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Third Star DVD out today (Monday 12 September)
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Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch are the beating heart of The Umbrella Organisation - they are what brought us all together in the first place. I apologised for neglecting Benedict lately. As trailed, I will be running a few Benedict stories this week.

The first is that the amazing Third Star is out on DVD as of today. You can get your copy here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Third-Star-DVD-Benedict-Cumberbatch/dp/B0058ILL2K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1315856715&sr=8-1
http://hmv.com/hmvweb/displayProductDetails.do?ctx=280;0;-1;-1;-1&sku=188903

I really love this film and I have taken it straight to my heart. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Why?
What struck me most was that Benedict in real life is full of life and energy and looks healthy. In Third Star, he looks so thin and frail and ethereal and vulnerable and - quite literally - as though he is at death's door. His performance in the film is - as expected - heart-breaking. He really conveys the anger and frustration and sadness of someone who has unexpectedly - against their will and hope - run out of time. The film is sold as being about male friendship and terminal cancer, which it is, but it is also about something else which I won't reveal as that would be a major spoiler! Anyway, I thought the film was excellent as it looks at a range of serious subjects in a thought-provoking way.

This is a link to a review I like by Kate Muir in The Times:
http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/the-times-third-star-review.html

Credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/

And a short but pithy review from my favourite paper for Arts coverage The Telegraph:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/8524557/Third-Star-review.html

And finally, I am going to leave you with what remains my favourite still image from the film. When I first saw this image it quite literally took my breath away. It still has this effect on me!

This still photo speaks a million words. It is dedicated to all those members on the com whose own lives, or those of their friends and family, have been touched by cancer ...



Credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/

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I've had this on order from Amazon since I saw the film at the cinema.

I'm looking forward to being able to see it again, but at the same time I'm not. It affected me so much when I saw it at the cinema that I'm a bit afraid to watch it again. I will though because it's brilliant and devastating, and the all of the cast are absolutely amazing.

Best film I've seen in a very very long time.

"Best film I've seen in a very very long time." Obviously, I agree!

I will admit to having seen this three times at the cinema!

I woud rather see this again (for the fourth time!) than see Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for the first!

In fact, I have just gone live to promoting this film to all my friends and family (you will know as you are on my list!) in preference to recommending they see TTSS.

Edited at 2011-09-12 02:14 am (UTC)

Where's my DVD? Still somewhere in the postal system I surmise, as Amazon claims to have despatched it. When it does arrive I will be both excited and yet slightly fearful about watching it. Such an emotive subject...

You will love it!

Unlike in the cinemas, the DVD is doing very well for itself. It is out of stock already both at Amazon and HMV - well done Benedict!

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