DVD round-up: Wallander, CSI: Miami, Rango, The Eagle, The Lincoln Lawyer

The week's TV and film releases reviewed

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DVD of the Week
Wallander: Collected Films 8–13 (Cert: 15)
4 stars
In a nutshell: more episodes from series one of the Swedish-language version

The first half of series one was made available back in May, so this DVD features the remaining episodes from that initial run, including the last to feature Johanna Sallstrom as Kurt’s daughter, Linda. Again, it’s a strong batch, with the best saved for the final instalment in which an 11-year-old boy is found dead. In powerful scenes, the team struggle to overcome the emotional torment that the case causes them. For those wondering when series two of this Swedish-language version will be released, the provisional date at the moment is 26 September. David Brown

Format: DVD
Extras: None

CSI: Miami: Season 8 (Cert: 15)
3 stars
In a nutshell: Horatio Caine and his sunglasses continue to fight crime

We begin with a resolution to the previous season’s cliffhanger finale as Horatio and Calleigh, along with a cadre of police, search the swamps for the missing Eric. Once found, Horatio flashes back to 1997 when the team was first brought together. This series also sees the introduction of new recruit Jesse Cardoza (Eddie Cibrian) who soon finds himself plunged into danger when a gunman attacks the Miami lab and holds him hostage. David Brown

Format: DVD
Extras: season in review featurette

Other highlights:

Medium (Season 6) – more cases for Allison Dubois (Patricia Arquette)
In Deep (Series 1) – long-forgotten crime drama starring Nick Berry and Stephen Tompkinson
Blackadder: Remastered – plenty of cunning plans with all four series looking better than ever before

FILM

The Eagle (Cert: 12)
3 stars
In a nutshell: Roman soldier Channing Tatum ventures into unconquered Caledonia

A Roman commander ventures into the wilds beyond Hadrian’s Wall to clear his family name in this historical drama. Channing Tatum brings plenty of brawn but a rather one-note brooding to the key role of Marcus Aquila, whose posting presents him with an opportunity to reclaim the ceremonial eagle lost when his father marched a legion into Caledonia, never to return. From this intriguing set-up, the film delivers a convincingly rugged portrait of second-century life. Less persuasive, however, is the somewhat contrived central relationship between Tatum’s Roman officer and the freed slave (Jamie Bell) he takes along on his mission. Trevor Johnston

Formats: DVD and Blu-ray (includes digital copy)
Extras: DVD includes director audio commentary, alternative ending, deleted scenes and a production featurette, plus there’s a more in-depth documentary on the Blu-ray

Rango (Cert: PG)
3 stars
In a nutshell: Johnny Depp voices the unlikely lizard lawman

The pop-eyed poster may scream “child-friendly”, but this animation may well go right over younger heads. Johnny Depp voices Rango, a self-questioning chameleon who winds up sheriff of a drought-stricken town in a “critterised” Wild West. Gore Verbinski, Depp’s director in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, leaves no cowboy cliché unmined. When he exhausts them, he resorts to visual references to other genre films. So watch out for nods to Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Apocalypse Now – and even one of the Caribbean movies. It’s all technically brilliant, but maybe lacking a little in charm and true wit. Dave Aldridge

Formats: DVD and Triple Play (Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy)
Extras: DVD includes deleted scenes and an extended version, plus there are production featurettes on the Blu-ray

The Lincoln Lawyer (Cert: 15)
3 stars
In a nutshell: Matthew McConaughey stars as the auto-based attorney

Based on Michael Connelly’s LA noir novel, this stars Matthew McConaughey as Mick Haller, a handsome, hard-drinking attorney who works from his chauffered Lincoln town car. His latest case sees him hired to defend a rich kid (Ryan Phillippe) accused of the attempted murder of a prostitute, but he soon discovers that what he’s been told is anything but the truth. This is standard crime fare with almost too many twists, turns and surprises. However, there’s a solid supporting cast, including a long-haired William H Macy and a shamefully underused Marisa Tomei, while McConaughey more than holds his own in the lead. Karen Krizanovich

Formats: DVD and Blu-ray
Extras: Production featurettes, deleted scenes, and interviews with the author and star

Other highlights:

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Hiroshima Mon Amour – Reissue of Alain Resnais’s stunning debut feature
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never – Documentary about the Canadian teen phenomenon
Oranges and Sunshine – Historical drama from Jim (son of Ken) Loach