Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Duke of Burgundy, Cobain: Montage of Heck: 27 April’s new DVDs

Christian Bale parts the Red Sea, two women embark on a strange S&M odyssey, and the voice of a generation is remembered

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EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS (12)
★★★

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Following Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, here comes another big-budget biblical epic. Director Ridley Scott puts his spin on the story of Moses, with Christian Bale as the outcast destined to set the slaves of Egypt free. With a little help from the Almighty, naturally. 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and download


THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY (18)
★★★★★

Berberian Sound Studio director Peter Strickland’s tale of two women’s S&M affair couldn’t be further removed from Fifty Shades of Grey if it tried. An evocative  soundtrack from Cat’s Eyes (the side project of Horrors singer Faris Badwan) adds to the compellingly strange atmosphere. 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK (15)
★★★★

It’s 21 years to the month since Kirt Cobain took his own life, so this rock doc is no quickly assembled, cynical  cash-in. Running to over two hours, it charts the Nirvana frontman’s life and music from the perspective of those who knew him best.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


ANNIE (PG)
★★

This retelling of the musical may not have gone down well with fans of the stage production (or for that matter, the previous film versions), but those coming to it fresh will love the songs and the performance of young Quvenzhané Wallis as the orphan moppet given hope of a new life. 

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


DREAMCATCHER (E)
★★★★

British documentary film-maker Kim Longinotto here turns her camera on Brenda Myers-Powell, who turned her own life around from being a drug addict and prostitute in Chicago to helping other vulnerable women in the city. It’s a challenging but inspirational portrait, and won Longinotto a directing award at Sundance. 

Formats: DVD and download


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