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Tideland (2005) dir: Terry Gilliam Blu Ray (Arrow)

This is arguably the hardest Terry Gilliam film to rate objectively. It combines his patented dreamlike, wide-angle cinematic beauty with some incredibly queasy subject matter. Some people love it but it's hard to know who exactly you could recommend it to.

Janet McTeer in Tideland

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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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Xtro (1982) Blu Ray: Limited Edition Box Set (Second Sight)

Harry Bromley Davenport's cult sci-fi horror amounts to a disjointed collection of weird and gruesome scenes. For all that, it is good fun. If you've ever wanted to see a woman gruesomely give birth to a fully-grown man and an Action Man figure come to life to murder a neighbour, then this is for you.

The alien creature from Xtro (1982)

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Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (1973) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Christopher Speeth's nightmarish but hard-to-follow tale of a cannibal-infested fairground, featuring Janine Carazo, Jerome Dempsey and Hervé Villechaize.

Malatesta's Carnival of Blood

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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) Blu Ray & DVD (Indicator)

Not entirely successful, but so wildly unusual it has to be experienced.

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T has colourful production and costume design


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Belladonna of Sadness (1973) Blu Ray (All The Anime)

A hymn to the potency of subliminally disturbing imagery - or a full-on acid trip in an art museum?

Belladonna of Sadness

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​Punch-Drunk Love (2002) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

A stunningly colourful opportunity to re-evaluate Paul Thomas Anderson's most underrated work.

Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love

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