58. September 2012: Homeland
Is he a terrorist? Is she loopy? How do they manage to maintain the suspense over 12, twist-filled episodes? The answers to these questions have been redacted.
Price: £30 (Blu-ray), £25 (HD download) | Out now | Buy it now on Amazon
59. September 2012: 101 Dalmations
Endlessly charming cartoon classic is near the top tier of Disney films – genuinely scary in places, but with a massive, cute, bespotted heart. At barely 90 minutes it never drags.
Price: £15 | Out now | Buy it now on Amazon
60. August's Blu-ray of the month: Chariots of Fire
If hearing that iconic score accompany Team GB glory over the last few weeks didn't give you goosebumps, watching the film in high def might just have the desired effect. The British Oscar magnet is about two athletes: one Jewish and posh; one Christian and slightly less posh. It's pompous, manipulative but undeniably great, it’s the Rocky of 1920s sprinting.
Price: £9 | Buy it now on Amazon
61. August 2012: 21 Jump Street
Far funnier than it has any right to be, this Channing Tatum/Jonah Hill vehicle mocks cop and high-school movies, yet ends up rather a good cop-cum-high-school movie.
Price: £14.80 (BD and HD download) | Buy it now on Amazon
62. August 2012: King of New York
Gangster meets gangsta as Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne and co shoot the crap out of NYC, aided by pounding hip-hop soundtrack and about for tonnes of crack.
Price: £18 (BD), £10 (SD DL) | Buy it now on Amazon
63. August 2012: Forever Marilyn
Gentleman Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch and Some Like it Hot all in HD? Don’t mind if we do. Sophisticated, screwball comedies of ravishing wit.
Price: £26 | Buy it now on Amazon
64. July's Blu-ray of the Month: Carnage
Based, obviously, on a stage play, Roman Polanski’s latest jaundiced look at the human condition stars Jodie Foster and John C Reilly as what you might call a lower-middle class, boho couple. They’re having a meeting with Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet – a more, let’s say, upper-middle class couple – whose young son has assaulted their own.
What starts as an ever so reasonable discussion becomes tense as Foster gets increasingly shrill, Waltz’s lack of grasp of mobile-phone etiquette begins to grate, and Reilly and Winslet get sh*t-faced on Scotch. None of the characters are lovable but nor are they monsters, yet because it’s Polanski you’re always waiting for a horrible twist, possibly involving a meat hook, or Satan. Does it ever come? Watch and find out… It’s a smart, funny, nuanced film that, at its best, is almost painfully well observed and acted.
Price: £14 (Blu-ray and HD download) | Buy it now on Amazon