DVD Verdict reviews: HI-5, EVELYN: SPECIAL EDITION, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BACK TO THE BEACH, BLAST FROM THE
    PAST, THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF DENIS LEARY, CONNQUEST: THE OFFICIAL
    2004 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP DVD, EVELYN: SPECIAL EDITION, HI-5, MORVERN
    CALLAR, THE NEW AVENGERS '77, THE PROVIDENCE COLLECTION, and THE
    RECKONING:


    BACK TO THE BEACH (reviewed by Patrick Naugle, overall score 86/100):
    "Is Back to the Beach any good? You know, I gotta admit that I liked
    it when I was a kid and I still like it as an adult. I laughed in a
    few spots, the music is upbeat and fun, and by God there isn't a mean
    bone in its celluloid body. How many movies can you honestly say that
    about in 2004?"

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

    BLAST FROM THE PAST (reviewed by David Ryan, overall score 80/100):
    "It's not the Citizen Kane of light romantic comedies, but it's
    definitely the Citizen Kane of naive-bomb-shelter-residents-who-fall-for-Alicia-
    Silverstone movies. And really, isn't that enough?"

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

    THE COMEDY CENTRAL ROAST OF DENIS LEARY (reviewed by David Johnson,
    overall score 88/100):
    "When it came time for Leary to hammer back, he was his typical profane
    self, but he was definitely radiating a smarmy kind of affection towards
    his pals. Taken as a whole, I'd definitely recommend sneaking a peek at
    his profanity-strewn offering by Comedy Central. Any slow parts are
    overwhelmed by the gut-busting hilarity of some of the better jokes, and
    the whole atmosphere of the event just seemed damn fun."

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

    CONNQUEST: THE OFFICIAL 2004 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP DVD (reviewed by David
    Ryan, overall score 90/100):
    "ConnQuest is the official 2004 NCAA championship DVD. Any other DVDs
    that may claim to be the official 2004 NCAA championship DVD are mere
    pretenders; usurpers of the rightful Official 2004 NCAA Championship DVD
    throne properly held by ConnQuest. Be warned!"

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

    EVELYN: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by Diane Wild, overall score 75/100):
    "Director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) tells a linear story
    unadorned with irony or stylistic flourishes. We know going in what the
    outcome of the case will be, and yet Desmond's efforts to have his day
    in court, and the road to the final judgment, are peppered with enough
    suspense to keep the momentum going."

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

    HI-5 (reviewed by Lacey Worrell, overall score 85/100):
    "Perhaps Hi-5's strongest asset is its ability to take very simple sets,
    costumes, and story lines and turn them into something that keeps
    children glued to the television. Nothing explodes, and no one hits or
    threatens each other, and -- wonder of all wonders -- kids will still
    enjoy themselves."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/hi5.php

    MORVERN CALLAR (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway, overall score 85/100):
    "The film unfolds, not surprisingly, in a novelistic manner, relying
    more on character and incident than the machinations of plot. It
    wouldn't work half as well with a cast half as strong, but that's not a
    problem here. Morton and McDermott are both nothing short of astonishing
    in this film."

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

    THE NEW AVENGERS '77 (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall score 79/100):
    "If the show had a different title and starred just Gambit and Purdey,
    it certainly would have found a more of an enthusiastic audience. As it
    stands, one can't help but compare this show to one of the most popular
    British TV series of all time, which invariably puts The New Avengers in
    a bad light."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/newavengers77.php

    THE PROVIDENCE COLLECTION (reviewed by Lacey Worrell, overall
    score 80/100):
    "The series is at once quirky and...dare I say it...heartwarming."

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

    THE RECKONING (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 83/100):
    "This film is just ludicrously beautiful. Whether director Paul McGuigan
    turns his vision to expansive European landscapes, dirty village hovels,
    or tomb-like cathedrals, the movie never once betrays its setting. The
    Reckoning is shot in the Middle Ages. The atmosphere is dark and dreary
    and people are dirty, and all of this adds to the realism."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
    DVD Verdict, Sep 1, 2004
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