Hottest Blu-ray titles for Christmas and beyond

2011 has been a bumper year for cinema and, as such, some cracking titles (and old favourites too) have made their way onto Blu-ray.

With it now possible to pick up a Blu-ray player for as little as £40, there's really no excuse not to indulge in some of this movie mayhem in glorious Full HD at home. After all, Blu-rays are even more glorious and HD than your unnamed satellite or cable provider currently offers its movies in and you usually get a feast of features included in the Blu-ray bundle, such as access to a digital version for your portable devices.

But what to choose in this ever-expanding, deep Blu sea? What platters should you be spinning at this time of merriment, mirth and sitting around full of mince pies?

Thankfully, Pocket-lint is on-hand to help. We've hand-picked the hottest Blu-ray titles in a number of categories that have hit the shops recently, ones that we think you might want to stick on your list to Santa. Or perhaps even use as gift-fodder for your family and friends.....

 

Blockbuster Movies

Every year, a bumper crop of the biggest Hollywood films hit the cinemas and the home entertainment market just in time for the Christmas rush. It's almost as if it's pre-planned. Hmmm... Whatever the motive, here's Pocket-lint's pick of the best big movie releases available for your living room enjoyment.

Super 8

STUDIO
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

With JJ Abrams (Lost, Star Trek, Mission Impossible III) and Steven Spielberg (Pretty much any blockbuster movie of the 1980s and 90s) on board - how could Super 8 not be an absolute cracker?

We'll leave you to work that one out.

Only kidding, we love Super 8. Well, we like it at least - but we wouldn't want anyone to bother watching it on anything other than Blu-ray and on a whopping great big TV.

And that's because it is the effects; explosions, aliens, flying cubes and the like that are Super 8's raison d'etre. It's no Citizen Kane, that's for sure, but it is good fun and the Blu-ray contains plenty of extras to help you uncover the viral mysteries that surrounded the movie's theatrical release.

X-Men: First Class

STUDIO
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

Films based on films we know but set in the past, with characters who have a slight resemblance to their older, more familiar, selves? We're all for it.

And whilst we wait a prequel to The Shawshank Redemption set in the 1930s when a young Andy Dufresne escapes detention by carving through the classroom wall using just a compass or Die Hard: Die Younger, where John McClane helps his scout group avoid capture by their twisted European scout masters, we'll have to make do with the trials and tribulations of  Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr before they became their more accustomed characters (and morphed into Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan).

The Blu-ray pack contains a DVD, a digital copy, 13 deleted scenes, a documentary and access to the ultimate mutant database; Cerebro, with additional BD live features too. It's every X-Men comic book fan's fantasy wish list.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

STUDIO
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

Planet Of The Apes gets more reboots than the Pocket-lint work experience kid's Windows Vista laptop. It seems that we just can't get enough of the half-man / half-monkey humanoids. Maybe that's why Mick Jagger has stayed so popular all of these years.

The latest version sees Andy Serkis once again donning his motion capture suit - this time to play the lead role of Caesar, a highly intelligent chimpanzee who evolves into a talking revolutionary in the matter of days. By the end he's like a hairy Che Guevara, but without the hat.

It may not have the charm of the 1968 classic starring Charlton Heston, but the Blu-ray spectacularly shows off the movie's CGI which, Draco Malfoy cameo aside, is ROTPOTA's strong point.

Rio

STUDIO
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

Rio is one of those films that is available in 3D, but doesn't really need to be. The animation is so slick and the dialogue so witty that there's no need to don your 3D specs to really enjoy it.

With the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez and, most brilliantly, Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords fame), plus an excellent story penned by Carlos Saldanha, Rio tells the tale of a blue macaw by the name of Blu and his crazy Brazilian escapades (not those types of Brazilian escapades - this is a family-friendly film).

The Carnival Party Edition packs a copy of the Blu-ray along with a DVD and digital copy, and even gives you access to 15 new levels of the Rio Angry Birds game.

 

3D Blu-rays

We're in the midst of a 3D revolution, don't you know? Following the successful cinematic re-release of The Lion King, it is reported that Disney and Pixar are planning 3D theatrical releases of other classic movies including Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., and The Little Mermaid. We're hoping that Universal sees sense and re-releases Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot in the third dimension as well....

Tron: Legacy

Studio
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

Okay, let's not beat around the bush, Tron: Legacy is pretty average at best. But, if you know of a better advert for the 3D Blu-ray platform then we'd like to see it. There's nothing gimmicky about Tron: Legacy's 3D effects. The Grid was built with 3D in mind, and it doesn't disappoint.

The best way to think about it is, rather than a sequel to one of your favourite childhood films that practically rips the heart out of all the fond memories you had, this latest chapter is just actually a really long Daft Punk music video - not least with the incredible sound effects pouring out of your home cinema setup in all of their digital clarity.

And, if you can ignore the lackluster dialogue and lack of engaging plot (and you can manage to take your eyes off the gorgeous Olivia Wilde) you're in for a visual treat as well. The Grid seems to seep out of the TV and it's almost as if you're in the system with Flynn and the gang.

The Lion King

Studio
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

It's the circle of life. Film gets a release into the cinema, does very well, and makes studio loads of cash in VHS sales. Film then gets several DVD releases, further enhancing studio's hefty bank balance. Film then gets Blu-ray release - kerching - before getting a theatrical re-release in the third dimension, followed by yet another physical media release. By this stage, the studios have so much money that they're using it as bog roll.

But have you ever seen Disney's (arguably) finest work in 3D? It is tremendous and should be high on the Christmas wish list of any parent who wants to show their little 'uns that there was life before solely computer generated animation.

The Lion King 3D Blu-ray packs in the remastered movie, the new high definition sound (which really brings Elton John's classics to life), and there's a wealth of bonus content including the popular Disney Sing-A-Long mode too.

Hakuna matata.

Cars 2

Studio
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

Cars wasn't our favourite Pixar movie. There we've said it. And whilst we tried to boycott the sequel out of protest at a lack of a follow up to Wall-E, Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc., the lure of the 3D goodies was too much for us to resist. For when Pixar does 3D, as it proved with Toy Story 3, it does it properly.

And Cars 2 is no exception, although you do need to get through the opening dark scenes to fully appreciate its extra dimensional beauty. Once we hit Radiator Springs though, the setting of the original movie, you'll do well to hold on to your socks. It looks ruddy bloomin' brilliant. That's the only way we could describe it without saying proper naughty words.

By the time we arrive in Japan's neon jungle, your eyes are going to be working overtime trying to decipher all of the incredible colour that's literally flying out of the screen. It's incredible, and has to be seen to be believed. Combine those visuals with a 7.1 DTS-HD MA surround track and you're in for a sensory overload.

Still, we'd love to see what Nemo is up to these days.....

Captain America: The First Avenger

STUDIO
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

When we first went to the flicks to see The First Avenger we were a little worried that Paramount had botched up by deciding to shoot in 2D and then post-convert the film for a 3D release. The decision was made by director Joe Johnston very early in production though and, as such, the movie doesn't suffer like some other 3D converts we need not shame here.

And whilst it can be argued that the conversion doesn't add a great deal of value to the overall feel of the production, neither does it take away from the experience and so is a worthy inclusion in our 3D picks.

The film itself is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe series that includes Iron Man, Thor and Hulk and if you're excited about seeing The Avengers next year then you really should give Captain America a chance.

Despite its luke warm reception from critics, it still managed to record more than $350 million at the box office and was one of 2011's biggest hits.

 

Christmas Crackers

There's nothing like a festive movie to make you feel all Christmassy. When Pocket-lint was a wee-boy, we'd curl up on the sofa with all the family, under a blanket, munching away on mince pies and trying not to cry to some of the more poignant parts of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Happy times indeed. If Leatherface doesn't shout "Joyous Noel" at you, here's some of the other Christmas movies available in super HD....

Home Alone

Studio
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

In terms of Blu-ray releases, Home Alone is quite an oldie. It was actually available last year but, such is our respect for Chris Columbus' finest work since he discovered the new world, we felt that we had no option but to include it.

The 1990s classic, which is often overlooked when answering the question: "What is Joe Pesci's best film?" (Goodfellas, pah!), should be high on any kid's (or big kid's) Christmas movie must list. There's no way that the antics of Kevin McCallister should miss a generation, just because it's up against fierce competition for young minds' attention.

If you don't like Home Alone, then you're what the French call les incompetents. Now, we'll give you to the count of 10 to get your ugly, yella, no-good keister off of our property. 

Elf

Studio
New Line Home Video
Release date
Out now

 

Forget Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell's funniest turn is without doubt that of Buddy, the human sized elf who knows Santa.

Another Blu-ray oldie, but one we couldn't ignore - not just for the fact that the film is a holiday classic that will have you bent over laughing from beginning to end, but because the Blu-ray transformation is superb. The hues of the North Pole scenes are fantastic, New York's skyline looks brilliant and, most importantly, Ferrell's facial gestures are just so much funnier in glorious 1080p.

The 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio is also an improvement on the DVD release and there's a wealth of extras including Elf Karaoke and some deleted scenes with Ferrell at his ridiculous best.

Polar Express 3D

Studio
Warner Home Studios
Release date
Out now

 

One of the most underrated Christmas films of recent years gets a 3D Blu-ray makeover, bringing the IMAX version of the movie to your living room.

Released to a lacklustre reception back in 2004, Robert Zemeckis' adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's children's Christmas story tells the tale of a young boy who takes a ride on a magical train to quell any doubts he had about the spirit of Christmas.

Sure, it's as mushy as chip shop peas - but isn't that what Christmas is all about? Not peas; mushyness. And the animation, performance captured, on The Polar Express is exceptional. It may not have the sharpness of a more modern captured-animated film, such as the recent TinTin movie, but there's a fantastic warmth to this film which really shines on Blu-ray.

Throw in a plethora of kid-friendly extras and you're looking at a Christmas classic in the making.

It's A Wonderful Life: 65th Anniversary Edition

STUDIO
Universal Pictures
Release date
Out now

 

To Bedford Falls for one of the most heart-warming films of all time. If you've not seen It's a Wonderful Life, make sure you see it today. If you have seen it and you are not a fan, then get the hell out of here - we've no time for people like you.

It's the story of George Bailey who, with the help of a guardian angel, overcomes his troubles and learns to appreciate and love his friends, family and community. It may not sound much, but if you're not tearful by the end, you're a harder man than Pocket-lint.

Frank Capra's masterpiece has survived the test of time and makes its way to the latest physical media revolution courtesy of a 65th Anniversary Edition, which comes packed with a poster and some artcards.

But it is the film itself which is the unique selling point. It looks fantastic on Blu-ray, digitally restored, and available in the original black and white or colourised versions.

 

Timeless Classics

Just because a film wasn't shot within the last 3 years, it doesn't mean that it has to miss out on the HD revolution. And whilst we all wait patiently for the Blu-ray release of The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, which is bound to happen anytime soon, why not check out these other brilliant titles from yesteryear, re-released in the full high-def glory that the director (probably) intended....

Stand By Me

Studio
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

Before Wil Wheaton angered Trekkies everywhere with his portrayal of Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and before he even struggled to play himself on The Big Bang Theory, he took the lead role of Gordie Lachance in Rob Reiner's classic coming of age tale, which also starred the late River Phoenix (who wasn't late at the time, obviously).

Based on Stephen King's novella, The Body, Stand By Me takes us back to a simpler time where walking on train tracks was acceptable, looking at dead bodies was cool and where a young Jack Bauer had peroxide blonde hair and a taste for bullying.

Incidentally, the fat kid in Stand by Me is now married to Rebecca Romjin. Can you believe that? We swear to God, look it up on the internet.

West Side Story

Studio
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

A classic tale of love, betrayal - and more love, this Romeo and Juliet-inspired musical has more racial stereotypes than a Carry On film.

However, you shouldn't let that detract you from what is a wholly enjoyable cinematic experience; the improved visuals, thanks to Blu-ray, should now match one of the best musical scores around. If you've got a decent audio setup at home too then you are in for a real treat.

The acting can be seriously hammy at times and you might be adjusting your contrast in response to the white teeth and fake tans, but look past that and you'll be humming the tunes for weeks to come.

The Guns Of Navarone: 50th Anniversary Edition

Studio
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

If we're talking classic you don't get much better than The Guns of Navarone; and with an all-star cast that includes Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn and Stanley Baker, you'll be getting some very polished performances along with the polished visuals and audio that comes with Blu-ray.

The Guns of Navarone is wartime drama that follows the story of a small group of soldiers that have the task of destroying two massive guns protecting an evacuation route. Some great action and classic stand-off scenes from the lead characters makes this a real treat for anyone with an entire afternoon free.

At 158 minutes running time, this a good one for a rainy Sunday.

Brazil

STUDIO
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

The most unlikely Robert De Niro film appearance of all time? We would have said "yes" until we caught the trailer for New Year's Eve; a film also starring Zac Efron and Jon Bon Jovi (why Bobby, why?).

Brazil isn't set in South America at all but in a retro-futuristic dystopian world where Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce) just wants to be noticed and to find love with the woman of his dreams... literally. It's all born out of the mind of Terry Gilliam; the American arm of Monty Python and the man who also directed the mind-bogglingly brilliant 12 Monkeys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And it's about as weird a film as you're likely to see on Blu-ray.

For fans of the film; this is the same 132 minute cut that appeared on DVD, not the 143 minute director's choice. But, that disappointment aside, it looks superb in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encoded HD and the DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is a welcome upgrade.

 

TV Box Sets

TV is the new cinema. Just ask Kiefer Sutherland, Alex Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, or any other film-star turned small-screen regular. Don't ask Leonardo Di Caprio, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt or Daniel Craig though - they are way too busy earning the big bucks and making movies. All jokes aside, there is some ruddy brilliant TV action these days, so choosing the best Blu-ray boxsets was a tough ask....

Boardwalk Empire: Season 1

Studio
HBO / Warner Home Video
Release date
9 January

 

Okay, okay - we know that Boardwalk Empire in Blu-ray form won't be landing in 2011; but if there's a better reason for asking Father Christmas for Amazon vouchers then we'd like to hear it.

The best TV show since the TV show that was classified as the best TV show since The Sopranos (we think it was The Wire or Mad Men but we lost track), Boardwalk Empire is a glorious example of how we are living in a golden age for TV programming.

Following the not-so-legitimate adventures of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson – the corrupt treasurer of Atlantic County and the underworld leader of the original city of sin, we're treated to fantastic performances from the likes of Michael Shannon, Michael Kenneth Williams and its star, Steve Buscemi, as well as a scouser dressed up as Al Capone. Lovely stuff.

Karl Pilkington: An Idiot Abroad 2

Studio
Sky / 2entertain
Release date
Out now

 

Could you eat a nob at night? Karl Pilkington could - and what's more he's also up for swimming with sharks, whale watching in the Arctic Circle and spending a night alone on a desert island. 

Well, we say "up for" but he's not really keen on any of those tasks, or indeed the other Bucket List contenders that he takes on in his second Sky One series. Rather, he's cajoled into them by his pals Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who also enjoy giving the Mancunian extra humiliating challenges to take on along the way.

Karl Pilkington is no Michael Palin, that's for sure, but his escapades are bound to keep the family entertained over the Christmas period, especially as he doesn't seem to think the same way as 99 per cent of the human race. And the Blu-ray's high-definition only serves to highlight just how round Karl's head is. It really is like an orange.

Dr Who: Series 6

Studio
BBC / 2entertain
Release date
Out now

 

What could be more exciting than a whole 14 episodes worth of Doctor Who goodness? If you are eight years old, probably not a lot else. The same applies to geeky parents, who will no doubt will enjoy series 6 of the Doctor just as much. Or, in editor of news Rik's case, even more so - he's got a placky Sonic Screwdriver and everything.

Such delights as Let's Kill Hitler and Night Terrors form the backbone of this collection, which features the wise-cracking and rather suave Matt Smith as the Doctor. Well worth a watch, if only for the amount of content which, on top of the episodes themselves, is packed in the special features department to no end.  

Downton Abbey: Series 1 & 2

STUDIO
Universal Pictures UK
Release date
Out now

 

Get ready for what has to be the most absurd corridor whispering bonanza known to man. Downton returned this year with a series that had more twists and turns than a Bolivian mountain road. Forget historical accuracy, this is all about watching posh people suffer the perils of the early 20th century, while their servants perpetually feed and clothe them.

Throw in the odd break up, cheeky late night kiss and adulterous affairs by the bucket-load and you have the second series of Downton Abbey. Absurd, yet highly addictive, we could easily watch it all over again. If only just for the old lady that looks a bit like Queen Victoria. 

 

Collector's Editions

Collector's Editions also go by the name of "Cash Cows" in Hollywood. The studios are well aware that you've probably already got the VHS, Laser Disc, Video-CD and DVD collections already, but they don't care. They know that you'll splash your hard earned cash on a new format, just because they've added a commentary from one of the extras on the quality of the catering on set or put the discs in a box made out something with a tenuous link to the title. Despite all that, we'd whole-heartedly recommend:

Harry Potter: Complete 8-Film Collection

Studio
Warner Home Video
Release date
Out now

 

The boy who lived is surely a label that could be awarded to any young whipper-snapper who manages to sit through the entire Harry Potter octology and makes it through to the other side unscathed. That's not to say that the Harry Potter films aren't brilliant, because they are, but because we're sure that after 15+ hours of CGI wizardry, even the most ardent fan would struggle not to be struck down with a case of Immobilus.

Special feature-wise, you're just looking at extras for the last three movies (films 1-5 were taken care of with a previous box set), so although it's the complete set; that's not entirely the case.

Still, it's about as much magic fun as one box will provide this Christmas. That is, unless, you're able to locate a retro-tastic Paul Daniels "That's Magic" set on eBay. Which we like, but not a lot.

Jurassic Park Trilogy: Limited Collector's Edition Tin

Studio
Universal Pictures
Release date
Out now

 

It's hard to believe that it has been almost 20 years since Steven Spielberg's antediluvian jewel hit the big screens. It was the movie that made CGI acceptable in so much as it was the first time that everything on the screen looked so real.

The Blu-ray version, a 1080p/VC-1 encode, shines on its new format and breathes new life into the incredible monsters of Isla Nublar. The DTS-HD Master Audio track is a wall of sound, there's no escape from the dinosaur's roars or John Williams now iconic score.

Along with the original, you get the two sequels; The Lost World and the surprisingly enjoyable JP III. And there is a new to Blu-ray, Return to Jurassic Park - a six-part documentary featuring all-new interviews with the many of the cast and crew. There's also a ton of other extras that you may or may not already own within another prehistoric looking boxset.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga

Studio
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

Surely the most anticipated Blu-ray convert ever, Star Wars finally made its way to the HD format back in September and it didn't disappoint.

It looks stunning. But for us, one of the most pleasing aspects is the exceptional audio it provides the series.

Spatially, there may not be much more going on than on the original Dolby Digital 5.1 mix found on the DVD box set (bar an extra discrete rear channel), but the DTS Master Audio 6.1 has an extra air of clarity about it that only a lossless format can provide. The soundtracks of the original trilogy discs are also in DTS Master Audio 6.1, offering new mixes that are wide and bombastic.

Throw in more extras than Yoda can shake a (little) stick at and you're probably looking at the best boxest of all time.

Rambo: Complete Collection Grenade Edition

STUDIO
Optimum Home Entertainment
Release date
Out now

 

There was some debate at Pocket-lint Towers as to whether we'd include this or the latest Lord Of The Rings boxset into our pick of the best Christmas Blu-rays. But the argument from the Rambo camp was as simple as it was effective. Does the LOTR collection come with replica grenade casing? No, thought not - so let's move on.

And the good news for Rambo fans is that the collection isn't simply the existing Blu-rays repackaged in the exuberant casing - the discs are new remasters with a whole host of special features.

Features such as the brilliantly named Rambonomics are housed on the Rambo III disc, the how to become Rambo guide on the First Blood Part II disc and the humorous ending for the original film.

It total, you're looking at 8 hours and 9 minutes of Sly Stallone gold, complete with audio commentary from the great man as well. Heroes never die, remember, they just reload.

 

Stocking Fillers

If you're looking to beef up your loved one's present pile, then there's no need to buy those crappy titles that are released firmly with the Secret Santa brigade in mind. You know the type of chaff we're talking about here - Jamie Redknapp's Top Ten Christmas Bangers... Literally, Frankie Boyle's Favourite Operas, Youth Hostelling with Chris Eubank and so on. It's the type of celebrity-endorsed piffle that you wouldn't even bother watching if it was the only English language content available in a foreign hotel room. There's plenty of cracking Blu-ray titles out there that friends and family would love to unwrap come Christmas morning though, including....

Frozen Planet

Studio
BBC / 2entertain
Release date
Out now

 

"The most powerful land predator is on the prowl. Willing females are few and far between. This is an exciting prospect. For the male, his only tender encounter in an otherwise solitary life. A dynamic process is underway. A monster is stirring."

No, not a quote describing Pocket-lint on a night out on the town looking for love, but the words of Sir David Attenborough, who once again takes us to places on Earth you never thought you'd see.

The quote refers to a lone male polar bear on his epic quest for a mate, but this isn't just Blue Planet with ice. There's penguins as well. And we all know there is no finer sight than a penguin torpedoing out of the water and skidding about on its beer belly. If nothing else, buy it just to laugh at the penguins.

Frozen Planet takes us from pole to pole (ignoring the stuff in between, mind) and will quite literally bamboozle you with some of the finest nature photography ever captured.

Awesome is a word that is massively overused, thanks to our American cousins. But in the case of Frozen Planet, it almost doesn't do it justice.

Senna

STUDIO
Universal Pictures
Release date
Out now

 

Senna is quite unlike any documentary you have seen before. Painstakingly put together from hundreds of hours of archive footage of the world's best ever racing driver, it takes you on a journey into the heart of the sport.

The real trick of the film, however, is that it manages to appeal to both F1 fans and those who have had no prior interest in motor-sport whatsoever.

Ayrton Senna led such an incredible life and was such a character that it is impossible not to be transfixed by Asif Kapadia's finest work. The retro documentary footage looks great on Blu-ray, particularly some of the older TV stuff which, whilst not being super sharp, has a brilliant washed out look. A definite recommend and well worth a watch by fans and family alike.

Take That: Progress Live

STUDIO
Polydor
Release date
Out now

 

Not only was Progress Live the largest Take That tour yet, and saw the return of Robbie Williams back into the welcome bosom of the band, but it's a cracking set that includes a picture booklet, which offers sumptuous visuals and a 25 minute making of documentary that makes up for the variable quality of the album itself.

Recorded at London's Wembley Stadium and sponsored by Samsung (a fact reinforced by the Korean company's logo spattered on the back), the main show features a bold and beefy DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 mix alongside a vanilla Dolby Digital one for those without a compatible AV receiver.

But the real reason we include it in this list is that Pocket-lint was there. And yes, we did scream (along with the thousands of middle-aged women) - you might even hear us.

TT3D: Closer to the Edge

STUDIO
Entertainment One
Release date
Out now

 

Like Senna, TT3D: Closer to the Edge focuses on motorsport, except this time the number of wheels per vehicle has halved. Additionally, rather than focus on the multi-millionaires in the F1 world, this particular documentary movie looks at the passion behind the Isle of Mann Tourist Trophy, its highlights and, very much at times, its lows.

As a disc pack it excels, not only do you get both 3D Blu-ray and normal Blu-ray versions of the movie, but there's a bonus DVD version for viewing in another room, and more extras than the final scene in Spartacus. Alongside a whole swathe of extended interviews with the competitors, and bonus footage, there's a feature-length film called Charge: The Electric TT, narrated by Ewan McGregor.

It should also be pointed out that, also similar to Senna, there are real tear jerking moments in TT3D, so it may be best to save it for Boxing Day. Or, at least, until after the Queen's Speech.



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