Blu-ray, DVD Release: Breaker Morant

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 22, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion


Australian filmmaker Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) garnered international acclaim for the riveting 1980 drama Breaker Morant, a based-on-true-events story set during a dark period in his country’s colonial history.

breaker-morant2_optAt the turn of the twentieth century, where three Australian army lieutenants are court-martialed for alleged war crimes committed while fighting in South Africa. With no time to prepare, an Australian major, appointed as defense attorney, must prove they were just following the rules of war and are being made into political pawns by the British imperial command.

The well-regarded movie features passionate performances by Edward Woodward (The Wicker Man), Bryan Brown (Beautiful Kate), and Jack Thompson (Wake in Fright), as well as rugged cinematography by Donald McAlpine (Ender’s Game) and an Oscar-nominated script.

Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions contain the following features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by director Bruce Beresford, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary featuring Beresford from 2004
    • New interviews with Beresford, cinematographer Donald McAlpine, and actor Bryan Brown
    • Interview with actor Edward Woodward from 2004
    • New piece about the Boer War with historian Stephen Miller
    • Trailer
    • An essay by film scholar Neil Sinyard
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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.