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      06-14-2005
Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of AU HASARD BALTHAZAR: CRITERION
COLLECTION, A DIRTY SHAME, HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1943): CRITERION COLLECTION,
HOXSEY: HOW HEALING BECOMES A CRIME, KAGEMUSHA: CRITERION COLLECTION,
THE NOMI SONG: THE KLAUS NOMI ODYSSEY, NO REST FOR THE BRAVE, NOTRE
MUSIQUE, POSSESSED, SIXTEEN YEARS OF ALCOHOL, WATERHOLE #3, and THE
WOMEN (2005 RELEASE):


AU HASARD BALTHAZAR: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Joe Armenio,
overall score 98/100):
"To look in that elephant's eye, or to hear Balthazar's bray, is to
wonder what it means to be alive; not for nothing did Jean-Luc Godard
call this film 'the world in an hour and a half.'"

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

A DIRTY SHAME (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 93/100):
"A Dirty Shame will divide both camps of John Waters fans. The people
who love the more commercial films, like Hairspray, Pecker or Serial
Mom, will find this too crude and puerile for their tastes. And the
people rallying for another Pink Flamingos or Female Trouble will find
it too restrained."

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

HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1943): CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Brett Cullum,
overall score 93/100):
"Heaven Can Wait is a classic film that has been underrated for many
years. It was overshadowed by some of its contemporaries, as well as by
some of the greater works in Lubitsch's body of work. It's nice to see
it getting the Criterion treatment, and I doubt anyone will question its
place in the collection."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/heavencanwait1943.php

HOXSEY: HOW HEALING BECOMES A CRIME (reviewed by Mac McEntire, overall
score 77/100):
"Although the filmmakers here seem to want to depict Hoxsey as the 'good
guy' and the medical world as the 'bad guy,' there is too much of a grey
area in between, and there are far too many unanswered questions for any
viewer to know which side to take."

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

KAGEMUSHA: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by a panel, overall
score 91/100):
"Kurosawa suggests that the rule of a Kingdom requires a balance between
absolute control and the sacrifice of power. From his own past in
aristocracy as well as his struggles to get both of these films made,
perhaps they can also be seen as a reflection of the last few years of
Kurosawa's own life."

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

THE NOMI SONG: THE KLAUS NOMI ODYSSEY (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall
score 90/100):
"Nomi will always be an icon to a certain time in the temperament of
music, a moment when experimentation could equal and embrace
entertainment to create novelty out of the most bizarre and outrageous
circumstances. And it's a testament to his striking visual appeal that,
more than two decades since his death, he remains a symbol of style and
subversion."

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

NO REST FOR THE BRAVE (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 87/100):
"Fans of Donnie Darko will be in familiar territory, and Mulholland Dr.
veterans will handle the reality shifts with ease. It's a film that begs
for multiple viewings, since the French flies fast and furious, and
keeping up with the subtitles juxtaposed with the images will be a
challenge. In the end, it is a rewarding journey, and always
interesting. It's profound, esoteric, and frustrating all at once."

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

NOTRE MUSIQUE (reviewed by Joe Armenio, overall score 80/100):
"I couldn't help sympathizing with those antsy students as I watched
this hermetic, humorless, stodgy work, one drained of the vitality and
joy of cinema that animates Godard's greatest films."

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

POSSESSED (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 93/100):
"The 'hell hath no fury' story is a prime example of finding your 'inner
bitch' and running with her, all neatly disguised and passed off as
mental illness. You've got to love that. Possessed is proof positive
that Joan Crawford was Hollywood's best film noir leading man."

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

SIXTEEN YEARS OF ALCOHOL (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall
score 87/100):
"There is a long-standing tradition of social realism in British cinema
for handling themes of trauma, substance abuse, violence, and social
oppression; social realism is as an inherently and fundamental British
film genre as can exist, one which Sixteen Years of Alcohol completely
and utterly ignores."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/16yearsalcohol.php

WATERHOLE #3 (reviewed by Russell Engebretson, overall score 78/100):
"No one will mistake this comedic oater for Blazing Saddles, but the
script does display some occasional wicked humor, and the odd comic
pairing of Carroll O'Connor and James Coburn actually works."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/waterhole3.php

THE WOMEN (2005 RELEASE) (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall
score 93/100):
"It's got a great gimmick -- the huge cast is comprised entirely of
women -- and some of the snappiest dialogue this side of the Algonquin
round table, thanks to the screen adaptation by Anita Loos and Jane
Murfin. The result: one of the fastest, bitchiest, outright funnest
films of Hollywood's golden age."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/women2005release.php

Mike Jackson
Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
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