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      09-20-2004
Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BORN RICH, CANDYMAN: SPECIAL
EDITION, FLIPPER (1963), FLIPPER'S NEW ADVENTURE, HAXAN: CRITERION
COLLECTION, STAGE FRIGHT (1950), THE VANISHING: CRITERION COLLECTION,
VIDEODROME: CRITERION COLLECTION, and THE WHO: LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT
FESTIVAL 1970:


BORN RICH (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score 84/100):
"Many of the other subjects seem unpretentious and down-to-earth, which
makes the violent reaction against Johnson's documentary among his
wealthy peers all the more surprising. In some cases, I kid you not, we
actually pity the poor little rich kids. But then we'll see them
collecting handbags and antique telephones and snap out of it."

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

CANDYMAN: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score
89/100):
"Though never reaching the level of undeniable classic, Candyman is
still a mesmerizing movie with more meaning than most dances with
the devil."

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

FLIPPER (1963) (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 82/100):
"You grown-ups probably won't get too much out of this. Seriously, the
movie is about some kid frolicking with a dolphin, so unless you're
plastered on paint thinner or sipping a prescription pain medication
frappe, Flipper may not be that compelling for you."

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

FLIPPER'S NEW ADVENTURE (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score
81/100):
"He's on a deserted island with almost no supplies. Now what? Well,
thankfully, the audience isn't subjected to the unsavory sight of a hunger-
crazed young boy killing and eating his pet dolphin, because a sea-going
hostage crisis soon unfolds."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/fl...wadventure.php

HAXAN: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall
score 91/100):
"Cultural definitions -- the taxonomies that shape our social identities
with regard to gender, race, class, etc. -- are invariably part of
systems of power. To paraphrase Brother William, a former Inquisitor
himself, in The Name of the Rose, scratch the heretic and you will find
a leper underneath."

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

STAGE FRIGHT (1950) (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score 90/100):
"Minor Hitchcock? Perhaps. But Stage Fright is a skillfully crafted, well-
acted, enjoyable film, and for my money it's more entertaining than some
higher-profile Hitchcock works."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/stagefright1950.php

THE VANISHING: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall
score 95/100):
"Fans of either contemporary or classic thrillers will not be
disappointed by The Vanishing. It has an accessibility that I have
rarely seen in philosophically-minded European films, making it a great
introduction for people that are interested in extending their cinematic
horizons."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/va...gcriterion.php

VIDEODROME: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by David Ryan, overall
score 100/100):
"Frequently typecast as a purveyor of gross-out horror films,
Cronenberg's work, like Hitchcock's before him, transcends the typical
'monster jumping out of the bushes' scare tactics of traditional horror.
His films are more psychological, more thoughtful, and ultimately more
intelligent than those of his horror peers."

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

THE WHO: LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL 1970 (reviewed by Bill
Gibron, overall score 89/100):
"While the Beatles were 'pop and roll' masters, crafting perfect paeans
to all aspects of life, and the Rolling Stones shuffled and stuttered
across the entire rhythm and blues canon, the Who -- and specifically
chief songwriter Pete Townshend -- was immersed in the spiritual power
of music."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/whoislewight1970.php

Mike Jackson
Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
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