DVD: Brighton Rock, For retail & rental (Optimum)

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This fabulously over-ripe adaptation of Graham Greene's razors'n'rosaries gangster novel starts as a cheeky film-noir homage, but it soon tips over into self-parody: no scene is complete without some rolling thunder, some religious icons, and music so bombastic that Dr Frankenstein would have it on his laboratory iPod.

As for the updating of the story from 1939 to 1964, Austin Powers would be proud.