DVD Verdict reviews: OKLAHOMA!, CITIZEN TOXIE: THE TOXIC AVENGER PART 4, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BLINK, CITIZEN TOXIE: THE TOXIC
    AVENGER PART 4, DANE COOK: HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED, A FREEZERBURNT
    CHRISTMAS, .HACK//SIGN VER. 01: LOGIN, OKLAHOMA!, SEE NO EVIL, THE
    SHERLOCK HOLMES COLLECTION, SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT / SILENT NIGHT,
    DEADLY NIGHT PART 2, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, and VEGAS VACATION:


    BLINK (reviewed by Michael Rankins):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/blink.php

    CITIZEN TOXIE: THE TOXIC AVENGER PART 4 (reviewed by Patrick Naugle):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/citizentoxie.php

    DANE COOK: HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED (reviewed by Rob Lineberger):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/danecookharmful.php

    A FREEZERBURNT CHRISTMAS (reviewed by Bryan Byun):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/freezerburntchristmas.php

    ..HACK//SIGN VER. 01: LOGIN (reviewed by Bryan Byun):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/hacksignlogin.php

    OKLAHOMA! (reviewed by Bill Treadway):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/oklahoma.php

    SEE NO EVIL (reviewed by Mike Pinsky):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/seenoevil71.php

    THE SHERLOCK HOLMES COLLECTION (reviewed by Adam Arseneau):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/sherlockholmescollection.php

    SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT / SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT PART 2 (reviewed
    by Patrick Naugle):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/sndn.php

    UNCONDITIONAL LOVE (reviewed by Eric Profancik):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/unconditionallove.php

    VEGAS VACATION (reviewed by Patrick Naugle):

    http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/vegasvacation.php


    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Oct 24, 2003
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    Scot Gardner Guest

    > OKLAHOMA! (reviewed by Bill Treadway):
    >
    > http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/oklahoma.php
    > Mike Jackson
    > Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    > www.dvdverdict.com



    _OKLAHOMA!_ You had me going there for a minute. At last -- I hoped --
    Fox has decided to do a decent DVD presentation of this classic musical
    from the 1950's. Then, to my disappointment, I discovered that you were
    only reviewing the original, lackluster DVD that was released over 4
    years ago. (Oh well, Warner has done the same thing with its re-release
    of _Cabaret_.)

    Since this movie was released on DVD 4/27/99, I was hoping that Fox had
    finally decided to give _Oklahoma!_ the DVD presentation that it
    deserves. In April of 1999, Fox had been releasing Region 1 DVDs for
    only 5 months and Fox was still totally committed to Circuit City's DIVX
    proprietary, digital disk rental format. Fox finally began to release
    anamorphic movies here and there with such titles as the _Alien_ series,
    but all of the widescreen Fox musicals released along with _Oklahoma!_,
    ( _The King and I_, _South Pacific_, and _Carousel_) were nothing more
    than recycled, non-anamorphic, LaserDisc transfers. At this time, Fox
    was not fully committed to the DVD format and Fox was still entertaining
    the fantasy that the DIVX perpetual rental disc system would replace
    DVD.

    From your review:

    "Fox presents the film in 2.20:1 non-anamorphic widescreen. Trust me
    when I tell you that this is the finest transfer I have ever seen. The
    Todd-AO photography, with its faster projection rate of 30 frames per
    second, is often rich and stunning in its clarity. If you can't see
    Oklahoma! on the big screen, then this is the next best thing. There are
    no scratches and specks to be seen. No grain is visible at any point in
    the 145-minute film. The picture has a nice, silky sheen that is like
    nothing you have ever seen before, which is shocking considering that
    this was filmed in 1955 and even the best restorations tend to leave a
    few tell-tale signs of age. Wonderful work to whomever supervised the
    restoration. Some critics have complained about the boldness of the
    colors. Todd-AO's faster projection rate enhances the colors, making
    them bolder, sharper, and more eye-popping than standard 35mm
    projection. Anyone who complains that the colors are too bright is not
    to be trusted."

    What you have said about the Todd-AO version of _Oklahoma!_ would be
    true if you were reviewing a LaserDisc. Unfortunately, the Oklahoma! DVD
    falls far short of its potential.

    If only Fox had had the common decency to release this masterpiece as an
    anamorphic DVD presentation, it really would have been "the finest
    transfer I have ever seen." As it is, Fox screwed over its customers
    with most of its early Region 1 DVDs, including _Oklahoma!_.
     
    Scot Gardner, Oct 24, 2003
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    > _OKLAHOMA!_ You had me going there for a minute. At last -- I hoped --
    > Fox has decided to do a decent DVD presentation of this classic musical
    > from the 1950's. Then, to my disappointment, I discovered that you were
    > only reviewing the original, lackluster DVD that was released over 4
    > years ago. (Oh well, Warner has done the same thing with its re-release
    > of _Cabaret_.)


    We had a new reviewer (Bill Treadway) join the staff, and before he got his
    review screeners he decided to review a few things in his collection that we
    didn't have in our review database; even with 3400+ reviews, there's still a
    few holes. I turned down his review of one of the public-domain releases of
    Roger Corman's "Little Shop of Horrors," so it could be worse :) He's
    still getting his feet wet, which may explain the over-enthusiastic review
    of the video elements.

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Web Developer, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    Mike Jackson, Oct 24, 2003
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    Scot Gardner Guest

    "Mike Jackson" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > _OKLAHOMA!_ You had me going there for a minute. At last -- I hoped --
    > Fox has decided to do a decent DVD presentation of this classic
    > musical from the 1950's. Then, to my disappointment, I discovered that
    > you were only reviewing the original, lackluster DVD that was released
    > over 4 years ago. (Oh well, Warner has done the same thing with its
    > re-release of _Cabaret_.)


    <<We had a new reviewer (Bill Treadway) join the staff, and before he
    got his review screeners he decided to review a few things in his
    collection that we didn't have in our review database; even with 3400+
    reviews, there's still a few holes. I turned down his review of one of
    the public-domain releases of Roger Corman's "Little Shop of Horrors,"
    so it could be worse :) He's still getting his feet wet, which may
    explain the over-enthusiastic review of the video elements.>>

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Web Developer, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com


    Over-enthusiastic? He was positively gushing in his bubbling,
    effervescent review. But even thought Fox had the 30 frames-per-second
    Todd-AO elements, they stopped short of doing a high-bitrate re-master
    for the DVD. This has been a big disappointment.

    If Mr. Treadway is interested in seeing the finest DVD presentation of a
    movie from the 1950's, I have found nothing to equal the incredible
    picture found on Paramount's 2-disk version of _The Ten Commandments_.

    Here is what one reviewer had to say about this film:

    "The new DVD edition of The Ten Commandments is nothing short of
    amazing. Never in my experience has this film looked this good. As with
    so many of the early Technicolor films, the production design was
    intended to make full use of the glorious Technicolor palette. No one
    can argue that video, even very good video, can match a decent
    Technicolor film print, but this DVD transfer doesn't miss by much.
    Colors are bright and intensely saturated yet retain very good stability
    with little or no smearing. There is no evidence of video noise, even in
    the brightest reds and oranges (check out the shot of the Hebrew slaves
    towing the Egyptian statue in the opening sequence...gorgeous). Even
    fine details within the brightest colors are still visible, something no
    other video version has been able to accomplish. The image is
    consistently sharp and detailed. For the most part, there is no apparent
    grain in the image except for an occasional optical effects shot. Black
    level and contrast are also excellent with good shadow detail."

    http://www.digitaleyes.net/Reviews/SearchReturn.cfm?catalog=155087DVD
     
    Scot Gardner, Oct 26, 2003
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