Amy, Get Santa, Terminator: Genisys: 2 November’s new DVDs

Back to black, Santa goes off piste, and cyborgs on the march of time

AMY (15)
★★★★

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Director Asif Kapadia, the man behind the award-winning Senna, neatly blends (with a considerable contribution from Senna editor Chris King) archive footage, home movies and new interviews into a moving and intimate portrait of singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died way too young at just 27. It sparked controversy among some of Amy’s family at the time of release, proof that it doesn’t shy away from the darker aspects of her life.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


GET SANTA  (U)
★★★★

Jim Broadbent is a perfect choice for the man behind the beard in director Christopher Smith’s seasonal tale, which swerves the usual saccharine true-meaning-of-Christmas angle for a somewhat edgier film in which Santa gets into all sorts of trouble following an accident with his sleigh. And it’s all mixed up with the quest of an ex-con (Rafe Spall) trying to finally do the right thing by his young son. Oh, and did we mention the missing reindeer?

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


TERMINATOR: GENISYS (12)
★★

Needless to say, Arnie (Schwarzenegger?) is back for more cyborg action — he just kind of had to be, right? And in an attempt to get a new audience on board, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been drafted in as the new Sarah Connor. Director James Cameron left the franchise back in 1991 after Terminator 2: Judgment Day, of course, and since then many have tried (and largely failed) to recreate his blistering blend of action and special effects. This time round it’s the turn of Thor: the Dark World director Alan Taylor, who also gets into a bit of a tangle with the convoluted time travel plot.


SLOW WEST (15)
★★★★

He’s a versatile and busy boy Michael Fassbender. His last two roles couldn’t have been more different; the ruthlessly ambitious Macbeth and Apple boss Steve Jobs — oh, hang on. In this western he plays a gunfighter with a mean streak who has his own motives for helping Kodi-Smit McPhee track his lover across the US. It’s as quirky a tale as you could imagine that manages to surprise and delight at every turn.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


MANGLEHORN (12)
★★

Al Pacino stars here in the unlikely role of a smalltown locksmith (the Manglehorn of the title) who lives alone with only a cat for company. He allows himself a little flirt with local bank worker Dawn (Holly Hunter) whenever their paths cross, but when she tries to get a bit closer Manglehorn retreats into his shell — something to do with a lost love in his past. It’s always a treat to see these two fine actors on screen, but they’re let down here by a weak script that gets a bit soppy by the end.

Formats: DVD, Blu-ray and download


ALSO RELEASED THIS WEEK

LAMBERT & STAMP ★★  The story of how Chris Stamp and Kit Lambert went from making a documentary about postwar youth to becoming manager/mentor to the Who.

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE ★★★★  Four black students battle prejudice at an American college in this biting social satire.

MISERY LOVES COMEDY ★★Lots of famous talking heads in this documentary that explores whether good comedy only comes from self-loathing and self-doubt.

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