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DVD Verdict 10-15-2004 09:09 AM

DVD Verdict reviews: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (COLORIZED) and more!
 
Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of THE AGONY OF LOVE / THE GIRL WITH
THE HUNGRY EYES, BELLS OF CORONADO, THE CHALLENGE 2.0, KAENA: THE
PROPHECY, KICHIKU DAI ENKAI, LADY TERMINATOR, THE LAST GREAT WILDERNESS,
THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (COLORIZED), THE SHOW,
and TALES FROM THE CRAPPER:


THE AGONY OF LOVE / THE GIRL WITH THE HUNGRY EYES (reviewed by Bill
Gibron, overall score 71/100):
"Barbara Morton is a typical rich 1960s suburbanite, which means she's
got problems out the ying yang. She is trapped in a loveless marriage
with investment broker-turned-attention eunuch Barton. She is plagued by
nightmares in which she worships and/or is stripped of large amounts of
money. Oh, and she's a hooker...you know, for kicks."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/agonygirl.php

BELLS OF CORONADO (reviewed by Barrie Maxwell, overall score 65/100):
"The film is a typical example of the Rogers films of the time. It's a
polished production that takes advantage of Republic's great expertise
in B-westerns."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/bellscoronado.php

THE CHALLENGE 2.0 (reviewed by Rob Lineberger, overall score 68/100):
"No one will confuse these short films with big-budget productions, or
even low-budget indie flicks that have the benefits of time and polish.
The actors had no time to practice. The writers had no time to rewrite.
The editors did not see the footage one day at a time; they were handed
a whole bundle of footage and told to make a movie with it in 24 hours.
If certain scenes lack a professional touch, be it through sleep-
deprived giddiness, paused line delivery, occasional crackles in the
sound, and the like, the oversights get a carte blanche pass."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/challenge2.php

KAENA: THE PROPHECY (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 65/100):
"I can't imagine anyone being happy with a purchase of this disc. While
some of the animation is nice, enough of it is far enough out of date
that it does not even succeed as pure eye candy anymore."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/kaenaprophecy.php

KICHIKU DAI ENKAI (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall score 39/100):
"One could easily skip ahead the first forty minutes of this film, to
when the creepiness and blood start up, and be no worse for the wear.
That's not to say the last forty minutes are any better, mind you...but
they're awfully violent. At least that's something, I guess."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/kichikudaienkai.php

LADY TERMINATOR (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 72/100):
"Lady Terminatorhas it all: sex, violence, hairstyles that should be
outlawed in the free world, and eyes shooting laser beams. Be warned,
however, that in the end, what may be terminated are you brain
synapses."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/ladyterminator.php

THE LAST GREAT WILDERNESS (reviewed by George Hatch, overall
score 45/100):
"The Last Great Wilderness had a lot of potential, but lost focus and
failed to unify two interesting plotlines. There's too much padding, and
not enough coordination of ideas. If the director had exercised more
control over the improvisational 'contributions' from the cast, and
tightened scenes instead of expanding them, the film might have been a
unique psychological thriller."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/la...wilderness.php

THE LIFE OF DAVID GALE (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 20/100):
"If Gale were black or blue-collar, there would be no movie here. Or
maybe Gale would have to have magical powers to elevate him beyond race
and class, like in The Green Mile. But all The Life of David Gale needs
is to point out that Gale is a white intellectual, and the real
political problems behind the death penalty get swept behind the
woodpile. Aw, we say, what a waste of genius. He must be innocent."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/lifedavidgale.php

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (COLORIZED) (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall
score 50/100):
"With the far more effective (if equally misguided) colorization of
Carnival of Souls and now Night of the Living Dead, they've manage to
destroy two of the founding black-and-white fright flicks of all time.
While it may not be the reputation they sought, it will be the badge of
dishonor they wear from now on. There is no reason for this disc to
exist. Hopefully, we will be able to say the same for Off Color's
business plan sometime in the not too distant future."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/notldcolorized.php

THE SHOW (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall score 70/100):
"The Show should have been a sweeping epic of hip-hoppery and rap
culture, something grandiose and meaningful, with a lingering
message...but instead, it mixes the worst elements of a public service
announcement with tiny segments of concert footage, and sort of sits
there, languishing in its buffoonery like a fish floundering out of
water. It has the right intentions, but gets the presentation jumbled up
quite badly."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/theshow.php

TALES FROM THE CRAPPER (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score
65/100):
"Bottom line: If you're into things with low-brow humor, more nudity
than most Super Bowl halftime shows, and buckets of fake blood, and you
don't require any semblance of cohesion in your narrative flow, then
it's possible you wouldn't despise Tales from the Crapper."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/talesfromcrapper.php

Mike Jackson
Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
www.dvdverdict.com


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