DVD Verdict reviews: MARK MESSIER: LEADER, CHAMPION, AND LEGEND and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of CHRONICLE OF ANNA MAGDALENA BACH,
    D.N. ANGEL: COMPLETE COLLECTION, LOVING COUPLES, MACHINE HEAD: ELEGIES,
    MARK MESSIER: LEADER, CHAMPION, AND LEGEND, MISSING IN AMERICA,
    MOBSTERS' CONFESSIONS, THE ORIGINAL AMATEUR HOUR, PASSING GLORY, REBECCA
    OF SUNNYBROOK FARM, and YUMERIA: END OF A DREAM (VOLUME 3):


    CHRONICLE OF ANNA MAGDALENA BACH (reviewed by Joe Armenio, overall
    score 87/100):
    "Adding to the sense of realism is the strict attention to historical
    detail. The setting, instruments, and costumes of an actual Bach
    performance are meticulously approximated, and the story, such as it
    is, consists mainly of anecdotes involving Bach's day-to-day
    business, his disputes with patrons and fellow musicians, and his
    theories about music."

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

    D.N. ANGEL: COMPLETE COLLECTION (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall
    score 81/100):
    "For further reference, we consult the 'Anime Cliche Checklist.' There's
    the slightly dorky kid who has the nimble agility of a master thief, but
    around the girl of his dreams, trips over his own feet...check. In the
    first episode, said kid suddenly discovers his magical powers, with
    which he will fight in the struggle between good and evil...check."

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

    LOVING COUPLES (reviewed by Jesse Ataide, overall score 95/100):
    "Loving Couples carries its feminist agenda on its sleeve, and
    subsequently takes on a lot of taboo topics not typically depicted in
    such a direct manner on screen."

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

    MACHINE HEAD: ELEGIES (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 85/100):
    "Without a doubt, the best thing about this release is the fascinating
    featurette on the making of Through the Ashes of Empires. For 30
    minutes, we hear the story of departing band members, unrealistic
    commercial aspirations, phony promises from misguided major labels, and
    an overall feeling amongst the group that the album was, in essence,
    'do or die.'"

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

    MARK MESSIER: LEADER, CHAMPION, AND LEGEND (reviewed by Ryan Keefer,
    overall score 79/100):
    "While it would have been nice to see a retrospective featuring more
    recent interviews, this look at the future Hall of Famer is
    comprehensive and well worth the time for fans of the Rangers, Oilers,
    and hockey in general."

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

    MISSING IN AMERICA (reviewed by Michael Rankins, overall score 87/100):
    "When Glover is on screen, which is most of the time in this film, he
    commands our attention without begging for it. He completely sells us on
    the character of Jake -- on his history, his pain, and his brokenness."

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

    MOBSTERS' CONFESSIONS (reviewed by Geoffrey Miller, overall score
    83/100):
    "Rokuro Mochizuki has a knack for making movies that are as compelling
    as they are frustrating. This is one of his more fruitful experiments.
    Despite its puzzling plot, Mobsters' Confessions rides an exhilarating
    wave of fresh, fast-paced filmmaking."

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

    THE ORIGINAL AMATEUR HOUR (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score
    80/100):
    "As long as you come into this set knowing that it's not complete
    episodes, but instead represents a clip-filled overview of the program,
    and if you can tolerate less than pristine sound and picture, then The
    Original Amateur Hour will offer up a wonderful aura of wistfulness and
    innocence. This is TV before the boob tube went tawdry, a chance to see
    the basics of broadcasting before marketing and merchandising ruined
    the ride."

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

    PASSING GLORY (reviewed by Michael Rankins, overall score 78/100):
    "Passing Glory is a solidly entertaining film that manages to make light
    work of juggling the weighty subject of racism in the pre-desegregation
    South and the feel-good cliches of a sports movie."

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

    REBECCA OF SUNNYBROOK FARM (reviewed by Neal Solon, overall score
    83/100):
    "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm gets a lot of flack because it's not really
    an adaptation of the book of the same name by author Kate Douglas
    Wiggins. Apparently, the films and the book have little in common,
    other than a girl named Rebecca and a place called Sunnybrook Farm.
    I've never read the book, so I can't comment on that. I imagine that is
    better. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, the Shirley Temple film, should
    evaluated for what it is, and as a Shirley Temple film, it has what
    fans will expect."

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

    YUMERIA: END OF A DREAM (VOLUME 3) (reviewed by Mac McEntire, overall
    score 75/100):
    "Yumeria isn't a bad series. There's nothing necessarily wrong with it.
    It's just even casual anime fans won't see much here they haven't seen
    elsewhere."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/yumeriavol3.php

    Mike Jackson
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    DVD Verdict, Feb 9, 2006
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