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DVD reviews

Smash: Season One (12)

It never quite lived up to the hype, but in box-set form the Steven Spielberg-produced hybrid of Glee and Fame is a good enough way to pass the autumn evenings – and it's always good to see British actor Jack Devenport doing sleezy. Anjelica Huston also stars.

Killer Joe (18)

William Friedkin's violent black comedy divided audiences when it opened the 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival and nobody who saw it will look at fried chicken the same way again. What isn't up for debate is the power of the performances: Matthew McConaughey as the assassin of the title, British actress Juno Temple as the girl he falls for, and Gina Gershon and Sideways's Thomas Haden Church as her disreputable parents.

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (PG)

Documentary charting the career of legendary Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, who helmed the magazine through the 1960s after a 25-year tenure as editor of Harper's Bazaar. It isn't exactly objective – it's directed by Vreeland's daughter-in-law – but it's a competent enough portrait of one of the 20th century's major tastemakers.

King Of Devil's Island (12)

Bleak and powerful drama from Norwegian director Marius Holst telling the true story of a 1915 revolt on a prison island for young men in the Oslo fjord. Stellan Skarsgard is the prison governor but it's sparring prisoners Benjamin Helstad and Trond Nilssen – known only by their numbers C19 and C1 – who command most of the screen time. It screened at the EIFF in 2011.

Barry Didcock

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