Zulu Blu-ray Review

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    1. The News Bot

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      Reviewed by Alan Paterson, 6th February 2009
      Overall, the Blu-ray release of Zulu contains an excellent High Definition transfer of a magnificent film that should take pride of place in any collection. The picture quality hits you right between the eyes from the opening shot and doesn’t falter throughout the movie.
      The only ‘let down’ is the fact that we could have had a 6 track stereo soundtrack if a little more effort had been put into finding the original audio elements. As it is, the 2 track Stereo is just sufficient. Maybe it was down to money – as so many things are.The Extras are well worth having as they include personal recollections from those involved in the production.


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      Thanks for that well-written and insightful review.

      This is now on my 'to buy' list.

      Steve W
       
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      I bought this a few weeks back. Really glad I did now as its not only a classic film but the picture quality is superb and right up there with the best of them. I was genuinely shocked at how good the quality of the transfer was considering the age of the film.

      If you have a Blu Ray player and don't buy this you are seriously missing out.
       
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      Thanks for the review...reminds me of a drinking game we used to play in the army - but that's a different story.

      Just a quick one though - it's actually Victoria Cross - not Victory Cross as you said at the end of the movie review...hard enough to earn so need to be treated with respect...;):D
       
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      Cheers Bri, been changed

      Simon
       
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      Bound to be excellent resolution since it was shot using horizontal 35mm film, much higher resolution than any BD capability. It didn't use the 3 strip negative IB Technicolor as far as I can determine, so if they've recovered the colour fully, they've done a good job. There are some photos showing the ENORMOUS Technirama70 camera here (not taken on the Zulu set):
      Widescreen Museum - The Technirama Wing - Page 6

      I recently bought Michael Caine's Ipcress File on BD, made the year after Zulu. That is a good transfer, but it was made using the cut price Techniscope method, where the 35mm stock was run through the camera twice and only the top half of a frame was exposed at a time. The film grain does therefore show a bit!.
       
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      Cheers Si - sorry to be anal but you have to die to get one of these things!!:D
       
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      Thanks for the Info .. :smashin:

      I did wonder just why the transfer was so good when I watched it first time round. Still amazes me every time I see it.
       
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      Well,i had read the comments about DNR on AVS and decided not to buy it.I think that could've been a hasty decision judging by your review.

      Ok,back on the buy list.:)

      The screen grabs did look waxy though.On AVS i mean.
       
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      Ian, Zulu looks astonishing on BD, mate.

      Yep - there is DNR applied, but the image is so bright, clear, sharp and colourful that you WON'T be disappointed. Those red tunics ... man, to coin a Blu-ray cliche, they truly "pop" from the screen. And the depth of the picture is incredible.

      Don't fall for the AVS hype - this is one of the all-time classics and it has never looked better.

      "Sixty! We dropped at least sixty, wouldn't you say?"

      "Well that just leaves three-thousand-nine-hundred-and-forty ... " :eek:

      Cheers,

      Chris McEneany :devil:

      PS - Bring on Zulu Dawn!!!! One of the most authentic and actually faithful large-scale battle reproductions in the movies.
       
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      I got this in January, watched it and was amazed at the picture quality, so clean, crisp and vibrant! Very enjoyable to watch as well! :)
       
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      I second that. I also bought it when it first came out and really is one of the very best looking blu rays out there.
      Recommended!!
       
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      They've been trying to find elements for the original 6-track soundtrack for at least five years to my knowledge, but no luck so far. It really isn't for the want of trying!
       
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      Watched Zulu last night, amazing photography.
      Great review.
       
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      Not one to 'nit pick' but you don't.

      11 VC's were awarded at Rourke's Drift,all 11 lived to tell the tale :thumbsup:

      Lt. John Rouse Merriott Chard
      Lt. Gonville Bromhead
      Cpl. William Wilson Allen
      Cpl. Christian Ferdnand Schiess
      Pte. Frederick Hitch
      Pte. Henry (Harry) Hook
      Pte. Robert Jones
      Pte. William Jones
      John Williams Fielding
      James Henry Reynolds
      James Langley Dalton

      Great review,got the dvd but will get the blu ray to add to my collection:smashin:
       
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      I know - it's a figure of speech in the army. I served with Johnson Beharry VC - who is alive if not well to tell the tale...:)
       

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