DVD Rating: ***

Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson

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The brief interview with Jack O'Connell's - one of three included on this release from Studiocanal - is one of the most candid I've seen in years. The actor has a raw energy to him and an honesty that makes a refreshing change from the usual "everyone was adorable" love-ins. He admits "by the end of it, I was pretty knackered", and says of Yann Demange's "unrelenting" approach, "I think I witnesse him shaving five years off his life".

The other two interviews don't disappoint either. Screenwriter Gregory Burke seems have also taken an honesty pill and talks about how he hates the theatre and became an "accidental playwright". Yann Demange, giving the most conventional of the three interviews, offers some interesting observations on shooting the film and talks about how he came to the project. All in all, they may be short, but there's a lot going on.

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The disc also includes a trailer and HoH subtitles.

Reviewed on: 03 Mar 2015
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A young British soldier is accidentally left behind by his unit on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971.

Product Code: OPTD2751

Region: 2

Ratio: 16:9

Sound: Stereo 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, Audio Description, English HoH Subtitles

Extras: Interview with Yann Demange, interview with Jack O'Connell, interview with Gregory Burke

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