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Wolf (1994) Blu Ray (Indicator) starring Jack Nicholson

Mike Nichols' classy take on the werewolf genre features some smart writing and fine performances but falls flat when it's trying to be a straight horror film.

Jack Nicholson in Wolf

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Departures (2008) Blu Ray (Arrow Academy) directed by Yôjirô Takita

Yôjirô Takita’s sombre drama of the profession of encoffinment and the cycle of life starring Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki and Ryôko Hirosue.

Departures Masahiro Motoki and Ryôko Hirosue

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Lady Macbeth (2016) Blu Ray (Altitude) starring Florence Pugh

A review of the UK Blu Ray release of William Oldroyd's ice-cold study of a psychopathic anti-heroine, based on a novel by Nicolai Leskov.

Florence Pugh


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Fat City (1972) Blu Ray & DVD (Powerhouse/Indicator)

John Huston's adaptation of Leonard Gardner's novel is less of a boxing movie and more of a pathos-laden paean to society’s losers.

Stacy Keach on the ropes in Fat City

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Hell Drivers (1957) Blu Ray (Network)

Action-packed Cy Endfield trucker drama may be dated on the action front, but its commentary is still very relevant.

Hell Drivers made Stanley Baker into a star

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​Cul-De-Sac (1966) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

This lesser-known Polanski illustrates the director at his most freeform, jazzy and playful.

Franciose Dorleac picks out some records in Cul-De-Sac

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​Heat (1995) Director’s Definitive Edition Blu Ray (20th Century Fox)

It's the hottest version to date of this highly-regarded Michael Mann cops and robbers epic.

Al Pacino meets Robert de Niro in a coffee shop

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The New Centurions (1972) Blu Ray & DVD (Powerhouse/Indicator)

An entertaining if rather depressing 1970s police drama given a classy dual format makeover.

George C. Scott and Stacy Keach patrol the streets

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​El Sur (1983) Blu Ray & DVD (BFI)

The famously incomplete landmark of Spanish cinema gets a fine dual format release here.

Iciar Bollain in El Sur

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​Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016) Blu Ray (Vertigo Releasing)

A hilarious, utterly charming New Zealand-set adventure from Taika Waititi.

Julian Dennison and Sam Neill lost in the wilderness


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