Big news for war movie buffs: hot on the heels of their excellent The Wild Geese blu-ray/DVD combo, Severin Films is going to release a blu-ray/DVD combo of Zulu Dawn.  This prequel to the ’60s-era English classic Zulu tells the historically-based tale of battle between British colonialists and Zulu warriors and boasts a cast featuring Burt Lancaster, Peter O’ Toole and Bob Hoskins.  This will be the first-ever HD presentation of this film on U.S. home video and it will also feature a variety of new extras.  Read on for all the colonial conflagration details…

3/12 Blu Ray/DVD Combo Release Of All-Star Epic

ZULU DAWN From Severin Films


One Of The Most Intense Battle Classics Of Our Time, Now Re-mastered In HD!

LOS ANGELES, CA, February 25th, 2013 – Severin Films have announced the March 12th Blu-ray + DVD combo release of the ZULU DAWN, the epic 70s prequel to the classic ZULU, fully restored in hi-definition and packed with exclusive new Bonus Features.

Burt Lancaster, Peter O’Toole, Simon Ward, Bob Hoskins and Sir John Mills lead an all-star cast in the shocking true story of The Battle of Isandlwana: In January 1879, arrogant officials of the British colony of Natal, Africa issued a list of unauthorized ultimatums to the Zulu Nation. When the Zulu King refused their demands, the Empire declared war. And in a series of grave tactical blunders, a garrison of 1,500 British soldiers faced an army of 25,000 enraged Zulu warriors in what would become the most horrifying disaster in British military history. Nigel Davenport (CHARIOTS OF FIRE), Denholm Elliott (RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK), Phil Daniels (QUADROPHENIA) and 13,000 actual Zulus co-star in this acclaimed prequel to ZULU, fully restored to its correct aspect ratio, and re-mastered in stunning HD for the first time ever in America. Extras include new featurettes with Zulu War expert Ian knight, the film’s historical advisor Midge Carter, a visit to the actual locations of the battle of Isandlwana hosted by Knight, and a selection of rare out-takes.

Severin Films was formed in 2006 with offices in Los Angeles and London. Their previous releases include the all-star War classic THE WILD GEESE, Walerian Borowczyk’s IMMORAL WOMEN and THE ART OF LOVE, the unrated Director’s Cut of Just Jaeckin’s GWENDOLINE, Richard Stanley’s restored HARDWARE, Enzo Castellari’s original action classic INGLORIOUS BASTARDS, Oscar®-nominee Patrice Leconte’s THE HAIRDRESSER’S HUSBAND, the midnight movie sensation BIRDEMIC – SHOCK & TERROR, Eugenio Martin’s restored HORROR EXPRESS, and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s internationally acclaimed SANTA SANGRE.

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ZULU DAWN

1979 • 113 minutes • Color • 2.35:1, 16×9 • SRP $29.95 • 1 DVD, 1 BLU RAY

Zulu Dawn Trailer from Severin Films on Vimeo.