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DVD Verdict reviews: VINCENT AND THEO, WERNER HERZOG SHORT FILMS (THE GREAT ECSTASY OF THE SCULPTOR STEINER/HOW MUCH WOOD WOULD A WOODCHUCK CHUCK/LA SOUFRIERE), and more!

 
 
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      12-02-2005
Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE,
THE ESCAPE ARTIST, IZO, A MAN CALLED MAGNUM, ONE MISSED CALL, SEVEN
DEATHS IN THE CAT'S EYE, THE STORY OF MARIE AND JULIEN, TELL THEM WHO
YOU ARE, VINCENT AND THEO, WALL, and WERNER HERZOG SHORT FILMS (THE
GREAT ECSTASY OF THE SCULPTOR STEINER/HOW MUCH WOOD WOULD A WOODCHUCK
CHUCK/LA SOUFRIERE):


THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall
score 94/100):
"While many gialli are flawed by nonsensical, throwaway plots that only
serve to highlight the intended stylish visuals, The Bird with the
Crystal Plumage is an engaging Hitchcockian 'innocent man' thriller,
another superior giallo from the dark mind Argento that makes a bold
impression while happily retaining some logical sense."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/bi...talplumage.php

THE ESCAPE ARTIST (reviewed by Mac McEntire, overall score 83/100):
"Just who was this movie made for? I'm not sure. It's a little too adult
to be a kids' movie, and yet it's just 'kiddie' enough that it can't
pass for a full-on drama."

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

IZO (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 70/100):
"Izo may well be Japanese cult favorite Takashi Miike's philosophical
magnum opus."

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

A MAN CALLED MAGNUM (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall score 73/100):
"It didn't have to be this way, but A Man Called Magnum's sole
concession to originality is exhausted pretty early on."

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

ONE MISSED CALL (reviewed by Brendan Babish, overall score 79/100):
"The problem is, it just doesn't feel like a Miike film. However, it
does successfully embody many traits of a good J-horror movie: a cute
female lead, ghosts with long black hair, the demonization of modern
technology, and a clever high-concept plot."

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

SEVEN DEATHS IN THE CAT'S EYE (reviewed by Bryan Pope, overall
score 80/100):
"Seven Deaths is often classified as a giallo, but unfairly so. Despite
a few giallo elements, the film's regal production design, grisly humor,
and supernatural elements make it a second cousin to the horror films
Hammer Studios churned out in the late '60s and early '70s."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/se...sincatseye.php

THE STORY OF MARIE AND JULIEN (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall
score 90/100):
"Those seeking a cinematic change of pace will find The Story of Marie
and Julien -- like so many of Rivette's films -- evocative and poetic.
It is not only intelligent, but willing to assume the same of its
audience."

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

TELL THEM WHO YOU ARE (reviewed by Jennifer Malkowski, overall
score 87/100):
"Unfortunately, this movie is marketed like an unimaginative tribute
full of talking heads, which it thankfully is not."

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

VINCENT AND THEO (reviewed by Jesse Ataide, overall score 87/100):
"It's easy to find comparisons between Vincent Van Gogh and Robert
Altman. Both march to the beat of their own drums. Both have been
described numerous times as maverick; eccentric. Both are visionary
artists with an undeniably unique vision that changed the respective art
forms that they worked in."

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

WALL (reviewed by Brendan Babish, overall score 65/100):
"While Ms. Bitton may have avoided controversial topics in an effort to
advance empathy for the Palestinian cause, Wall's failure to address
these central points of contention between Israelis and Palestinians
does a disservice to those hoping to learn more about Middle East
politics and ultimately leaves the movie flat and unfulfilling."

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

WERNER HERZOG SHORT FILMS (THE GREAT ECSTASY OF THE SCULPTOR STEINER/HOW
MUCH WOOD WOULD A WOODCHUCK CHUCK/LA SOUFRIERE) (reviewed by Kerry
Birmingham, overall score 85/100):
"Interest in the films will vary depending on your investment in the
subject matter. In a collection that includes sports, natural disaster,
and, uh, cattle, there's a wide breadth of subjects that will either
captivate or bore."

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

Mike Jackson
Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
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