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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'Philomena'

Philomena

Blu-ray (R)

Movie: 3 1/2 out of 4 stars

Disc: 3 out of 4 stars

Nominated for four Oscars, “Philomena” was the best-reviewed and most-liked quirky/touching, comedy/drama British import of 2013. Adapted from the Martin Sixsmith book by co-star Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, it is the true story of the title character (Judi Dench), an elderly Irish Catholic woman who — with the help of Coogan as Sixsmith — attempts to track down the son that was essentially stolen from her when she was an unwed teen living in a convent. Springing from an ingenious false ending about halfway through, the story goes in an unexpected but entirely welcomed direction that concludes on a promising and uplifting high note.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/1.77:1), audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), dubbed French, subtitles: English.

Special features include:

Filmmaker commentaries

Interviews with Dench and Coogan

“The Real Philomena Lee”

Anchor Bay, $34.99