Zulu is an exhilarating war-drama with great performances and incredible cinematography by Stephen Dade. The Blu-ray exclusively released by Twilight Time has a good video transfer and, at best, adequate lossless audio while the bonus material is fairly limited. If you’re a fan of the movie, it might be worth it.
Genre(s): Drama, War
Twilight Time | NR – 138 min. – $29.98 | January 22, 2014
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Writer(s): John Prebble (article); John Prebble and Cy Endfield (screenplay)
Cast: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, Michael Caine
Theatrical Release Date: June 17, 1964
Features: Commentary, Isolated Score Track, Theatrical Trailer
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0), English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 43.0 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Plot Outline: Zulu, director Cy Endfield’s magnificent epic about the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, pits a tiny force of some 150 British colonials against the massive power of 4000 Zulu warriors, and comes up with a classic film about home and valor in the face of outrageous odds. Starring Stanley Baker, Michael Caine, Jack Hawkins, Nigel Green, and James Booth, the film is a unique combination of boy’s own adventure and potent anti-war sentiment.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.0/5
Not packed with a ton of bonus features, the disc includes an Audio Commentary with Film Historians Lem Dobbs and Nick Redman, the Original Theatrical Trailer (2:37; HD) and an Isolated Score Track.
Inside the case is a 6-page essay with production photos.
VIDEO – 4.0/5
Zulu arrives on Blu-ray via Twilight Time and has good detail levels and especially the colors are well balanced and bearing in mind that its 50 years old, it appears fine work was done on this transfer making it look as good as possible. It’s not amazing or anything but all things considered, it’s an impressive looking picture.
AUDIO – 2.5/5
The disc comes with both a 2.0 and 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks and not surprisingly, neither one are of great quality though dialogue levels sound decent enough while the action elements aren’t as filled with depth.
OVERALL – 3.0/5
Overall, Zulu is an exhilarating war-drama with great performances and incredible cinematography by Stephen Dade. The Blu-ray exclusively released by Twilight Time has a good video transfer and, at best, adequate lossless audio while the bonus material is fairly limited. If you’re a fan of the movie, it might be worth it.
Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.