Epic in scope and studded with powerful performances, "Zulu" is the classic movie of 100 British soldiers standing up against an onslaught of 4,000 Zulu warriors. While impressive to watch, the budget for the film was small as you'll find out form the highly recommended new DVD release.
Picture The clarity and freshness of the image on this DVD is quite remarkable.
Sound Accompanying the action is a 2.0 surround track that while often focused on the front speakers, also opens out into the rears during scenes of conflict... or when Michael Caine is shouting!
Audio Commentary Film historian Sheldon Hall interviews second unit director Robert Porter for most of this commentary track, and while a few interesting facts are unearthed, you'll glean more about the film from the documentaries. Porter does well to recall the locations of various scenes, and also talks a little about the Technirama 70mm shooting process used to capture the movie.
Role of Honour Despite the scope and status of "Zulu", it was made on a tiny budget of $2m, and was actor Stanley Baker's first film as producer. In this 25-minute documentary you'll learn just what an extraordinary production this was, with costs kept down through constant innovation by the crew. Lady Ellen Baker is also on hand to talk about her late husband's work as a producer, and how well he did for such a massive first undertaking.
And Snappeth the Spear in Sunder The film might feature clear blue skies, but as this 20-minute documentary reveals, the first eleven days of the shoot were a write-off as the weather was unseasonably horrendous. While this had everyone in despair, it allowed for thorough rehearsals to the point that when the weather finally cleared the production was able to advance at such a fast pace that they caught up with the original schedule.
There was also time enough to solve the problem of having only 500 Zulus to work with, when 4,000 were needed for the battle scenes. Fake Zulus were created, and you can spot them if you look carefully at them lining up on the hilltops, as they have no legs!
Additional Extra Features Trailer.
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Audio Tracks: English and German
Subtitles: English, multiple languages
Menus: Animated with music
Special Features Subtitles: All the special features (including the commentary) come with subtitles apart from the trailer.
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.