This weekend, Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Richard E. Grant and Peter Sarsgaard hits the big screens.
Portman plays Jackie Kennedy, the wife of the late John F. Kennedy, in the wake of his assassination. The film follows the events shortly after his death as the first lady fights grief and trauma, while also battling to keep her faith, console her children and ensure her husband’s legacy isn’t tarnished.
To get you in the mood for Jackie, we’ve listed our three favourite biographical Blu-rays.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this biographical drama about Jordan Belfort, a Wall Street banker with a loose wallet and even looser morals.
Set in the late eighties and early nineties, the film charts the meteoric rise of Belfort who, after realising how much money he can make trading stocks, sets up his own firm. Along with the help of his friends and ban d of brokers, he makes millions by conning investors out of their hard-earned money. He has it all – money, a beautiful wife and a flash car – however, the party-hard lifestyle soon comes crashing down around him, as the greed begins to take over.
The film also stars Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey, and is directed by Martin Scorsese. The Blu-ray comes with a number of special features, including a behind the scenes featurette, a piece on making the movie, and a roundtable discussion on the film’s themes with the cast.
The Imitation Game
Set during the start of the Second World War, The Imitation Game tells the story of one of how a team of scientists cracked the unbreakable Enigma code.
Benedict Cumberbatch stars alongside Keira Knightley, Rory Kinnear and Matthew Goode in this biopic about Alan Turing, a Cambridge mathematics alumnus who’s recruited by the British government to attempt to crack the Nazi codes. This includes Enigma, which cryptologists had previously deemed unbreakable. Turing’s team sets to work on building a machine which can crack the codes, but first they must do battle with the internal politics of the government and its army.
The Blu-ray comes with some cracking extras including commentary by director Morten Tyldum, deleted scenes, a Q&A and a making-of documentary.
The Social Network
The Social Network takes us back to the early days of Facebook, as we meet a Harvard-day Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg. We see how he first comes up with the idea of Facebook, implements it, and nurtures it into the tech giant it is today. Also starring Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Rooney Mara, The Social Network shows us the darker side of the website we all know and love. The film is scripted by Aaron Sorkin (of The West Wing and Moneyball fame), so expect quick, clever and humorous dialogue.
The Social Network is available as a two-disc collector’s edition Blu-ray, which features the film and audio commentary on one disc, and over two hours of special features, including a 90-minute making-of documentary, on the other.