DVD Verdict reviews: NATIONAL TREASURE, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ANGELS IN AMERICA, LIVE AID, LOVE
    ME OR LEAVE ME, NATIONAL TREASURE, NOAM CHOMSKY: REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE,
    POCAHONTAS: 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, SPANGLISH, TOP GUN: SPECIAL
    COLLECTOR'S EDITION, and WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S THE MERCHANT OF VENICE:


    ANGELS IN AMERICA (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 90/100):
    "Angels in America is the best American play of this generation. And
    Mike Nichols, Tony Kushner, and company take all its stage-bound
    borderline chaos and turn it touchingly cinematic. For that
    accomplishment alone, they deserve your attention."

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

    LIVE AID (reviewed by David Ryan, overall score 100/100):
    "The Live Aid slogan is no lie -- this concert did, indeed, save lives.
    The evidence is irrefutable on that point. Bob Geldof literally gave up
    life as a rock star -- a rock star! -- to devote his time to helping
    people he didn't know, of a different race, in a far-off country, who
    were suffering. He didn't save them all, but he saved some. For that, he
    deserves all the credit in the world."

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

    LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME (reviewed by George Hatch, overall score 96/100):
    "Etting was called 'America's Sweetheart of Song,' but I found her
    trilling and warbling high-pitched vocalizations annoying as hell and
    near painful to listen to. I shiver just thinking if MGM had tried to
    play it safe and had Etting's caterwauling coming out of Day's mouth."

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

    NATIONAL TREASURE (reviewed by Patrick Naugle, overall score 82/100):
    "Oh, I'm sure that in some form or another, if you really paid attention
    to the plot, the movie would come together the same way a child's red
    wagon will come together even if you don't read the directions; it'll
    just be a goofy-lookin' wagon."

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

    NOAM CHOMSKY: REBEL WITHOUT A PAUSE (reviewed by Russell Engebretson,
    overall score 90/100):
    "Chomsky is not an eloquent orator, though he is a better speaker than
    he claims. Chomsky is riveting because what he says is plainly spoken
    and compelling, and he treats his audience like a group of intelligent
    adults, which is a rarity in today's media world of smirking pundits and
    ranting hate mongers."

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

    POCAHONTAS: 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall
    score 93/100):
    "Pocahontas is a striking, and ambitious, departure from its
    predecessors. In addition to depicting a real-life story instead of a
    fairy tale, it is essentially a serious film, a romantic drama instead
    of a romantic comedy."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/pocahontas10th.php

    SPANGLISH (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 88/100):
    "Spanglish isn't the best film of the year. I'm not even sure it rates
    in the top ten. It doesn't try to change the world or do anything new.
    For casual, popular Hollywood entertainment, though, it's solid gold."

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

    TOP GUN: SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION (reviewed by Mike Jackson, overall
    score 89/100):
    "It's easy to marginalize Top Gun as just another Simpson/Bruckheimer
    film, an action movie, and or a piece of 1980s nostalgia. It is, after
    all, all of the above, and cinema aficionados often marginalize all of
    the above. But to push it to the side of the DVD pile, to treat it like
    it's Thief of Hearts, wouldn't make for an interesting piece of
    criticism now, would it?"

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

    WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (reviewed by Amanda DeWees,
    overall score 93/100):
    "Removing the villain of the play creates a void in the plot. If we can
    no longer accept our purported heroes' disdainful treatment of Shylock,
    the moral compass of the play shifts. How are we to care about the
    romantic troubles of Portia and Bassanio, or the broken heart of
    Antonio, in the face of their prejudice?"

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

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