‘Gravity’ loses none of the impact on small screen

‘Gravity’ is the kind of film that seems to come out of nowhere but makes a huge impact from the second it starts showing in cinemas.

And now it’s out on DVD, those who missed it the first time round have the chance to watch it at home.

The film opens when we meet Commander Matt Kowalski (George Clooney), a veteran of the space programme on his final mission with the Space Shuttle Explorer.

In the opening stages of the film he provides encouragement to fellow astronaut Shariff (Phaldut Sharma) and specialist Dr Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock), who is in space for the first time.

Out of the blue, Mission Control (voiced by Ed Harris) orders Kowalski to abort the mission and return to Explorer; a Russian missile strike on a defunct satellite has created a debris cloud that is heading straight towards the crew’s current position.

Razor-sharp debris rips through the craft, killing Shariff and hurtling Stone through space.

If Kowalski cannot locate her before her dwindling oxygen supply runs out, silence will consume Stone forever.

Scripted by director Alfonso Cuaron and his son Jonas, ‘Gravity’ is a lean, nerve-shredding thriller about one woman battling against the odds in the one place that no one can hear her whimper and scream.

Oscar winner Bullock delivers a compelling lead performance that might be her finest work to date, struggling to keep her emotions in check as she prepares to take her final breaths.

The film employs the latest ground-breaking technology to realise Cuaron’s startling vision and the effortlessness with which the Mexican director orchestrates it is jaw-dropping.

It’s a giddy whirl of bravura camerawork and spectacular visual effects, accentuated by Steven Price’s propulsive orchestral score, that pushes the boundaries of 3D, available exclusively on Blu-ray.

Thankfully, on a large screen television, the film loses little of its impact; you still get the sensation of floating with the astronauts as they face life-or-death choices.

‘Gravity’ (Cert 12, 91 mins, Warner Home Video, Action/Sci-Fi/Thriller, also available to buy DVD £19.99/Blu-ray £24.99/3D Blu-ray £29.99/3D Limited Edition Steelbook Blu-ray £34.99)

‘Gravity’ stars Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Phaldut Sharma and the voice of Ed Harris.