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A Pistol for Ringo & The Return of Ringo (1965) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Giuliano Gemma plays two unconnected Ringos in this pair of overlooked spaghetti westerns directed by Duccio Tessari. The first is highly entertaining, the second is one of the finest and most lyrical that the genre has to offer. Both films also star Fernando Sancho, George Martin, Lorella De Luca and others.

Lorella De Luca in The Return of Ringo

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The Battle of Algiers (1966) Blu Ray & DVD (CultFilms)

Gillo Pontecorvo's frank and even-handed portrayal of the Algerian War of Independence focusses on FLN freedom fighter Ali La Pointe (Brahim Hadjadj) and the leader of the French response battalion Lieutenant-Colonel Mathieu (Jean Martin). Based on the original memoirs by Saadi Yacef, who also co-produced and co-stars here.

Jean Martin in The Battle of Algiers

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The Witches (1967) starring Silvana Mangano Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

A surreal and uneven anthology from five Italian directors: Luchino Visconti, Mauro Bolognini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Rossi and Vittorio De Sica. Watch out for appearances by Helmut Berger in his debut and Clint Eastwood cast against type.

Clint Eastwood and Silvana Mangano in The Witches

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The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

A rather unfairly-overlooked second-tier Argento giallo gets a 4K restoration here.

Karl Malden and James Franciscus in The Cat o' Nine Tails

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Suspiria (1977) 4K restored Blu Ray & DVD (CultFilms)

This majestic Technicolor restoration of Dario Argento's masterpiece of operatic supernatural horror is one of the best Blu Ray releases this year.

Jessica Harper in Suspiria

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Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Arguably Italian horror director Mario Bava's best horror film, Kill, Baby... Kill! carries a nightmarish gothic atmosphere with an intelligent streak.

Giacomo Rossi Stuart and Erika Blanc


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Starcrash (1978) Blu Ray (Stratx)

Luigi Cozzi’s cheap, batshit-crazy Star Wars rip-off starring Caroline Munro is so insanely inane that it’s in its own class of fascinating folly.

Stop-motion and Hasselhoff in Starcrash


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Ironmaster (1983) Blu Ray & DVD (88 Films)

Tedious Italian loincloth fable with a misguided anti-war message and an erstwhile gay porn star.

The extraordinary artwork of Ironmaster

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Caltiki the Immortal Monster (1959) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

The low budget Italian sci-fi horror from Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava is fun despite its shortcomings.

Low budget horror in Caltiki

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2019: After the Fall of New York (1983) Blu Ray (88 Films)

This post-apocalyptic Italian cheese is enjoyable if approached in the right frame of mind - and even has a few decent elements.

Edmund Purdom coerces Michael Sopkiw into carrying out a special mission

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