Zulu Dawn Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Review

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Zulu Dawn is an engrossing film that is helmed by a number of stars (Peter O’Toole, Burt Lancaster, Bob Hoskins, and Simon Ward), is bolstered through a stellar score crafted by Elmer Bernstein (who scored The Ten Commandments, Ghostbusters, and Stripes), and tells an epic story. Set 100 years in the past from its release date, Zulu Dawn captures the tense relationship between the Zulu Empire and the British forces in control of Cape Colony (South Africa). The title expands upon many of the themes first broached during 1964’s Zulu, but provides viewers with sufficient information about the players in the conflict. The costuming, set-design, and overall language used by the actors ensures that viewers are fully engrossed in the storyline.

Severin’s release of Zulu Dawn is incredibly sharp; the Blu-Ray version of this film belies the fact that the title is thirty-five-plus years old, while the audio quality has been cleaned up to ensure that ever line of dialogue and attack can be heard. Severin has rounded out this Blu-Ray release with a number of bonus features. This includes a historical accounting of the Zulu Wars by author Ian Knight, the original theatrical trailer, a set of the out-takes  for the film, and a brief interview with the historical advisor for the film, Midge Carter. The featurettes are rounded out with the inclusion of a piece where Ian Knight visits the site of the Battle of Isandlwana. Taken together, these featurettes provide ample context for which to enjoy and understand the events that occur in Zulu Dawn.

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Rating: 8.7/10

Zulu Dawn Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Review / 2013 Severin Films / 115 Minutes / http://www.severin-films.com

Dragon Ball Z Season One Uncut Blu-Ray Set

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The Dragon Ball Z Season One Uncut Blu-Ray set has just been released, and it bundles up the first thirty-nine episodes of this classic Japanese anime in one tidy package. The video quality of the first batch of DBZ episodes is simply fantastic. Individuals that watched the Cartoon Network airings of these episodes will be awe-struck at how well Dragon Ball Z cleaned up. The value-priced release (one will be able to find it for about $25 at Amazon) is a perfect late holiday or birthday gift. This set includes three different language options – there is an English dub, an English language version (as it was broadcast), and the original Japanese-language track. This Blu-Ray set will take well over fifteen hours to complete (975 minutes) and provides viewers with a tremendous amount of background information about Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, and the rest of the Dragon Ball Z characters. There are a few additional features that are present here; a trailer for the action that will be presented to viewers, and a set of songs which open and close the show. The artistic beauty of the opening and closing track is maintained through the absence of text.

Strong sales of this initial release will ensure that Funimation can continue releasing these seasons in Blu-Ray format; the second season will likely be released some time in 2014. Visit the Funimation website for more information about Dragon Ball Z and the company’s other franchises.

Rating: 9.0/10

Dragon Ball Z Season One Uncut Blu-Ray Set / 2013 Funimation / 975 Minutes / http://www.funimation.com