DVD Rating: *1/2

Reviewed by: James Benefield

Read James Benefield's film review of Risen

The special features are disappointingly scant for a movie which was described as a labour of love for its director.

The four-and-a-half minute documentary reveals that the family were heavily involved in the making of the film, something that certainly shows in the finished article, which can sometimes approach a hagiography. Otherwise, it's a fairly bland piece which doesn't shed too much light, and started life as a puff piece on a BBC sports programme.

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The deleted scenes are all very brief, totalling just a couple of minutes altogether, and one of them is not even in English (and features no subtitles). One of them is quite impressive from a physical point of view, featuring a man punching a punching bag. The sheer physicality of it shows the amount of training that actor Stuart Brennan put in to play Howard Winstone.

There is also a trailer, which makes the film look more action-packed than it actually is, and there is also a rather unremarkable music video of a song from the film's soundtrack.

Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2011
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Biopic of featherweight boxing world champion Howard Winstone.
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Product Code: SCBX 2058

Region: 2

Ratio: 16:9

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Extras: Documentary, deleted scenes, trailer, music video

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