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The Night of the Generals (1967) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

While somewhat flawed, this big-budget, star-studded tale of World War II intrigue is more interesting than its reputation suggests. It stars Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay, Donald Pleasance, Charles Gray and Christopher Plummer.

Peter O'Toole in The Night of the Generals

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The Reckless Moment (1949) dir: Max Ophüls Blu Ray (Indicator)

Joan Bennett plays a housewife who becomes ensnared in a blackmail plot orchestrated by James Mason's ambiguous antagonist and his mysterious partner in crime. Max Ophüls' last Hollywood film is a gripping and concise film noir classic which is well worthy of rediscovery.

Joan Bennett and James Mason in The Reckless Moment

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Cujo (1983) dir: Lewis Teague Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This solid adaptation of Stephen King's killer St. Bernard story of the same name really picks up during its tension-filled second half. It stars Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro, Daniel Hugh-Kelly, Christopher Stone and Ed Lauter.

Stephen King adaptation Cujo (1983)

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Black Moon Rising (1986) starring Tommy Lee Jones Blu Ray (Arrow)

This sci-fi action-thriller is notable for being one of John Carpenter's writer-only credits. It's not bad but it's hard to escape the feeling that he should have directed it too. It also stars Linda Hamilton, Robert Vaughn, Richard Jaeckel and Bubba Smith.

Robert Vaughn in Black Moon Rising

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A Dandy in Aspic (1968) dir: Anthony Mann Blu Ray (Indicator)

Director Mann's swansong was completed by star Laurence Harvey when the former passed away before the end of filming. It is overly convoluted but maintains a strange atmosphere of paranoia. Also starring Tom Courtenay, Mia Farrow, Harry Andrews and Peter Cook.

Mia Farrow in A Dandy in Aspic

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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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