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      12-07-2004
Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ALICE IN ACIDLAND / SMOKE AND
FLESH, CLIFFHANGER: SUPERBIT EDITION, FORGOTTEN SILVER, GRAVEYARD OF
HONOR, KOTCH, LOVE ME IF YOU DARE, THE MISSING: SUPERBIT EDITION, THE
MORE THE MERRIER, S.W.A.T.: SUPERBIT EDITION, TONGAN NINJA, and ULTIMATE
PARTY COLLECTION: DAZED AND CONFUSED / FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH:


ALICE IN ACIDLAND / SMOKE AND FLESH (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall
score 84/100):
"Whoever sold us this oregano of an opiate should be sprayed with
Paraquat ASAP. With a title as tempting as this, our Mary Jane journey
should have been a sizable dime bag better."

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

CLIFFHANGER: SUPERBIT EDITION (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall
score 81/100):
"Although the film is easily dismissed, the technical prowess of this
disc is quite impressive."

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

FORGOTTEN SILVER (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway, overall score 93/100):
"Forgotten Silver is shot and structured exactly like an ordinary
television documentary; I've seen it a handful of times, and I sometimes
still forget it's a fake."

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

GRAVEYARD OF HONOR (reviewed by Rob Lineberger, overall score 78/100):
"Fukasaku would have us believe that Graveyard of Honor is an actual or
implied biography of Rikio Ishikawa, a hardboiled account of life on the
streets. This conceit is as convincing as those anti-marijuana school
films, with the grim detective condemning the unpitiable stoners."

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

KOTCH (reviewed by Bill Treadway, overall score 93/100):
"For an actor who was often accused of going over the top in his
performances, Lemmon shows aptitude and restraint in terms of working
with his actors, guiding many to career best work. He also knows how to
use his camera, employing it as another character rather than a fancy
gimmick. Lemmon shows such a filmmaking gift that it is a shame he never
directed another film."

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

LOVE ME IF YOU DARE (reviewed by Rob Lineberger, overall score 79/100):
"Love Me if You Dare is a good film that synthesizes many inspirations
into a fresh tale. It captures the cruel heart of Wuthering Heights
and the flair of Amelie, as well as the horrific-attractive patina of
Fight Club."

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

THE MISSING: SUPERBIT EDITION (reviewed by Patrick Naugle, overall
score 84/100):
"With The Missing, Howard has crafted a movie that is pure popcorn
entertainment, and little else -- but does that always have to be a
bad thing?"

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

THE MORE THE MERRIER (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score 93/100):
"Patriotism as much as the liberating impulses of screwball are at work
here, and the war itself serves as both a catalyst and plot device in
key parts of the story. The More the Merrier shows the movies heading
into the era when the solidity of marriage and family life, rather than
the zany freedoms of romance, would be a paramount value."

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

S.W.A.T.: SUPERBIT EDITION (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway, overall
score 75/100):
"This disc is a great technical achievement, but the film itself is a
bit lacking. I think Superbit fans, or anyone looking for some new demo
material, will be pleased with this release; as for anyone wondering if
it's worth upgrading from the original release -- it's not."

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

TONGAN NINJA (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 82/100):
"This is a ninja movie on PCP. Writer/director Jason Stutter has crafted
a straight-up surreal take on the kung-fu flick genre. The entire movie
is poorly dubbed, the action scenes are mockeries, and the plot is
nonsensical."

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

ULTIMATE PARTY COLLECTION: DAZED AND CONFUSED / FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT
HIGH (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall score 90/100):
"In all, while I enjoy both films (with my obvious preference being
Dazed and Confused), the promise of an Ultimate Party Collection is a
studio rip-off in a cheap cardboard wrapper."

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

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