DVD Verdict reviews: ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of D.A.R.Y.L., ED WOOD, ETERNAL
    SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, EXPLORERS, FIRE IN THE SKY, FLY JEFFERSON
    AIRPLANE, GONE WITH THE WIND: SPECIAL EDITION, HE KNOWS YOU'RE ALONE,
    HELLBOY: DIRECTOR'S CUT, MULAN: SPECIAL EDITION, SPECIES: SPECIAL
    EDITION, THE STEPFORD WIVES (2004), STRAW DOGS, and WIDE SARGASSO SEA:


    D.A.R.Y.L. (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 82/100):
    "D.A.R.Y.L. follows the same game plan as other movies of its ilk (e.g.
    E.T. and Short Circuit), making our misunderstood hero the victim of the
    United States military's all-consuming desire to forego any and all
    shreds of decency in search of the ultimate weapon."

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

    ED WOOD (reviewed by Mike Jackson, overall score 92/100):
    "The Other is nebulous; it's the hundreds of patrons at Ed's premieres,
    throwing popcorn and booing the stars out of the theater. It's the
    dentists and Baptists he courts for funding, who are shocked by the
    content of his films (not to mention the low production values)."

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

    ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (reviewed by David Ryan, overall
    score 98/100):
    "Of all the traits that make us human, memory is the most mixed of the
    'gifts' from our Maker. It gives, but it can take as well. Whether or
    not it was their intent, Charlie Kaufmann and director Michel Gondry
    have managed to illustrate this brilliantly, in a way that only poets
    usually accomplish."

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

    EXPLORERS (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall score 82/100):
    "It's as though Dante couldn't resist the urge to exercise his Looney
    Tunes muscles, throwing some brightly colored rubber aliens and a bunch
    of goofy sound effects into a movie in which they don't belong."

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

    FIRE IN THE SKY (reviewed by Patrick Naugle, overall score 87/100):
    "I was never bored by the storyline on earth, and the stuff off in the
    heavens is something I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy (with the
    exception of Osama Bin Ladin...that guy has the words 'alien enema'
    written all over him)."

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

    FLY JEFFERSON AIRPLANE (reviewed by Steve Evans, overall score 90/100):
    "The Airplane is also the only band to play the legendary trifecta of
    rock festivals -- Monterrey Pop, Woodstock and Altamont, although only
    the Monterrey gig is featured on this disc. During the interview
    segments, members of the band talk about the chaos that was Woodstock
    and the tragedy at Altamont."

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

    GONE WITH THE WIND: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by a panel, overall
    score 100/100):
    "When it's all boiled down to the basics, it's about survival. Scarlett,
    for all her faults -- and they are legion -- is a survivor, and her
    grit, fierce determination, and tenacity are qualities that strike a
    chord with us still. Many will ask what relevance the film can have for
    21st-century audiences. But what could possibly be more relevant to post-
    9/11 America than a story of survival?"

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

    HE KNOWS YOU'RE ALONE (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall score 85/100):
    "Even so, while I didn't see He Knows You're Alone theatrically back
    then, I nonetheless doubt I would have been very much impressed, adding
    it to my list of disappointments of the day alongside the likes of
    Silent Scream and The Boogey Man."

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

    HELLBOY: DIRECTOR'S CUT (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall score
    93/100):
    "On its own merits, this new director's cut release is certainly a nice
    package and boasts a great transfer of the film plus plenty of extra
    goodies. However, when compared to the already impressive two-disc
    release, it's difficult to find justification in this set as a follow-on
    purchase. Of course, the hellions will prove me wrong, will insist no
    respectable Hellboy collection would be complete without it, and will
    help Columbia Tristar hit their profit point."

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

    MULAN: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by Rob Lineberger, overall score
    89/100):
    "It is hard for a film to recover when its climax comes in the middle.
    Even so, the first two acts contain enough emotional honesty and
    ferociously mature themes to elevate Mulan above most Disney movies."

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

    SPECIES: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by David Johnson, overall
    score 80/100):
    "I recall going to the Uptown Theatre in Utica, New York accompanied by
    a few of my idiot high school friends, nestling into the outrageously
    uncomfortable seats, and waiting for Species to begin. The film's
    reputation had preceded it, which was made abundantly clear during the
    opening credits: when Natasha Henstridge's name flashed across the
    screen there were simultaneous shouts of 'hooters!!!' from the male
    audience members."

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

    THE STEPFORD WIVES (2004) (reviewed by Patrick Naugle, overall
    score 73/100):
    "It's a good example of what happens when the actors, writers, director,
    and crew don't really know where they want to go with the ideas they're
    presenting. However, Nicole Kidman looks yummy...so all's (almost)
    forgiven!"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/stepfordwives2004.php

    STRAW DOGS (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 79/100):
    "There is a better version available, but I suppose the MGM version
    offers a choice for those who don't want to sell their firstborn
    children or mortgage their houses in order to get the Criterion version.
    Be warned, though, that the ultimate message of the film is pretty hard
    to swallow for a contemporary audience -- with very good reason."

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

    WIDE SARGASSO SEA (reviewed by Bill Treadway, overall score 93/100):
    "I have grown so tired of the cliched sex Hollywood favors in its
    product that it was a real pleasure to see that frank eroticism in a
    film is not dead. The sex scenes are not tasteless and crass but healthy
    in their depiction of growing passion between two consenting
    participants."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Nov 15, 2004
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