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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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Blood Feast (1963) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Herschell Gordon Lewis's innovative gore movie is amateurish but entertaining. Arrow's dual format package makes for an enjoyable epitaph for the man.

Mal Arnold in Blood Feast

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The Pumpkin Eater (1964) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Jack Clayton's excellent but unfairly overlooked portrait of a disintegrating marriage starring Anne Bancroft and Peter Finch.

The Pumpkin Eater (1964)

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The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen, Volume 2: 1961-1964 (Indicator)

Another fine box set covering the Dynamation pioneer, featuring Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts and First Men in the Moon - albeit with one slight irk.

The seven-headed hydra from Jason and the Argonauts

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Carnival of Souls (1962) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Herk Harvey's chilling and haunting (if occasionally unintentionally funny) debut (and only) feature film is beautifully presented here with a wealth of extras.

Candace Hilligoss emerges in Carnival of Souls

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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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