Controversial director's latest film delivers a blast from Blu-ray's past

This Blu-ray release of Roman Polanski’s latest film left me shocked. Not by its rather stage-bound story or mannered performances (it’s actually an often funny film), but by the fact that it features an MPEG-2 hi-def encode. I thought those went out of fashion around the same time as Profile 1.1 Blu-ray players. The good news is that this doesn’t seem to impact on the imagery quality to any great degree, with the 2.40:1 visuals well-defined throughout. Less impressive is the flat DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix, which is firmly anchored to the front speakers.

A theatrical trailer and a quartet of interviews with actors Jodie Foster, Christopher Waltz, Kate Winslet and John C Reilly (running a little over half and hour) are the disc's only bonus features.

StudioCanal UK, Region B BD, £23 Approx, On sale now