DVDs of the week.
THE STORY And so, the end of an era. A sad farewell to the finest female vampire butt-kicker on TV. Season 7 (22 episodes) of the acclaimed and quite wonderful Buffy The Vampire Slayer series wraps up the Buffy saga in blistering fashion as the gang sharpen their stakes and tackle a mega-demon called The First.
THE EXTRAS This six-disc set features a broad selection of audio commentaries, 12 trailers, several great featurettes - including a handy demon guide - plus an out-takes reel.
THE VERDICT A DVD set to get your teeth into. A must.
THE PRICE pounds 79.99
Master and Commander (12)
THE STORY An epic tale of swashbuckling adventure on the high seas, with Russell Crowe in fine form as Captain Lucky Jack Aubrey. He and his crew travel the waters during the Napoleonic War as they battle a better-equipped French ship.
THE EXTRAS Two-disc set features several fascinating featurettes, including director Peter Weir on adapting Patrick O'Brien's books to the screen, six deleted scenes, a multi-angle look at the final battle and a selection of stills galleries.
THE VERDICT Powerful and gripping nautical adventure.
THE PRICE pounds 22.99
Carmen Jones (U)
THE STORY Stunning 1954 screen adaptation of the opera Carmen, with Otto Preminger's film featuring an all-black cast updated to have Carmen (Dorothy Dandridge) a worker in a wartime parachute factory, fall for handsome GI Joe (Harry Belafonte). Great music and great colour filming.
THE EXTRAS Biographies of Dandridge, Belafonte, Preminger and credits designer Saul Bass, as well as theatrical trailer.
THE VERDICT Little-seen classic Hollywood musical.
THE PRICE pounds 19.99
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Apr 4, 2004|
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