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Under the Tree (2017) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson's dark Icelandic tale of relationship breakup and neighbourly disputes is blackly funny but ultimately rather nasty. It's a real emotional gut punch, with great performances by Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson and Edda Björgvinsdóttir.

Under the Tree (2017)

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Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Luciano Ercoli's giallo features a distinctive shortage of murders and a fairly derivative, predictable mystery plot. However, there's style to burn in Alejandro Ulloa’s cinematography, Ennio Morricone’s score and the precious red-headed beauty of Dagmar Lassander.

Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970)

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Once Upon a Time in China Trilogy Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This boxed set contains four episodes of Tsui Hark's 1990s cycle of adaptations of the life and times of legendary Chinese physician, martial artist and folk hero Wong Fei-hung. Jet Li plays the central character and shows his stuff in a range of spectacular action sequences.

Jet Li in Once Upon a Time in China

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Two couples flirt tentatively with polyamorous relationships in a comedy which feels like a time capsule of the era, and yet still offers much in the way of laughs and food for thought. It stars Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon.

Natalie Wood in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

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Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988) Blu Ray (Arrow)

This feature-length spin-off for Cassandra Peterson's vampy, campy horror hostess persona is lightweight, disposable fun, filled with innuendoes and sight gags. While the actress was nominated for a Razzie award, she carries the slender film on her shoulders well enough.

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira

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Yanks (1979) dir: John Schlesinger Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This absorbing WWII drama features a trio of romances between American soldiers and British ladies. However, it's the attention to background details and cultural differences which provide the real meat here, rather than these couplings. Starring Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave and William Devane.

Yanks (1979)

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Khartoum (1966) starring Charlton Heston Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This lavish historical epic emphasises Ultra Panavision 70 mm landscape shots over any truly deep exploration into its colonial themes. While Heston is outstanding as Major General Charles Gordon and Richard Johnson gives solid support, Laurence Olivier is miscast as an Arab in brown-face makeup.

Charlton Heston in Khartoum

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Escape from New York (1981) Blu Ray (Studiocanal)

John Carpenter's cult classic sci-fi adventure receives a beautiful 4K restoration and plenty of extra features. The great cast includes Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Donald Pleasance and Adrienne Barbeau.

Kurt Russell in Escape from New York

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The Wrong Box (1966) dir: Bryan Forbes Blu Ray (Indicator)

An all-star cast including Michael Caine, Nanette Newman, Ralph Richardson, John Mills, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Peter Sellers give fine performances in this enjoyable black comedy, set in Victorian-era England. The ideal way to learn the meaning of the word 'tontine'.

Nanette Newman and Michael Caine in The Wrong Box

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Georgy Girl (1966) starring Lynn Redgrave Blu Ray (Indicator)

A visually average but personality-rich young woman finds love in this breezy and hilarious 1960s British New Wave comedy-drama. Some dated attitudes don't spoil the fun here. Also starring Alan Bates, James Mason and Charlotte Rampling.

Lynn Redgrave in Georgy Girl (1966)

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