DVD Verdict reviews: NORTH AND SOUTH: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of THE AMANDA SHOW: VOLUMES 1 AND 2,
    THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS: TIMMY'S TOP WISHES, FAMILY GUY: THE FREAKIN'
    SWEET COLLECTION, FARSCAPE: SEASON 4, COLLECTION 4, GARGOYLES: THE
    COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, GREG THE BUNNY: THE COMPLETE SERIES, NORTH AND
    SOUTH: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, PROFILER: SEASON FOUR, RUMPOLE OF THE
    BAILEY: THE COMPLETE SEASONS ONE AND TWO, SOUNDSTAGE PRESENTS MICHAEL
    MCDONALD: LIVE IN CONCERT, SPACE GHOST COAST TO COAST: VOLUME TWO, STAR
    TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES, SEASON THREE, TOP CAT: THE COMPLETE SERIES,
    and WORKING TRA$H:


    THE AMANDA SHOW: VOLUMES 1 AND 2 (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall
    score 82/100):
    "Held together completely by the performances of its tween and older
    cast, and often stumbling directly into something sublimely stupid and
    witty, this kid-vid cavalcade is a hilarious, cornball surprise."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/amandashowvol1and2.php

    THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS: TIMMY'S TOP WISHES (reviewed by David Johnson,
    overall score 85/100):
    "This is a smart, funny cartoon. While obviously geared toward the
    younger, shorter crowd, it still generates some hearty laughs for us
    adults, and is, for my money, much better than its more ubiquitous
    comrade, Mr. Squarepants' show."

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

    FAMILY GUY: THE FREAKIN' SWEET COLLECTION (reviewed by Brett Cullum,
    overall score 87/100):
    "It seems little was done to these episodes that hasn't been done
    before, and there's hardly a reason to double dip. The tempting part of
    this collection would be that you do get new commentaries, and the
    inclusion of the Bin Laden in the airport sequence in 'Road to Rhode
    Island' which was produced two full years before September 11th
    (spooky)."

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

    FARSCAPE: SEASON 4, COLLECTION 4 (reviewed by Erick Harper, overall
    score 93/100):
    "Farscape: Season 4, Collection 4 accelerates the buildup to the end of
    the season and, ultimately, the series. These episodes are particularly
    dense with elements of the ongoing plot of the entire series, and
    newcomers may find some of the revelations baffling without a bit of
    explanation."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/farscapes4c4.php

    GARGOYLES: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall
    score 91/100):
    "Gargoyles was definitely not standard after-school Disney fare -- it
    was violent, brooding, cold, moody, and complex, with intertwining
    narratives, a dense theological and mythological background in character
    design and symbolism, and full of chest-pounding action."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/gargoylesseason1.php

    GREG THE BUNNY: THE COMPLETE SERIES (reviewed by Adam Arseneau, overall
    score 93/100):
    "Even when considering the typical basement-level sophistication and
    maturity of a typical Fox television show, Greg The Bunny definitely
    pushes the debauchery envelope with amusing sexual innuendos and playful
    subtlety masquerading as filth...err, which is to say, puppet filth."

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

    NORTH AND SOUTH: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (reviewed by Lacey Worrell,
    overall score 84/100):
    "The scope of this collection is staggering. Clocking in at 1212 minutes
    now that the commercials have been cut out, its breadth is astonishing.
    It appears that no expense was spared in terms of the story, the
    filming, or even the sweeping score; North and South is a true epic in
    every sense of the word."

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

    PROFILER: SEASON FOUR (reviewed by Diane Wild, overall score 59/100):
    "Grace's marital problems are revealed using the old writing
    adage 'tell, don't show.' Oh wait, isn't it supposed to be the
    other way around?"

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/profilerseason4.php

    RUMPOLE OF THE BAILEY: THE COMPLETE SEASONS ONE AND TWO (reviewed by
    Amanda DeWees, overall score 90/100):
    "Rumpole is probably one of the most beloved of twentieth-century
    British literary and television creations, an immediately recognizable
    character we love for both his talents and his flaws. There's
    something almost Dickensian about him: his short, stout figure,
    dressed in rumpled disarray; the jowly face that shows both kindness
    and shrewd intelligence; the characteristic flourishes like his oft-
    present cigar and his tendency to declaim literary quotations in
    round, resonant tones."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/rumpolebaileys1and2.php

    SOUNDSTAGE PRESENTS MICHAEL MCDONALD: LIVE IN CONCERT (reviewed by David
    Ryan, overall score 96/100):
    "McDonald is absolutely not one of those aging rock stars working
    the county fair circuit, trying to pretend he's still got talent.
    His voice -- The Pipes -- is just as strong, sweet, and emotive as
    it was in 1976."

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

    SPACE GHOST COAST TO COAST: VOLUME TWO (reviewed by Dennis Prince,
    overall score 87/100):
    "Sadly, shows like 'Sharrock,' 'Late Show,' and the horrid live action
    retardation of 'Woody Allen's Fall Project' must have been funny to the
    show creators, but they're clearly the only ones laughing (and we're
    standing by laughing at them for it)."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/spaceghostvol2.php

    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES, SEASON THREE (reviewed by Rob
    Lineberger, overall score 86/100):
    "We can ponder how Spock, Kirk, and McCoy represent logic, action, and
    empathy, or how their interpersonal struggles reveal their humanity, but
    the only thing we need to know is that it works. Their eyebrows may be
    pneumatically enhanced, and they may have overdeveloped vogue responses,
    but these three charming melodramatists make their scenes resonate."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/startrektosseason3.php

    TOP CAT: THE COMPLETE SERIES (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall
    score 89/100):
    "Unfortunately, Top Cat didn't translate its source material as well
    as The Flintstones before it. Whereas the stone-age capers of Fred and
    Barney where well-written and incorporated the ongoing clever use of
    prehistoric critters and inventive stone-and-stick tools to represent
    the modern conveniences of 1960, Top Cat had no reliable 'shtick'
    going for it."

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

    WORKING TRA$H (reviewed by Aaron Bossig, overall score 80/100):
    "Working Tra$hmay not be an important piece of cinematic history, but
    it's commendable that one movie could stand witness to a great grouping
    of comedians, the rise of one star, the dignified retirement of another,
    and the baby steps of a major broadcast network."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Jan 26, 2005
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