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Ridley Scott's 1977 debut, The Duellists, proves a welcome addition to Netflix in a difficult week for the company

Ah, January: the month that sparkles with revived possibility and unspoiled options. Unless, of course, you're a Netflix subscriber. Groggy revellers browsing the streaming service in search of hangover entertainment from New Year's Day onward will have found the selection somewhat smaller: owing to licensing expirations and financial constraints, nearly 500 titles, ranging from Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps to Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, had vanished from the virtual shelves by 5 January.

The addition of 80-odd new titles, many of them disposable, doesn't exactly cushion the blow. Still, there are some welcome new arrivals, among them Andrea Arnold's stunning formalist revision of Wuthering Heights, Lee Daniels's lovably lurid potboiler The Paperboy and this week's clear streaming highlight: Ridley Scott's The Duellists. An inspired, literate Joseph Conrad adaptation, »

- Guy Lodge

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