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The Third Wife (2018) dir: Ash Mayfair Blu Ray (Eureka!)

The surface audio-visual beauty of this Vietnamese period drama thinly veils a disturbing story about the consequences of arranged marriage. Starring Long Le Vu, Mai Thu Huong Maya, Nguyen Phuong Tra My and Tran Nu Yên-Khê.

Nguyen Phuong Tra My in The Third Wife

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The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Prejudicial attitudes drive mixed-race white-Aboriginal to violence in this hard-hitting, uncompromisingly violent Australian drama. Tommy Lewis turns in a superb central performance as the film's main protagonist. Also starring Jack Thompson, Angela Punch McGregor and Bryan Brown in a small early role.

Tommy Lewis in The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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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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Last Hurrah for Chivalry & Hand of Death: Two Films by John Woo Blu Ray (Eureka!)

These two early wuxia (period martial arts) adventures from the iconic John Woo offer some fun but don't exactly count amongst the director's best. Hand of Death is also notable for featuring an early appearance by the Three Brothers - Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao.

Last Hurrah for Chivalry

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The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Director Jack Clayton's adaptation of Brian Moore's novel makes for a bleak and haunting tale of loneliness, alcoholism and the ghosts of the past. Great performances by Bob Hoskins, Ian McNiece and, most of all, Maggie Smith.

The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

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The Night of the Generals (1967) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

While somewhat flawed, this big-budget, star-studded tale of World War II intrigue is more interesting than its reputation suggests. It stars Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay, Donald Pleasance, Charles Gray and Christopher Plummer.

Peter O'Toole in The Night of the Generals

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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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Parents (1989) Blu Ray (Vestron Video/Lionsgate)

Bob Balaban's black horror comedy about cannibalism within the Suburban American Dream is a subversive, surreal gem. Randy Quaid gives the finest, creepiest performance of his career. Also starring Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis and Bryan Madorsky.

Bryan Madorsky in Parents (1989)

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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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Once Upon a Time in China Trilogy Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This boxed set contains four episodes of Tsui Hark's 1990s cycle of adaptations of the life and times of legendary Chinese physician, martial artist and folk hero Wong Fei-hung. Jet Li plays the central character and shows his stuff in a range of spectacular action sequences.

Jet Li in Once Upon a Time in China

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