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The Third Wife (2018) dir: Ash Mayfair Blu Ray (Eureka!)

The surface audio-visual beauty of this Vietnamese period drama thinly veils a disturbing story about the consequences of arranged marriage. Starring Long Le Vu, Mai Thu Huong Maya, Nguyen Phuong Tra My and Tran Nu Yên-Khê.

Nguyen Phuong Tra My in The Third Wife

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High Noon (1952) starring Gary Cooper Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Despite its now well-worn tropes, High Noon still holds up very well as an entertaining, well-crafted western-thriller. Grace Kelly seems a bit too meek and mild nowadays but Gary Cooper and Katy Jurado have more than enough tough resolve to make up for the shortfall.

High Noon (1952)

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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Prejudicial attitudes drive mixed-race white-Aboriginal to violence in this hard-hitting, uncompromisingly violent Australian drama. Tommy Lewis turns in a superb central performance as the film's main protagonist. Also starring Jack Thompson, Angela Punch McGregor and Bryan Brown in a small early role.

Tommy Lewis in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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The Incident (1967) dir: Larry Peerce Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Tony Musante and Martin Sheen play two young thugs who terrorise the passengers on a New York subway train. While the city is a much safer place nowadays, the urban nightmare scenario still packs a wallop even today. Also starring Beau Bridges, Brock Peters and Ruby Dee.

The Incident (1967)

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Bloody Terror: The Shocking Cinema of Norman J Warren, 1976-1987 Blu Ray (Indicator)

This collection brings together Satan's Slave, Prey, Terror, Inseminoid and Bloody New Year, plus an incredible number of extras. While Warren is no master filmmaker, most of his works here have a cheaply horrific charm of their own.

Terror directed by Norman J. Warren

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The Legacy (1978) starring Katharine Ross Blu Ray (Indicator)

The Omen meets And Then There Were None in this supernatural horror thriller. It's a load of old nonsense but at least the numerous setpieces are enjoyable. Also starring Sam Elliott, John Standing, Charles Gray and Roger Daltrey.

Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross in The Legacy

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Used Cars (1980) starring Kurt Russell Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Robert Zemeckis's madcap comedy is a lot of fun and laden with satirical barbs to boot. The highlight, of course, is Kurt Russell, who is at his cocksure best here. Also starring Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae and Deborah Harmon.

Used Cars starring Kurt Russell

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Director Elia Kazan's Oscar-winning debut is a well-acted and bittersweet affair, albeit a bit dated in its overall approach. The outstanding cast includes Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn and Peggy Ann Garner.

James Dunn and Peggy Ann Garner in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This adaptation of a play of the same name (also directed by Robert Altman and featuring the same cast, including Sandy Dennis, Cher and Karen Black) fails to generate any cinematic magic from an already critically-panned source.

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

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Coming Home (1978) dir: Hal Ashby Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This acclaimed love triangle drama set during the Vietnam War offers more of a female perspective on the conflict. While it's not The Deer Hunter, it's still very worthwhile in its own way. Starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern.

Jon Voight in Coming Home (1978)

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