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The Quiet Earth (1985) dir: Geoff Murphy Blu Ray (Arrow)

Bruno Lawrence plays a scientist who survives a catastrophe which causes most of the Earth's population to disappear in this underrated New Zealand sci-fi classic.

Bruno Lawrence in The Quiet Earth

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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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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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The Passenger (1975) dir: Michelangelo Antonioni Blu Ray (Indicator)

A journalist (played by Jack Nicholson) takes on a new identity as an arms dealer in this enigmatic and spiritual reconfiguration of the adventure movie. It's an absolute must for any serious film fan and its Blu Ray presentation here does it true justice.

The Passenger (1975)

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The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen, Volume 2: 1961-1964 (Indicator)

Another fine box set covering the Dynamation pioneer, featuring Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts and First Men in the Moon - albeit with one slight irk.

The seven-headed hydra from Jason and the Argonauts

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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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The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen Volume One Blu Ray & DVD (Indicator)

A review of the 3-movie box set of works by the Dynamation pioneer: It Came from Beneath the Sea, 20 Million Miles to Earth and The 3 Worlds of Gulliver.

The Ymir creature from 20 Million Miles to Earth


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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

A fine 4K restoration of director Henry Levin's dated but enjoyable version of Jules Verne's adventure novel, starring Pat Boone and James Mason.

Sparks fly between James Mason and Arlene Dahl in Journey to the Center of the Earth


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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) Blu Ray & DVD (Indicator)

Not entirely successful, but so wildly unusual it has to be experienced.

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T has colourful production and costume design


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