DVD review: Les Misérables

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Tom Hooper's quasi-operatic mega-musical is loaded with major historical events, weighty themes, tragic deaths and symbolic rebirths, so it's no wonder that the film version of Les Mis gets so exhausting, especially in the static, unspectacular second half.

But before that Victor Hugo's thriller plot and Claude-Michel Schönberg's emotive music sweep you along, and it's worth seeing for Anne Hathaway's spine-tingling "I Dreamed a Dream".