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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Prejudicial attitudes drive mixed-race white-Aboriginal to violence in this hard-hitting, uncompromisingly violent Australian drama. Tommy Lewis turns in a superb central performance as the film's main protagonist. Also starring Jack Thompson, Angela Punch McGregor and Bryan Brown in a small early role.

Tommy Lewis in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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Bloody Terror: The Shocking Cinema of Norman J Warren, 1976-1987 Blu Ray (Indicator)

This collection brings together Satan's Slave, Prey, Terror, Inseminoid and Bloody New Year, plus an incredible number of extras. While Warren is no master filmmaker, most of his works here have a cheaply horrific charm of their own.

Terror directed by Norman J. Warren

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The Legacy (1978) starring Katharine Ross Blu Ray (Indicator)

The Omen meets And Then There Were None in this supernatural horror thriller. It's a load of old nonsense but at least the numerous setpieces are enjoyable. Also starring Sam Elliott, John Standing, Charles Gray and Roger Daltrey.

Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross in The Legacy

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Coming Home (1978) dir: Hal Ashby Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This acclaimed love triangle drama set during the Vietnam War offers more of a female perspective on the conflict. While it's not The Deer Hunter, it's still very worthwhile in its own way. Starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern.

Jon Voight in Coming Home (1978)

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Last Hurrah for Chivalry & Hand of Death: Two Films by John Woo Blu Ray (Eureka!)

These two early wuxia (period martial arts) adventures from the iconic John Woo offer some fun but don't exactly count amongst the director's best. Hand of Death is also notable for featuring an early appearance by the Three Brothers - Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao.

Last Hurrah for Chivalry

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Black Joy (1977) starring Norman Beaton Blu Ray (Indicator)

This documentary-like look at a Guyanese immigrant learning the ropes of life in Brixton provides both a fascinating window back to a burgeoning ethnic community and a gritty but entertaining drama. Starring Norman Beaton, Trevor Thomas, Dawn Hope and Floella Benjamin.

Floella Benjamin and Norman Beaton in Black Joy

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Scum (1979) starring Ray Winstone Blu Ray (Indicator)

Get ready to fill your socks with billiard balls in readiness for Alan Clarke's harrowing depiction of the dog-eat-dog world of the now-abolished British borstal system. Its depiction of institutionalised violence remains just as hard-hitting today as it was back then.

Ray Winstone in Scum

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The Andromeda Strain (1971) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Director Robert Wise's adaptation of Michael Crichton's breakout novel is a chillingly effective slow-burner about an alien disease imperilling humankind. Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson and Kate Reid head up an unusually star-free cast.

Arthur Hill and James Olson in The Andromeda Strain

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Who? (1974) starring Elliott Gould Blu Ray (Indicator)

This Cold War-era tale of a cyborg scientist who is passed across the Iron Curtain has some interesting ideas and good acting but falls short in terms of overall execution. It stars Elliott Gould, Trevor Howard and Joseph Bova in a silly metal mask.

Who? starring Joseph Bova and Elliott Gould

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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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