Beasts of the Southern Wild

The critically-acclaimed shaggy dog story makes its Blu-ray debut

Oscar-nominated indie film that's either a heart-warming piece of fantasy-drama or a cynically romanticised look at black rural poverty, depending on your point of view. Here at HCC we're caught somewhere in the middle. While the 16mm source hardly makes for the glossiest hi-def experience, those who take to the film's pop music video aesthetic will find plenty to admire in the accuracy of the textured, grainy AVC 1.78:1 1080p encode. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix is far more cutting-edge, bringing the film's reanimated prehistoric creatures (seriously) to life with relish. Extras include a 22-min Making of..., a 15-min featurette on the cast, nine deleted scenes with optional commentary, the trailer and a 26-min short film.

StudioCanal, Region B BD, £25 Approx, On sale now