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The Triple Echo (1972) dir: Michael Apted Blu Ray (Indicator)

This unconventional WWII drama features both Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed falling for a cross-dressing Brian Deacon. An interesting if imperfect big screen debut for director Apted gets by mainly on the strengths of its three central performances.

The Triple Echo (1972)

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Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz Blu Ray (Arrow)

Amongst this three-film boxed set, Vampyres is the best: an underrated, low-budget horror gem with its own distinctive take on the vampire mythos. The other two films are less satisfying and feel more like bonus features for the bloodsucking main event.

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Sister Street Fighter Collection (1974-1976) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Etsuko Shiomi kicks ass across four Japanese martial arts films, the last of which is a sequel-in-name-only to the first three. The first one is the freshest and most outright entertaining entry but it's still a fun collection overall.

Sonny Chiba pops up in Sister Street Fighter

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A Severed Head (1970) starring Ian Holm Blu Ray (Indicator)

This absurdist game of musical beds is strange without being particularly interesting or funny. The talented cast tries hard but only Claire Bloom manages to make a truly memorable impression. Also starring Lee Remick, Richard Attenborough and Ian Holm.

Claire Bloom and Ian Holm in A Severed Head (1970)

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Take a Girl Like You (1970) Blu Ray (Indicator)

This rarely funny romantic comedy displays attitudes which seem hopelessly dated when seen in this #MeToo generation. Hayley Mills and Oliver Reed give better performances than the material deserves. Also starring Noel Harrison, John Bird, Sheila Hancock and Penelope Keith.

Hayley Mills in Take a Girl Like You

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R.P.M. (1970) dir: Stanley Kramer Blu Ray (Indicator)

This fictional dramatisation of America's late-1960s campus protests suffers from clunky didacticism. Nonetheless, the central debate remains compelling, Anthony Quinn is perfectly cast and the finale sends palpable chills down the spine. Also starring Ann-Margaret, Gary Lockwood and Paul Winfield.

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The Last Movie (1971) dir: Dennis Hopper Blu Ray (Indicator)

Hopper's second film as director was - and, to be honest, still is - a rambling and self-indulgent mess. However, this disc is a must due to the sheer wealth of extras here, not least being an excellent Alex Cox documentary on its production.

Dennis Hopper in The Last Movie (1971)

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Breakout (1975) starring Charles Bronson Blu Ray (Indicator)

This average rescue escapade, based on the true story of Joel David Kaplan getting busted out of a Mexico City prison by pilot Vic Stadler, benefits from some enjoyable performances and an exciting last 25 minutes. Also starring Robert Duvall, Jill Ireland, John Huston, Randy Quaid and Sheree North.

Charles Bronson in Breakout

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Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Luciano Ercoli's giallo features a distinctive shortage of murders and a fairly derivative, predictable mystery plot. However, there's style to burn in Alejandro Ulloa’s cinematography, Ennio Morricone’s score and the precious red-headed beauty of Dagmar Lassander.

Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970)

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Yanks (1979) dir: John Schlesinger Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This absorbing WWII drama features a trio of romances between American soldiers and British ladies. However, it's the attention to background details and cultural differences which provide the real meat here, rather than these couplings. Starring Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave and William Devane.

Yanks (1979)

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