DVD: Where the Wild Things Are, For retail & rental (Warner)

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Directed by Spike Jonze and co-written by Dave Eggers, this live-action adaptation of Maurice Sendak's classic 10-sentence children's picture book should probably have been renamed Where the Neurotic Things Are: it's a melancholy indie mood piece in which Sendak's leonine rumpus-raisers are moth-eaten and needy yetis.

It's hard to love, but it's more interesting than the usual DayGlo cinematic travesties of Dr Seuss's books.