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The cases for 10 films that exist in unfair infamy

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Perhaps the most intriguing of this week's Blu-ray releases is Magical Mystery Tour, the Beatles' 1967 television film that was famously roasted by critics, cementing its reputation as some sort of epic folly by the lads from Liverpool. But here's what's interesting about watching Magical Mystery Tour now, with that common wisdom in mind: It's kind of great. This sort of thing happens all the time, of course. Imperfect, odd, or merely unconventional films are released and get labeled as some sort of flop, and the reputation sticks. But some films haven't earned their bad rep, and below, we take a look at Magical Mystery Tour and nine other movies that are better than you've heard.

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Jason Bailey is the film editor at Flavorwire, and has also written for Slate, Salon, and the Village Voice.

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