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Dhogs (2017) dir: Andrés Goteira DVD (Yume Pictures)

This multi-stranded Galician-language film is an engrossing and challenging effort, highly recommended for those who like to think while they watch. Starring Melania Cruz, Antonio Durán 'Morris’, Miguel de Lira, Iván Marcos, Carlos Blanco and María Costas.

Dhogs (2017)

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Tokyo Drifter (1966) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Seijun Suzuki's style-over-substance cult classic Yakuza flick comes the closest that any film ever has to what a manga comic book would be like had it been turned into live action rather than animation. Starring Tetsuya Watari and Chieko Matsubara.

Tokyo Drifter (1966)

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Human Desire (1954) dir: Fritz Lang Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

This Americanised adaptation of Jean Renoir's version of Émile Zola’s novel La Bête humaine is one of Lang's more underrated film noirs. The director's cinematic flair and the ambiguities in the central characterisations make for a gripping watch.

Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford in Human Desire

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Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Luciano Ercoli's giallo features a distinctive shortage of murders and a fairly derivative, predictable mystery plot. However, there's style to burn in Alejandro Ulloa’s cinematography, Ennio Morricone’s score and the precious red-headed beauty of Dagmar Lassander.

Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970)

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The Odessa File (1974) starring Jon Voight (Indicator)

Ronald Neame's serviceable but rather talk-heavy adaptation of Frederick Forsyth's novel is worth watching mainly for the story, Voight’s performance and some tense moments of action. You'll never look at German subway trains the same way again.

Jon Voight in The Odessa File

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Ministry of Fear (1944) dir: Fritz Lang Blu Ray (Indicator)

This film noir spy mystery, set in WWII era Britain, is an underrated entry in Fritz Lang's filmography. Expect a lot of art deco production design, chiaroscuro lighting, inventive setpieces and an engaging everyman performance courtesy of Ray Milland.

Hillary Brooke in Ministry of Fear

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Alice Sweet Alice (1976) dir: Alfred Sole Blu Ray (88 Films)

Paula E. Sheppard plays a troubled young girl who is accused of murder in this Catholic-flavoured proto-slasher, which also features Brooke Shields in her first film role. It's overly melodramatic but has some effectively messy kill scenes.

Brooke Shields in Alice Sweet Alice

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The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971) Blu Ray (Arrow)

This typically entertaining Sergio Martino giallo makes up for its convoluted and contrived plot with some energetic setpieces and blood-splattered murders.

Ida Galli in The Case of the Scorpion's Tail

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The China Syndrome (1979) Blu Ray (Indicator)

James Bridges' account of a nuclear plant incident has some truly chilling real-life precedents. This 1970s mixture of ambitious reporter movie, paranoia thriller and disaster movie is highlighted by excellent performances courtesy of Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon and Michael Douglas.

Jack Lemmon in The China Syndrome

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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) Blu Ray (The Criterion Collection)

Paul Schrader's multi-stranded examination of one of Japan's most memorable and controversial cultural figures is a beautiful and hugely ambitious piece of cinema. This 4K restoration is stunning and features a wealth of extras which add up to an almost perfect package.

Ken Ogata in Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

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