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These kobudai fish are among the many weird and wonderful sea creatures featured in Blue Planet II

Blue Planet II (Cert U, 413 mins, BBC Earth, available now on Amazon Video/BBC iPlayer/iTunes and other download and streaming services, available from November 27 on DVD £24.99/Blu-ray £29.99/4K Ultra HD Blu-ray £39.99, Documentary)

NARRATED by Sir David Attenborough, the visually stunning BBC natural history series Blue Planet II took four years to film around the world and has become the most watched TV programme of 2017, pulling in more than 14 million viewers.

The seven-part series uses cutting edge technology to explore astonishing creatures and new animal behaviours in some of the remotest seas and reefs, set to an orchestral score composed by Hans Zimmer that cranks up tension in scenes of impending doom like when a carnivorous Bobbit worm lies patiently in sand on the ocean floor, poised to launch itself at an unsuspecting fish.

Breath-taking cinematography and special effects offer us a rare glimpse into inhabitants of shimmering underwater worlds including a cheerful green turtle in Borneo, which is fascinated by the presence of cameramen.

The two-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets include the episodes One Ocean, The Deep, Coral Reefs, Big Blue, Green Seas, Coasts And Our Blue Planet.

Better Call Saul: Season Three (Cert 15, 486 mins, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, available now on Amazon Video/iTunes/Netflix and other download and streaming services, available from November 27 on DVD £29.99/Blu-ray £44.99, Comedy/Drama/Romance)

Bob Odenkirk reprises his role as petty con artist turned lawyer Jimmy McGill in this 10-part spin-off from the award-winning crime drama Breaking Bad, written by Peter Gould.

This series, Chuck McGill (Michael McKean) initiates a bitter and increasingly brutal legal vendetta against his younger brother, Jimmy (Odenkirk), that drives a wedge between the two men.

Jimmy is repeatedly tempted to abandon his wayward moral compass but he must protect his fledgling romance with Kim (Rea Seehorn) and his law practice.

Also, Kim's heavy workload leads to a potentially fatal incident on the road, private investigator Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) crosses shadowy methamphetamine distributor Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), and gang member Nacho (Michael Mando) grows disillusioned with life on the wrong side of the law.

The three-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets include the episodes Mabel, Witness, Sunk Costs, Sabrosito, Chicanery, Off Brand, Expenses, Slip, Fall and Lantern, plus cast and crew commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes and a gag reel.

Cuba And The Cameraman (Cert 12, 114 mins, streaming from November 24 exclusively on Netflix, Documentary)

Shot over the course of 45 years using a portable camera and a small crew, Oscar nominee Jon Alpert's monumental documentary is both a portrait of Fidel Castro, the communist revolutionary who presided over Cuba for more than 30 years, and of the country's hard-working people, who endured a turbulent five decades of upheaval including the 1980 Mariel Bay boatlift and political isolation following the fall of the Soviet Union.

Alpert's film combines fly-on-the-wall footage, captured during repeat visits to Cuba, with archive footage from multiple sources to piece together a mosaic of trouble and strife for three families, who faced serious challenges under the leadership of Castro and during the El Commandante's retirement.

These subjects include feisty adolescent Caridad, who embraces motherhood over the course of the film and questions if her family's future lies in Cuba, and three farming brothers, who dutifully work the land in the shadow of economic hardship.

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