DVD Verdict reviews: JU-ON, HOWARD HUGHES: THE REAL AVIATOR, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of THE GUNS OF NAVARONE: SUPERBIT
    EDITION, HOWARD HUGHES: THE REAL AVIATOR, JU-ON, THE LEGEND OF
    SURIYOTHAI, MULHOLLAND FALLS, REDEMPTION, RENEGADE, SECRET THINGS, and
    THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA:


    THE GUNS OF NAVARONE: SUPERBIT EDITION (reviewed by Steve Evans, overall
    score 90/100):
    "Ultimately, a purchasing decision should come down to personal
    preferences. As a devout film historian, I thrive on extra features. As
    it turns out, I could not discern sufficient improvement in the Superbit
    picture to sacrifice interesting supplements available on the earlier
    DVD edition of this classic film."

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

    HOWARD HUGHES: THE REAL AVIATOR (reviewed by David Ryan, overall
    score 90/100):
    "Hughes clearly had a strong iron streak in him, but throughout the
    narrative Ferreri is full of gee-shucks Texas charm. I don't doubt that
    Hughes was charming, but charming in a Sean Connery way, not a Gary
    Sinise way."

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

    JU-ON (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 90/100):
    "My only problem with Ju-on stems from the hype around it. I kept
    hearing it was 'the scariest movie of the year' and 'horror has a new
    genius,' but it just could never live up to those claims. It creates a
    great mood and has a lot of ambiance. The sound design could be a horror
    movie on its own. But did it make me pee? No."

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

    THE LEGEND OF SURIYOTHAI (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score
    75/100):
    "The stunning cinematography, fabulous recreation of historical Thailand
    and solid disc may make this a worthwhile rental for fans of historical
    epics. If only it had been tighter and more focused, I think it could
    have been recommended for many other people as well."

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

    MULHOLLAND FALLS (reviewed by David Ryan, overall score 82/100):
    "Ultimately, the biggest flaw Mulholland Falls had was bad timing. It's
    really not a bad film at all -- but compared to Brian Singer's The Usual
    Suspects, which preceded it by a year, and Curtis Hanson's L.A.
    Confidential, which followed it in 1997, it's a distant also-ran."

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

    REDEMPTION (reviewed by Eric Profancik, overall score 82/100):
    "When I'm watching the story of a man who went from leader of the Crips
    to convicted felon to Nobel Prize nominee and I still am not entertained
    for an hour and a half, there is a problem."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/redemption2004.php

    RENEGADE (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway, overall score 35/100):
    "Billy the Idiot is portrayed by Jan Kounen, the director of Renegade,
    who is probably unaware of how ironic this bit casting actually is."

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

    SECRET THINGS (reviewed by Rob Lineberger, overall score 74/100):
    "Women and men, women and women, and women and men and women and
    women do very secret things. I've seen my fair share of softcore
    erotica, and I tell you that Secret Things found ways to make me feel
    innocent again."

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

    THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA (reviewed by David Johnson, overall
    score 83/100):
    "The Witch Who Came From the Sea, cumbersome title and all, is not what
    I was expecting. Re-released by the committed folks at Subversive Cinema
    (whose prior offering, Living Hell, was lovingly crafted even though the
    movie was pretty lame), this film is plays like a '70s version of a
    Lifetime movie, just with gushing blood and nudity."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
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    DVD Verdict, Dec 21, 2004
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