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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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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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Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Billy Wilder's adaptation of Agatha Christie's stage play is one of cinema's finest courtroom dramas. It features plenty of tension, a few surprise twists and even a surprising amount of comedy courtesy of rotund star Charles Laughton and his real-life wife, Elsa Lanchester.

Billy Wilder's adaptation of Witness for the Prosecution

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The Odessa File (1974) starring Jon Voight (Indicator)

Ronald Neame's serviceable but rather talk-heavy adaptation of Frederick Forsyth's novel is worth watching mainly for the story, Voight’s performance and some tense moments of action. You'll never look at German subway trains the same way again.

Jon Voight in The Odessa File

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Tideland (2005) dir: Terry Gilliam Blu Ray (Arrow)

This is arguably the hardest Terry Gilliam film to rate objectively. It combines his patented dreamlike, wide-angle cinematic beauty with some incredibly queasy subject matter. Some people love it but it's hard to know who exactly you could recommend it to.

Janet McTeer in Tideland

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