mind. The scenes in which Farewell and the others match wits with Shaka are some of the most entertaining, particularly when Dr. Fynn (Robert Powell) tries to direct Shaka toward the study of Christianity; Shaka's reasoned (and alarming, for Dr. Fynn) application of the story of Christ to his own situation is priceless. Edward Fox does his best to portray Lt.
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I used to watch Shaka Zulu as a TV series long time ago & to find it on Amazon was like finding a treasure! The DVDs are of excellent quality & worth your money.
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"Shaka Zulu" the ten part mini-series is an interesting mix of good filmmaking and bad filmmaking. Certain scenes are beautifully done and perfectly paced while others seem to be the work of a bored and untalented film student.

The late William C. Faure's talent as a director really starts to shine when the story is told from the Zulu point of view. For instance, the love scene between Nandi and Senzagakona at the river is beautifully played and executed. The scenes with the young Shaka are generally over played and poorly directed. All the scenes with the British are of a poor standard especially the pontificating and condescending opening scene with the Zulu King and Queen Victoria. The best British scenes are the ones involving Christopher Lee.

The acting is generally of a very high standard. Edward Fox is as good as always. He plays his part with dash and honesty rarely seen nowadays. Robert Powell is his usual studied and self-conscious self. The beautiful Dudu Kkhize portrays Nandi and for the most part she is very good.

The most remarkable performance has to be that of Henry Cele as Shaka. It is hard, if not impossible, to imagine anyone else in the part of Shaka. He is simply perfect in every aspect and is a surprisingly good actor. It is possible to empathize with Shaka, even understand him and this is because of the towering performance given by Henry Cele. He lets you inside the mind of this despot and translates his pain, confusion and arrogance. This has to be one of the best pieces of casting in cinema history. Conrad Magwaza gives a great performance as Shaka's father, Senzagakona. He plays the part with confidence, comedy and charm.

The production design and costumes for the Zulu sequences are first class.
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I bought this three tape set some years ago, and have never seen it for sale again since. This superb drama, set in an awesome landscape, remains a strong favourite of mine. The interplay between Black AND White Imperialist forces is unique in my experience. The British are outdone in deviousness and ruthlessness every time they try to gain an advantage. This film puts the other, better known, Zulu films in the shade.
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