Monday Blu(e)s And DVD

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A couple of grade-A Hollywood titles lead the week in home video.

Disc Of The Week

91FxHoHtMdL._SL1500_Zero Dark Thirty – Kathryn Bigelow’s treatise on the war on terror, and specifically the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, drew criticism and celebration in equal measure. Affecting, tense and remarkably realised. Make your own mind up about the politics.

Check out our full review here

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Lincoln – This slow procedural from director Steven Spielberg is notable for the heavily lauded central performance from Daniel Day-Lewis, which is undoubtedly impressive. An attention to detail and an able supporting cast ensure that Lincoln is an engaging and worthwhile experience.

Check out our full review here.

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Blood – We were quite taken by this Paul Bettany-led thriller when it screened at the London Film Festival last Autumn, so much so that we can’t help think it a shame to see it go straight-to-video.

Check out our full review here.

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A Trio Of Discs From Artificial Eye – Artificial Eye’s run of Hal Hartley titles continues apace, with Simple Men the latest addition to their catalogue. Also released this week is Michael H: Profession Director, an on-screen examination in to the working method of Michael Haneke from director Yves Montmayer. Perhaps the most interesting of this batch of Artificial Eye discs though is Beyond The Hills, from Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu.

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House Of Cards – Initially produced for Netflix, the online film rental service, House Of Cards marks a foray in to television for David Fincher. Tomorrow we’ll be giving away a couple of copies of House Of Cards on Blu-ray on Hope Lies at 24 Frames Per Second, so stay tuned for further information.

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