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Breaker Morant: Premium Edition=

     Breaker Morant has seen three DVD releases in Region 4 Australia and three DVD releases in Region 1 United States.

     The 2001 Roadshow Region 4 DVD had a pan-and-scan video transfer, Dolby Digital 2.0 audio soundtrack and no extras. The Region 4 2006 Reel Silver Anniversary Edition release included a 1:85:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced and Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack, as well as a poster and image gallery and the original theatrical trailer for extras. The 2010 Reel 2 DVD Premium Edition has a 1:85:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced, Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 soundtracks and the documentary, The Breaker, as well as a postscript and poster and image gallery and the original theatrical trailer for extras.

     The 2001 Fox Lorber Region 1 DVD includes a 1:85:1 aspect ratio which is not 16x9 enhanced. This release includes the original theatrical mono track but no extras. The 2005 Wellspring Masterworks Edition has a 1:85:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced, a Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack, an audio commentary with director Bruce Beresford, a 16-minute interview with actor Edward Woodward, the theatrical trailer, text notes, a director biography, filmographies and a liner-note essay by Nick Blesynski entitled, "Shoot Straight You Bastards!". The 2008 Image Entertainment DVD has a 1:85:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced, an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track and Spanish and Portuguese dubs, a 40-minute documentary on the Boer War and a 30 second promotional radio spot.

     In my opinion, The Region 1 2005 Wellspring Masterworks Edition with the commentary by Bruce Beresford and interview with Edward Woodward and The 2010 Region 4 2 DVD Premium Edition, with a DTS 5.1 soundtrack and the 52-minute documentary, The Breaker, are the best available versions of Breaker Morant on DVD currently available.