DVD Verdict reviews: LIFEBOAT, THE VAL LEWTON HORROR COLLECTION, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of THE BLIND DEAD COLLECTION, THE
    BLUES BROTHERS: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, CAT PEOPLE / CURSE OF THE CAT
    PEOPLE, DEMON SEED, THE FLY: COLLECTOR'S EDITION, HALLOWEENTOWN /
    HALLOWEENTOWN II: KALABAR'S REVENGE, THE HISTORY OF USC FOOTBALL, ISLE
    OF THE DEAD / BEDLAM, I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE / THE BODY SNATCHER,
    LIFEBOAT, NAKED: CRITERION COLLECTION, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: LEGACY
    SERIES EDITION, THE VAL LEWTON HORROR COLLECTION, and WEEKEND:


    THE BLIND DEAD COLLECTION (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall score
    84/100):
    "Certainly, each film draws on the gut-munching work of zombie kingpin
    George A. Romero, whose Night of the Living Dead was as much a sensation
    in Europe as it was at home, but Tombs of the Blind Dead and its bastard
    offspring are really some of the most unique horror efforts committed to
    celluloid; ingeniously conceived, atmospheric shockers with truly spine-
    tingling killer creatures."

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

    THE BLUES BROTHERS: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION (reviewed by Dan Mancini,
    overall score 98/100):
    "If there's a surprise with regard to the films' music, it's how
    credibly John Belushi stands toe-to-toe with these legends as a singer."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/bluesbrothers25th.php

    CAT PEOPLE / CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall
    score 96/100):
    "Cat People avoids soap-opera histrionics by virtue of smart writing
    that never panders to an audience craving something a bit more
    disturbing. Is Irena just a desperate housewife growing more dangerously
    hysterical by the day? Or is she really one of the evil 'cat people'
    that she was warned about as a child? A conventional horror film would
    answer that question with certainty. In a Val Lewton film, you can never
    be too sure."

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

    DEMON SEED (reviewed by George Hatch, overall score 93/100):
    "There are no monumental intergalactic battle scenes or prolonged CGI
    sequences reveling in faux pyrotechnic displays of global assault and
    destruction. Demon Seed offers a more intimate portrayal of man's
    scientific experimentation and quest for knowledge that extends far
    beyond the anticipated logical fruition without taking into account the
    potentially devastating consequences."

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

    THE FLY: COLLECTOR'S EDITION (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall
    score 99/100):
    "The film is accessible to audiences who could not give a damn who
    directed it, and for Cronenberg junkies, it neatly encapsulates his
    themes while piling on wit and action. Strong performances give this an
    emotional core that most horror films, interested only in the
    voyeuristic pleasure of watching characters suffer from a distance,
    cannot match."

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

    HALLOWEENTOWN / HALLOWEENTOWN II: KALABAR'S REVENGE (reviewed by Dennis
    Prince, overall score 91/100):
    "Looks like it's time to kick over some garbage cans and light up a
    brown bag on the doorstep for the folks at Disney DVD."

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

    THE HISTORY OF USC FOOTBALL (reviewed by Jeff Andreasen, overall
    score 90/100):
    "The History of USC Football does a good job of covering the pertinent
    history of Trojan football. There is plenty of archival footage from the
    1930s that is at once pleasing to the USC faithful and of interest to
    the idle viewer, as, with no hash marks on the field, snaps were taken
    only a few feet from the sideline. Wonder where the play's going!"

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

    ISLE OF THE DEAD / BEDLAM (reviewed by Rob Lineberger, overall
    score 66/100):
    "Bedlam is firmly rooted in the horrors of humanity. The costumes, sets,
    speech, and props convey 18th-century England with authority, and the
    actors are composed enough about the period aspect to sell it. Rarely
    has a film been so convincing, taken me so completely into a past era."

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

    I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE / THE BODY SNATCHER (reviewed by Amanda DeWees,
    overall score 88/100):
    "Elegance is not a quality that zombie movies are known for, but it
    describes I Walked with a Zombie, which holds a place of distinction as
    one of Lewton's finest works and one of the most effective horror films
    of the 1930s."

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

    LIFEBOAT (reviewed by James A. Stewart, overall score 93/100):
    "When Alfred Hitchcock told this fictional story of the survivors of a
    torpedoed freighter, it was one ripped from the headlines -- stories of
    people stranded in lifeboats after German U-boat attacks were an
    everyday part of newspaper accounts. Although topical, Lifeboat is a
    World War II drama that deserves to be remembered."

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

    NAKED: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Joe Armenio, overall
    score 94/100):
    "Twelve years after its release, the controversy surrounding it seems
    beside the point; it's an angry, passionate film that contain a
    multitude of ideas and point of view, driven by the fervent desire to
    record particular ways of being in a particular time and place, and to
    reduce it to a single message or statement about gender relations is
    both unfair and kind of silly."

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

    TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: LEGACY SERIES EDITION (reviewed by Bryan Pope,
    overall score 95/100):
    "So powerful are To Kill a Mockingbird's themes about prejudice and
    racial injustice that it's easy to overlook the vivid coming-of-age
    story hiding deep inside Lee's book. But look closer and Lee's story is
    not so much about a white woman's alleged rape by a black man than it is
    about children who are, in a sense, raped of their innocence."

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

    THE VAL LEWTON HORROR COLLECTION (reviewed by a panel, overall
    score 85/100):
    "Cat People avoids soap-opera histrionics by virtue of smart writing
    that never panders to an audience craving something a bit more
    disturbing. Is Irena just a desperate housewife growing more dangerously
    hysterical by the day? Or is she really one of the evil 'cat people'
    that she was warned about as a child? A conventional horror film would
    answer that question with certainty. In a Val Lewton film, you can never
    be too sure."

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

    WEEKEND (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall score 89/100):
    "Though deliberately unapproachable, Weekend is nothing short of a new
    wave masterpiece, and its longstanding absence from DVD has been nothing
    short of blasphemous. Could it be possible that there are Godard fans
    out there that have not experienced this film?"

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
    DVD Verdict, Oct 24, 2005
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