May 282019

Morituri is a well made World War II drama featuring two great performances from Marlon Brando and Yul Brynner.



— The Limited Edition Series —


Genre(s): Suspense/Thriller, War, Drama
Twilight Time | NR – 123 min. – $29.95 | May 21, 2019

Date Published: 05/28/2019 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Bernhard Wicki

Writer(s): Wener Joerg Luedecke (novel); Daniel Taradash (screenplay)
Cast: Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin, Martin Benrath, Trevor Howard
Features: Theatrical Trailers

Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0), English (DTS-HD MA 1.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 35.39 GB
Total Bitrate: 37.99 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C


THE MOVIE — 3.75/5

Plot Synopsis: During World War II, German Robert Crain (MARLON BRANDO) goes AWOL and heads to India to live peacefully. He is discovered, however, by the British Secret Service, who force him to go on an undercover mission on their behalf. He is sent to pose as a Nazi officer on a German ship, but Capt. Mueller (YUL BRYNNER) is immediately suspicious of his new recruit. As Crain realizes he could be found out at any moment, he incites a riot in an effort to gain control of the boat.

Quick Hit Review: If you didn’t already know, I have an affection for anything involving World War II, be it documentaries or entirely fictionalized dramas (see Saving Private Ryan) and Morituri has the extra bonus of starring two Hollywood legends, Marlon Brando — already an Oscar winner (On the Waterfront) and nominated four other times — and Yul Brynner (Academy Award winner for The King and I) onscreen together. The pair give tremendous performance with a compelling storyline involving espionage, double-cross and just all around wartime intrigue. Probably not one of the best WWII dramas, but still highly entertaining under the direction of Bernhard Wicki (The Longest Day).



This comes with an 8-page booklet. Features include the Original Theatrical Trailer (3:17) and the Teaser Trailer (0:25).


VIDEO – 4.5/5, AUDIO – 4.0/5

Morituri arrives on Blu-ray through Twilight Time where it’s presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and has been given a rather beautiful looking 1080p high-definition transfer. The movie’s black & white really stands out with sharp detail throughout and really no obvious signs of artifacting, aliasing or other flaws. The disc includes both a 2.0 and 1.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track and either one is perfectly serviceable. Dialogue comes through with fine clarity and there is some modest depth during the wartime scenes.

OVERALL – 3.75/5

Overall, Morituri is a well made World War II drama featuring two great performances from Marlon Brando and Yul Brynner. The Blu-ray release from Twilight Time features great video and audio transfers though the bonus material was lacking.





Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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