DVD Verdict reviews: HOSTEL: UNRATED EDITION, MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES:
    EXTENDED EDITION, DEATH IN GAZA, EVENT HORIZON: SPECIAL TWO-DISC
    COLLECTOR'S EDITION, GILBERT AND SULLIVAN: THE MIKADO, HOSTEL: UNRATED
    EDITION, MAREBITO, MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS, SUBURBIA, and TCM ARCHIVES:
    LAUREL AND HARDY COLLECTION: THE DEVIL'S BROTHER AND BONNIE SCOTLAND:


    BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES: EXTENDED EDITION (reviewed by Dennis
    Prince, overall score 81/100):
    "Although it is definitely an underachiever in its realm, this isn't to
    say that Battle for the Planet of the Apes is all bad -- it's not. If
    viewed as if it were intended as a made-for-TV production, the film is
    generally enjoyable."

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

    DEATH IN GAZA (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall score 90/100):
    "Death in Gaza succeeds in giving us a glimpse of the tragic, deep-
    seated Palestinian culture of rage and hatred, and its infusion into
    children in their earliest years of development."

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

    EVENT HORIZON: SPECIAL TWO-DISC COLLECTOR'S EDITION (reviewed by Bill
    Gibron, overall score 91/100):
    "Since they're also a rehabilitation for a man and his movie, the added
    content offered as part of the Event Horizon: Special 2-Disc Collector's
    Edition makes a strong case for the DVD medium. Without all this
    insight, we'd merely view the film as a fun failure."

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

    GILBERT AND SULLIVAN: THE MIKADO (reviewed by Kerry Birmingham, overall
    score 83/100):
    "No matter how silly the whole thing is to begin with, using your
    fingers to pull at your eyes to look 'Asian' every time the word 'Japan'
    comes up is still pretty juvenile."

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

    HOSTEL: UNRATED EDITION (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 96/100):
    "The reason Hostel will resonate years after its release has as much to
    do with the 'double dare' design that will have legions of sleepovers
    breaking out the film as a social rite of passage, as it deals with the
    notions of helplessness and being alone. This is one of the rare films
    that plays with our need for human connection, arguing that such a
    psychological crutch may be as harmful as it is homogenous."

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

    MAREBITO (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall score 86/100):
    "'Creepy' would be a good way to describe Marebito, because the film has
    a nasty tendency to make you feel uneasy. But as stated before, it isn't
    scary in the way North American audiences have come to regard 'scary' in
    movies. The gore is restrained, the violence is mostly off-screen, and
    there are no 'boo' moments."

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

    MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS (reviewed by Eric Profancik, overall
    score 88/100):
    "The combative-yet-friendly relationship is exhilarating, leaving you
    to wonder who will get the upper hand in each situation. Sometimes it
    will be Henderson, sometimes it will be Van Damm; the viewer is always
    the winner watching these two have a remarkably good time playing off
    one another."

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

    SUBURBIA (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall score 78/100):
    "This surprising, hard-hitting flick probably isn't the best punk rock-
    based movie of the 1980s. But it's much better than it should be,
    painting a compelling youth-in-turmoil tale set against the nihilistic
    world Spheeris already explored in The Decline of Western Civilization."

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

    TCM ARCHIVES: LAUREL AND HARDY COLLECTION: THE DEVIL'S BROTHER AND
    BONNIE SCOTLAND (reviewed by James A. Stewart, overall score 81/100):
    "One of the most remarkable things about The Devil's Brother to a modern
    viewer will be character actor James Finlayson's (The Flying Deuces)
    performance as Lord Rocburg. 'D'oh' is his catchphrase as things go
    wrong. As Leonard Maltin notes in commentary, a more modern character
    appropriated that little wordoid."

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

    Mike Jackson
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    DVD Verdict, Apr 18, 2006
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