Zulu Dawn

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This film depicts the events prior to the devastating conflict that occurred in 1879 when British soldiers were held siege by thousands of Zulu warriors. Fifteen hundred soldiers were killed in the epic battle. This film portrays the tensions existing between the tribal factions and the British invaders.
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This film depicts the events prior to the devastating conflict that occurred in 1879 when British soldiers were held siege by thousands of Zulu warriors. Fifteen hundred soldiers were killed in the epic battle. This film portrays the tensions existing between the tribal factions and the British invaders.
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Special Features

The history of the Zulu wars exclusive new featurette with "Zulu Rising" author Ian Knight; Recreating the war exclusive new featurette with historical advisor Midge Carter; A visit to the battlefield exclusive new featurette where Ian Knight visits the location of the infamous battle of Isandlwana; Out-takes; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This 1979 prequel to the classic adventure film Zulu 1964 covers similar ground, lacking the appeal of the earlier film only in that it doesn’t devote as much footage to character development. It deals with one of England’s most crippling defeats in Africa: the 1879 Battle of Isandhlwana, in which 1,500 British soldiers were wiped out by a Zulu force that outnumbered the Redcoats 16 to 1. The script by Cy Endfield who wrote Zulu as well lays out with commendable accuracy the failures in diplomacy that led up to this bloody encounter; it is shown time and again that the British command was obstinate and condescending in dealing with the Zulu nation. The film’s production values are beyond reproach: Beautiful location cinematography and elaborately mounted action sequences go a long way toward minimizing the relative dearth of characterization. The acting is first-rate too, with old pros Burt Lancaster, Peter O’Toole, and John Mills heading a distinguished cast. Zulu Dawn lacks the spark that separates a truly classic movie from the merely entertaining ones, but we don’t mean to minimize its charms. Lovers of high adventure and rip-roaring action will be delighted to get this film, and its DVD release was long overdue.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2013
  • UPC: 663390000052
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Source: Severin
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Remastered / Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,870

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Col. Anthony Durnford
Peter O'Toole Lord Chelmsford
Simon Ward William Vereker
John Mills Sir Henry Bartle Frere
Nigel Davenport Col. Hamilton-Brown
Denholm Elliott Lt. Col. Pulleine
Michael Jayston Col. Crealock
Ronald Lacey Norris Newman
Freddie Jones Bishop Colenso
Christopher Cazenove Lt. Coghill
Ronald Pickup Lt. Har-ford
Donald Pickering Maj. Russell
Anna Calder-Marshall Fanny Colenso
James Faulkner Lt. Melvill
Peter Vaughan QSM Bloomfield
Graham Armitage Capt. Shepstone
Bob Hoskins Sgt. Maj. Williams
Dai Bradley Pvt. Williams
Paul Copley Cpl. Storey
Christopher Chittell Lt. Milne
Nicholas Clay Lt. Raw
Patrick Mynhardt Maj. Harness
Brian O'Shaughnessy Maj. Smith
Simon Sabela Cetshwayo
Midge Carter Lt. Cavaye
Phil Daniels Boy Soldier Pullen
Ken Gampu Mantshonga
Ray Davies Sgt. Murphy
Technical Credits
Douglas Hickox Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Malcolm Cooke Editor
Cy Raker Endfield Screenwriter
James Faulkner Co-producer
Robin Gregory Sound Mixer
Nathaniel Kohn Producer
Dieter Nobbe Associate Producer
Ousama Rawi Cinematographer
Doug Robinson Stunts
John Rosewarne Production Designer
Barrie Saint Clair Executive Producer
Anthony Storey Screenwriter
Peter Williams Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Zulu Dawn
1. Chapter 1 [6:43]
2. Chapter 2 [11:03]
3. Chapter 3 [12:02]
4. Chapter 4 [9:28]
5. Chapter 5 [9:35]
6. Chapter 6 [9:30]
7. Chapter 7 [9:28]
8. Chapter 8 [3:22]
9. Chapter 9 [5:11]
10. Chapter 10 [6:06]
11. Chapter 11 [:20]
12. Chapter 12 [:20]
13. Chapter 13 [:04]
14. Chapter 14 [:15]
15. Chapter 15 [:20]
16. Chapter 16 [:20]
17. Chapter 17 [:20]
18. Chapter 18 [:20]
19. Chapter 19 [:20]
20. Chapter 20 [:20]
21. Chapter 21 [:20]
22. Chapter 22 [:20]
23. Chapter 23 [:20]
24. Chapter 24 [:20]
25. Chapter 25 [:20]
26. Chapter 26 [:20]
27. Chapter 27 [:20]
28. Chapter 28 [:20]
29. Chapter 29 [:20]
30. Chapter 30 [:20]
31. Chapter 31 [:20]
32. Chapter 32 [:20]
33. Chapter 33 [:20]
34. Chapter 34 [:20]
35. Chapter 35 [:21]
36. Chapter 36 [:20]
37. Chapter 37 [:21]
38. Chapter 38 [:20]
39. Chapter 39 [:20]
40. Chapter 40 [:20]
41. Chapter 41 [:20]
42. Chapter 42 [:20]
43. Chapter 43 [:20]
44. Chapter 44 [:20]
45. Chapter 45 [:20]
46. Chapter 46 [:20]
47. Chapter 47 [:20]
48. Chapter 48 [:05]
49. Chapter 49 [:15]
50. Chapter 50 [:20]
51. Chapter 51 [:20]
52. Chapter 52 [:20]
53. Chapter 53 [:21]
54. Chapter 54 [:20]
55. Chapter 55 [:21]
56. Chapter 56 [:20]
57. Chapter 57 [:21]
58. Chapter 58 [:20]
59. Chapter 59 [:20]
60. Chapter 60 [:20]
61. Chapter 61 [:20]
62. Chapter 62 [:20]
63. Chapter 63 [:20]
64. Chapter 64 [:20]
65. Chapter 65 [6:18]
66. Chapter 66 [7:24]
67. Chapter 67 [3:08]
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Disc #1 -- Zulu Dawn
   Play Movie
   Chapter Selection
   Audio Setup
      Dolby Digital Mono
      DTS-HD Mono
   Special Features
      The History Of The Zulu Wars
      Recreating The War
      A Visit To The Battlefield
      Theatrical Trailer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Commendable Indie

    ZULU DAWN was produced without the big studio budget of ZULU. However, this film does its best to show the political factions on both British and Zulu sides. Unlike some of the big Hollywood movies about famous (and obscure) battles, ZULU DAWN tries to present a more well-rounded aspect by giving the Zulus the respect they deserve. (The actor who plays Cateswayo, the Zulu chief, in ZULU DAWN also played a Zulu warrior in ZULU.) When first released on video in the mid-80s, the audio was quite poor. Hopefully, this has been resolved on the DVD. Well-acted, well-directed, and the battle scene is thrilling, history buffs and military buffs are bound to enjoy this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    This movie is about the battle of Isandlhwana fought January 22, 1879 between British forces and the Zulu people of South Africa. This action preceded a defense by 148 British soldiers at Rorke's Drift which was depicted in the excellent movie Zulu with Michael Caine made in 1965. Made approximately 10 years later it is truer to the events with some minor historical liberties but it is I believe one of the best action/historical movies ever made. It's somewhat slow start takes off later and you get a very real sense of the battle, the mistakes made and the character of both sides. Highly recommended.

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    Posted May 5, 2010

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