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Escape from New York (1981) Blu Ray (Studiocanal)

John Carpenter's cult classic sci-fi adventure receives a beautiful 4K restoration and plenty of extra features. The great cast includes Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Donald Pleasance and Adrienne Barbeau.

Kurt Russell in Escape from New York

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Jackie Chan's Project A & Project A Part II Blu Ray (Eureka!)

The Hong Kong superstar is at his absolute finest in this pair of period action adventures. The first film is more consistent and features welcome appearances by his fellow dragons Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, whereas the second is more ambitious and spectacular.

Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan in Project A

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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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Jackie Chan's Police Story & Police Story 2 Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This duet of 1980s Hong Kong action-comedy classics shows today’s cosseted, CGI-enhanced modern action stars how it’s done. Expect plenty of death-defying stunts, some outtakes featuring the actual resulting injuries and quite a bit of Buster Keaton-style comedy too.

Brigitte Lin and Jackie Chan in Police Story

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Flesh + Blood (1985) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Director Paul Verhoeven took his first tentative step into American cinema with this gruelling, multilayered historical adventure - featuring a love triangle between Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Burlinson. Both flesh and blood do indeed feature heavily here.

Rutger Hauer in Flesh + Blood

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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 Defiant Ones (1958) dir: Stanley Kramer Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis play a pair of escaped prisoners chained together in this grittily realistic but entertaining look at racism. The two leads perform most of their own stunts, creating a sense of immersion in the film's natural dangers.

Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones (1958)

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Jake Speed (1986) starring Wayne Crawford Blu Ray (Arrow)

This semi-parodic homage to archetypal paperback heroes and Indiana Jones-style adventures has some neat touches but suffers from weak execution and a lack of likeable characters. John Hurt has fun as the villain but, for the most part, Jake Plod would have been a more apt title.

Karen Kopins and Wayne Crawford in Jake Speed

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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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Breakheart Pass (1975) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This train-set civil war era Western, featuring Charles Bronson at his 1970s career peak, starts slowly but soon livens up with plentiful twists and some spectacular action.

Charles Bronson in Breakheart Pass (1975)

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