DVD Verdict reviews: OLDBOY, THE JERK: 26TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BLOOD ALLEY, BRIGHT LEAVES,
    BULLITT: SPECIAL EDITION, DEVIL IN THE FLESH, JAY-Z: FADE TO BLACK, THE
    JERK: 26TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, OLDBOY, THE REIVERS, and THE STREET
    WITH NO NAME:


    BLOOD ALLEY (reviewed by Steve Evans, overall score 75/100):
    "Good production values, breathtaking scenery in Cinemascope, and the
    big Duke himself in mid-career cannot compensate for a weak and
    occasionally racist script, or the cardinal sin of casting Lauren Bacall
    (The Big Sleep), then giving her nothing to do."

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

    BRIGHT LEAVES (reviewed by Joe Armenio, overall score 85/100):
    "Like the director's other films, it's also a meditation on what it
    means to be Southern. McElwee has lived for years in New England, but
    still feels the lure of the South and thinks of it as home; he provides
    plenty of loving shots of a rich, verdant, Edenic southern landscape.
    There's a sense in which tobacco serves as a metaphor for the South:
    alluring but ultimately decadent and unhealthy."

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

    BULLITT: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by David Ryan, overall score 89/100):
    "If it only had a decent story, it would be a landmark film. Instead, it
    winds up being a film that is less than the sum of its parts. But damn,
    those parts are good..."

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

    DEVIL IN THE FLESH (reviewed by David Johnson, overall score 84/100):
    "Devil in the Flesh is not a straight-out piece of exploitation. It's a
    well-made movie with serious thoughts on its mind, far from the steamy
    Cinemax romp it appears to be."

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

    JAY-Z: FADE TO BLACK (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 88/100):
    "One can mistakenly view this as an energetic and expensive ego trip, a
    chance for an already self-important artist (one of his nicknames comes
    from 'Jehovah,' the Hebrew name for God) to bang his own drum one more
    temperamental time. Instead, Fade to Black acts like a repayment of
    sorts, a way for a rather insular superstar to give back to the people
    who made his stunning universal success possible."

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

    THE JERK: 26TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall
    score 74/100):
    "But you wanna know the real insult? It's the extras. Basically, there
    are none. At least not any of value, substance, or even connection to
    the movie."

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

    OLDBOY (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 96/100):
    "Oldboy is mind-bogglingly cool, as every scene threatens to rip through
    the screen and invade your living room. It has a completely unique look
    and feel, equal parts beautiful and grotesque."

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

    THE REIVERS (reviewed by David Ryan, overall score 90/100):
    "Faulkner's Mark Twain-esque coming-of-age tale had an unlikely
    producer/star in Steve McQueen. McQueen, the epitome of macho, intense
    cool, seemed ill-suited to play any role in a Faulkner tale.
    Surprisingly, McQueen delivered a charming performance perfectly suited
    to the material."

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

    THE STREET WITH NO NAME (reviewed by Paul Corupe, overall score 78/100):
    "The whole picture is drenched is an unseemly cheapness that has rarely
    been matched by any noir, and really immerses the viewer into a
    forbidden world of risky crime and fast money."

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

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