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Coming Home (1978) dir: Hal Ashby Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This acclaimed love triangle drama set during the Vietnam War offers more of a female perspective on the conflict. While it's not The Deer Hunter, it's still very worthwhile in its own way. Starring Jane Fonda, Jon Voight and Bruce Dern.

Jon Voight in Coming Home (1978)

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The Virgin Soldiers (1969) starring Lynn Redgrave Blu Ray (Indicator)

Hywel Bennett plays a young British soldier on National Service in Singapore in 1951. While the threat of being killed in action hangs over him, he would clearly rather spend his time getting laid with Ms. Redgrave. A surprisingly effective mixture of ribald comedy and anti-war parable.

The Virgin Soldiers (1969)

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Gardens of Stone (1987) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Francis Ford Coppola's little-seen look at the Vietnam War from the home front is a worthy, sombre effort which never quite delivers the emotional sucker punch that it aims for. However, there are sterling performances by James Caan, Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones and D. B. Sweeney.

Gardens of Stone (1987)

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Salvador (1986) dir: Oliver Stone Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This harrowing account of the real-life experiences of photojournalist Richard Boyle (played by James Woods) will truly jolt the viewer out of their complacency about American foreign policy. It's a must-see film - albeit one which you might not wish to face going through a second time.

John Savage and James Woods in Salvador (1986)

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Hammer Volume 3: Blood and Terror Blu Ray Collection (Indicator)

This third collection of films from the iconic British studio suffers from dated racial treatments. The Stranglers of Bombay and The Terror of the Tongs are rather dull exotic potboilers. However, The Camp on Blood Island offers some tension, whereas Yesterday’s Enemy is a genuine anti-war classic.

Terror of the Tongs (1961)

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King of Hearts (1966) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Philippe de Broca's surreal anti-war satire features breakout performances by Alan Bates and Geneviève Bujold, alongside large helpings of archetypally Gallic cinematic magic and a bunch of lunatics who ultimately turn out to be the sane ones in this story.

King of Hearts (1966)

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The Dirty Dozen (1967) Blu Ray & DVD & Digital Download (Warner)

If it seems dated now, remember The Dirty Dozen came first out of many.

The Dirty Dozen lined up

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