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Rushmore (1998) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

A creative high school student (Jason Schwartzman) and a jaded industrialist (Bill Murray) fall in love with the same English rose of a teacher (Olivia Williams) in Wes Anderson's eccentric and stylish, semi-autobiographical sophomore film.

Rushmore starring Jason Schwartzman

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Two Evil Eyes (1990) dir: George Romero and Dario Argento Blu Ray (88 Films)

This two-part Edgar Allan Poe anthology is more of a case of One Good Eye as Argento's lively The Black Cat far outclasses Romero's draggy The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar. While the audio-visual presentation here is so-so, the extras are decent enough.

Harvey Keitel in The Black Cat

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Troll: The Complete Collection Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Troll is a routinely bad Charles Band production. The tenuously-connected Troll 2, however, is one of the most entertainingly terrible films ever made. Best Worst Movie is a satisfying documentary exploring the cult phenomenon surrounding the latter.

Troll 2 (1990)

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City Hunter (1993) starring Jackie Chan Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This oddity, based on a Japanese manga of the same name, is one which seems to divide Chan fans. If you click with its cartoony tone, however, then you'll appreciate the wonderful homages to Bruce Lee and Street Fighter II. Also starring Joey Wong, Richard Norton and Gary Daniels.

Jackie Chan in City Hunter

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The Addiction (1995) dir: Abel Ferrara Blu Ray (Arrow)

Lili Taylor plays a philosophy student who gains a thirst for human blood in this arthouse vampire flick with definite love-it-or-hate-it potential.

Christopher Walken and Lili Taylor in The Addiction

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Iron Monkey (1993) dir: Yuen Woo-Ping Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Yu Rong-Kwong plays the titular Robin Hood-style hero in this classic wuxia which revolves around the childhood of Chinese martial artist Wong Fei-Hong. The plentiful action is exhilaratingly wild yet gracefully choreographed, while the occasional moments of character are crafted with a genuine poignancy.

Iron Monkey (1993)

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The Grifters (1990) dir: Stephen Frears Blu Ray & DVD (101 Films)

This neo-noir, adapted from Jim Thompson's novel, is a stylishly tragic portrayal of the human beings behind its sundry scams and hardboiled dialogue. It's an overlooked gem, featuring outstanding performances by John Cusack, Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening.

The Grifters (1990) directed by Stephen Frears

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Space Truckers (1996) Blu Ray (Second Sight)

Stuart Gordon's sci-fi action comedy sports a good deal of imagination and a fine Dennis Hopper performance but is let down by its corny humour and the uneven quality of its special effects.

Robot in Space Truckers (1996)

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Irma Vep (1996) starring Maggie Cheung Blu Ray (Arrow Academy)

Olivier Assayas' underrated gem is an incredibly hard film to pigeonhole - at once a behind-the-scenes mockumentary jab at the arty pretensions of modern French cinema and an ode to the incomparable beauty of actress Maggie Cheung.

Maggie Cheung in Irma Vep (1996)

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Once Were Warriors (1994) Blu Ray (Second Sight)

This debut from the once-promising New Zealand director Lee Tamahori is a hard-hitting and all-too-honest look at a marginalised culture and the prevalent issues of alcoholism and violence within.

Once Were Warriors

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