DVD Verdict reviews: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: PLATINUM COLLECTION (VOLUME 2) and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ANGELIC LAYER: IDOL WORSHIP (VOLUME
    3), ANGELIC LAYER: FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE (VOLUME 4), JONI MITCHELL:
    PAINTING WITH WORDS AND MUSIC, LIVE WIRE 2: HUMAN TIMEBOMB, MARTIAN
    SUCCESSOR NADESICO (VOLUME 1), MEN'S MIX ONE, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION:
    PLATINUM COLLECTION (VOLUME 2), ORCA: THE KILLER WHALE, PEACEMAKER:
    INNOCENCE LOST (VOLUME 1), and A TICKLE IN THE HEART:


    ANGELIC LAYER: IDOL WORSHIP (VOLUME 3) (reviewed by Sandra Dozier,
    overall score 90/100):
    "The luxury with Angelic Layer is in being able to choose whether to
    watch this anime for the strong characterization and story, for the cool
    game and fighting, or both."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/angeliclayervol3.php

    ANGELIC LAYER: FAITH, HOPE AND LOVE (VOLUME 4) (reviewed by Sandra
    Dozier, overall score 92/100):
    "It's impossible to talk about Angelic Layer without noticing the social
    network that overlays the goings-on. As a girl-oriented anime, this
    makes sense, but it is a little unusual for a game anime, which normally
    has a 'fight, practice, sleep, fight' routine. Ultimately, this makes
    Angelic Layer both an interesting and a thrilling show, with the social
    and fighting scenes carefully balanced."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/angeliclayervol4.php

    JONI MITCHELL: PAINTING WITH WORDS AND MUSIC (reviewed by Steve Evans,
    overall score 85/100):
    "Filmed on an intimate stage on the Warner Brothers lot in 1998, this
    concert captures Mitchell in all her wily hipster glory before an
    adoring audience who lounge on sofas, recliners, and a beanbag chair or
    two. Mitchell performs her best-known songs -- initially solo, then
    accompanied by a backing trio -- surrounded by her paintings on a
    minimalist stage."

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

    LIVE WIRE 2: HUMAN TIMEBOMB (reviewed by David Johnson, overall
    score 81/100):
    "The real fun begins, however, when Carter is kidnapped and reprogrammed
    by the Cubans, who are led by a guy who looks just like Jesus."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/livewire2.php

    MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO (VOLUME 1) (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway,
    overall score 85/100):
    "It sounds pretty stupid when you put it on paper, but Martian Successor
    Nadesico is actually rather entertaining. The producers have taken every
    anime plot device, stereotype, archetype, and cliche, thrown them in a
    blender, then served up the result. They knew how ridiculous these
    things generally are, so they decided to have a little fun."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/nadesicovol1.php

    MEN'S MIX ONE (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 80/100):
    "Roger Ebert often says if you could take the leads in any given gay
    film and make them heterosexual, and the film would still work, then
    they are on the right track. Unfortunately, that will never be the case,
    because there are extraordinarily unique experiences that will never
    translate to a heterosexual lifestyle."

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

    NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: PLATINUM COLLECTION (VOLUME 2) (reviewed by Rob
    Lineberger, overall score 100/100):
    "When the characters act happy, I feel happy myself. When Asuka barges
    onto the stage in a whirlwind of red hair, perky breasts, nasty
    comments, and misplaced rage, I'm captivated. When romantic tension
    seems to build, I allow myself to get wrapped up in it and pretend that
    it all might work out. And that is why Volume Two is perhaps the best
    stretch of anime episodes ever, in any series and any era of anime."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/ngeplatinumcolvol2.php

    ORCA: THE KILLER WHALE (reviewed by Patrick Naugle, overall score
    78/100):
    "His performance is Oscar worthy, and by Oscar worthy, I'm sure we're
    all hip to the fact that I mean 'Razzie' worthy."

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

    PEACEMAKER: INNOCENCE LOST (VOLUME 1) (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway,
    overall score 70/100):
    "The characters spend far too much time sitting around talking; I'm all
    for story development and world building, but not in the form of endless
    exposition."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/peacemakervol1.php

    A TICKLE IN THE HEART (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall score 74/100):
    "The Epsteins talk about their own musical histories, the experience of
    growing up Jewish in New York, and express surprise at the durability of
    klezmer music after all these years. There's no denying the sweetness
    and nostalgic appeal of these debonair musicians, and the music really
    does sing its own virtues."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
    DVD Verdict, Oct 21, 2004
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