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DVD Verdict 02-24-2005 09:11 AM

DVD Verdict reviews: EXTREME MAKEOVER FITNESS: WEIGHT LOSS WORKOUT FOR BEGINNERS and more!
 
Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of 11,000 CLICKS: MOLOKO LIVE,
AMERICAN HOT ROD, BLONDIE: LIVE (EAGLE VISION RELEASE), A CLAY AIKEN
CHRISTMAS, CYBERTEAM IN AKIHABARA: CYBER GE (VOLUME 1), THE DAICHIS:
EARTH'S DEFENSE FAMILY: DYSFUNCTIONAL HEROES (VOLUME 1), ETHICS AND THE
WORLD CRISIS, EXTREME MAKEOVER FITNESS: WEIGHT LOSS WORKOUT FOR
BEGINNERS, FREESTYLE, GOLDFRAPP: WONDERFUL ELECTRIC: LIVE IN LONDON, THE
HIGH COMMISSIONER, A JERSEY TALE, LAST DANCE, R.O.D. THE TV: THE TURNING
POINT (VOLUME 4), and SOUNDSTAGE PRESENTS TOM PETTY AND THE
HEARTBREAKERS: LIVE IN CONCERT:


11,000 CLICKS: MOLOKO LIVE (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall
score 88/100):
"While the melodies are intricate and evocative and the backing dense
and detailed, there will still be those who hear what the band has to
offer and resign themselves to one sad statement: It pretty much all
sounds the same."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/11...molokolive.php

AMERICAN HOT ROD (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 78/100):
"This isn't some Pimp My Ride extravaganza or tricked-out take on
overhauling your pathetic Pinto. This is a serious look at an equally
intense group of people who love just about everything about the
American automobile (no foreign fender benders need apply here). These
are individuals who defend cruising, relish in the reality of drag
racing, and can't get enough of interstate speed challenges; men and
women who fell in love with cars as kids and never got the smell of
octane or axle grease out of their memories."

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

BLONDIE: LIVE (EAGLE VISION RELEASE) (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall
score 75/100):
"If I have any reservations about the band's performance, it's that
Blondie's new material has edged considerably closer to the realm of
adult contemporary soft pop. While this may reflect the graceful aging
of both the band and their audience, there's no denying that the new
songs are distinctly inferior to the band's classic work, which always
had a biting edge to it."

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

A CLAY AIKEN CHRISTMAS (reviewed by Lacey Worrell, overall score
75/100):
"Aiken does fine work on the underappreciated standard 'The Christmas
Waltz,' as well as 'Mary Did You Know,' a song that, when sung by Kenny
Rogers, makes me cringe and want to hide under the couch."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/cl...nchristmas.php

CYBERTEAM IN AKIHABARA: CYBER GE (VOLUME 1) (reviewed by Sandra Dozier,
overall score 65/100):
"Yes, someone has been taking in too much caffeine, then staying up all
night before writing the script."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/cyberteamvol1.php

THE DAICHIS: EARTH'S DEFENSE FAMILY: DYSFUNCTIONAL HEROES (VOLUME 1)
(reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 72/100):
"In case you have been chomping at the bit to see an anime series with
the most dysfunctional family ever, here is your chance."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/daichisvol1.php

ETHICS AND THE WORLD CRISIS (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall
score 70/100):
"After wading through an hour of this, with no subtitles and
occasionally garbled sound (a product of the live recording process),
the viewer might feel a little disconnected. The live segments are
constantly interrupted by taped segments of the participants continuing
to press their particular agendas. Each thematic unit (media, economics,
environmentalism, et cetera) lasts no longer than it takes to lay out
one side of the issue without debate. And we hear far too much from
everyone except the Dalai Lama."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/et...orldcrisis.php

EXTREME MAKEOVER FITNESS: WEIGHT LOSS WORKOUT FOR BEGINNERS (reviewed by
Amanda DeWees, overall score 95/100):
"Incorporating all three areas of fitness -- cardio (aerobics), strength
training, and stretching -- the program offers many options to the home
exerciser to maximize choice and flexibility. More than any other DVD
workout program I've seen, this one takes advantage of the format and
options offered by the medium to give the viewer total control in
constructing a workout to suit individual fitness level, goals,
schedule, and preferences."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/ex...verfitness.php

FREESTYLE (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 75/100):
"Finally there is the big dance exhibition, the event for which Friedman
and his pupils have been practicing. Granted, there's some skilled
busting of moves on display here, but it's not tailored toward
furthering your dance career."

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

GOLDFRAPP: WONDERFUL ELECTRIC: LIVE IN LONDON (reviewed by Bill Gibron,
overall score 82/100):
"Goldfrapp makes music that is hard to define. Many of their songs
recall the lost soundtrack to an eerie Gothic romance, or a mysterious
noirish thriller. Their instrumentation runs the gamut from obscure
electronic noises to a quartet of violins."

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

THE HIGH COMMISSIONER (reviewed by Maurice Cobbs, overall score 80/100):
"Christopher Plummer is marvelous as the dreamy and idealistic diplomat
who may -- or may not -- be a murderer. Although he's very elegant,
there is pure, tempered steel behind Sir James's clear blue eyes, and it
makes you wonder...and that wondering helps inject an extra degree of
tension into the story."

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

A JERSEY TALE (reviewed by Aaron Bossig, overall score 80/100):
"While A Jersey Tale is a fairly good movie, at first glance, it's not
entirely easy to see why. Yes, it's competently made, and has some
decent acting in it. But what exactly serves to separate it from all the
other young-guy-gets-pulled- into-the-mob movies that continue to pop
up? It's not found in a unique storyline, or in a groundbreaking
directorial style. It's in the small things."

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

LAST DANCE (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 90/100):
"Many times movies about dance seem to miss what's at the core of any
performance, but Last Dance triumphantly captures the entire experience
flawlessly with a lot of flair. It's a love story on several levels.
There is the love of what they are doing here, or a love for dance.
There is also the story of Maurice Sendak falling in love with the
entire group as he comes to appreciate them and admire their prowess."

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

R.O.D. THE TV: THE TURNING POINT (VOLUME 4) (reviewed by Mike Pinsky,
overall score 91/100):
"Yes, character development. In this sense, R.O.D. is a far cry from its
ostensible inspiration, Charlie's Angels. They might both be slickly
directed and rely on cheesecake disguised as female empowerment. But
Hideyuki Kurata is no McG, and I mean that in the nicest way."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/rodtvvol4.php

SOUNDSTAGE PRESENTS TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS: LIVE IN CONCERT
(reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway, overall score 92/100):
"The band hit the Soundstage theater in 2003; the plan called for them
to play 13 or 14 songs, but they ended up playing more than thirty.
They mixed original material (including three new songs) with a
variety of covers and even tossed in a tune from Petty's days as a
Traveling Wilbury."

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

Mike Jackson
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