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rbgdvd.jpg DVD/Blu-ray: RBG

Out on DVD and Blu-ray to coincide with the rote, dull and overly hagiographic Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic ‘On the Basis of Sex’, this superior Oscar-nominated documentary, released theatrically last year, delivers a much better overview of the ground-breaking lawyer who went on to become a Supreme Court Judge.

Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen trace the career of the Jewish Brooklynite from being one of the few female students at prestigious 50s Harvard, where alongside her studies she was also caring for sick husband Martin, to the pivotal gender equality cases she pursued in the 60s, 70s and 80s, her nomination to Justice of the Supreme Court by Bill Clinton in 1993, and subsequent establishment as a pop culture cult icon, christened The Notorious RBG. What emerges is a portrait of a dogged, formidably productive and shrewd, but amusingly mischievous octogenarian. The makers tend to gush a little too much maybe, and the whole pop culture thing phenomenon thing (with RBG as a thinking liberal’s Betty White) is overdone, but this is a rousing portrait of a feminist heroine.

Extras include deleted scenes and additional interviews.

RBG is out on DVD and Blu-ray on 18thFebruary.