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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Prejudicial attitudes drive mixed-race white-Aboriginal to violence in this hard-hitting, uncompromisingly violent Australian drama. Tommy Lewis turns in a superb central performance as the film's main protagonist. Also starring Jack Thompson, Angela Punch McGregor and Bryan Brown in a small early role.

Tommy Lewis in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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Children of Men (2006) dir: Alfonso Cuarón Blu Ray (Arrow Academy)

This adaptation of P. D. James’s novel was eye-opening on its release and feels scarily prescient when watched nowadays. It's a truly bleak watch but, at the same time, offers a small tincture of hope and humanity within its gritty reality-mirroring brutalities.

Clive Owen and Julianne Moore in Children of Men

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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 St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Roger Corman's documentary-like view of the violence of Al Capone-era 1920s Chicago is an entertaining slice of bloody gangsterism.

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

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Hard Times (1975) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka)

A finely crafted Great Depression-set action-drama from Walter Hill, stunningly presented by Eureka.

Charles Bronson and James Coburn sit down for a meal in during The Great Depression

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