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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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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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