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High Noon (1952) starring Gary Cooper Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Despite its now well-worn tropes, High Noon still holds up very well as an entertaining, well-crafted western-thriller. Grace Kelly seems a bit too meek and mild nowadays but Gary Cooper and Katy Jurado have more than enough tough resolve to make up for the shortfall.

High Noon (1952)

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The Incident (1967) dir: Larry Peerce Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Tony Musante and Martin Sheen play two young thugs who terrorise the passengers on a New York subway train. While the city is a much safer place nowadays, the urban nightmare scenario still packs a wallop even today. Also starring Beau Bridges, Brock Peters and Ruby Dee.

The Incident (1967)

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The Legacy (1978) starring Katharine Ross Blu Ray (Indicator)

The Omen meets And Then There Were None in this supernatural horror thriller. It's a load of old nonsense but at least the numerous setpieces are enjoyable. Also starring Sam Elliott, John Standing, Charles Gray and Roger Daltrey.

Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross in The Legacy

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Double Face (1969) starring Klaus Kinski Blu Ray (Arrow)

This Italian/West German thriller fits into two different Euro genre cycles: the krimi and the giallo. It's a stylish but somewhat dull effort. However, the whole package is recommendable for its extras focussing on director Riccardo Freda and composer Nora Orlandi.

Klaus Kinski and Margaret Lee in Double Face

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Under Fire (1983) starring Nick Nolte Blu Ray (Eureka!)

This gripping entry in the 1980s journalist-amid-political-instability cycle is marred slightly by its love triangle aspect. Nonetheless, it still works well as a depiction of the chaos and devastation of guerrilla warfare and features fine performances by Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman and Ed Harris.

Nick Nolte in Under Fire

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The Andromeda Strain (1971) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Director Robert Wise's adaptation of Michael Crichton's breakout novel is a chillingly effective slow-burner about an alien disease imperilling humankind. Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson and Kate Reid head up an unusually star-free cast.

Arthur Hill and James Olson in The Andromeda Strain

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Bellman & True (1987) starring Bernard Hill Blu Ray (Indicator)

This forgotten heist thriller, produced by HandMade Films, offers plenty to make it worthy of rediscovery. It's exciting and occasionally humorous but doesn't lose sight of its human dimension in the relationship between a tainted father and a son who adores him despite his faults.

Bellman & True (1987)

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Who? (1974) starring Elliott Gould Blu Ray (Indicator)

This Cold War-era tale of a cyborg scientist who is passed across the Iron Curtain has some interesting ideas and good acting but falls short in terms of overall execution. It stars Elliott Gould, Trevor Howard and Joseph Bova in a silly metal mask.

Who? starring Joseph Bova and Elliott Gould

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The Woman in the Window (1944) Blu Ray (Eureka!)

Fritz Lang's classic film noir thriller is excruciatingly tense and tightly-constructed. The ending is something of a bone of contention but there's still plenty for everyone to enjoy up until that point, be it Lang's stylish direction or the sultry Joan Bennett.

Joan Bennett is The Woman in the Window

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No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948) Blu Ray (Indicator)

This adaptation of James Hadley Chase's novel of the same name was controversial in its day but can now be seen for what it is: a bad pastiche of Hollywood film noir and gangster movies, albeit with some good visual design. Starring Jack La Rue, Lindon Travers and a pre-Carry On Sid James.

No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948)

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