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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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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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Dark River (2017) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow Academy)

Clio Barnard's loose adaptation of Rose Tremain's novel Trespass, transplanted to the Yorkshire Dales, features a gorily authentic depiction of the struggles of tenancy farming and some real depths hinted at in Ruth Wilson and Mark Stanley's performances. In the end, however, it's little more than artistically-mounted gloom porn.

Ruth Wilson in front of a waterfall in Dark River (2017)

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Xtro (1982) Blu Ray: Limited Edition Box Set (Second Sight)

Harry Bromley Davenport's cult sci-fi horror amounts to a disjointed collection of weird and gruesome scenes. For all that, it is good fun. If you've ever wanted to see a woman gruesomely give birth to a fully-grown man and an Action Man figure come to life to murder a neighbour, then this is for you.

The alien creature from Xtro (1982)

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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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​The Squid and the Whale (2005) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Worth a dip in the ocean for the extras, even if the film itself has its issues.

Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin in The Squid and the Whale

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