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The Night of the Generals (1967) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

While somewhat flawed, this big-budget, star-studded tale of World War II intrigue is more interesting than its reputation suggests. It stars Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay, Donald Pleasance, Charles Gray and Christopher Plummer.

Peter O'Toole in The Night of the Generals

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Lilith (1964) starring Warren Beatty Blu Ray (Indicator)

Warren Beatty plays a psychologically damaged war veteran who gets involved with the sensual but schizophrenic title character (played by Jean Seberg), resulting in an inevitable tragedy. It's a beautifully metaphorical film but also overwhelmingly depressing.

Warren Beatty and Jean Seberg in Lilith

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One, Two, Three (1961) dir: Billy Wilder Blu Ray (Eureka!)

James Cagney plays a Coca-Cola executive stationed in Cold War-era Berlin who lands in hot water while looking after his boss's unruly teenage daughter Scarlett (Pamela Tiffin). The result is an underrated, rapid-fire farce. Also starring Horst Buchholz and Arlene Francis.

One, Two, Three (1961) directed by Billy Wilder

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The Virgin Soldiers (1969) starring Lynn Redgrave Blu Ray (Indicator)

Hywel Bennett plays a young British soldier on National Service in Singapore in 1951. While the threat of being killed in action hangs over him, he would clearly rather spend his time getting laid with Ms. Redgrave. A surprisingly effective mixture of ribald comedy and anti-war parable.

The Virgin Soldiers (1969)

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A Dandy in Aspic (1968) dir: Anthony Mann Blu Ray (Indicator)

Director Mann's swansong was completed by star Laurence Harvey when the former passed away before the end of filming. It is overly convoluted but maintains a strange atmosphere of paranoia. Also starring Tom Courtenay, Mia Farrow, Harry Andrews and Peter Cook.

Mia Farrow in A Dandy in Aspic

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Irma La Douce (1963) dir: Billy Wilder Blu Ray (Eureka!)

A love affair between a highly-reputed Parisian prostitute (Shirley MacLaine) and an ill-starred police officer (Jack Lemmon) results in farcical complications. It may not be amongst Wilder's absolute best but it's still a lot more enjoyable than its reputation suggests.

Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in Irma La Douce

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Sink the Bismarck! (1960) dir: Lewis Gilbert Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This earnest, stiff-upper-lip WWII drama takes time to count the human cost of war. There's enough tactical tension here to make up for the fact that the battle sequences make extensive use of obvious miniatures. Kenneth More and Dana Wynter give fine performances.

Kenneth More in Sink the Bismarck!

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The Third Secret (1964) dir: Charles Crichton Blu Ray (Indicator)

This intriguing psychological drama has some good scenes and performances but tends to drag at times. Pamela Franklin is a highlight here as an intelligent and outspoken adolescent girl. Also starring Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Richard Attenborough, Diane Cilento and Judi Dench.

Stephen Boyd in The Third Secret (1964)

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Tokyo Drifter (1966) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Seijun Suzuki's style-over-substance cult classic Yakuza flick comes the closest that any film ever has to what a manga comic book would be like had it been turned into live action rather than animation. Starring Tetsuya Watari and Chieko Matsubara.

Tokyo Drifter (1966)

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Psyche 59 (1964) starring Patricia Neal Blu Ray (Indicator)

This adaptation of a novel by Françoise des Ligneris makes for strange and uncomfortable viewing but doesn't really succeed as a psychological thriller. The performances are generally good, especially Patricia Neal, Samantha Eggar and Beatrix Lehmann.

Curd Jürgens and Patricia Neal in Psyche 59

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