DVD Verdict reviews: MATCH POINT, DUMA, LATE SPRING: CRITERION COLLECTION, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE
    CHIPMUNK ADVENTURE, BATTLE IN HEAVEN, DUMA, THE 400 BLOWS: CRITERION
    COLLECTION, FULL METAL JACKET (HD DVD), LATE SPRING: CRITERION
    COLLECTION, MATCH POINT, MONA LISA, THE PLANET OF THE APES LEGACY
    COLLECTION BOX SET, and SWORDFISH (HD DVD):


    ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE CHIPMUNK ADVENTURE (reviewed by David
    Johnson, overall score 83/100):
    "It's like Saturday morning with The Bourne Identity."

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

    BATTLE IN HEAVEN (reviewed by Brendan Babish, overall score 83/100):
    "Make no mistake: this film, which is both foreign and aspires to be
    art, will be difficult viewing for conventional viewers. Ditto for
    narcoleptics."

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

    DUMA (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 95/100):
    "Here is a wonderful little movie the whole family can enjoy. Duma is
    easily one of the best all-ages movie I've seen in a long time, and
    there's nothing but some scary animal action to garner it a PG
    rating. Duma is a great movie that appeals to our love of both
    children and animals."

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

    THE 400 BLOWS: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Steve Evans, overall
    score 96/100):
    "More than 47 years on, The 400 Blows remains a brilliant slice of life
    that will linger in the mind's eye and spark conversation long after the
    fade on that indelible freeze frame."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/400blows.php

    FULL METAL JACKET (HD DVD) (reviewed by Ryan Keefer, overall
    score 87/100):
    "The thing that sours me about this film is the thing that's supposed to
    boost it. The video quality is sad and the audio quality is improved,
    but not too substantially. If I spent money on a new HD-DVD player, I
    wouldn't buy this disc."

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

    LATE SPRING: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Steve Evans, overall
    score 91/100):
    "Ozu conveys his ideas with such conviction, in such a calm and
    understated way, as to make the work of many directors seem
    exasperatingly pretentious."

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

    MATCH POINT (reviewed by James A. Stewart, overall score 85/100):
    "While most suspense thrillers seem to revolve around luck, Woody
    Allen's Match Point may be the first such movie that revolves around
    it very consciously -- if you don't count the short-lived TV show
    Strange Luck."

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

    MONA LISA (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 93/100):
    "A lot of the film's freshness comes from the performances, all of which
    are excellent."

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

    THE PLANET OF THE APES LEGACY COLLECTION BOX SET (reviewed by Bill
    Gibron, overall score 84/100):
    "What makes the first film such a classic (and why the others pale in
    comparison) is that we are really on one man's stranger-in-a-strange-
    land voyage. Taylor has no idea where he is, what is happening, and why
    his captors are so aggressive toward his species. He alone must uncover
    clues to the new social order, as well as work on a way of escaping."

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

    SWORDFISH (HD DVD) (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall score 94/100):
    "So, on the second Tuesday after launch, Warner Brothers delivered the
    2001 quirky cyber-crime excursion, Swordfish, on HD-DVD. The question
    that persists, trite though it may be, is can you polish a turd?"

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
    DVD Verdict, May 22, 2006
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