DVD: The Deep Blue Sea (12)


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"I really do want to die," Rachel Weisz's Hester informs us before attempting to gas herself in Terence Davies' gorgeously staged adaptation of Terence Rattigan's gloomy 1952 melodrama.

And Weisz is outstanding (she must feel robbed of an Oscar nomination) as the "passionate" woman, married to Simon Russell Beale's pompous but sweet-natured judge, but hopelessly in love with Freddie (Tom Hiddleston), a layabout who has never truly moved on ("He's stuck in 1941") from his experiences of being an RAF pilot during the Second World War. It's an outdated sort of romance, but you never doubt Weisz's emotionally-charged performance for one second.