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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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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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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) Blu Ray & DVD (Indicator)

Not entirely successful, but so wildly unusual it has to be experienced.

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T has colourful production and costume design


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The Sinbad Trilogy Blu Ray & DVD Limited Edition (Indicator)

A must for those who are nostalgic about the films, and for those who want to find out what made Ray Harryhausen so cherished.

Dragon and Cyclops face off in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad


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12 Angry Men (1957) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

An inspirational and insightful look at the nature of judgement and justice, featured in one of the best Blu Ray packages this year.

Henry Fonda - one of the 12 Angry Men

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Caltiki the Immortal Monster (1959) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

The low budget Italian sci-fi horror from Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava is fun despite its shortcomings.

Low budget horror in Caltiki

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The Big Heat (1953) Blu Ray & DVD (Powerhouse/Indicator)

Another old classic done justice via a Powerhouse/Indicator release.

Glenn Ford confronts Lee Marvin in The Big Heat

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Hell Drivers (1957) Blu Ray (Network)

Action-packed Cy Endfield trucker drama may be dated on the action front, but its commentary is still very relevant.

Hell Drivers made Stanley Baker into a star

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More DVDs and Blu Rays

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