Zombies of Mora Tau appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. Most of the image looked pretty good.
Sharpness usually appeared solid. Some shots displayed a bit of softness, but those examples seemed modest and came with some clumsy dissolves. The majority of the flick came across as reasonably detailed and distinctive.
I noticed no issues connected to jagged edges or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained mild. Grain seemed somewhat heavy but still natural. Print flaws showed a few small marks and nothing more.
Blacks looked deep and firm, and contrast appeared good. The low-light shots demonstrated solid clarity and definition, with no issues connected to excessive opacity other than in some awkward “day for night” shots. This turned into a mostly appealing image.
As for the movie’s LPCM monaural soundtrack, it seemed more than adequate for its age. The lines remained perfectly intelligible and suffered from no real concerns, with good clarity and fairly natural tones.
Music was fairly bright and clear, while effects came across as acceptably concise. Nothing here excelled, but the mix sufficed.
A few extras pop up here, and we get an audio commentary from film historian Kat Ellinger. She offers a running, screen-specific discussion of story and characters, cast and crew, aspects of the zombie genre and its history, themes and interpretation, and related topics.
Here we get more of a critical view of the film and its genre than a take on the production, so don't expect to learn much about the movie's creation. When Ellinger sticks with aspects of the zombie genre, the commentary works, but her attempts to give insights into Mora Tau seem less compelling because it just doesn't feel like an especially deep tale. Still, this is generally a pretty good chat.
We can view the film with or without an Introduction by Film Historian Kim Newman. In this seven-minute, 35-second piece, we get some info about the film and its genre. Newman brings us a good chat, though it falters as an intro for new viewers because it includes spoilers.
Next comes Atomic Terror, a 19-minute, 48-second “visual essay” from critic Josh Hurtado. He discusses the way producer Sam Katzman adapted horror tropes for the 1950s climate. He gives us a worthwhile overview of these films.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we finish with an Image Gallery. It presents 29 elements that mix publicity stills with shots from the production. Expect a decent compilation.
As a genre entry, Zombies of Mora Tau never quite kicks into gear. Despite a few intriguing elements, the movie mostly relies on standard horror tropes and it fails to turn into anything memorable. The Blu-ray brings mostly good picture and audio as well as a mix of bonus materials. Though not a bad fable, Mora Tau doesn’t do much for me.
Note that Mora Tau comes only as part of a four-film package called “Cold War Creatures”. In addition to Mora Tau, it brings three other movies from producer Sam Katzman: Creature with the Atom Brain, The Werewolf and The Giant Claw.