DVD Verdict reviews: KATHY GRIFFIN: ALLEGEDLY, LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ANIMAL FARM, ENTER...ZOMBIE KING,
    FAST COMPANY: LIMITED EDITION, GEORGE STEVENS: A FILMMAKER'S JOURNEY,
    GOZU, IF YOU WERE YOUNG: RAGE, IKE AND TINA TURNER: LIVE IN '71, IT'S
    ALL TRUE, KATHY GRIFFIN: ALLEGEDLY, LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL,
    STARTUP.COM, and TEN:


    ANIMAL FARM (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 87/100):
    "The creation of an animated version of Animal Farm is a daunting
    proposition. North American audiences aren't used to seeing stories this
    dark and vicious told through animation, and shifting the tone to make
    it a children's story would completely betray the source material.
    Besides, how do you explain to a five-year-old that this is a political
    allegory?"

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

    ENTER...ZOMBIE KING (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 85/100):
    "The charm of this flick comes from the alternate universe the
    characters seem to inhabit. Here, masked wrestlers walk freely among
    unmasked folks, and no one seems to mind. It's just accepted as normal,
    and never explained. Similarly, the existence of zombies is not
    considered odd; in fact, there are different kinds of zombies, 'wild'
    and 'domesticated,' and apparently some research has been done on the
    creatures (see 'zombie peer group')."

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

    FAST COMPANY: LIMITED EDITION (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall
    score 90/100):
    "Even scholars of Cronenberg's work (like yours truly) find Fast Company
    a puzzle. Never mind that it has been nearly impossible to find since
    its original 1979 release, but even those who have managed to see it are
    not quite sure it, well, counts as a 'Cronenberg movie.' No horror. No
    mutations. No weird science. It is about drag racing."

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

    GEORGE STEVENS: A FILMMAKER'S JOURNEY (reviewed by Amanda DeWees,
    overall score 94/100):
    "George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey is a skilled and often
    fascinating film, and it brings much-deserved attention and appreciation
    to a man who created many films that are both admired and loved, and
    which still have much insight to offer us on American life and
    character."

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

    GOZU (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 82/100):
    "Although this is one of the best Miike DVDs that have been made
    available in North America, it's a somewhat underwhelming film. Fans of
    both Audition and Mulholland Drive will probably be thrilled with it,
    but fans expecting another Ichi the Killer or City of Lost Souls will
    find it long and dull."

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

    IF YOU WERE YOUNG: RAGE (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall score
    78/100):
    "If You Were Young: Rage is something of a mysterious film, if for no
    other reason than being the one Kinji Fukasaku film that even die-hard
    Japanese fans never got to see."

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

    IKE AND TINA TURNER: LIVE IN '71 (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall
    score 86/100):
    "Much has been made of Ike's controlling nature, but aside from how that
    may have negatively impacted his personal life, there's no denying that
    his impeccable management of The Ike and Tina Turner Revue produced one
    of the most highly entertaining rhythm and blues showcases of the 1970s,
    and this DVD is a tribute to the talent of all involved."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/turnerslivein71.php

    IT'S ALL TRUE (reviewed by Jesse Ataide, overall score 85/100):
    "Taking a closer look at the film elements itself, Paramount should be
    commended for their restoration work on the clips that appear on this
    film -- both the color and black and white footage have been restored to
    pristine condition, and are vastly superior to many prints of other,
    more important films by Welles I have seen."

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

    KATHY GRIFFIN: ALLEGEDLY (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score
    85/100):
    "If there's one group of people I am sick of listening to whine and pout
    about their 'problems' it's the over-pampered overrated Hollywood and
    Music-biz types. My God! I know way too much about these uneducated
    hacks who just look pretty in front of a camera, and I'm ready for
    someone to take these bitches down. Thank you Kathy! You go girl."

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

    LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall score
    85/100):
    "Last Train from Gun Hill is a rare breed of film, a genre exercise that
    touches on serious subjects such as loyalty, friendship, and racism
    while delivering all the gunplay, brutality, and action set-pieces that
    western fans have grown to love."

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

    STARTUP.COM (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 91/100):
    "Leaving the audience to impart value on the rise and fall of
    govWorks.com is a crucial move by Noujaim and Hegedus. While the
    temptation may be there to force the camera into an editorial mode, they
    allow the characters to carry the story."

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

    TEN (reviewed by Jesse Ataide, overall score 85/100):
    "After discovering the advantages of video while doing documentary work
    in Africa, Kiarostami realized video allowed him to report (in his
    words) an 'absolute truth,' and set out to make a film working these
    principles into the framework of a narrative film."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
    DVD Verdict, Jan 4, 2005
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