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The Producers (1967) dir: Mel Brooks Blu Ray (Studiocanal)

Mel Brooks's directorial debut is a somewhat overrated comedy which places too much emphasis on loud, dated stereotypes. Nonetheless, it's worth making your way through to the last half hour, with its Springtime for Hitler musical number and Dick Shawn's hilarious performance as L.S.D.

Dick Shawn as L.S.D. in The Producers

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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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Jackie Chan's Police Story & Police Story 2 Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This duet of 1980s Hong Kong action-comedy classics shows today’s cosseted, CGI-enhanced modern action stars how it’s done. Expect plenty of death-defying stunts, some outtakes featuring the actual resulting injuries and quite a bit of Buster Keaton-style comedy too.

Brigitte Lin and Jackie Chan in Police Story

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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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Space Truckers (1996) Blu Ray (Second Sight)

Stuart Gordon's sci-fi action comedy sports a good deal of imagination and a fine Dennis Hopper performance but is let down by its corny humour and the uneven quality of its special effects.

Robot in Space Truckers (1996)

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Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) Blu Ray & DVD (101 Films)

A series of star-studded comedic skits from five directors (including Joe Dante and John Landis) which mocks the experience of flicking through channels on late-night TV. While some are funnier than others, they are all over so quickly that the inconsistency doesn't matter so much.

Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)

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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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Something Wild (1986) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Jonathan Demme's sensual, freewheeling genre blend is a hugely enjoyable paean to the eternal appeal of the bad girl or boy. It features memorable, Golden Globe-nominated performances by Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith and Ray Liotta as well as some truly unexpected use of music.

Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels Something Wild

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The Fortune (1975) dir: Mike Nichols Blu Ray (Indicator)

Hollywood heavyweights Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson star alongside Stockard Channing (then in her first major film role) in this awkward but amusing period farce about two conmen out to relieve a drunken heiress of her inheritance.

Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson in The Fortune

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The Witches (1967) starring Silvana Mangano Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

A surreal and uneven anthology from five Italian directors: Luchino Visconti, Mauro Bolognini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Rossi and Vittorio De Sica. Watch out for appearances by Helmut Berger in his debut and Clint Eastwood cast against type.

Clint Eastwood and Silvana Mangano in The Witches

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