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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Director Elia Kazan's Oscar-winning debut is a well-acted and bittersweet affair, albeit a bit dated in its overall approach. The outstanding cast includes Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn and Peggy Ann Garner.

James Dunn and Peggy Ann Garner in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This adaptation of a play of the same name (also directed by Robert Altman and featuring the same cast, including Sandy Dennis, Cher and Karen Black) fails to generate any cinematic magic from an already critically-panned source.

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

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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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Black Joy (1977) starring Norman Beaton Blu Ray (Indicator)

This documentary-like look at a Guyanese immigrant learning the ropes of life in Brixton provides both a fascinating window back to a burgeoning ethnic community and a gritty but entertaining drama. Starring Norman Beaton, Trevor Thomas, Dawn Hope and Floella Benjamin.

Floella Benjamin and Norman Beaton in Black Joy

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Scum (1979) starring Ray Winstone Blu Ray (Indicator)

Get ready to fill your socks with billiard balls in readiness for Alan Clarke's harrowing depiction of the dog-eat-dog world of the now-abolished British borstal system. Its depiction of institutionalised violence remains just as hard-hitting today as it was back then.

Ray Winstone in Scum

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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Director Jack Clayton's adaptation of Brian Moore's novel makes for a bleak and haunting tale of loneliness, alcoholism and the ghosts of the past. Great performances by Bob Hoskins, Ian McNiece and, most of all, Maggie Smith.

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

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Under Fire (1983) starring Nick Nolte Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This gripping entry in the 1980s journalist-amid-political-instability cycle is marred slightly by its love triangle aspect. Nonetheless, it still works well as a depiction of the chaos and devastation of guerrilla warfare and features fine performances by Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman and Ed Harris.

Nick Nolte in Under Fire

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No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948) Blu Ray (Indicator)

This adaptation of James Hadley Chase's novel of the same name was controversial in its day but can now be seen for what it is: a bad pastiche of Hollywood film noir and gangster movies, albeit with some good visual design. Starring Jack La Rue, Lindon Travers and a pre-Carry On Sid James.

No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948)

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Track 29 (1988) dir: Nicolas Roeg Blu Ray (Indicator)

Gary Oldman plays a mysterious Englishman who pops up on Theresa Russell's doorstep, claiming to be her son whom she abandoned at birth. Nic Roeg's surreal psychological comedy-drama is a real love-it-or-hate-it affair. It also stars Christopher Lloyd and Colleen Camp.

Gary Oldman in Track 29 (1988)

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The Night of the Generals (1967) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

While somewhat flawed, this big-budget, star-studded tale of World War II intrigue is more interesting than its reputation suggests. It stars Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay, Donald Pleasance, Charles Gray and Christopher Plummer.

Peter O'Toole in The Night of the Generals

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