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Breakheart Pass (1975) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This train-set civil war era Western, featuring Charles Bronson at his 1970s career peak, starts slowly but soon livens up with plentiful twists and some spectacular action.

Charles Bronson in Breakheart Pass (1975)

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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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​Hammer Volume Two: Criminal Intent (1958-1961) Blu Ray (Indicator)

This compilation of the cult British studio's crime dramas proves that they ably turned their hands to genres other than the horror films which made them famous. The Snorkel, Never Take Sweets From a Stranger, Cash on Demand and The Full Treatment are the four offerings in this set.

The Snorkel (1958) with Peter van Eyck

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Something Wild (1986) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Jonathan Demme's sensual, freewheeling genre blend is a hugely enjoyable paean to the eternal appeal of the bad girl or boy. It features memorable, Golden Globe-nominated performances by Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith and Ray Liotta as well as some truly unexpected use of music.

Melanie Griffith and Jeff Daniels Something Wild

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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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Strangled (2016) dir: Árpád Sopsits Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This account of the pursuit of a real-life serial killer in Hungary during the Communist era is phenomenally nasty and downbeat. It works better as a study of the period than it does as a thriller.

Strangled (2016)

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Hounds of Love (2016) directed by Ben Young Blu Ray (Arrow)

This Australian horror thriller loosely inspired by a real-life criminal case may upset dog lovers but is an agonisingly tense look at the pure evil that might lurk behind banal suburban reality.

Emma Booth and Stephen Curry in Hounds of Love

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New World (2013) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!) dir: Hoon-jung Park

This sprawling and detailed South Korean gangster saga may be somewhat similar to Infernal Affairs in outline but is unlikely to disappoint fans of either the genre or the Asian country’s film industry.

New World (2013)

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The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971) Blu Ray & DVD (Arrow)

A rather unfairly-overlooked second-tier Argento giallo gets a 4K restoration here.

Karl Malden and James Franciscus in The Cat o' Nine Tails

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Pulp (1972) Blu Ray starring Michael Caine (Arrow)

Director Mike Hodges' second film is a curious blend of tonal and plot elements. It's intermittently funny but doesn't really gel.

Michael Caine in Pulp

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