View Full Version : Dark of the Sun available on DVD

March 19, 2012, 20:18
Dark of the Sun aka The Mercenaries has some nice detailed scenes of FAL action, Early on there is a scene on the train in which the native soldiers strum their wood stock FALs in 'air guitar' fashion. The movie was filmed in Jamaica because the setting, Belgian Congo, was too dangerous at the time of filming.

The real life events of the Simba Rebellion in early 60's Belgian Congo is described in the non fiction book To Katanga and Back by Conor Cruise O'Brien, a Irish diplomat who was in country at the time. The Wilbur Smith novel upon which the movie was based was Last Train from Katanga, renamed in later printings Dark of the Sun to match the US movie title.

Even in 1968 liberals were complaining that the movie depicted the rebels in an unflattering manner:

There is none of the liberal idealization of people who, through lack of technology, kill more personally and less efficiently than we do

from this NY Times 1968 movie review... http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/revi...B1668383679EDE

A DVD was released about a year ago in the Warner Bros archive collection available in a burn-on-demand version from Amazon for 19.99.

Far superior image quality to the VHS version that's been available previously.
No extras except an unrestored trailer
We can only hope that a blu-ray release is coming.

March 19, 2012, 22:34
Wow....never saw it. :uhoh:

That's rare......


March 20, 2012, 19:20
Damn good movie,often overlooked. Great chain saw fight scene at one point. Go get a copy

March 23, 2012, 02:28
Says the amazon link is a no-go...is there an updated link for burn on demand? I couldn't find anything on amazon, but then my search-fu is severely lacking sometimes.

March 23, 2012, 07:37
Save the Hostages! is a good book on the subject. "F****** savages" doesn't even to begin to describe those kooks. I'll have to check out the movie. Thanks!

March 26, 2012, 23:04
Here's a working link for AMZN


March 26, 2012, 23:15
Here's a working link for AMZN


Thank you!

March 27, 2012, 10:00
When I first read this thread I started looking for a copy of the original cut.
This version is 100 minutes.
The original was 141 minutes according to Rotten Tomato and other references.
That is a hell of a lot to cut out to get down to a PG rating.
I may yet buy the PG, but I watched the original in 1969 and would really would like to find the full copy.
The problem is that the original may only exist on 35mm movie film.

If anyone has any thought on who might have or sell an original cut let me know.