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Sleeping Dogs (1977) starring Sam Neill Blu Ray (Arrow Academy)

This seminal dystopian sci-fi action thriller from New Zealand is low-budget and technically rough around the edges. However, it succeeds admirably in mixing entertainment with a chilling cautionary tale. It also stars Nevan Rowe, Ian Mune and Warren Oates.

Nevan Rowe in Sleeping Dogs

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Breathless (1983) starring Richard Gere Blu Ray (Second Sight)

Jim McBride’s American remake of Jean-Luc Godard’s French arthouse classic is like daubing a cathedral with lively street art. It’s sacrilegious, to be sure, but in a way that is fascinatingly off-kilter and a hell of a lot of fun.

Valérie Kaprisky in Breathless

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A Pistol for Ringo & The Return of Ringo (1965) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Giuliano Gemma plays two unconnected Ringos in this pair of overlooked spaghetti westerns directed by Duccio Tessari. The first is highly entertaining, the second is one of the finest and most lyrical that the genre has to offer. Both films also star Fernando Sancho, George Martin, Lorella De Luca and others.

Lorella De Luca in The Return of Ringo

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The Shanghai Job (2017) DVD (Signature Entertainment)

Orlando Bloom does his best Jason Statham impersonation in this lightweight but enjoyable Chinese-British action flick. Charles Martin (E4's Skins) directs while Simon Yam, Lynn Hung, Xing Yu and Hannah Quinlivan co-star.

Orlando Bloom in The Shanghai Job

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Miracle Mile (1988) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Steve De Jarnatt's uncompromising cult classic apocalyptic thriller starring Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham.

Fateful phone call in Miracle Mile


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The Vikings (1958) Blu Ray (Eureka!) starring Kirk Douglas

An old-fashioned but highly enjoyable Norseman epic directed by Richard Fleischer, also starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

Kirk Douglas in The Vikings


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Into the Night (1985) Blu Ray & DVD (101 Films)

A dual format release of John Landis's largely-forgotten, cameo-heavy 1985 nighttime comedy thriller starring Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dan Aykroyd and David Bowie.

Michelle Pfeiffer is cute in Into the Night


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Starcrash (1978) Blu Ray (Stratx)

Luigi Cozzi’s cheap, batshit-crazy Star Wars rip-off starring Caroline Munro is so insanely inane that it’s in its own class of fascinating folly.

Stop-motion and Hasselhoff in Starcrash


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The Flying Guillotine (1975) Blu Ray (88 Films)

An entertaining but lesser Shaw Brothers production featuring Kuan Tai Chen as an assassin who questions the morality of his assignments.

Feng Ku in The Flying Guillotine


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The Sinbad Trilogy Blu Ray & DVD Limited Edition (Indicator)

A must for those who are nostalgic about the films, and for those who want to find out what made Ray Harryhausen so cherished.

Dragon and Cyclops face off in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad


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