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Sleeping Dogs (1977) starring Sam Neill Blu Ray (Arrow Academy)

This seminal dystopian sci-fi action thriller from New Zealand is low-budget and technically rough around the edges. However, it succeeds admirably in mixing entertainment with a chilling cautionary tale. It also stars Nevan Rowe, Ian Mune and Warren Oates.

Nevan Rowe in Sleeping Dogs

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Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) Blu Ray & DVD (101 Films)

A series of star-studded comedic skits from five directors (including Joe Dante and John Landis) which mocks the experience of flicking through channels on late-night TV. While some are funnier than others, they are all over so quickly that the inconsistency doesn't matter so much.

Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

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Breathless (1983) starring Richard Gere Blu Ray (Second Sight)

Jim McBride’s American remake of Jean-Luc Godard’s French arthouse classic is like daubing a cathedral with lively street art. It’s sacrilegious, to be sure, but in a way that is fascinatingly off-kilter and a hell of a lot of fun.

Valérie Kaprisky in Breathless

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Images (1972) dir: Robert Altman Blu Ray (Arrow Academy)

Susannah York plays a schizophrenic author in this overlooked psychological puzzle of a chiller which plays like a missing link between Repulsion and The Shining. Those who appreciate their movies littered with subtle clues and clever motifs will find much to appreciate here.

Susannah York in Robert Altman's Images

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A Pistol for Ringo & The Return of Ringo (1965) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Giuliano Gemma plays two unconnected Ringos in this pair of overlooked spaghetti westerns directed by Duccio Tessari. The first is highly entertaining, the second is one of the finest and most lyrical that the genre has to offer. Both films also star Fernando Sancho, George Martin, Lorella De Luca and others.

Lorella De Luca in The Return of Ringo

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The Passenger (1975) dir: Michelangelo Antonioni Blu Ray (Indicator)

A journalist (played by Jack Nicholson) takes on a new identity as an arms dealer in this enigmatic and spiritual reconfiguration of the adventure movie. It's an absolute must for any serious film fan and its Blu Ray presentation here does it true justice.

The Passenger (1975)

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The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz's account of the ill-fated life of a fictional Spanish dancer turned Hollywood actress involves a lot of great talent - including Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner and cinematographer Jack Cardiff. However, the end results are curiously lacking in the necessary drama.

Edmond O' Brien and Ava Gardner in The Barefoot Contessa

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Gumshoe (1971) dir: Stephen Frears Blu Ray (Indicator)

Albert Finney plays a Liverpool bingo caller who wilfully slips into a world of film noir intrigue in this razor-sharp British homage to hardboiled detective stories.

Gumshoe directed by Stephen Frears

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Flowers in the Attic (1987) starring Louise Fletcher Blu Ray (Arrow)

Jeffrey Bloom's toned-down adaptation of V.C. Andrews' popular novel about incest and child abuse manages some gothic atmosphere but suffers from poor dialogue and implausibilities.

Louise Fletcher in Flowers in the Attic

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Night of the Living Dead (1968) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

George A. Romero’s debut caused the zombie to rise from the grave in its modern, flesh-craving incarnation. Despite its low-budget rough edges it still holds up exceptionally well as both horror and Lord of the Flies-style social commentary.

Duane Jones in George Romero's Night of the Living Dead

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