Gallipoli (1981) DVD9
The first of two consecutive films to see director Peter Weir team with Mel Gibson (the other being The Year of Living Dangerously), Gallipoli follows two idealistic young friends, Frank (Gibson) and Archy (Mark Lee), who join the Australian army during World War I and fight the doomed Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey. The first half of the film documents the lives of the young men in Australia, detailing their personalities and beliefs. They are sent to the peninsula of Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire (in modern-day Turkey), where they take part in the Gallipoli Campaign. During the course of the movie, the young men slowly lose their innocence about the purpose of war.

Gallipoli provides a faithful portrayal of life in Australia in the 1910s — reminiscent of Weir's film "Picnic at Hanging Rock" set in 1900 — and captures the ideals and character of the Australians who joined up to fight, as well as the conditions they endured on the battlefield. It does, however, modify events for dramatic purposes and contains a number of significant historical inaccuracies. Gallipoli was the recipient of eight prizes at the 1981 Australian Film Institute Awards.

Director: Peter Weir
Cast: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins, Heath Harris
Country: Australia
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:46:58 | 6.93 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol
Subtitles: English, Francais, Portugues, Hebrew, Greek, Hrvatski, Italiano, Espanol

-- Interview with director/writer Peter Weir (from 1999, 8 min)
-- U.S. theatrical trailer

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 01:46:58 | 6.82 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Deutsch, Russian
Subtitles: English, Deutsch, Svenska, Dansk, Norsk, Suomi, Nederlands, Bulgarian, Islenska, Magyar, Turkish, Arabic, Romanian, Polish, Czech(Ceske)

-- Interview with director/writer Peter Weir (from 1999, 8 min)
-- U.S. theatrical trailer

BD50 + BD25 | 1080p AVC | 01:50:53 | 31.1 Gb + 17.9 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

-- Interview with Peter Weir
-- Interview with Mel Gibson
-- Interview with Mark Lee
-- Boys of the Dardanelles
-- Why do we remember?
-- The first convoy
-- Diggers diary
-- The Keith Murdoch letter and introduction by Dame Elisabeth Murduch
-- Photo gallery
-- In depth Gallipoli material
-- Gallipoli for the classroom

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