DVD Verdict reviews: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, RENT, NETWORK: SPECIAL EDITION, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS, LA BETE
    HUMAINE: CRITERION COLLECTION, THE MEMORY OF A KILLER, NETWORK: SPECIAL
    EDITION, PIN-UP GIRL, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, RED EYE, RENT, and YOUNG MR.
    LINCOLN: CRITERION COLLECTION:


    JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 86/100):
    "The John Adams we meet is insecure, so worried about his place in
    history that he jealously fights with Benjamin Franklin, ends up in a
    bitter election campaign with Thomas Jefferson (who admittedly fought
    pretty dirty), and prompts Alexander Hamilton to call him deranged."

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

    LA BETE HUMAINE: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Steve Evans, overall
    score 95/100):
    "La Bete Humaine contains several scenes of such tightly-coiled suspense
    that it is not possible to watch without wondering how often Hitchcock
    held private screenings of the picture for his own education."

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

    THE MEMORY OF A KILLER (reviewed by James A. Stewart, overall
    score 88/100):
    "Although it starts out looking like a Memento clone, the movie finds
    its own, more human voice as it explores the relationship between Eric
    and Ledda, while staying close enough to the oddball familiar to please
    fans of Christopher Nolan's stylish thrillers."

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

    NETWORK: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score
    97/100):
    "There are several standout spoken set pieces, not just the instances
    where Beale goes ballistic for his nightly news tirades. When the
    obviously insane newsman tells his audience to go to the windows and
    yell out that seminal statement of stagnant citizenry, 'I'm as mad as
    hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!,' the words leading up to the
    chant are far more effective than the catchphrase itself."

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

    PIN-UP GIRL (reviewed by James A. Stewart, overall score 82/100):
    "Attached to an effervescent actress, even in a caricature of a role,
    Grable's legs still brighten a gloomy day enough that you can easily see
    how much she contributed to the war effort."

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

    PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 92/100):
    "You will fall in love with Elizabeth (Keira Knightley), and in the end
    that's enough to recommend the film. It's not often we get to see an
    actress burst in to full bloom with such rich material serving her."

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

    RED EYE (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 93/100):
    "The speed and precision of Craven's direction allows those moments to
    slip by without looking forced. At a taut running time of 76 minutes
    (not including end credits), Craven has no patience for the usual
    Hollywood foolishness. If only more bloated blockbusters showed this
    much self-control."

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

    RENT (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 97/100):
    "Rent is all about living and loving the moment you're in, and
    celebrating every personal triumph despite the circumstances. It's all
    about measuring life not by money, but by friends and love."

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

    YOUNG MR. LINCOLN: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Joe Armenio,
    overall score 96/100):
    "This is a movie which is obsessed with the passage of time, with loss
    and with memory (both personal and historical), exploring these themes
    with a grace and power unknown to many theoretically more self-conscious
    films. It is meant as a sort of national home movie, a sad glance at a
    time forever gone, both more innocent and retrospectively rich with
    foreshadowing, pregnant with the disasters to come."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
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    DVD Verdict, Feb 27, 2006
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