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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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Age of Consent (1969) dir: Michael Powell Blu Ray (Indicator)

This little-seen Australian film from the twilight of Powell's career is a beautifully-filmed if occasionally awkward effort. Interesting performances by James Mason and Helen Mirren (the latter in her first major film role) feature in this adaptation of Norman Lindsay's controversial novel.

Helen Mirren in Age of Consent (1969)

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Shampoo (1975) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Warren Beatty plays a lothario hairdresser who juggles multiple girlfriends: Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn and Lee Grant. As farce and satire, it doesn't really work as it should but there is some amusement to be had, along with Carrie Fisher in her movie debut.

Warren Beatty in Shampoo (1975)

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Rushmore (1998) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

A creative high school student (Jason Schwartzman) and a jaded industrialist (Bill Murray) fall in love with the same English rose of a teacher (Olivia Williams) in Wes Anderson's eccentric and stylish, semi-autobiographical sophomore film.

Rushmore starring Jason Schwartzman

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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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