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      10-19-2004
Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of A MAN ESCAPED, GOTHAM, THE
INVISIBLE MAN: THE LEGACY COLLECTION, I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND, THE ROAD
TO BALI, SECRET HONOR: CRITERION COLLECTION, TOUCHING WILD HORSES, VAN
HELSING, and YOUNG THUGS: INNOCENT BLOOD:


A MAN ESCAPED (reviewed by David Ryan, overall score 91/100):
"Given that this is a true story, and that the very title of the film
gives the ending away, you might think this film lacks suspense. (I
mean, you can't write a tale of your escape from prison if you're dead
-- at least as far as I know...) Nothing could be further from the
truth. Bresson's unique style works wonders for this story."

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

GOTHAM (reviewed by Maurice Cobbs, overall score 76/100):
"At its heart, Gotham is a stylish and atmospheric tale chock full
of symbolism and with fantastic leading actors in Jones and Madsen.
Where the movie begins to break down is in the clumsy direction and
the screenplay; the dialogue runs the gamut from stale to absurd,
and the film is dotted with plot holes large enough to drive a beer
truck through."

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

THE INVISIBLE MAN: THE LEGACY COLLECTION (reviewed by Amanda DeWees,
overall score 88/100):
"Gloria Stuart's Flora is downright annoying; she seems to have only
one emotion -- anguish. On the other hand, she does look very
attractive in the succession of elegant bias-cut negligees and
afternoon gowns that she models, so perhaps that's why Kemp and Griffin
both want to marry her. Just because men turn invisible doesn't mean
they no longer have eyes."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/in...emanlegacy.php

I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall
score 80/100):
"I Wanna Hold Your Hand is energetic, but in a joyless way; lively, but
not fun. There's no fondness or nostalgia for the time period -- the
film lacks any sweetness. That's not to say being sweet is a
prerequisite, but at least it would make for a point of view on the
material -- something the film is lacking."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/iw...ldyourhand.php

THE ROAD TO BALI (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall score 73/100):
"If you enjoyed their previous comic excursions into vivid vacation
spots like Singapore, Zanzibar, or Morocco, don't unpack your bags
just yet."

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

SECRET HONOR: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall
score 86/100):
"Hall's work as Nixon doesn't necessarily work because of its range, but
rather the opposite -- he's astoundingly consistent. The Nixon of Secret
Honor doesn't run the gambit of emotions, gradually shifting from anger
to sadness; a lesser film would have eventually had him breaking down
into tears out of shame and guilt. Hall's Nixon, though, is a mad dog
for the full ninety minutes, barking and spewing rage, profanity, and
invective at a laundry list of political participants."

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

TOUCHING WILD HORSES (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score 85/100):
"Family movies, the good ones, strike a delicate balance. They must
engage our wonder and our hearts, moving us to feel emotions with the
unself-consciousness of children instead of distancing ourselves with
grown-up cynicism. Yet if they err even by the weight of a feather too
far on the side of emotionalism, they go crashing down in maudlin
sentiment. Touching Wild Horses is burdened with a title that seems to
brand it as belonging to the schmaltzy side of the balance, but it
actually does a pretty good job of avoiding gooeyness."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/to...wildhorses.php

VAN HELSING (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall score 71/100):
"The film is a relentless assault on the senses -- a cinematic power
drill to your skull -- that wrings you out without reward. It's the
special effects-event-movie taken to its worst degree; character, story,
and entertainment aren't important as long as everyone jumps around and
yells a lot and everything costs three times what it should have."

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

YOUNG THUGS: INNOCENT BLOOD (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall
score 79/100):
"I often find Miike's movies hard to pin down. Many of them draw in
quite a few disparate elements, and they don't always blend as well as
they could. In some of his movies, this works to his advantage,
because we never quite know where he is going to take us next. In this
case, however, things never come together in a meaningful or
entertaining way."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/yo...ocentblood.php

Mike Jackson
Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
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