Reviewer's Rating 4 out of 5   User Rating 4 out of 5
Gallipoli DVD (1981)

Peter Weir's gripping account of the tragic First World War Gallipoli landings makes a welcome addition to DVD.

A remarkable epic, this movie takes place in some truly beautiful settings that look great on disc. Paramount has achieved a very fresh picture that glows with warm colours.

Time and trouble has clearly been take with a 5.1 sound mix that's filled with subtle effects. The actual landings are of course a different matter, and you'll find your living room becomes the centre of cross-speaker fire and massive cannon blasts from the sub woofer.

"Gallipoli" is an impressive film by any standards, but its sheer scale was incredible for an Australian movie made in 1981. Some great Aussie films have followed, and Weir has moved on to Hollywood to make pictures like "Witness" and "The Truman Show". In an interview on the DVD, he casts his mind back to the making of what is clearly an important movie to him. He talks about the actual battlefield, the genesis of the script, and describes Mel Gibson then as "full of beans and really with no grand career ambitions".

With a slew of war epics filling the screens recently, there has never been a better time to revisit this classic that now looks and sounds as grand as comparable films do today.

Chapters: 15
Region: 2
Ratio: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Extra Features: Scene selection, interview with Peter Weir, trailer, multiple languages, subtitles, English for the hearing impaired.

End Credits

Director: Peter Weir

Writer: David Williamson

Stars: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Hunter, Bill Kerr, Robert Grubb, David Argue, Tim McKenzie, Ron Graham, Charles Yunupingu

Genre: War, World Cinema

Length: 107 minutes

Cinema: 1981

DVD: 7 May 2001

Country: Australia