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William Castle at Columbia Volume One Blu Ray (Indicator)

The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal and Mr. Sardonicus are brought together in this superbly assembled boxed set. While these films aren't exactly high art, Castle's larger-than-life personality makes them entertaining in their own peculiar ways.

Vincent Price in The Tingler

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Night of the Demon (1957) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Jacques Tourneur's horror, featuring Dana Andrews as an American scientist who falls under a demonic curse, is a classic despite the contention over its depiction of the devil. Indicator's release will keep the devoted fan happy for many chilly nights.

Night of the Demon (1957)

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Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Billy Wilder's adaptation of Agatha Christie's stage play is one of cinema's finest courtroom dramas. It features plenty of tension, a few surprise twists and even a surprising amount of comedy courtesy of rotund star Charles Laughton and his real-life wife, Elsa Lanchester.

Billy Wilder's adaptation of Witness for the Prosecution

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Hammer Volume 3: Blood and Terror Blu Ray Collection (Indicator)

This third collection of films from the iconic British studio suffers from dated racial treatments. The Stranglers of Bombay and The Terror of the Tongs are rather dull exotic potboilers. However, The Camp on Blood Island offers some tension, whereas Yesterday’s Enemy is a genuine anti-war classic.

Terror of the Tongs (1961)

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The Defiant Ones (1958) dir: Stanley Kramer Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis play a pair of escaped prisoners chained together in this grittily realistic but entertaining look at racism. The two leads perform most of their own stunts, creating a sense of immersion in the film's natural dangers.

Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones (1958)

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No Way Out (1950) starring Sidney Poitier Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s film noir message movie helped to pave the way for African-American leading men in Hollywood cinema. Aside from Poitier's subtly engaging performance, we get Richard Widmark's supremely loathsome racist villain and Linda Darnell as a hard-bitten wild card.

Sidney Poitier and Richard Widmark in No Way Out (1950)

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Marty (1955) starring Ernest Borgnine Dual Format (Eureka!)

This Paddy Chayefsky-penned, Delbert Mann-directed tale of an Italian-American bachelor is a well-acted and heartfelt movie despite a few dated aspects. Oscar-winning Ernest Borgnine gives one of his finest and most multilayered performances here.

Betsy Blair and Ernest Borgnine in Marty

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Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz's controversial adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play of homosexuality and lobotomies heavily emphasises words to paint pictures, yet still manages to be impressively cinematic.

Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer

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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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​Hammer Volume Two: Criminal Intent (1958-1961) Blu Ray (Indicator)

This compilation of the cult British studio's crime dramas proves that they ably turned their hands to genres other than the horror films which made them famous. The Snorkel, Never Take Sweets From a Stranger, Cash on Demand and The Full Treatment are the four offerings in this set.

The Snorkel (1958) with Peter van Eyck

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