DVD Verdict reviews: COLORCALM: SKIES, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO AUNT ALICE?, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of COLORCALM: SKIES, DISTANT THUNDER,
    FOOLPROOF, HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP, JOEL MCCREA DOUBLE FEATURE, KOMEDIANT,
    THE MOODY BLUES: THE LOST PERFORMANCE: LIVE IN PARIS 1970, 9 SOULS,
    OPERATION MIDNIGHT CLIMAX, RAY CHARLES LIVE: IN CONCERT WITH THE
    EDMONTON SYMPHONY, SUSAN HAYWARD DOUBLE FEATURE, 2009: LOST MEMORIES,
    and WHATEVER HAPPENED TO AUNT ALICE?:


    COLORCALM: SKIES (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 80/100):
    "Is it relaxing? You bet. It is very easy to catch 20 to 25 of the 40
    winks one requires looking at this high-priced stratospheric lava lamp.
    Muscles do indeed melt, and worries flutter and fly away like gnats near
    a summertime cornfield."

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

    DISTANT THUNDER (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall score 71/100):
    "While my expectations were certainly low for this picture -- largely
    due to an indifferent DVD insert design -- I found that I enjoyed
    Distant Thunder immensely."

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

    FOOLPROOF (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 82/100):
    "And then there's the whole premise of these three friends expending a
    vast amount of time and money and resources on playing out these heist
    fantasies. Seems a tad on the far-fetched side. Then again, I see people
    running around in Medieval garb with plastic swords in the park every
    summer, so to each their own in their spare time, I guess."

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

    HIGH SCHOOL BOOT CAMP (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall score 87/100):
    "If you're looking for a slice of thought-provoking and brow-furrowing
    reality, here's a film by documentarian Chuck Braverman that follows 49
    at-risk teen boys on their harrowing journey to rescue themselves from a
    downward spiral of drugs, drinking, and disrespect."

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

    JOEL MCCREA DOUBLE FEATURE (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall
    score 79/100):
    "There's no preciousness or self-consciousness in McCrea's onscreen
    persona. One of his great gifts as an actor is that matter-of-fact
    attitude, and in both Bird of Paradise and The Most Dangerous Game that
    quality gives the unlikely plots a much-needed grounding in reality."

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

    KOMEDIANT (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 83/100):
    "If history is written in the faces of its participants, then the people
    of Komediant have a lot to say. Interesting, only Pesach'ke's clownish
    features appear timeless. Maybe he was never meant to age. Or maybe, he
    didn't have very much to say after all."

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

    THE MOODY BLUES: THE LOST PERFORMANCE: LIVE IN PARIS 1970 (reviewed by
    Bill Gibron, overall score 84/100):
    "Anyone hoping to see this prog-pop band blow away an audience with
    their technical skill and prowess will probably be frustrated by this
    French phoniness. You would think in this modern age of Ashlee Simpsons
    and Lindsay Lohans, such backing track tendencies would be a little more
    forgivable. Actually, the opposite is true."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/moodybluesparis1970.php

    9 SOULS (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 94/100):
    "This is an exciting, fun, unique and ultimately moving film that every
    Asian film fan should go and hunt down. In a genre and industry that
    seems to be more style than substance, Toyoda has something worthwhile
    to bring to the table, and does it in a slick and entertaining way."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/9souls.php

    OPERATION MIDNIGHT CLIMAX (reviewed by David Johnson, overall
    score 82/100):
    "What can you say about a movie that features a grown man dressed in a
    rubber alien mask throwing beautiful women into burlap sacks, pies baked
    with menstrual blood, and a crazy conspiratorial plot colored with
    Wiccan and Masonic history? I have no idea."

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

    RAY CHARLES LIVE: IN CONCERT WITH THE EDMONTON SYMPHONY (reviewed by
    Michael Stailey, overall score 87/100):
    "The great ones make everything look effortless. From behind that piano,
    he captured the complete attention of everyone within earshot and
    complete command of his musical genius. There was no disability here."

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

    SUSAN HAYWARD DOUBLE FEATURE (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall
    score 82/100):
    "Hayward appears at the peak of her beauty in these two films and is in
    full command of her acting powers. For both Hayward's followers and
    those who want to learn more about this fine actress's body of work,
    this is a good place to start -- handkerchiefs optional."

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

    2009: LOST MEMORIES (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall score 69/100):
    "To put it another way, the film just gets corny; not even the
    compelling and stylish ending sequence can rescue 2009 from the lower
    basement of mediocrity and action-film cliches. It passes the point of
    no return about an hour in, right about the time your brain cells clock
    out, climb out your ear, and go read a book, desperate for something
    intelligent to do."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/2009lostmemories.php

    WHATEVER HAPPENED TO AUNT ALICE? (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall
    score 74/100):
    "Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? will likely come as a surprise to
    those who've never seen it and might offhandedly dismiss it as '60s/'70s
    dreck. A clever script and two delightfully over-achieving actresses
    make this a picture to see for sure -- especially before you head off to
    spend time with one of your own eccentric relatives."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
    DVD Verdict, Jan 14, 2005
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