DVD Verdict reviews: ALEXANDER, GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX: 2ND GIG (VOLUME 1), and mor

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ALEXANDER, 5X2, THE FLY II:
    SPECIAL EDITION, FREAKED, GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX: 2ND
    GIG (VOLUME 1), HEART O' THE HILLS, THE HOLY GIRL, PLANETES (VOLUME
    2), SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT, and YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I
    HAVE THE KEY:


    ALEXANDER (reviewed by Neal Masri, overall score 85/100):
    "Alexander is a workable and sometimes fascinating historical epic.
    It certainly doesn't deserve the drubbing it got in the press.
    Wonderful cinematography and a fascinating subject are undermined by
    uneven performances and some poor storytelling decisions, but there's
    a lot to like."

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

    5X2 (reviewed by Joe Armenio, overall score 83/100):
    "If the film intends to make a larger point about human relationships,
    it's important that the people involved behave in comprehensible, even
    typical ways, but there's much in this film that doesn't ring true, that
    seems excessively cynical."

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

    THE FLY II: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by Mac McEntire, overall
    score 84/100):
    "The Fly II is less about story and symbolism and more about the
    creature and the gore. If this sounds like fun for you, then check
    it out. But if you prefer a movie's brains to be in its script
    instead of splattered all over the floor in a slimy mess, then you
    might want to pass."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/fly2se.php

    FREAKED (reviewed by Russell Engebretson, overall score 95/100):
    "Thanks to this lovingly created DVD release, Freaked may find that
    special group of moviegoers who long to nurture -- perhaps even release
    -- their inner weirdo."

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

    GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX: 2ND GIG (VOLUME 1) (reviewed by
    Adam Arseneau, overall score 94/100):
    "Unlike the first season, which shied away from going into detail about
    the political nature of the world it inhabited, 2nd Gig seems to have no
    problem filling in the blanks left deliberately vague the first time
    through. If anything, it seems more than eager to fill us in."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/gits2ndgigvol1.php

    HEART O' THE HILLS (reviewed by Aaron Bossig, overall score 90/100):
    "History credits Mary Pickford as being the first major Hollywood
    star. Truth be told, she essentially invented the idea of a
    Hollywood starlet."

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

    THE HOLY GIRL (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 80/100):
    "It's a film to be admired more than enjoyed, and I think it could have
    accomplished so much more than it did."

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

    PLANETES (VOLUME 2) (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 92/100):
    "Brief ninja antics aside, this second volume is further evidence that,
    when all is said and done, Planetes could be an anime masterpiece."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/planetesvol2.php

    SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT (reviewed by George Hatch, overall score 92/100):
    "This movie, in fact, is so overloaded with convoluted and contrived
    subplots that the viewer soon becomes as disoriented as the main
    character. I doubt that this was intentional, but rather an attempt to
    pad out Marvin Borowsky's story, 'The Long Journey.'"

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

    YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY (reviewed by Rob
    Lineberger, overall score 83/100):
    "When a film actually arouses disgust or pity, or depicts sexual
    depravity in a way that seems natural, it has achieved something rare.
    Your Vice... falters often, but it is able to achieve both disgust and
    sexual depravity without flinching."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
    DVD Verdict, Nov 3, 2005
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