I have been after a good video copy of Zulu Dawn for years. I had the VHS (Arrow Films?) in 4/3 pan and scan with diabolical picture quality; the giveaway DVD from the Daily Mail (ditto) and have the widescreen (16:9 anamorphic) DVD from Mosaic Movies. I was pleased to get it way back in 2000 and it has been played many times. The picture is only average and it is the 113 minute version.
While not yet having a Blu-Ray player (yes I know I might as well be living in Victorian times!) I have checked out the Blu-Ray (a US import) and it seems that while a great improvement in picture, sound and extras it does have some issues with the HD transfer and is the 16:9 cropped version - the original movie was shot in 1.85:1 Panavision.
Last month browsing on eBay under 'Zulu Dawn' and at the very end of scores of pages I found 'L'Ultime Attaque' a French release of Zulu Dawn by Victory Films of my second favourite AZW movie on DVD and from a UK seller (Raremoviemax) specialising in hard to find videos. He promised it was taken from a pristine master and he wasn't wrong. This DVD is very very close to HD quality with fine detail, great colour and it is in the original format with more image at the sides, above and below.
I saw this movie in 1979 at an old fleapit cinema with ciggy smoke rising through the projected beam. Watching it on this French DVD was like seeing it for the first time.
I went back to the Mosaic DVD and watched the scene when Crealock speaks to Harford from Chelmsford's caravan. In the Victory Films version you see the texture of the varnished woodwork and reflections on a brass lamp. I had not before noticed Lt Milne standing by his horse in the background intently watching their tense exchange and soldierly activity way beyond. When the Zulus spill over the ridge there seems to be so many more of them and the camera pan seems last longer. I am still discovering the differences between the DVDs and where the extra four minutes of this 117 minute version are, probably in the stunning cinematography of Ousama Rawi. I can now see Zulu Dawn, even with all its shortcomings, as the ambitious, spectacular and stunning epic it always was.
Being a Region 2 disc there is no problem watching it on a UK player. There is an English language version and you must de-select the default French sub-titles (using your player's menu?). Unfortunately the English version only has a Mono though clear soundtrack. The French language version has 5.1 Dolby Digital - I have yet to see if it is possible to watch it with English sub-titles though tbh I know the script by heart and can brush up my O level French.
I paid £23 delivered which is a lot for an old DVD with no extras but IMHO worth every single penny. Good luck locating a copy.
Apologies if all the above has appeared on this forum before.