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      01-19-2006
Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BLOODLINE, CHANG, GATCHAMAN,
COLLECTION 4 (VOLUMES 7 AND , GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX:
2ND GIG (VOLUME 2), GHOST STORIES SEMESTER 2: SOPHOMORE SCARES (VOLUME
2), GRASS, THE HISTORY CHANNEL: BATTLE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
MILITARY, MEZZO: COMPLETE COLLECTION, PICTURE PERFECT, and SAMURAI X:
DIRECTOR'S CUT COLLECTION:


BLOODLINE (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 84/100):
"Just when you think you might have the plot nailed and the characters
figured out, they unleash another barrage of twists. I found this aspect
both rewarding and irritating."

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

CHANG (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 92/100):
"Is it cruel to kill all these animals, or is this a realistic depiction
of survival? Chang plays both ways, which is what makes it even more
interesting now than in 1927, when audiences never would have seen the
actions of Kru and the villagers as problematic."

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

GATCHAMAN, COLLECTION 4 (VOLUMES 7 AND (reviewed by Mike Pinsky,
overall score 81/100):
"Once again treading that fine line between action and absurdity,
Science Ninja Team Gatchaman marches on."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/gatchamancoll4.php

GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX: 2ND GIG (VOLUME 2) (reviewed by
Adam Arseneau, overall score 95/100):
"Despite all the intrigue developing on a geopolitical level in the
series, with the growing refugee crisis, political wheeling and dealing,
and secretive government agencies, one thing Stand Alone Complex never
forgets to address is the intellectual complexities of living in a
modernized mechanical society, such as cyborg food, for example, created
for the sole purpose of satiating the inescapable need to trigger
memories based on food stimulation. Humans who have upgraded their
bodies, like Batou, have no need for food in the traditional sense, but
are unable to escape the pitfalls of their own human subconscious. "

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/gits2ndgigvol2.php

GHOST STORIES SEMESTER 2: SOPHOMORE SCARES (VOLUME 2) (reviewed by Brett
Cullum, overall score 94/100):
"It's a pee-in-your-pants laugh riot, and more than a little twisted.
The humor is sharp, topical, and kinky all at once. These are some sick
puppies behind the microphones, who seem to be fascinated with
Republicans, celebrities, and overweight transsexuals."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/ghoststories2.php

GRASS (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 87/100):
"So is this story about the trials of the Bakhtiari -- or the trials of
Cooper, Shoedsack, and Harrison? In the end, Cooper knew that he was as
fascinating a character as anything he could find. And isn't selling
yourself just part of the show?"

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/grass1925.php

THE HISTORY CHANNEL: BATTLE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY
(reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 90/100):
"Flush with authentic footage and more informational content than you
can shake a bayonet at, these five discs will rupture your cerebral
cortex with its mammoth discharge of information."

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

MEZZO: COMPLETE COLLECTION (reviewed by Mac McEntire, overall
score 88/100):
"Mezzo is a real 'everything but the kitchen sink' series. The
creators want big, violent action, but they also want cutesy comedy
and overwrought heartbreaking drama as well. It's a wild ride while
you're watching it, but all the various pieces don't quite hold
together at the end."

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

PICTURE PERFECT (reviewed by James A. Stewart, overall score 80/100):
"Alert Web surfers will notice how much the DVD cases of two movies
under the title -- one with Jennifer Aniston and one with Kirti Reddy --
look alike. In each case, the smiling actress is at right with photos
shown at left. The similarities are picture perfect, huh? Pathfinder
Home Video is stressing the similarities, because the Bollywood picture
is a remake of Aniston's Picture Perfect. Clever, huh?"

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

SAMURAI X: DIRECTOR'S CUT COLLECTION (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall
score 90/100):
"Revisiting Trust and Betrayal, it occurred to me that we'd all be much
happier right now had George Lucas checked it out before making his Star
Wars prequel trilogy."

FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/sa...torscutcol.php

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