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The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Roger Corman's documentary-like view of the violence of Al Capone-era 1920s Chicago is an entertaining slice of bloody gangsterism.

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

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Magnificent Doll (1946) starring Ginger Rogers Blu Ray (Arrow)

A tumultuous period in US history is reduced to a trivial romantic melodrama in Frank Borzage's account of former First Lady Dolly Madison. Nonetheless, Rogers tries her best as do co-stars David Niven as Aaron Burr and Burgess Meredith as James Madison.

Ginger Rogers and David Niven in Magnificent Doll

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Strangled (2016) dir: Árpád Sopsits Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This account of the pursuit of a real-life serial killer in Hungary during the Communist era is phenomenally nasty and downbeat. It works better as a study of the period than it does as a thriller.

Strangled (2016)

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The Vikings (1958) Blu Ray (Eureka!) starring Kirk Douglas

An old-fashioned but highly enjoyable Norseman epic directed by Richard Fleischer, also starring Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh.

Kirk Douglas in The Vikings


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The Flying Guillotine (1975) Blu Ray (88 Films)

An entertaining but lesser Shaw Brothers production featuring Kuan Tai Chen as an assassin who questions the morality of his assignments.

Feng Ku in The Flying Guillotine


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Belladonna of Sadness (1973) Blu Ray (All The Anime)

A hymn to the potency of subliminally disturbing imagery - or a full-on acid trip in an art museum?

Belladonna of Sadness

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Killer Constable (1980) Blu Ray & DVD (88 Films)

Superb Shaw Brothers Wuxia is one of the finest and most distinctive of its kind.

Kuan Tai Chen in the Shaw Brothers-produced Killer Constable

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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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​Napoleon (1927) Blu Ray (BFI)

A stunning restoration of one of silent film's greatest masterpieces.

Triptych in Abel Gance's Napoleon (1927)

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