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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.

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The Last Movie (1971) dir: Dennis Hopper Blu Ray (Indicator)

Hopper's second film as director was - and, to be honest, still is - a rambling and self-indulgent mess. However, this disc is a must due to the sheer wealth of extras here, not least being an excellent Alex Cox documentary on its production.

Dennis Hopper in The Last Movie (1971)

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Gardens of Stone (1987) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Francis Ford Coppola's little-seen look at the Vietnam War from the home front is a worthy, sombre effort which never quite delivers the emotional sucker punch that it aims for. However, there are sterling performances by James Caan, Anjelica Huston, James Earl Jones and D. B. Sweeney.

Gardens of Stone (1987)

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Under the Tree (2017) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson's dark Icelandic tale of relationship breakup and neighbourly disputes is blackly funny but ultimately rather nasty. It's a real emotional gut punch, with great performances by Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson and Edda Björgvinsdóttir.

Under the Tree (2017)

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Two couples flirt tentatively with polyamorous relationships in a comedy which feels like a time capsule of the era, and yet still offers much in the way of laughs and food for thought. It stars Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon.

Natalie Wood in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

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Yanks (1979) dir: John Schlesinger Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This absorbing WWII drama features a trio of romances between American soldiers and British ladies. However, it's the attention to background details and cultural differences which provide the real meat here, rather than these couplings. Starring Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave and William Devane.

Yanks (1979)

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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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