DVD Verdict reviews: GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX: 2ND GIG (VOLUME 2) and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BLOODLINE, CHANG, GATCHAMAN,
    COLLECTION 4 (VOLUMES 7 AND 8), GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX:
    2ND GIG (VOLUME 2), GHOST STORIES SEMESTER 2: SOPHOMORE SCARES (VOLUME
    2), GRASS, THE HISTORY CHANNEL: BATTLE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES
    MILITARY, MEZZO: COMPLETE COLLECTION, PICTURE PERFECT, and SAMURAI X:
    DIRECTOR'S CUT COLLECTION:


    BLOODLINE (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 84/100):
    "Just when you think you might have the plot nailed and the characters
    figured out, they unleash another barrage of twists. I found this aspect
    both rewarding and irritating."

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

    CHANG (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 92/100):
    "Is it cruel to kill all these animals, or is this a realistic depiction
    of survival? Chang plays both ways, which is what makes it even more
    interesting now than in 1927, when audiences never would have seen the
    actions of Kru and the villagers as problematic."

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

    GATCHAMAN, COLLECTION 4 (VOLUMES 7 AND 8) (reviewed by Mike Pinsky,
    overall score 81/100):
    "Once again treading that fine line between action and absurdity,
    Science Ninja Team Gatchaman marches on."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/gatchamancoll4.php

    GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX: 2ND GIG (VOLUME 2) (reviewed by
    Adam Arseneau, overall score 95/100):
    "Despite all the intrigue developing on a geopolitical level in the
    series, with the growing refugee crisis, political wheeling and dealing,
    and secretive government agencies, one thing Stand Alone Complex never
    forgets to address is the intellectual complexities of living in a
    modernized mechanical society, such as cyborg food, for example, created
    for the sole purpose of satiating the inescapable need to trigger
    memories based on food stimulation. Humans who have upgraded their
    bodies, like Batou, have no need for food in the traditional sense, but
    are unable to escape the pitfalls of their own human subconscious. "

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/gits2ndgigvol2.php

    GHOST STORIES SEMESTER 2: SOPHOMORE SCARES (VOLUME 2) (reviewed by Brett
    Cullum, overall score 94/100):
    "It's a pee-in-your-pants laugh riot, and more than a little twisted.
    The humor is sharp, topical, and kinky all at once. These are some sick
    puppies behind the microphones, who seem to be fascinated with
    Republicans, celebrities, and overweight transsexuals."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/ghoststories2.php

    GRASS (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 87/100):
    "So is this story about the trials of the Bakhtiari -- or the trials of
    Cooper, Shoedsack, and Harrison? In the end, Cooper knew that he was as
    fascinating a character as anything he could find. And isn't selling
    yourself just part of the show?"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/grass1925.php

    THE HISTORY CHANNEL: BATTLE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY
    (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 90/100):
    "Flush with authentic footage and more informational content than you
    can shake a bayonet at, these five discs will rupture your cerebral
    cortex with its mammoth discharge of information."

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

    MEZZO: COMPLETE COLLECTION (reviewed by Mac McEntire, overall
    score 88/100):
    "Mezzo is a real 'everything but the kitchen sink' series. The
    creators want big, violent action, but they also want cutesy comedy
    and overwrought heartbreaking drama as well. It's a wild ride while
    you're watching it, but all the various pieces don't quite hold
    together at the end."

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

    PICTURE PERFECT (reviewed by James A. Stewart, overall score 80/100):
    "Alert Web surfers will notice how much the DVD cases of two movies
    under the title -- one with Jennifer Aniston and one with Kirti Reddy --
    look alike. In each case, the smiling actress is at right with photos
    shown at left. The similarities are picture perfect, huh? Pathfinder
    Home Video is stressing the similarities, because the Bollywood picture
    is a remake of Aniston's Picture Perfect. Clever, huh?"

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

    SAMURAI X: DIRECTOR'S CUT COLLECTION (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall
    score 90/100):
    "Revisiting Trust and Betrayal, it occurred to me that we'd all be much
    happier right now had George Lucas checked it out before making his Star
    Wars prequel trilogy."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
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