(aka ' Breaker Morant ')

Directed by Bruce Beresford
Australia 1980


Three lieutenants (Woodward, Brown, Fitz-Gerald), members of an Australian platoon fighting in the Boer War, are court-martialled for murdering Boer prisoners and a German missionary, and Jack Thompson steps in to try to prove their innocence. It's a Paths of Glory situation, complete with righteous anger at the expedient conniving authorities, distinguished by some strong courtroom scenes and an overwhelming pessimism. If it hardly breaks any new ground either formally or politically, it's nevertheless a moving and highly professional affair, in which Brown and Thompson give particularly good performances.

Excerpt from TimeOut Film Guide located HERE


Theatrical Release: May 1980 - Cannes Film Festival

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Distribution Image Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:47:00 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUBs: Spanish, Portuguese
Subtitles English (CC), Spanish, None

Release Information:
Studio: Image Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

Edition Details:

• Documentary on the Boer War (39:36)
• Promotional Radio Spot (:30)

DVD Release Date: January 15th, 2007

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Chapters: 18




Strong dual-layered, progressive and anamorphic transfer from Image Entertainment on this, presumably, new print (restored?) that is also being offered in Blu-ray on February 5th HERE. I never owned the Fox/Lorber (Wellspring) 'Masterworks' edition, which now appears to be out-of-print, or I would have compared. I strongly suspect this newer edition to be superior in terms of image quality. It exhibits exceptional detail at times and it is no wonder this will be bumped to 1080 resolution. It does however have a shade of edge enhancement. Night scenes tend to look a bit 'unusual' and there is some noise present, but it is minor. There are some barely visible speckles and considering it is almost 30 years old looks very good overall. Hopefully the captures below will bear this out to some degree.  

The unremarkable audio is consistent and clear - it is supported by optional English (CC) or Spanish subtitles. Extras include a 40 minute documentary on The Boer War - very historical but interesting for those keen (it must have been taken from television but I don't know exactly where). There is also a 30 second promotional radio spot. There are no trailers or liner notes.

The film is powerful and those into military courtroom dramas (evoking Kubrick's Paths of Glory or Ford's magnificent Sergeant Rutledge) with flashbacks, will certainly feel at home. Performances are top notch and this is so enjoyable I'm definitely seduced into obtaining the Blu-ray. Wowser.  

Gary W. Tooze



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