here to buy Region 4 (Australia & NZ) DVD
and Region 2 (UK & Europe) DVD
of the most spectacular war movies produced, Waterloo is
just one of those films you need to have in your collection.
the scripting is a bit suss - so is some of the historical accuracy
- and some of the dubbing for the multi-language cast is ordinary,
but there can be few complaints about the giant scope of the imagery.
of thousands of Russian soldiers signed up as extras to bring
a real epic quality to Waterloo. No get-tight-in-to-hide-our-lack-of-numbers
photography here as Sergei Bondarchuk uses zooming, panning and
helicopter cameras to stunning effect and runs the lens over a
massive landscape of colourful uniforms, towering explosions and
those keen on accuracy, the tactics used by the soldiers are pretty
spot on - column and line formations - although in one of the
climactic scenes I'm sure the rear rank of British Guards would
have shot their own front line to pieces when the eager latter
troops stood up just as the volley was fired.
sound is awesome. Throughout the movie, the jangle of spurs and
creak of leathers add a close-in realism for the viewer; that
is when your ears are not being rung by massed artillery salvoes
and musket fire.
are a lot of well-known actors, mainly British, in the support
cast of Waterloo and they do a very good job.
Plummer is superb as the aristocratic Duke of Wellington (even
looks a bit like him) and Rod Steiger's Napoleon is excellent.
Orson Welles makes a couple of appearances as (Fat) Louis XVIII
and the support crew includes Dan O'Herlihy, Terence Alexander,
Philippe Forquet and Ian Ogilvy.
are three extra minutes of the movie on the DVD - the video has
126 minutes - but this was a perfect opportunity to put out a
director's cut of the whole original version of Waterloo. Running
time was four hours and would have brought joy to a Napoleonic