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The Last King of Scotland with Oscar-winners Forest Whitaker and documaker Kevin Macdonald give this historical film a powerful edge.

Fresh from medical school and looking for adventure, idealistic young doctor Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) leaves his privileged upbringing in early ’70s Scotland behind for the chance to do something different with his life assisting at a rural hospital in Uganda.

He arrives in the country just as general Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker) seizes power, and a chance encounter leads to Amin employing Garrigan as his personal physician and advisor. The young doc is easily seduced by Amin’s charm, but it isn’t long before he finds his beliefs challenged by the general’s true nature.

Directed by Touching the Void– Helmer Kevin Macdonald, TLKOS manages to succeed where Blood Diamond fails – in perfectly combining historical fact with a fictional thriller narrative. A powerful and constantly impressive film.

This single-disc release boasts an excellent transfer that works wonders with the film’s faux-’70s style cinematography and vibrant colour palette. The soundtrack is arguably even better, with excellent (and often aggressive) use of the surrounds throughout. A solid batch of extras includes a director’s commentary, seven deleted/alternate scenes with optional commentary, a 29-min Making of…, the trailer and a pair of short featurettes looking at Whitaker’s performance.

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