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"The Last King of Scotland" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. By chance, he meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. As time passes, Garrigan begins to see the true side of Amin: a power-crazed, violent dictator. Garrigan grows tired of his relationship with Amin and attempts to flee back to his homeland.

 

Specifications

  • Fox Searchlight
  • 2006, Color, R, 123 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec:  AVC
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring:  Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy
  • Directed by Kevin Macdonald
Rating
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: a little
  • Language: yes

Commentary


This was my first time watching The Last King of Scotland. The story was far from cheery and lighthearted, but it was engrossing and kept my interest.  The performances from Whitaker and McAvoy are what really make this movie worth watching.  They both do a great job at becoming their characters on screen.  An excellent movie, give it a rent.

Technical

The Last King of Scotland looks great on Blu-ray. The image is very natural and full of detail. You will not be disappointed.  The audio gets the job done, but it is nothing you will remember. Dialog is clear and well-balanced

Extras

This disc contains the theatrical trailer, commentary with director Kevin Macdonald, deleted scenes, and a making-of featurette.