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      04-18-2005
Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ALFIE (2004), THE BAND WAGON:
SPECIAL EDITION, BLUE CHIPS, FINIAN'S RAINBOW, FIRST DAUGHTER, LAST LIFE
IN THE UNIVERSE, LAUREL AND HARDY II, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER
SELLERS, MAX AND RUBY: SPRINGTIME FOR MAX AND RUBY, THE PHILADELPHIA
STORY: SPECIAL EDITION, and THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL:


ALFIE (2004) (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall score 77/100):
"There's more than a hint of sadness in Alfie, but also a hint of hope.
Old habits may die hard, but that doesn't mean they can't die."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/alfie2004.php

THE BAND WAGON: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by Bryan Pope, overall
score 93/100):
"While today's blockbusters are fueled mostly by whiplash editing and
pulse-pounding soundtracks, old-school musical comedies like The Band
Wagon got their juice from genuine star power and good, old-fashioned,
showbiz know-how."

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

BLUE CHIPS (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 82/100):
"Blue Chips isn't necessarily a sports movie; it's a cautionary tale
that just happens to be about basketball. Don't expect to be uplifted;
Blue Chips is not Hoosiers or Rudy. Director William Friedkin and writer
Ron Shelton have lifted a rock and made a film about what lurks
underneath."

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

FINIAN'S RAINBOW (reviewed by Joe Armenio, overall score 78/100):
"Indeed, seen in the political context of 1968, the film begins to seem
somewhat unintentionally despairing in its suggestion that racial
harmony can only exist in a leprechaun-riddled fantasyland."

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

FIRST DAUGHTER (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall score 70/100):
"Watching First Daughter is a bit like being hit repeatedly with a blunt
object that happens to be made of Nerf -- it doesn't cause any harm, but
it feels kind of pointless and gets old after a while."

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

LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE (reviewed by Jesse Ataide, overall
score 95/100):
"A film so delicate, so dreamlike and ethereal in nature seems to defy
all attempts to translate its magic into writing, as if the mere act of
giving it some kind of written validation will cause it to shrivel up
and disappear like a hallucination or dream. It's not an easy film to
review, but it's one that's impossible to forget."

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

LAUREL AND HARDY II (reviewed by Joe Armenio, overall score 78/100):
"In all of the films here there's a scene in which Stan causes his
partner to become humorously covered in something, then attentively
dusts him off while Ollie glares at him with a sort of benign outrage.
Yet we know that for all of his fake bluster Mr. Hardy will never
leave Mr. Laurel, since they belong together, and all is right with
the world."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/laurelandhardy2.php

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall
score 92/100):
"Sometimes I just don't want to know that behind the mask there is
nothing of any value. It destroys the illusion. I recommend the film,
but place a warning that it may make you feel a little weary of this
comic genius."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/li...tersellers.php

MAX AND RUBY: SPRINGTIME FOR MAX AND RUBY (reviewed by Rob Lineberger,
overall score 84/100):
"My son sat enthralled for the entire six episodes (we cleverly did not
engage the bonus episodes) and wailed pitifully when they were over. He
walks around the house with the DVD case clutched in his hands, as
though it will magically start playing if he holds it tight enough. Safe
to say this one's a hit."

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

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by Dan Mancini,
overall score 98/100):
"Her original intention was to cast Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy as her
co-stars, but when neither actor was available, the poor woman had to
settle for Cary Grant (His Girl Friday) and James Stewart (Vertigo)."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/ph...hiastoryse.php

THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall
score 77/100):
"It's a fair question to ask how a movie in which many of the scenes
were staged and all of the dialogue was scripted can be nominated for an
Academy Award in the Documentary Feature category, as Byambasuren Davaa
and Luigi Falorni's The Story of the Weeping Camel was this year. "

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

Mike Jackson
Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
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