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|Contributor||Ulla Jacobsson, Nigel Green, Michael Caine, Paul Daneman, Gary Bond, Stanley Baker, Chief Buthelezi, Cy Endfield, James Booth, Jack Hawkins, David Kernan See more|
Michael Caine stars in this epic story of the battle of Rorke's Drift, on January 22nd 1879, where 1,200 British troops found themselves completely outnumbered by irate Zulu warriors in Natal, South Africa.Having already destroyed a very large British garrison, 4,000 Zulu warriors are now on their way to overcome the handful of men stationed at Rorke's Drift.The two lieutenants in charge of the garrison, Jon Chard (Stanley Baker) and Gonville Bromhead (Caine), are at odds with each other, but manage to rally the men together and put up a courageous fight.Only a few of the men survived, eleven receiving the Victoria Cross.
Technical Specs: * Anamorphic (16:9)
* Languages(s): English
* Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English
* Subtitles: English
* Interactive Menu
* Scene Access
* Screen ratio 1:2.35
Extras included: * Bonus Footage
* Commentary: Sheldon Hall, Robert Porter
* Documentaries: 'The Music of Zulu', 'Zulu: Remembering An Epic'
* Making of Documentary
* Easter Egg
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 13.5 x 1.5 x 17.2 cm; 74 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : MSE1253340
- Director : Cy Endfield
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Run time : 133 minutes
- Actors : Ulla Jacobsson, Jack Hawkins, Stanley Baker, Michael Caine, James Booth
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Unknown (Dolby Surround)
- Studio : Paramount
- Producers : Stanley Baker, Cy Endfield
- ASIN : B00ID50V8K
- Number of discs : 1
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The box front cover only mentions Caine's name which is a real travesty! While he may have got his big break by late casting in an untypical upper class officer role, he does not feature in the Extras interviews for this release plus it is clear both in re-watching the film and the Extras included, this is Stanley Baker's magnum opus and personal great leap in film making from his then reputation of being a hard guy actor. Baker was the one who in addition to being the lead role in the film, identified the story and script writer; helped get the finance from an American producer who admired his work; and then not only starred brilliantly in the film but produced it. As the Extras interviews included cover this was not an easy task, especially given the difficult South African location and a domineering Afrikaner government involvement, shortly after the Sharpesville Shootings.
I also appreciated more than I ever did after seeing all the Extras interviews and how the film was made, what a brilliant job Baker with his friend US film director Cy Endfield, (who had directed him in "Hell Drivers"), did in bringing the story to life plus ensuring an Apartheid bias was avoided in the film.
Many of the other Amazon reviews comment on the acting in the film - especially for me Nigel Greene who was chosen as the RSM because he could act an older person though he was only 38 years at the time - plus the Blu Ray transfer quality, which are all spot on.
I now realize how important this film is to 60s British cinema history but also saddened that the early death of Stanley Baker in the '70s (his widow's interviews included are very insightful on the man as well as the film) robbed us too young of a real entrepreneur film maker and outstanding actor.
The sound quality is excellent and the picture quality reproduced from, I believe, the original 70mm print is crystal clear.
Michael Caine is "introduced" in his first starring role in this movie having played minor uncredited roles in previous movies. Also starring is Stanley Baker who also co-produced the movie.
A little insight to this historic battle.
According to the historians most of this battle was done at night. However only one short scene in the movie was shot at night.
Of the total of 1365 Victoria Crosses that have been handed out over time, 11 of these were awarded in the battle of Rorke's Drift.
An epic film of the old skool variety and anyone that knows and likes it owes to themselves to pick this up.
Nicely told story, with non of the guff modern films that tell stories seem to need, no forced 'romantic sub plot' for example.
Also you are pretty much right into it, the characters are introduced briefly and when you meet them naturally, not as a forced setting near the beginning, there is enough of an intro to set the scene but then you are right there at Rorke's Drift, and you stay there for the rest of the film covering that day, night and the following morning.
Just couldn't see something like this being made today, well worth the price and even more worth spending the time to watch