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Double Face (1969) starring Klaus Kinski Blu Ray (Arrow)

This Italian/West German thriller fits into two different Euro genre cycles: the krimi and the giallo. It's a stylish but somewhat dull effort. However, the whole package is recommendable for its extras focussing on director Riccardo Freda and composer Nora Orlandi.

Klaus Kinski and Margaret Lee in Double Face

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The Snake Pit (1948) starring Olivia de Havilland Blu Ray (Indicator)

Olivia de Havilland gives a tour de force performance as a writer suffering from a mental breakdown in this disturbing drama based on Mary Jane Ward’s semi-autobiographical novel. It was directed by Anatole Litvak and also stars Mark Stevens and Leo Genn.

Olivia de Havilland in The Snake Pit

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Dragonwyck (1946) starring Gene Tierney Blu Ray (Indicator)

Vincent Price is the undoubted highlight of this stylishly sumptuous gothic drama which was adapted by Joseph L. Mankiewicz from a novel by Anya Seton. It also stars Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Glenn Langan and Jessica Tandy.

Dragonwyck (1946)

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The Third Secret (1964) dir: Charles Crichton Blu Ray (Indicator)

This intriguing psychological drama has some good scenes and performances but tends to drag at times. Pamela Franklin is a highlight here as an intelligent and outspoken adolescent girl. Also starring Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, Richard Attenborough, Diane Cilento and Judi Dench.

Stephen Boyd in The Third Secret (1964)

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Laura (1944) dir: Otto Preminger Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This classic film noir mystery is, at its heart, a dreamlike study of obsession - and one which has considerable relevance in today's post-#MeToo era. It features memorable performances by Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb and Vincent Price.

A painting of Laura (1944), a film directed by Otto Preminger

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Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Luciano Ercoli's giallo features a distinctive shortage of murders and a fairly derivative, predictable mystery plot. However, there's style to burn in Alejandro Ulloa’s cinematography, Ennio Morricone’s score and the precious red-headed beauty of Dagmar Lassander.

Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970)

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Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Billy Wilder's adaptation of Agatha Christie's stage play is one of cinema's finest courtroom dramas. It features plenty of tension, a few surprise twists and even a surprising amount of comedy courtesy of rotund star Charles Laughton and his real-life wife, Elsa Lanchester.

Billy Wilder's adaptation of Witness for the Prosecution

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The Pyjama Girl Case (1977) starring Ray Milland Blu Ray (Arrow)

This Italian-made mystery, set in Sydney in Australia, was inspired by an actual murder case which occurred in the same area. Far from being the typical giallo, it’s one of those films which could leave the viewer genuinely in two minds about it.

Dalila Di Lazzaro in The Pyjama Girl Case

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The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971) Blu Ray (Arrow)

This typically entertaining Sergio Martino giallo makes up for its convoluted and contrived plot with some energetic setpieces and blood-splattered murders.

Ida Galli in The Case of the Scorpion's Tail

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Images (1972) dir: Robert Altman Blu Ray (Arrow Academy)

Susannah York plays a schizophrenic author in this overlooked psychological puzzle of a chiller which plays like a missing link between Repulsion and The Shining. Those who appreciate their movies littered with subtle clues and clever motifs will find much to appreciate here.

Susannah York in Robert Altman's Images

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