Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Prepare the perfect Christmas #2

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The Bourne Ultimatum
The final part of the Bourne trilogy is also the best, with United 93 director Paul Greengrass bringing his unique style of hyper-realism to the action movie genre with exhilarating results.

Matt Damon, who initially seemed an unusual choice for the title role, completely justifies his position with another compelling performance, and the chases and thrills are so relentless they will leave you breathless with excitement.

Deadwood: complete seasons 1-3
Yet another defining piece of television from HBO, the creators of The Sopranos, Sex and the City and The Wire, this follows the mixed fortunes of a disparate group of people looking for a new start after the horrors of the American Civil War. Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant, most recently seen as the bad guy in Die Hard 4.0) arrives in the titular town, which is gripped by gold fever, and ruled with an iron fist by Al Swearangen (a brilliantly nasty Ian McShane). Violence, betrayal and bloody murder soon follow.

Dad’s Army: the Christmas specials
Mainwaring, Wilson and the boys are back in this collection of their three festive specials. You know what to expect – gently mocking humour laced with a wicked sense of the absurd. Simply wonderful.

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (5-Disc Ultimate Collectors’ Edition Tin)
It has been 25 years since the first incarnation of the ground-breaking science-fiction thriller was released to an unsuspecting public. Now, director Ridley Scott has headed back to the editing suite and put together the “Final Cut”, his definitive version. Harrison Ford is the world-weary Detective Deckard hunting down five escaped androids – or are there six? Remastered with hours of extras including commentaries and behind-the-scenes documentaries, this is a truly unmissable collection.

Amazing Journey: the Story of The Who
Mixing archive footage and interviews with two surviving members, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, this is a reminder of the influence and genius of one of Britain’s great rock bands, and a touching tribute to those who burnt out along the way.


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