The Imitation Game, ’71, The Hundred-Foot Journey and more: 9 March’s new DVDs

Benedict Cumberbatch cracks the code, Jack O'Connell enters a war zone and Helen Mirren has culinary competition

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THE IMITATION GAME (12)
★★★★

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Alan Turing possessed one of the greatest minds of his generation, and one that helped win the Second World War. Benedict Cumberbatch gives an Oscar-nominated turn as the genius whose heroic efforts at Bletchley Park were shrouded in secrecy, and whose homosexuality eventually deprived him of the liberty he fought for.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


‘71 (15)
★★★★

Jack O’Connell won the rising star award at this year’s Baftas, and this film shows why he’s such an exciting talent. He plays a British soldier who is dispatched to Belfast and thrown into the thick of the action, only to find himself cut off from the rest of his unit in this unfamiliar and hostile place.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY (PG)
★★★

Masterchef returns to our TV screens this week, and here’s something to get you in the foodie mood. Helen Mirren and Om Puri go head to head and dish to dish as rival restaurateurs in rural France. But will her fine dining win out over his tried-and-tested family recipes?   

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


SAY WHEN (15)
★★★

It’s a bumper week for Keira Knightley fans. Not only does she play opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game, but she also heads the cast in this contemporary indie comedy. Released on the US as “Laggies”, the film sees 20-something Knightley dallying over adult decisions, preferring instead to hang with Chloe Grace Moretz and her teenage pals.

Formats: DVD and download


LEVIATHAN (15)
★★★★★

Not to be confused with the recent documentary about fishing trawlers that shares the same name, this Russian drama from Andrey Zvyagintsev took the top prize at last year’s London film festival. If you’ve yet to see any of the Russian director’s work, this tale of one man’s fight to save his home is the perfect place to start.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK:

OUIJA  ★★
AMOUR FOU ★★★
EASTERN BOYS ★★★★
MARIUS ★★★★ FANNY ★★★★


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