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Inherit the Wind (1960) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Stanley Kramer’s depiction of religious fundamentalism and group dynamics in a Bible Belt town remains all-too-relevant today. Its success centres on the powerhouse performances of Spencer Tracy and Fredric March, along with a cynically witty turn by Gene Kelly.

Fredric March in Inherit the Wind (1960)

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The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Roger Corman's documentary-like view of the violence of Al Capone-era 1920s Chicago is an entertaining slice of bloody gangsterism.

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

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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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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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​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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The Color of Pomegranates (1969) Blu Ray (Second Sight)

Sergei Parajanov’s acclaimed account of Armenian poet and musician Sayat Nova is a beautiful piece of cinema, albeit with an emphasis on metaphor over narrative which will alienate some viewers.

The Color of Pomegranates

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Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno (2009) Blu Ray (Arrow Academy)

Serge Bromberg's reconstruction and postmortem of Henri-Georges Clouzot's aborted would-be masterpiece presents us with some visually-striking footage but not enough depth. However, the extras help to fill in the blanks.

Romy Schneider in Inferno

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The Battle of Algiers (1966) Blu Ray & DVD (CultFilms)

Gillo Pontecorvo's frank and even-handed portrayal of the Algerian War of Independence focusses on FLN freedom fighter Ali La Pointe (Brahim Hadjadj) and the leader of the French response battalion Lieutenant-Colonel Mathieu (Jean Martin). Based on the original memoirs by Saadi Yacef, who also co-produced and co-stars here.

Jean Martin in The Battle of Algiers

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The Witches (1967) starring Silvana Mangano Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

A surreal and uneven anthology from five Italian directors: Luchino Visconti, Mauro Bolognini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Rossi and Vittorio De Sica. Watch out for appearances by Helmut Berger in his debut and Clint Eastwood cast against type.

Clint Eastwood and Silvana Mangano in The Witches

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Black Sabbath (1963) directed by Mario Bava Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

A rerelease of the Italian horror director's classic anthology, introduced by Boris Karloff, featuring three segments (very) loosely based on short stories by Anton Chekhov, Aleksei Tolstoy and Guy de Maupassant.

A severed head in Black Sabbath segment The Wurdulak

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