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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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Flesh + Blood (1985) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Director Paul Verhoeven took his first tentative step into American cinema with this gruelling, multilayered historical adventure - featuring a love triangle between Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Burlinson. Both flesh and blood do indeed feature heavily here.

Rutger Hauer in Flesh + Blood

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Belladonna of Sadness (1973) Blu Ray (All The Anime)

A hymn to the potency of subliminally disturbing imagery - or a full-on acid trip in an art museum?

Belladonna of Sadness

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​Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

A beautiful and feature-rich Criterion presentation of Kurosawa's intermittently incredible but somewhat flawed anthology.

Fox Wedding in Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

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