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Escape from New York (1981) Blu Ray (Studiocanal)

John Carpenter's cult classic sci-fi adventure receives a beautiful 4K restoration and plenty of extra features. The great cast includes Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Donald Pleasance and Adrienne Barbeau.

Kurt Russell in Escape from New York

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Children of Men (2006) dir: Alfonso Cuarón Blu Ray (Arrow Academy)

This adaptation of P. D. James’s novel was eye-opening on its release and feels scarily prescient when watched nowadays. It's a truly bleak watch but, at the same time, offers a small tincture of hope and humanity within its gritty reality-mirroring brutalities.

Clive Owen and Julianne Moore in Children of Men

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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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