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Christmas 2016: our DVD and Blu-ray gift guide

Rob Leane Nov 15, 2016

Which films are coming to disc this festive season? What on Earth do I buy for [insert friend’s name here]? We’ve got the answers...

Christmas comes this time each year, and, purely by coincidence, a lot of DVDs and Blu-rays just so happen to be released at the same sort of time. They fit rather well in stockings, don’t they? How convenient!

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If, like me, you’ve a tendency to give and/or receive a few discs each yuletide, read on for our run-through of all the new goodies coming to home release formats this winter...

Out now Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders

One of the surprise treats of this year, Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders
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Jonathan Meades: 'I find everything fascinating and that is a gift'

Jonathan Meades, author, broadcaster and architecture critic, has three books and a new TV series in the offing, yet the man known for his mordant on-screen presence is beset by worries that his style of film-making is being marginalised

Somewhat predictably, my taxi driver pulls a face as we arrive at the great concrete hive-come-cliff that is Le Corbusier's Cité Radieuse in Marseille. "Unbelievable!" he says, shrugging dementedly. "Who would want to live here? Impossible to imagine." Naturally, I try to tell him, in my best O-level French, that many people consider the Cité Radieuse, the first Unité d'Habitation, to be the apogee of chic modern living. But I'm wasting my breath: he's heard it all before, not least from those peculiar tourists for whom the Cité Radieuse is more beguiling than the pyramids, more beautiful than the Parthenon, more sacred than the cathedral at Chartres. In fact, here come a couple now,
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Tony Hall, take a long knife to the parasites the BBC calls managers | Jonathan Meades

Only a brutal demolition from the new director general can restore the glory of the British Betrayal Corporation

Nicholas Hytner recently complained that the BBC was "neglecting the arts". Melvyn Bragg has said that "I'm disappointed at the way the arts seems to be shrinking on the BBC."

But both Hytner and Bragg are one letter out. The "arts" conjures up images of committees of bores, worthily reverent exegesis, the horrors of dance, the misfit between opera and even a 42-inch screen, and ancient avant-gardist cliches – "ahead of its time", "ground-breaking", "controversial". Bragg and Hytner, the National Theatre director, would have been on the mark had they omitted the "s".

Yes, "art": television is capable of creating its own art, which is not dependent on other arts, or is at least a mongrel synthesis of them. It is capable of a sort of fabrication that is peculiar to the medium,
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