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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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The Triple Echo (1972) dir: Michael Apted Blu Ray (Indicator)

This unconventional WWII drama features both Glenda Jackson and Oliver Reed falling for a cross-dressing Brian Deacon. An interesting if imperfect big screen debut for director Apted gets by mainly on the strengths of its three central performances.

The Triple Echo (1972)

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Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz Blu Ray (Arrow)

Amongst this three-film boxed set, Vampyres is the best: an underrated, low-budget horror gem with its own distinctive take on the vampire mythos. The other two films are less satisfying and feel more like bonus features for the bloodsucking main event.

Blood Hunger: The Films of José Larraz Blu Ray boxed set art

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Sink the Bismarck! (1960) dir: Lewis Gilbert Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This earnest, stiff-upper-lip WWII drama takes time to count the human cost of war. There's enough tactical tension here to make up for the fact that the battle sequences make extensive use of obvious miniatures. Kenneth More and Dana Wynter give fine performances.

Kenneth More in Sink the Bismarck!

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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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The Wrong Box (1966) dir: Bryan Forbes Blu Ray (Indicator)

An all-star cast including Michael Caine, Nanette Newman, Ralph Richardson, John Mills, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Peter Sellers give fine performances in this enjoyable black comedy, set in Victorian-era England. The ideal way to learn the meaning of the word 'tontine'.

Nanette Newman and Michael Caine in The Wrong Box

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Georgy Girl (1966) starring Lynn Redgrave Blu Ray (Indicator)

A visually average but personality-rich young woman finds love in this breezy and hilarious 1960s British New Wave comedy-drama. Some dated attitudes don't spoil the fun here. Also starring Alan Bates, James Mason and Charlotte Rampling.

Lynn Redgrave in Georgy Girl (1966)

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Charlie Bubbles (1968) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Albert Finney plays a successful screenwriter who never quite feels at home either amongst the moneyed classes in London or the working classes in Manchester. This strange comedy-drama also features Colin Blakeley, Billie Whitelaw and Liza Minnelli.

Albert Finney in Charlie Bubbles

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Xtro (1982) Blu Ray: Limited Edition Box Set (Second Sight)

Harry Bromley Davenport's cult sci-fi horror amounts to a disjointed collection of weird and gruesome scenes. For all that, it is good fun. If you've ever wanted to see a woman gruesomely give birth to a fully-grown man and an Action Man figure come to life to murder a neighbour, then this is for you.

The alien creature from Xtro (1982)

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Gumshoe (1971) dir: Stephen Frears Blu Ray (Indicator)

Albert Finney plays a Liverpool bingo caller who wilfully slips into a world of film noir intrigue in this razor-sharp British homage to hardboiled detective stories.

Gumshoe directed by Stephen Frears

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