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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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The Fortune (1975) dir: Mike Nichols Blu Ray (Indicator)

Hollywood heavyweights Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson star alongside Stockard Channing (then in her first major film role) in this awkward but amusing period farce about two conmen out to relieve a drunken heiress of her inheritance.

Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson in The Fortune

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Black Sabbath (1963) directed by Mario Bava Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

A rerelease of the Italian horror director's classic anthology, introduced by Boris Karloff, featuring three segments (very) loosely based on short stories by Anton Chekhov, Aleksei Tolstoy and Guy de Maupassant.

A severed head in Black Sabbath segment The Wurdulak

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Amour Fou (2014) Blu Ray (Arrow Academy) starring Christian Friedel

Jessica Hausner's minimal and dryly comic look at a 19th-century suicide pact, also starring Birte Schnoeink, Stephan Grossmann and Sandra Hüller.

Birte Schnoeink in Amour Fou

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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

A fine 4K restoration of director Henry Levin's dated but enjoyable version of Jules Verne's adventure novel, starring Pat Boone and James Mason.

Sparks fly between James Mason and Arlene Dahl in Journey to the Center of the Earth


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Hard Times (1975) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka)

A finely crafted Great Depression-set action-drama from Walter Hill, stunningly presented by Eureka.

Charles Bronson and James Coburn sit down for a meal in during The Great Depression

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Lone Wolf and Cub (1972-1974) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

The classic - and extremely blood-soaked - Japanese Chambara series comes to The Criterion Collection.

Babycart-mounted machine guns

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​10 Rillington Place (1971) Blu Ray & DVD (Powerhouse/Indicator)

This neglected study of a real-life serial killer gets under the skin.

Richard Attenborough as John Reginald Christie

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