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The Song of Bernadette (1943) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This religious drama offers enough sense of wonder and thoughtful debate to grip believers and skeptics alike. Then-newcomer Jennifer Jones delivers an unwavering, Oscar-winning performance, while Vincent Price makes for a memorable antagonist.

Jennifer Jones in The Song of Bernadette

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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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Dhogs (2017) dir: Andrés Goteira DVD (Yume Pictures)

This multi-stranded Galician-language film is an engrossing and challenging effort, highly recommended for those who like to think while they watch. Starring Melania Cruz, Antonio Durán 'Morris’, Miguel de Lira, Iván Marcos, Carlos Blanco and María Costas.

Dhogs (2017)

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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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A Severed Head (1970) starring Ian Holm Blu Ray (Indicator)

This absurdist game of musical beds is strange without being particularly interesting or funny. The talented cast tries hard but only Claire Bloom manages to make a truly memorable impression. Also starring Lee Remick, Richard Attenborough and Ian Holm.

Claire Bloom and Ian Holm in A Severed Head (1970)

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The Third Secret (1964) dir: Charles Crichton Blu Ray (Indicator)

This intriguing psychological drama has some good scenes and performances but tends to drag at times. Pamela Franklin is a highlight here as an intelligent and outspoken adolescent girl. Also starring Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Richard Attenborough, Diane Cilento and Judi Dench.

Stephen Boyd in The Third Secret (1964)

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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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True Stories (1986) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne's first and only feature film is an interesting but somewhat uneven oddity. It looks and sounds great but comes across as being unfocused and self-consciously twee. It provided John Goodman with his first big break.

David Byrne in True Stories (1986)

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Climax (2018) dir: Gaspar Noé Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Noé’s latest film is a challenging and dread-inducing depiction of human deterioration under the influence of LSD-spiked sangria. It is a breathlessly audacious piece of work but not for everyone. Starring Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub and Kiddy Smile.

Climax (2018) starring Sofia Boutella

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R.P.M. (1970) dir: Stanley Kramer Blu Ray (Indicator)

This fictional dramatisation of America's late-1960s campus protests suffers from clunky didacticism. Nonetheless, the central debate remains compelling, Anthony Quinn is perfectly cast and the finale sends palpable chills down the spine. Also starring Ann-Margaret, Gary Lockwood and Paul Winfield.

R.P.M. (1970) poster

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