Contained in this 3 disc set is the wonderful
story about the ANZACs that was done quite a number of years ago starring
among others, Paul Hogan, Andrew Clarke and John Blake. The tale is a
historical one and most of us should know bits of it through our Australian
I remember when this series was aired and
loving it at the time. It has dated a bit in terms of special effects and when
put up against Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan, there truly is no
comparison. However if viewers do take the age of the series into account, the
special effects are to be forgiven due to the great acting and general spirit
of the show.
The tale is of a company that served during
World War I and fought in campaigns including the bitter battle fought at
Gallipoli all the way through to the Western Front. The interesting thing
about it all is that the story is based on the true story of this company
whilst some soldiers in the show are purely fictitious, there are also a
number that were based on real life men who served during this period.
The effort of the actors is what truly makes
this DVD shine and come to life. The spirit of the Aussie battler is
exemplified in the tale of these young men, these "Diggers" who volunteered to
fight overseas for a number of reasons, for some not the least of which was to
see the world. It's important to remember that the men of the AIF were
volunteers and not forced into the Army to fight. I do think that this series
helps do some justice to the spirits of those brave men as well as serve as an
entertaining history lesson to the younger generation.
The disc looks nice and in some ways betrays
the age of the source material. Audio is in Dolby 2.0 which is unfortunate as
there were a number of times that a full surround sound accompaniment would
have been wonderful. The story, being based on real events is wonderful and
purely from an entertainment perspective, the series makes for wonderful
viewing. The extras on the disc are not that magnificent, though fortunately
the feature itself more than makes up for it.
I thoroughly recommend the title and believe
it would take pride of place in many a collection.
- Introduction by Producer Geoff Burrows
History in the making - The Making of Anzacs