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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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Yanks (1979) dir: John Schlesinger Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This absorbing WWII drama features a trio of romances between American soldiers and British ladies. However, it's the attention to background details and cultural differences which provide the real meat here, rather than these couplings. Starring Richard Gere, Lisa Eichhorn, Vanessa Redgrave and William Devane.

Yanks (1979)

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The Wrong Box (1966) dir: Bryan Forbes Blu Ray (Indicator)

An all-star cast including Michael Caine, Nanette Newman, Ralph Richardson, John Mills, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Peter Sellers give fine performances in this enjoyable black comedy, set in Victorian-era England. The ideal way to learn the meaning of the word 'tontine'.

Nanette Newman and Michael Caine in The Wrong Box

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Jackie Chan's Project A & Project A Part II Blu Ray (Eureka!)

The Hong Kong superstar is at his absolute finest in this pair of period action adventures. The first film is more consistent and features welcome appearances by his fellow dragons Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao, whereas the second is more ambitious and spectacular.

Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan in Project A

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Apprentice to Murder (1988) Blu Ray (Arrow)

An adolescent Chad Lowe becomes enraptured by Donald Sutherland's Pow-wow faith healer in this interesting, if flawed, hard-to-pigeonhole period horror drama. Mia Sara also stars as Lowe's smart, seductive girlfriend.

Donald Sutherland in Apprentice to Murder

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Iron Monkey (1993) dir: Yuen Woo-Ping Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Yu Rong-Kwong plays the titular Robin Hood-style hero in this classic wuxia which revolves around the childhood of Chinese martial artist Wong Fei-Hong. The plentiful action is exhilaratingly wild yet gracefully choreographed, while the occasional moments of character are crafted with a genuine poignancy.

Iron Monkey (1993)

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