DVD Verdict reviews: EDDIE MURPHY RAW, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: THE BEST OF WILL FERRELL, VOLUME 2, and

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of CANNONBALL, THE DEMON, DOCTOR WHO:
    EARTHSHOCK, EDDIE MURPHY RAW, LEMORA: A CHILD'S TALE OF THE
    SUPERNATURAL, A PERFECT CANDIDATE, RAISING VICTOR VARGAS: SPECIAL
    EDITION, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: THE BEST OF WILL FERRELL, VOLUME 2, SOFT
    CELL'S NON-STOP EXOTIC VIDEO SHOW, TRAFFIC: CRITERION COLLECTION, and
    THE VANISHING (1993):


    CANNONBALL (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 88/100):
    "Call it male machismo moviemaking or a well-honed tapping into of
    America's love affair with the automobile, but whenever you pit vehicle
    against vehicle in an all-out contest to the end/prize/death/revenge,
    the results are resplendent."

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

    THE DEMON (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway, overall score 85/100):
    "The horrors here are predominantly psychological. In fact, the original
    Japanese title is Kichiku, a word also translatable as 'brute' or
    'subhuman,' both of which are more accurate (but are also possibly too
    revealing). The main character is without question a monster, but not in
    the generic sense. He is instead the worst kind of monster: a human
    being with no concept of morality."

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

    DOCTOR WHO: EARTHSHOCK (reviewed by Eric Profancik, overall score
    92/100):
    "I enjoyed the bad effects, the silly outfits, the reuse of multiple
    shots, the long corridors that aren't all that long, and a man
    wearing celery trying to save the world. This is classic Doctor Who
    at its best."

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

    EDDIE MURPHY RAW (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall score 82/100):
    "The Eddie Murphy of Raw -- the one who had not yet learned humility at
    the hands of a stalled career -- is an almost archaic beast; he's a
    comedy dinosaur, and the movie's not even twenty years old. It's not
    just the references to Mr. T, Brooke Shields, and The Cosby Show that
    date the film, it's the content and tone of Murphy's humor: the bulk of
    his material is decidedly homophobic and stunningly sexist. It's not
    that Murphy doesn't understand gays and women; it's that he fears and
    loathes them."

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

    LEMORA: A CHILD'S TALE OF THE SUPERNATURAL (reviewed by Paul Corupe,
    overall score 91/100):
    "Blackburn almost completely tosses out the shopping list of expected
    vampire cliches -- nowhere in Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural
    will you find an ominous dirt-filled coffin, bat transformations, harems
    of scantily clad beauties with blood-soaked fangs, or eager crusaders
    for good armed with holy water or (God help us!) a crossbow. While
    dropping only a few telltale hints as to the true nature of his vampiric
    leading lady, Blackburn delves his audience into this rich nightmare
    world by breaking down Stoker's original text to its most base elements
    of sexual allegory and parasitical desire, and then wraps the whole film
    in the pretty pink trimmings of a coming-of-age story."

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

    A PERFECT CANDIDATE (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 82/100):
    "It is mentioned several times in the course of the film that there is
    no such thing as a perfect candidate. I believe that's true, although I
    also know that there must be some out there that are better than either
    of these men."

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

    RAISING VICTOR VARGAS: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by Diane Wild, overall
    score 89/100):
    "The beauty of Raising Victor Vargas is the hesitant and awkward way the
    teen relationships develop. This isn't the usual boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-
    girl, boy-wins-girl-again formula."

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

    SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: THE BEST OF WILL FERRELL, VOLUME 2 (reviewed by
    David Johnson, overall score 87/100):
    "I love Will Ferrell. He was by far the best part of SNL during his
    seven year run. This is ironic, as I distinctly recall sitting in my
    college dorm room, watching the season premiere of the 1997-98 season,
    and thinking 'this Will Ferrell guy sucks.'"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/snlwillferrellvol2.php

    SOFT CELL'S NON-STOP EXOTIC VIDEO SHOW (reviewed by Brett Cullum,
    overall score 89/100):
    "Soft Cell's music conjured up dangerous images of pan-sexual pimps
    selling drugs and dwarves to barely conscious dance divas, but the
    videos are a lot of pink neon and bad hair dye."

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

    TRAFFIC: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall
    score 87/100):
    "There are far too many didactic scenes in Traffic, as Gaghan's script
    insists on telling, and telling, and telling again, and sometimes
    forgetting to show. The Mexico subplot does not suffer this so much,
    which is probably why it is the most engaging section of the film. But
    Judge Wakefield's tour of the drug underworld frequently comes across as
    stiff, and many scenes function primarily to catalog the aspects of drug
    culture in an almost encyclopedic fashion."

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

    THE VANISHING (1993) (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall score 86/100):
    "After The Silence of the Lambs and Se7en, The Vanishing can't help but
    seem tame, just as Jeff Bridges's creepy embodiment of sociopathology
    seems almost cuddly next to villains we've met in the interim, from
    Hannibal Lecter to Carl Stargher of The Cell. It shows just how much
    films have changed over the last 11 years that The Vanishing received
    an R rating, when today, with the excision of a couple of cuss words
    and a glimpse of gore, it could be aired on television without raising
    an eyebrow."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/vanishing1993.php

    Mike Jackson
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