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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Director Elia Kazan's Oscar-winning debut is a well-acted and bittersweet affair, albeit a bit dated in its overall approach. The outstanding cast includes Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn and Peggy Ann Garner.

James Dunn and Peggy Ann Garner in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This adaptation of a play of the same name (also directed by Robert Altman and featuring the same cast, including Sandy Dennis, Cher and Karen Black) fails to generate any cinematic magic from an already critically-panned source.

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

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The Woman in the Window (1944) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Fritz Lang's classic film noir thriller is excruciatingly tense and tightly-constructed. The ending is something of a bone of contention but there's still plenty for everyone to enjoy up until that point, be it Lang's stylish direction or the sultry Joan Bennett.

Joan Bennett is The Woman in the Window

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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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The Reckless Moment (1949) dir: Max Ophüls Blu Ray (Indicator)

Joan Bennett plays a housewife who becomes ensnared in a blackmail plot orchestrated by James Mason's ambiguous antagonist and his mysterious partner in crime. Max Ophüls' last Hollywood film is a gripping and concise film noir classic which is well worthy of rediscovery.

Joan Bennett and James Mason in The Reckless Moment

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Cujo (1983) dir: Lewis Teague Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This solid adaptation of Stephen King's killer St. Bernard story of the same name really picks up during its tension-filled second half. It stars Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh-Kelly, Christopher Stone and Ed Lauter.

Stephen King adaptation Cujo (1983)

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Irma La Douce (1963) dir: Billy Wilder Blu Ray (Eureka!)

A love affair between a highly-reputed Parisian prostitute (Shirley MacLaine) and an ill-starred police officer (Jack Lemmon) results in farcical complications. It may not be amongst Wilder's absolute best but it's still a lot more enjoyable than its reputation suggests.

Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine in Irma La Douce

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Psyche 59 (1964) starring Patricia Neal Blu Ray (Indicator)

This adaptation of a novel by Françoise des Ligneris makes for strange and uncomfortable viewing but doesn't really succeed as a psychological thriller. The performances are generally good, especially Patricia Neal, Samantha Eggar and Beatrix Lehmann.

Curd Jürgens and Patricia Neal in Psyche 59

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Picnic (1955) starring William Holden Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This rather dated and overly melodramatic adaptation of William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play is redeemed by some beautiful cinematography and Susan Strasberg's turn as a shrewd, brattish tomboy. Also starring Kim Novak and William Holden.

William Holden and Kim Novak in Picnic

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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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