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Khartoum (1966) starring Charlton Heston Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This lavish historical epic emphasises Ultra Panavision 70 mm landscape shots over any truly deep exploration into its colonial themes. While Heston is outstanding as Major General Charles Gordon and Richard Johnson gives solid support, Laurence Olivier is miscast as an Arab in brown-face makeup.

Charlton Heston in Khartoum

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The Wrong Box (1966) dir: Bryan Forbes Blu Ray (Indicator)

An all-star cast including Michael Caine, Nanette Newman, Ralph Richardson, John Mills, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Peter Sellers give fine performances in this enjoyable black comedy, set in Victorian-era England. The ideal way to learn the meaning of the word 'tontine'.

Nanette Newman and Michael Caine in The Wrong Box

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Georgy Girl (1966) starring Lynn Redgrave Blu Ray (Indicator)

A visually average but personality-rich young woman finds love in this breezy and hilarious 1960s British New Wave comedy-drama. Some dated attitudes don't spoil the fun here. Also starring Alan Bates, James Mason and Charlotte Rampling.

Lynn Redgrave in Georgy Girl (1966)

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Charlie Bubbles (1968) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Albert Finney plays a successful screenwriter who never quite feels at home either amongst the moneyed classes in London or the working classes in Manchester. This strange comedy-drama also features Colin Blakeley, Billie Whitelaw and Liza Minnelli.

Albert Finney in Charlie Bubbles

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Age of Consent (1969) dir: Michael Powell Blu Ray (Indicator)

This little-seen Australian film from the twilight of Powell's career is a beautifully-filmed if occasionally awkward effort. Interesting performances by James Mason and Helen Mirren (the latter in her first major film role) feature in this adaptation of Norman Lindsay's controversial novel.

Helen Mirren in Age of Consent (1969)

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Orgies of Edo (1969) dir: Teruo Ishii Blu Ray (Arrow)

Actor Teruo Yoshida links together links together three stories which explore the depravity and perversion lurking beneath the surface of Japan's Genroku era. It's an unpleasant and misogynistic catalogue of sexual and violent acts, recommended only to a very select audience.

Masumi Tachibana in Orgies of Edo

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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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The Producers (1967) dir: Mel Brooks Blu Ray (Studiocanal)

Mel Brooks's directorial debut is a somewhat overrated comedy which places too much emphasis on loud, dated stereotypes. Nonetheless, it's worth making your way through to the last half hour, with its Springtime for Hitler musical number and Dick Shawn's hilarious performance as L.S.D.

Dick Shawn as L.S.D. in The Producers

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Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) Blu Ray and DVD (Eureka!)

While based on an inaccurate source novel by Thomas E. Gaddis, this account of the lifelong prisoner and ornithologist Robert Stroud is an inspired piece of filmmaking from director John Frankenheimer, featuring one of Burt Lancaster's best performances and lots of scene-stealing birds.

Birdman of Alcatraz

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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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