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The Quiet Earth (1985) dir: Geoff Murphy Blu Ray (Arrow)

Bruno Lawrence plays a scientist who survives a catastrophe which causes most of the Earth's population to disappear in this underrated New Zealand sci-fi classic.

Bruno Lawrence in The Quiet Earth

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Space Truckers (1996) Blu Ray (Second Sight)

Stuart Gordon's sci-fi action comedy sports a good deal of imagination and a fine Dennis Hopper performance but is let down by its corny humour and the uneven quality of its special effects.

Robot in Space Truckers (1996)

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Sleeping Dogs (1977) starring Sam Neill Blu Ray (Arrow Academy)

This seminal dystopian sci-fi action thriller from New Zealand is low-budget and technically rough around the edges. However, it succeeds admirably in mixing entertainment with a chilling cautionary tale. It also stars Nevan Rowe, Ian Mune and Warren Oates.

Nevan Rowe in Sleeping Dogs

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The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen, Volume 2: 1961-1964 (Indicator)

Another fine box set covering the Dynamation pioneer, featuring Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts and First Men in the Moon - albeit with one slight irk.

The seven-headed hydra from Jason and the Argonauts

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The Wonderful Worlds of Ray Harryhausen Volume One Blu Ray & DVD (Indicator)

A review of the 3-movie box set of works by the Dynamation pioneer: It Came from Beneath the Sea, 20 Million Miles to Earth and The 3 Worlds of Gulliver.

The Ymir creature from 20 Million Miles to Earth

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Caltiki the Immortal Monster (1959) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

The low budget Italian sci-fi horror from Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava is fun despite its shortcomings.

Low budget horror in Caltiki

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