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No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948) Blu Ray (Indicator)

This adaptation of James Hadley Chase's novel of the same name was controversial in its day but can now be seen for what it is: a bad pastiche of Hollywood film noir and gangster movies, albeit with some good visual design. Starring Jack La Rue, Lindon Travers and a pre-Carry On Sid James.

No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948)

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Smash Palace (1981) dir: Roger Donaldson Blu Ray (Arrow Academy)

This New Zealand-made drama, chronicling the emotional car crash of a marital breakup, holds its oddball genre mix together thanks to Bruno Lawrence's superb performance and Roger Donaldson's exhilarating direction.

Bruno Lawrence in Smash Palace

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The Premonition (1976) Blu Ray (Arrow) starring Sharon Farrell

A restrained and melancholy paranormal horror directed by Robert Allen Schnitzer and also starring Richard Lynch and Jeff Corey.

Ellen Barber in The Premonition

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