DVD Verdict reviews: HOUSE OF STRANGERS, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of CLASSIC CARTOON FAVORITES: HOLIDAY
    CELEBRATION WITH MICKEY AND PALS (VOLUME 8), THE DEVIL'S MINER, FEMALE
    PRISONER #701 SCORPION: BEAST STABLE, THE GIRL FROM S.I.N. / HENRY'S
    NIGHT IN, THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS, HOLLYWOOD BURLESQUE /
    PEEK-A-BOO!, HOUSE OF STRANGERS, MOLDY'S MADHOUSE, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO,
    and THE SYRIAN BRIDE:


    CLASSIC CARTOON FAVORITES: HOLIDAY CELEBRATION WITH MICKEY AND PALS
    (VOLUME 8) (reviewed by Steve Evans, overall score 80/100):
    "Seven rare Disney cartoons with a holiday theme make this one of the
    better discs in the studio's multi-volume classics series."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/classiccartoonfavoritesvol8.php

    THE DEVIL'S MINER (reviewed by Brendan Babish, overall score 85/100):
    "If you're a parent of a layabout teenager, this is a film to watch with
    the family. After viewing The Devil's Miner I can almost guarantee
    junior will stop complaining about the injustices of cleaning his room
    or finishing his homework."

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

    FEMALE PRISONER #701 SCORPION: BEAST STABLE (reviewed by Geoffrey
    Miller, overall score 83/100):
    "That it is disjointed, bordering on plotless, isn't a fatal flaw when
    filmmaking as engrossing and original as this is on display. Like the
    best of Tarantino or Miike, it's oozing with a sort of edgy cool that's
    addictive."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/femaleprisoner701.php

    THE GIRL FROM S.I.N. / HENRY'S NIGHT IN (reviewed by Bill Gibron,
    overall score 88/100):
    "Something Weird Video has done it again, offering a trio of twisted
    titles so clever and peculiar that there is no way for the modern
    moviemaking machine to match them. These oddball offerings are from an
    era where sex was scandalous, and needed something to dim the glare of
    gratuity."

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

    THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS (reviewed by Joe Armenio,
    overall score 78/100):
    "Of course the fact that J.T. LeRoy does not exist does not make the
    film based on his stories any less legitimate; this creative work exists
    independent of any such authorial shenanigans. Still, it's hard for the
    terminally unhip among us not to feel a bit of schadenfreuede at the
    gullibility of these sullen, world-weary Hollywood cool kids, and I
    don't think it's unfair to say that Albert's ruse succeeded for the same
    reasons that the movie fails. "

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

    HOLLYWOOD BURLESQUE / PEEK-A-BOO! (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall
    score 86/100):
    "One of the things you learn when watching these recorded stage acts is
    that there is a definite link between the level of enjoyment and the
    proficiency and professionalism of the performers. Put another way, the
    crappier the cavalcade of comeliness, the more fun there is to be had."

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

    HOUSE OF STRANGERS (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall score 78/100):
    "It's the stuff with Edward G. Robinson (doing a sometimes goofy Italian
    accent) that makes House of Strangers work. He's a great, tragic
    character -- a man out of place and time, a proud, powerful man so stuck
    in his ways that even when confronted with the truth about who he is and
    what he's done, he's unable to reconcile himself to it. (Robinson was
    awarded Best Actor at the 1949 Cannes Film Festival for his work here.)"

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

    MOLDY'S MADHOUSE (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 85/100):
    "If you're looking for something to remind you of the days when every
    local TV station had a member of their staff dressed up like a dopey
    Dracula, reading bad horror puns before an equally atrocious monster
    movie, Moldy's Madhouse just may be the ticket."

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

    MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 97/100):
    "I promised myself, back in the days of untranslated VHS bootlegs of
    Totoro, that if I ever had a daughter, I would sit her down in front of
    Totoro at the youngest age that she was capable of understanding it. I
    was understandably loath to do this with Fox's pan-and-scan edition of
    the film. But now, with Disney's superior two-disc DVD, my daughter, now
    three-and-a-half, can enjoy My Neighbor Totoro in full flower."

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

    THE SYRIAN BRIDE (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 80/100):
    "Everything here is rooted in ritual, from the number of sheep
    slaughtered for the pre-wedding feast to the pre-arranged particulars of
    the engagement. Watching these heretofore unknown concepts play out
    before us (as well as a few we know all too well) makes for a wildly
    engaging experience."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
    DVD Verdict, Jun 15, 2006
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