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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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Last Hurrah for Chivalry & Hand of Death: Two Films by John Woo Blu Ray (Eureka!)

These two early wuxia (period martial arts) adventures from the iconic John Woo offer some fun but don't exactly count amongst the director's best. Hand of Death is also notable for featuring an early appearance by the Three Brothers - Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao.

Last Hurrah for Chivalry

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Double Face (1969) starring Klaus Kinski Blu Ray (Arrow)

This Italian/West German thriller fits into two different Euro genre cycles: the krimi and the giallo. It's a stylish but somewhat dull effort. However, the whole package is recommendable for its extras focussing on director Riccardo Freda and composer Nora Orlandi.

Klaus Kinski and Margaret Lee in Double Face

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Black Joy (1977) starring Norman Beaton Blu Ray (Indicator)

This documentary-like look at a Guyanese immigrant learning the ropes of life in Brixton provides both a fascinating window back to a burgeoning ethnic community and a gritty but entertaining drama. Starring Norman Beaton, Trevor Thomas, Dawn Hope and Floella Benjamin.

Floella Benjamin and Norman Beaton in Black Joy

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Scum (1979) starring Ray Winstone Blu Ray (Indicator)

Get ready to fill your socks with billiard balls in readiness for Alan Clarke's harrowing depiction of the dog-eat-dog world of the now-abolished British borstal system. Its depiction of institutionalised violence remains just as hard-hitting today as it was back then.

Ray Winstone in Scum

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