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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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Used Cars (1980) starring Kurt Russell Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Robert Zemeckis's madcap comedy is a lot of fun and laden with satirical barbs to boot. The highlight, of course, is Kurt Russell, who is at his cocksure best here. Also starring Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae and Deborah Harmon.

Used Cars starring Kurt Russell

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Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This adaptation of a play of the same name (also directed by Robert Altman and featuring the same cast, including Sandy Dennis, Cher and Karen Black) fails to generate any cinematic magic from an already critically-panned source.

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

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Def-Con 4 (1985) dir: Paul Donovan Blu Ray (Arrow)

This low-budget apocalyptic Canadian sci-fi adventure starts out ok but then plummets down to Earth (in more ways than one) and becomes a dull Mad Max clone. It stars Lenore Zann, Maury Chaykin, Kate Lynch and Tim Choate.

Kate Lynch in Def-Con 4

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Under Fire (1983) starring Nick Nolte Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This gripping entry in the 1980s journalist-amid-political-instability cycle is marred slightly by its love triangle aspect. Nonetheless, it still works well as a depiction of the chaos and devastation of guerrilla warfare and features fine performances by Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman and Ed Harris.

Nick Nolte in Under Fire

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Bellman & True (1987) starring Bernard Hill Blu Ray (Indicator)

This forgotten heist thriller, produced by HandMade Films, offers plenty to make it worthy of rediscovery. It's exciting and occasionally humorous but doesn't lose sight of its human dimension in the relationship between a tainted father and a son who adores him despite his faults.

Bellman & True (1987)

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Cujo (1983) dir: Lewis Teague Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This solid adaptation of Stephen King's killer St. Bernard story of the same name really picks up during its tension-filled second half. It stars Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh-Kelly, Christopher Stone and Ed Lauter.

Stephen King adaptation Cujo (1983)

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Black Moon Rising (1986) starring Tommy Lee Jones Blu Ray (Arrow)

This sci-fi action-thriller is notable for being one of John Carpenter's writer-only credits. It's not bad but it's hard to escape the feeling that he should have directed it too. It also stars Linda Hamilton, Robert Vaughn, Richard Jaeckel and Bubba Smith.

Robert Vaughn in Black Moon Rising

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Wheels on Meals (1984) dir: Sammo Hung Blu Ray (Eureka!)

The so-called Three Brothers - Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Baio - team up for this kung fu action-comedy set in Barcelona. While it's not their best outing, it's still plenty of fun. Both the car chase and climactic castle fight are fabulous setpieces.

Jackie Chan and Benny Urquidez in Wheels on Meals

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Parents (1989) Blu Ray (Vestron Video/Lionsgate)

Bob Balaban's black horror comedy about cannibalism within the Suburban American Dream is a subversive, surreal gem. Randy Quaid gives the finest, creepiest performance of his career. Also starring Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis and Bryan Madorsky.

Bryan Madorsky in Parents (1989)

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