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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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The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) Blu Ray (Masters of Cinema)

Billy Wilder's witty and offbeat take on Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective and his colleague Dr. Watson (played by Robert Stephens and Colin Blakely) may have been left sadly truncated but it still well worth a look.

Robert Stephens and Colin Blakely in The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

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Pulp (1972) Blu Ray starring Michael Caine (Arrow)

Director Mike Hodges' second film is a curious blend of tonal and plot elements. It's intermittently funny but doesn't really gel.

Michael Caine in Pulp

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Amour Fou (2014) Blu Ray (Arrow Academy) starring Christian Friedel

Jessica Hausner's minimal and dryly comic look at a 19th-century suicide pact, also starring Birte Schnoeink, Stephan Grossmann and Sandra Hüller.

Birte Schnoeink in Amour Fou

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Lost in Paris (2016) starring Dominique Abel & Fiona Gordon (Arrow Academy)

This colourful, lovingly-crafted comedy starring the Belgian/Australian-Canadian comedy couple Abel & Gordon depends on your own enjoyment of slapstick humour.

A comedy couple in Lost in Paris

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