cinematography is nothing short of magnificent. (Cl(‘)£31.5() I Southern Comfort ( 18) (Walter Hill. US 1981) Keith Carradine. Powers Boothe. Fred Ward. 106 mins. Nine part-time National guardsan are set for routine manoeuvres in the Louisiana swamps. but suddenly find their group disintegrating when they come under fire from the area's disgruntled native Cajuns. Echoesofthc Vietnam experience resound in this intelligent and thrilling action picture. but it‘s more than a shame that Hill‘s career since then has offered little to match its thoughtful grip. (Warner) £9.99

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I Angel ( 15) (NeilJordan. UK. 1982) Stephen Rea. Ray McAnally. 95 mins. The saxophonist in a touring N. Ireland showband witnesses the brutal killing ofa deaf mute girl. and his life begins to disintegrate as he gets drawn into the conflict. Brilliant debut feature from Jordan. an achievement he has yet to surpass; notable for a true quality of poetic realism that the British cinema all too rarely achieves. (Palace) £19.99 I Blade Runner( 15) (Ridley Scott. US. 1982) Harrison Ford. Rutger Hauer. Sean Young. 117 mins. A tough cop tracks down a group of malfunctioning androids in this gritty hi-tech retread of Raymond Chandler. executed with Scott's customary visual flair. and with strong performances. especially from Ford and Hauer. But try following the confusing plot first time around.(Warner) £9.99 I Come Back To The Five Anti Dime. Jimmy Dean. Jimmy Dean ( 18) (Robert Altman. US. 1982) Karen Black. Sandy Dennis. Cher. 110mins.The twentieth anniversary reunion of the Disciplesof James Dean in a small Texas town. brings a host of revelations about the past. and some clues to the identity of the mysterious stranger who has drifted into town. Brilliantly controlled and acted memory play. flawlessly translated to the screen by Altman's sensitive craft. Excellent. (Missing In Action) £8.99 I Diner ( 15) Barry Levinson. US. 1982) Mickey Rourke. Ellen Barkin. Steve Guttenberg. llilmins. Fresh and acutely observed rite of passage

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story focusing on a group of adolescent friends who hang out together in the late 1950s. The universality oftheir growing pains is nicely detailed and affectionately acted by a cast of future luminaries. Dig that groovy penisin the popcorn setpiece. (Parkfield Entertainment) £9.99

Beineix. France. 1981) Frederic Andrei. Roland Bertin. Richard Bohringer. 117 mins. The twisted fate of two tapes. one an illegal recording of an American opera star. the other exposing a crime ring. is the central strand of this daffy Gallic cult favourite. Style exudes from every sprocket hole. though the flashy emptiness of Luc Besson‘s work showed the downside ofsueh an approach. (Palace) £9.99 I The Draughtsman’s Contraci(15) (Peter Greenaway. UK. 1982) Anthony Higgins. Janet Suzman. 103 mins. Sumptuous. seductive enigma in which a young artist accepts a commission from a country manor and also accepts payment in sexual favours. But is there more to this than meets the eye'.’ _ Rigorously intelligent. I painterly exploration of image and reality that launched a brilliant.

on the movie scene.(The Video Collection) £9.99 I ET (PG) (Steven Spielberg. US. 1982) Dec Wallace. Henry Thomas. Peter Coyote. 115 mins. An alien creature gets stranded on earth (the opening sequence of threatening legs and flashing torches is beautifully done). where he is adopted by some kids. who help him construct a i communication device to I summon back his spaceship. All the little guy wanted to do was go i home. but Spielberg made sure he had lots ofcute and agreeable adventures first. and slipped in the | most tear-jerking | psuedo-death since Baloo

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I Rumble Fish(18) (Francis Ford Coppola. US. 1983) Mickey Rourke. Dennis Hopper. Matt Dillon. 94 mins. Electrifying expressionist visuals grace an existentialist parable about the need to forge one‘s own identity and the alienation it can bring. Intense and stylish. (ClC) £24.50 I This Is Spinal Tap (15) (Rob Reiner. US. 1983) Christopher Guest. Michael McKean. Harry Shearer. 82 mins. Classic spoof. if you will, rockumentary following the on-the-road antics of top heavy metal outfit Spinal Tap. as they cope with expanding egos and ever-decreasing stage sets. Hilarious interviews with the band members show offthe American cast‘s finely rendered English metal accents. A winner. (Embassy) £9.99 I Under Fire ( 15) (Roger Spotiswoode. US. 1983) Nick Nolte. Gene Hackman. Joanna Cassidy. 127 mins. Seen-it-all Hackman. eager scoop-hunter Cassidy and cool lensman Nolte are three journalists finding themselves once more caught up in a South American conflict. except that the conduct ofthe American-backed Somosa government makes them challenge their neutrality. Splendidly exciting and romantic adventure that‘s also an intelligent examination of the role of the media in such situations. (Virgin)£9.99 I Zelig (PG) (Woody Allen. US. 1983) Woody Allen. Mia Farrow. 79 mins. A marvellous technical achievement for starters. Allen‘s extraordinary one-joke movie about non-person Leonard Zelig‘s chameleon-like ability to blend in with his surroundings (be it a Nazi rally or F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s birthday party) could turn out to be one of his least typical but best films. (Warner)£9.99


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Rudolph. US. 1984) Keith Carradine. Genevieve Bujold. Lesley Anne Warren. 106 mins. Warren‘s neon-lit bar is the centre stage for all manner of characters to search for love and romance. while Bujold's agony aunt. solving everyone‘s problems. is the loneliest ofall. Marvellous kaleidoscope of shifting affections. gathering together Rudolph‘s usual gallery of players in a teasing. infinitely engrossing film typical of his mercurial style. (Channel 5)£9.99

I Dance Wih A Stranger (15) Rupert Everett. Miranda Richardson. lan Holm. 102 mins. Peroxided Richardson is Ruth Ellis. the last woman in Britain to be hanged. and the film follows the class-crossed intrigue with Messrs Holm and upper class cad Everett from the seedy hostess bars of Soho to the gallows. A fine eye for the dinginess of Fifties London marks this as superior film-making. Everett and Richardson are both excellent. but where are they now? (CBS/Fox) £9.99

I A Nightmare On Elm Sheet ( l8) (Wes Craven. US, 1984) Robert Englund. Heather Langenkamp. John Saxon. 91 mins. High-school kids are terrorised by the delightful Freddy (he of the flambe features and uncompromising hand-wear) in their potentially fatal dreams. Much more disturbing than most teen-slash by dint of its surreal special effects. the hard edge of this initial exercise has been cumulatively dissipated by a series of sequels designed solely for the popcorn trade.(CBS/Fox) £9.99

I Once Upon A Time In America ( l8) (Sergio Leone. US. 1983) Robert de Niro. James Woods. Elizabeth McGovern. 228 mins. The story oftwo chfldhoodffiendsand their early entrepreneurial activities. which blossom into careers in organised crime and politics. Leone's epic chronicle scrutinises the emergent American society of the early 20th century through the aspirations of the mob. Mammoth and often unforgivably vicious. yet somehow also lyrical and telling. Look out for shortened versions. (Warner) £9.99

I Stranger Than Paradise Jim Jarmusch‘s (‘annes prize-winner is a minimalist treat. following the adventures

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