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Welcome to Time Out Film’s DVD page, where you’ll find reviews of the latest DVD and Blu-ray releases, the biggest box sets and reissues of classic movies. Each week we’ll bring you a selection of the most exciting new titles, but we’ll also dig deep to unearth forgotten masterpieces, overlooked oddities and cult classics making their DVD debut.

Five Films by Paolo Sorrentino

  • Rated as: 4/5

In a relatively short space of time, Italian maestro Paolo Sorrentino has established himself as one of the leading lights of world cinema. This box collects all of his Italian-language features, skipping over US-set drama ‘This Must Be the Place’. Sorrentino’s first feature – and first collaboration with regular leading man Toni Servillo – 2001’s ‘One Man Up’, never got a UK release, so it’s the least known of the titles here. But his star began to rise with ‘The Consequences of Love’, the frosty, mournful tale of a Mafia hit man – played by Servillo – seeking a moment’s rest in his old age.

The Family Friend’ drops Servillo in favour of Giacomo Rizzo, who plays a lecherous smalltown moneylender whose grotesque desires complicate the wedding of two young lovers. But director and star were reunited for ‘Il Divo’, a stunning portrait of greed and power in Italian politics. Servillo gives perhaps his finest performance as corrupt Christian Democrat Giulio Andreotti, and the film plays out as a series of eye-frazzling, soul-shaking vignettes. Finally, the set hits its peak with ‘The Great Beauty’, Time Out’s number one film of 2013, a work of astonishing visual mastery and riveting intelligence.


Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve

Amy Adams and Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve

Clint Eastwood Collection

  • Rated as: 4/5

This 20-disc box is a pared-down Blu-ray version of the ‘35 Films, 35 Years’ set, covering Clint’s career as actor and director from 1968’s ‘Where Eagles Dare’ up to the film he claims will be his last as a leading man, 2012’s underwhelming sports melodrama ‘Trouble With the Curve’.

The Cornetto Trilogy

  • Rated as: 4/5

All three instalments in Edgar Wright's genre-hopping comic saga, from the zombie antics of 'Shaun of the Dead' via goofy cop-com 'Hot Fuzz' to 2013's crowd-pleasing finale 'The World's End'.

Pixar: The Complete Collection

  • Rated as: 4/5

Every Pixar feature up to and including this year’s disappointing ‘Monsters University’, plus their wonderful shorts collection. There are undoubted movie masterpieces in this set, but the quality is starting to plummet.

Martin Scorsese Presents: World Cinema Foundation Vol 1

  • Rated as: 4/5

The first in a new series of international collections overseen by the great director. This inaugural set includes compelling Moroccan  music doc ‘Trances’ and award-winning Turkish drama ‘Dry Summer’.

The Vengeance Trilogy

  • Rated as: 4/5

As Spike Lee’s remake of ‘Oldboy’ approaches, here’s a chance to brush up on the awe-inspiring original – plus its loosely linked bookends ‘Sympathy for Mr Vengeance’ and ‘Lady Vengeance’ – in sparkling hi-def. Fans of intense action, extreme ultraviolence and raw octopus should snap this up.

The Paradise Trilogy

  • Rated as: 3/5

Ulrich Seidl’s trilogy of melodramas about the trials facing a group of unfulfilled modern women was expected to be a remote, sardonic affair, but these films turned out to be surprisingly compassionate and witty, if psychologically pitiless.

Mad Max Trilogy

  • Rated as: 4/5

This trio of brilliantly choreographed, unashamedly Aussie pedal-to-the-metal action movies are bracing reminder of those bygone days when a trilogy meant three completely different experiences, not the same film three times.

Evil Dead Trilogy

  • Rated as: 5/5

To coincide with the DVD release of this year’s remake, a welcome reissue for Sam Raimi’s original trilogy of ferociously independent splat-coms. Slapstick masterpiece ‘Evil Dead 2’ (1987) remains arguably the finest horror comedy of all time.


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