DVD Verdict reviews: AU HASARD BALTHAZAR: CRITERION COLLECTION and more!

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    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
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