DVD releases: March 29

The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford | The Killing Of John Lennon | Black Sheep | Regarde La Mer | Irma Vep | Burnt By The Sun | Wild Palms

The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
· £15,99, Warner

There's no great shame in being ignored by the Oscars. Classic films such as Citizen Kane and The Searchers were barely acknowledged by the Academy. Now this can join those renowned titles. And speaking of titles, perhaps this one was simply too long to engrave on the base of a statuette. Still, this was one of the best movies of last year. Director Andrew Dominik is clearly not a man in a hurry. He spent the seven years since his impressive debut, Chopper, preparing for this. Likewise, the film is in no rush, taking 160 minutes to tell the story of James's killer. As the title states, the film isn't really about James, rather the huge shadow he cast, a fact that many Brad Pitt fans had issue with. The title also tells how history regards Ford, and Casey Affleck delivers a remarkable performance to show how far off the mark that one-note assessment is. The supporting cast all epitomise low-key excellence. No one stands out because they're all so good. On the technical side, Roger Deakins' gorgeous cinematography, full of shifting focus and natural light, sets a new benchmark, and the Nick Cave/Warren Ellis soundtrack surpasses their work on The Proposition.

Also out

The Killing Of John Lennon
Brave, possibly sacrilegious, dramatisation of Mark Chapman's assassination mission.
· £19.99, Universal

Black Sheep
Comedy horror in New Zealand with carnivorous sheep.
· £19.99, Icon

Regarde La Mer
Mid-length and short films by François Ozon.
· £18.99, BFI

Irma Vep
French film-making tale led by a slinky Maggie Cheung.
· £18.99, Second Sight

Burnt By The Sun
Lyrical and harrowing portrait of Stalin's Russia.
· £18.99, Second Sight

Wild Palms
Oliver Stone's Twin Peaks-like cyberpunk sci-fi TV series.
· £9.99, Fremantle


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