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Blu-ray Release: Zulu (1964)

12 November 2013 1:55 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: Jan. 22, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $Tba

Studio: Twilight Time

The battle is on in Zulu.

The 1964 epic adventure war film Zulu makes its Blu-ray debut on the 50th anniversary of the film’s London premiere, and the 135th anniversary of the Battle of Rorke’s Drift at the film’s center.

Directed by blacklisted American screenwriter Cy Endfield in gorgeous Technicolor (and with the Super Technirama 70 widescreen process), the movie depicts the historic 12-hour clash between some 150 British colonial soldiers and more than 4,000 Zulu warriors during the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879.

Starring Stanley Baker, Michael Caine (Dressed to Kill), Jack Hawkins (Lawrence of Arabia), Nigel Green, and James Booth, the film offers exotic adventure, breathtaking battle sequences and a potent anti-war sentiment.

The bonus features for the Blu-ray have not been announced yet, but we’re hoping that one of them is an isolated audio track of composer John Barry memorable score. »

- Laurence

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Tobruk: too patchy to stand out from the rank and file

21 March 2013 3:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It has a good cast, some smart writing and a fine fight sequence, but this second world war saga is too unbalanced to pass muster

Tobruk (1967)

Director: Arthur Hiller

Entertainment grade: C+

History grade: C–

Tobruk is a port on the east of Libya's Mediterranean coast, near the border with Egypt. It was a hard-fought prize during the second world war, occupied at different times by Allied and Axis forces.


It's September 1942. A Canadian soldier named Major Craig (Rock Hudson) has been taken prisoner by the Italians, and is being shipped to occupied France. At Algiers, he is kidnapped and loaded onto a German plane. Believing he has been taken by the Nazis, Craig stolidly refuses an offer of inflight hot chocolate from the suave Captain Bergman (George Peppard, who – if you grew up in the 80s – is impossible not to see as Hannibal from the A-Team). In fact, »

- Alex von Tunzelmann

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