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Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) Blu Ray (Indicator) starring Faye Dunaway

John Carpenter's script got turned into a pedestrian mystery by director Irvin Kershner, albeit with a dash of style and numerous Vaseline-smeared POV shots.

Eyes of Laura Mars

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The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen, Volume 2: 1961-1964 (Indicator)

Another fine box set covering the Dynamation pioneer, featuring Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts and First Men in the Moon - albeit with one slight irk.

The seven-headed hydra from Jason and the Argonauts

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Wolf (1994) Blu Ray (Indicator) starring Jack Nicholson

Mike Nichols' classy take on the werewolf genre features some smart writing and fine performances but falls flat when it's trying to be a straight horror film.

Jack Nicholson in Wolf

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Four Film Noir Classics Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow Academy)

A worthy noir Blu Ray collection marred by so-so audio-visual aspects. The films are The Dark Mirror, Secret Beyond the Door, Force of Evil and The Big Combo.

Joan Bennett in Secret Beyond the Door

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Miracle Mile (1988) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Steve De Jarnatt's uncompromising cult classic apocalyptic thriller starring Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham.

Fateful phone call in Miracle Mile


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Departures (2008) Blu Ray (Arrow Academy) directed by Yôjirô Takita

Yôjirô Takita’s sombre drama of the profession of encoffinment and the cycle of life starring Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki and Ryôko Hirosue.

Departures Masahiro Motoki and Ryôko Hirosue

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Carnival of Souls (1962) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Herk Harvey's chilling and haunting (if occasionally unintentionally funny) debut (and only) feature film is beautifully presented here with a wealth of extras.

Candace Hilligoss emerges in Carnival of Souls

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The Vikings (1958) Blu Ray (Eureka!) starring Kirk Douglas

An old-fashioned but highly enjoyable Norseman epic directed by Richard Fleischer, also starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

Kirk Douglas in The Vikings


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The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen Volume One Blu Ray & DVD (Indicator)

A review of the 3-movie box set of works by the Dynamation pioneer: It Came from Beneath the Sea, 20 Million Miles to Earth and The 3 Worlds of Gulliver.

The Ymir creature from 20 Million Miles to Earth


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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

A fine 4K restoration of director Henry Levin's dated but enjoyable version of Jules Verne's adventure novel, starring Pat Boone and James Mason.

Sparks fly between James Mason and Arlene Dahl in Journey to the Center of the Earth


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