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Shampoo (1975) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Warren Beatty plays a lothario hairdresser who juggles multiple girlfriends: Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn and Lee Grant. As farce and satire, it doesn't really work as it should but there is some amusement to be had, along with Carrie Fisher in her movie debut.

Warren Beatty in Shampoo (1975)

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The Producers (1967) dir: Mel Brooks Blu Ray (Studiocanal)

Mel Brooks's directorial debut is a somewhat overrated comedy which places too much emphasis on loud, dated stereotypes. Nonetheless, it's worth making your way through to the last half hour, with its Springtime for Hitler musical number and Dick Shawn's hilarious performance as L.S.D.

Dick Shawn as L.S.D. in The Producers

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Heathers (1988) starring Winona Ryder Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Director Michael Lehmann's first and best film is a sharp satire about the neo-fascist reality of high school life and the media-fuelled cult of teen martyrdom. It's stylish, witty and has great performances, notably from its two leads Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.

Christian Slater and Winona Ryder in Heathers

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King of Hearts (1966) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Philippe de Broca's surreal anti-war satire features breakout performances by Alan Bates and Geneviève Bujold, alongside large helpings of archetypally Gallic cinematic magic and a bunch of lunatics who ultimately turn out to be the sane ones in this story.

King of Hearts (1966)

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Little Murders (1971) starring Elliott Gould Blu Ray (Indicator)

Alan Arkin's adaptation of Jules Feiffer's stage play is a wry and anarchic view of an America which chooses to carry on apathetically in the face of its own insanity. While some aspects are rooted in its own time, the madness still goes on today.

Little Murders (1971)

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Blue Collar (1978) dir: Paul Schrader Blu Ray (Indicator)

Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel and Yaphet Kotto play three workers at a Checker Cab plant in Detroit who are fed up with taking it from The Man and decide to rob their union. It's a potent mix of polemic, humour and thriller whose message endures all too well to this day.

Richard Pryor in Blue Collar (1978)

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Wolf (1994) Blu Ray (Indicator) starring Jack Nicholson

Mike Nichols' classy take on the werewolf genre features some smart writing and fine performances but falls flat when it's trying to be a straight horror film.

Jack Nicholson in Wolf

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Stormy Monday (1988) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

Mike Figgis's debut is a Monday morning drudgery of a movie.

Newcastle Noir in Stormy Monday

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Sleeper (1973) Blu Ray (Arrow Academy)

Woody Allen's science-fiction comedy is dated in some ways, but surprisingly relevant in others.

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Sleeper

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