Film DVD round-up: The Ides of March, Contagion, Anonymous, The Rum Diary and Immortals

The best releases of the week reviewed and rated by our team

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The Ides of March (Cert: 15)
4 stars

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George Clooney and Ryan Gosling hit the campaign trail in this Oscar-nominated portrait of US politics

Formats: DVD and Blu-ray

Extras: Feature commentary with George Clooney and co-writer Grant Heslov and four short featurettes about the making of the film, with interviews with the cast and crew

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Read our review for The Ides of March



Contagion (Cert: 12)
3 stars

A killer virus threatens an A-list ensemble cast in Steven Soderbergh’s multi-stranded “what if?” drama

Formats: DVD and Triple Play (DVD, Blu-ray and digital download)

Extras: The DVD has one quickie featurette about pandemics, while the Blu-ray has two more extras featuring interviews with the cast and crew 

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The Rum Diary (Cert: 15)
3 stars

Johnny Depp channels Hunter S Thompson for this booze-soaked tale set in sun-splashed Puerto Rico

Formats: DVD and Blu-ray

Extras: One ten minute featurette looking at the film’s production, including cast and crew interviews, plus a 45 minute documentary that charts how Thompson tried to get his novel adapted for the screen

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Anonymous (Cert: 12)
4 stars

Was Shakespeare a fraud? That is the question posed in this entertaining period romp starring Rhys Ifans

Formats: DVD and Blu-ray

Extras: The DVD includes a commentary from director Roland Emmerich and writer John Orloff, a ten-minute featurette including interviews with the cast and crew, plus a few minutes worth of deleted scenes. The Blu-ray adds some extended scenes and two short films covering the film’s special effects and casting, which add up to about an extra 30 minutes worth of viewing. 

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Immortals (Cert: 15)
3 stars

Stylish, spectacular if overly serious sword-and-sandal fantasy in the 300 tradition

Formats: DVD, Triple Play (DVD, Blu-ray and digital download) and 3D Blu-ray (3D and 2D Blu-ray, plus digital download)

Extras: The DVD includes a five-minute  look at the myth of Theseus, alternative opening and ending scenes, and seven minutes of deleted scenes. The Blu-ray adds more production featurettes, plus a look at the graphic novel Immortals: Gods and Heroes 

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Also out this week:

Tomboy – Engrossing French drama about a young girl who decides she’d rather be a boy, on DVD and Blu-ray

Sket – Brutal tale of violence and vengeance among rival girl gangs on a London housing estate, on DVD and Blu-ray

Dracula: Prince of Darkness – Christoper Lee’s second outing as the count is one of Hammer’s best efforts, available on dual format DVD/Blu-ray 

Caprice – First time on DVD for this frothy caper set in the cosmetics industry, with Doris Day as “the spy who came in from the cold cream”