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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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Sister Street Fighter Collection (1974-1976) Blu Ray (Arrow)

Etsuko Shiomi kicks ass across four Japanese martial arts films, the last of which is a sequel-in-name-only to the first three. The first one is the freshest and most outright entertaining entry but it's still a fun collection overall.

Sonny Chiba pops up in Sister Street Fighter

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Under the Tree (2017) Blu Ray & DVD (Eureka!)

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson's dark Icelandic tale of relationship breakup and neighbourly disputes is blackly funny but ultimately rather nasty. It's a real emotional gut punch, with great performances by Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson and Edda Björgvinsdóttir.

Under the Tree (2017)

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Revenge (2017) Blu Ray (Vertigo Releasing)

This blood-soaked feminist revenge flick mixes artistic beauty with primal savagery in the manner of Stanley Kubrick re-imagining I Spit on your Grave. While it works superbly as pure gory horror, there are plenty of telling, symbolic moments in the imagery.

Matilda Lutz in Revenge (2017)

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Street Mobster (1972) starring Bunta Sugawara Blu Ray (Arrow)

Kinji Fukasaku's distinctively deglamourised Jitsuroku eiga Yakuza flick makes heavy use of shaky cinéma vérité camerawork and Dutch angles. It has a certain raw energy about it but fails to generate much sympathy for its central protagonist.

A Yakuza tattoo in display in Street Mobster (1972)

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Hammer Volume 3: Blood and Terror Blu Ray Collection (Indicator)

This third collection of films from the iconic British studio suffers from dated racial treatments. The Stranglers of Bombay and The Terror of the Tongs are rather dull exotic potboilers. However, The Camp on Blood Island offers some tension, whereas Yesterday’s Enemy is a genuine anti-war classic.

Terror of the Tongs (1961)

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Little Murders (1971) starring Elliott Gould Blu Ray (Indicator)

Alan Arkin's adaptation of Jules Feiffer's stage play is a wry and anarchic view of an America which chooses to carry on apathetically in the face of its own insanity. While some aspects are rooted in its own time, the madness still goes on today.

Little Murders (1971)

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The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967) Blu Ray (Indicator)

Roger Corman's documentary-like view of the violence of Al Capone-era 1920s Chicago is an entertaining slice of bloody gangsterism.

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)

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Once Were Warriors (1994) Blu Ray (Second Sight)

This debut from the once-promising New Zealand director Lee Tamahori is a hard-hitting and all-too-honest look at a marginalised culture and the prevalent issues of alcoholism and violence within.

Once Were Warriors

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