DVD Verdict reviews: NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: PLATINUM COLLECTION (VOLUME 7) and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ALMOST PEACEFUL (UN MONDE PRESQUE
    PAISIBLE), CLASSIC ALBUMS: SIMPLY RED: STARS, DECISIONS, GANTZ: KILLED
    OR BE KILLED (VOLUME 2), HINDLE WAKES, MAGICAL MEOW MEOW TARUTO: THE
    MAGIC CAT (VOLUME 1), NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: PLATINUM COLLECTION
    (VOLUME 7), THE SANTA FE STRETCH: PERFECTING THE BALANCE BETWEEN
    STRENGTH AND FLEXIBILITY, and STAR OCEAN EX: THE DRAGON'S TEETH
    (VOLUME 2):


    ALMOST PEACEFUL (UN MONDE PRESQUE PAISIBLE) (reviewed by Joe Armenio,
    overall score 82/100):
    "I wouldn't make excessive claims for Almost Peaceful. It's a small,
    slight film that's content to be small and slight, and most of the
    themes mentioned above are sketched out and suggested rather than
    explored deeply."

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

    CLASSIC ALBUMS: SIMPLY RED: STARS (reviewed by Amanda DeWees, overall
    score 93/100):
    "Combining concert footage, new studio and performance footage, and
    clips from music videos with new interviews with the band members and
    producers as well as other members of the music industry, Simply Red:
    Stars gives us the complete skinny on how Stars came about."

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

    DECISIONS (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 80/100):
    "What separates this simple piece of homemade cinema from the rest of
    its camcorder brethren is a desire on the part of co-writer/co-director
    Master P to instill a semi-positive message on top of all the posing."

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

    GANTZ: KILLED OR BE KILLED (VOLUME 2) (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway,
    overall score 45/100):
    "There, that's everything that happens in these two episodes, so now you
    don't have to watch them. Why do you want to avoid watching them?
    Because Gantz continues to suck and because Gantz continues to be
    pointless."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/gantzvol2.php

    HINDLE WAKES (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 80/100):
    "Elvey makes it clear that this is his film, and that the camera is in
    control. Indeed, the narrative actually seems a bit of a distraction
    here. I found myself waiting eagerly for plot points to end so that I
    could see more of the sets and locations."

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

    MAGICAL MEOW MEOW TARUTO: THE MAGIC CAT (VOLUME 1) (reviewed by Bill
    Gibron, overall score 90/100):
    "The storytelling here is intricate, without being confusing. Divergent
    narrative strands, some from the royalty story, some merely occurring as
    part of everyday happenstance, are woven together flawlessly, without
    once leading to bewilderment or disorder. And although it packs a great
    deal of exposition in each short episode, the pace never seems rushed."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/magicalmeowmeowtarutovol1.php

    NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: PLATINUM COLLECTION (VOLUME 7) (reviewed by Rob
    Lineberger, overall score 70/100):
    "Sean McCoy, EVA lecturer and frequent contributor in the Platinum
    Collection extras, says that if you freeze the DVD and advance frame by
    frame you will pick up on a lot of images, words, and concepts buried in
    the animation. He says that reading Kabbalah texts and other Judeo-
    Christian sources will fill in more of the story. I say that I should
    not have to pause a DVD frame by frame just to get the most basic
    orientation to what is taking place in an episode, nor should I have to
    rely on intimate knowledge of religious texts to understand the basics
    of the plot. That should be provided by the animators and writers who
    are creating the episodes."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/ngeplatinumcolvol7.php

    THE SANTA FE STRETCH: PERFECTING THE BALANCE BETWEEN STRENGTH AND
    FLEXIBILITY (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 85/100):
    "Sue West is the host, and I believe she's made out of Silly Putty. This
    is an intermediate stretching program, but as far I was concerned it may
    as well have been AAA Gold Medal Black Belt Expert level."

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

    STAR OCEAN EX: THE DRAGON'S TEETH (VOLUME 2) (reviewed by Mac McEntire,
    overall score 88/100):
    "These five episodes show a definite improvement over the first volume.
    The animation is bright and colorful, and the characters' movements are
    much more fluid and lively."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/staroceanexvol2.php

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