DVD Verdict reviews: SAIYUKI: NEW WORLD ORDER (VOLUME 12) and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of ANGELIC LAYER: DEUS EX MACHINA
    (VOLUME 5), GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX (VOLUME 2), KALEIDO
    STAR: GREAT EXPECTATIONS (VOLUME 3), KALEIDO STAR: FALL FROM GRACE
    (VOLUME 4), LADY DEATH: THE MOTION PICTURE, MR. AND MRS. SMITH, MY DEAR
    MARIE, PET SHOP BOYS: SOMEWHERE, RED HEAT: SPECIAL EDITION, and SAIYUKI:
    NEW WORLD ORDER (VOLUME 12):


    ANGELIC LAYER: DEUS EX MACHINA (VOLUME 5) (reviewed by Sandra Dozier,
    overall score 92/100):
    "Angelic Layer has an engaging story that pulls in many characters, and
    a lead character who never seems to lose her determination and optimism.
    Misaki may be somewhat formulaic, but her kind and inclusive nature is
    endearing, and you know she will go far."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/angeliclayervol5.php

    GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX (VOLUME 2) (reviewed by Rob
    Lineberger, overall score 98/100):
    "When you combine Stand Alone Complex's superlative action with its
    smart storylines, and then throw in a noble anime lineage, you wind up
    with one hell of a series."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/gitsvol2.php

    KALEIDO STAR: GREAT EXPECTATIONS (VOLUME 3) (reviewed by Sandra Dozier,
    overall score 89/100):
    "Sora grows because of the conflict she endures and triumphs over. Along
    the way, she makes friends and gains allies as she becomes a more well-
    rounded person. It's a positive, strong message that is not heavy-handed
    or moralized to death."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/kaleidostarvol3.php

    KALEIDO STAR: FALL FROM GRACE (VOLUME 4) (reviewed by Sandra Dozier,
    overall score 89/100):
    "There is plenty of drama in this volume, and it ends up with Sora's
    world being turned upside down, plunging her head first into a new set
    of challenges that she will have to overcome."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/kaleidostarvol4.php

    LADY DEATH: THE MOTION PICTURE (reviewed by Mitchell Hattaway, overall
    score 35/100):
    "I can't imagine fans of the comic (which is still being published after
    ten years and the bankruptcy of at least two of its publishers) will
    even enjoy this. You'd have to reach back to Howard the Duck or that
    unreleased (but still widely available) Roger Corman Fantastic Four
    movie to find another comic adaptation so badly botched."

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

    MR. AND MRS. SMITH (reviewed by Diane Wild, overall score 76/100):
    "If you really look, you might see touches of classic Hitchcock. One almost-
    sinister scene shows Ann shaving David with straight razor while talking
    about trust. If you didn't know it was Hitchcock, you might get a mild
    chuckle out of the irony. As it is, you're almost disappointed that she
    doesn't slit his throat."

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

    MY DEAR MARIE (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score 84/100):
    "There is quite a bit to like about My Dear Marie. It's a great deal
    more subtle and sensitive than most entries in this genre, and there's
    some depth underneath all the physical comedy and fan service."

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

    PET SHOP BOYS: SOMEWHERE (reviewed by Eric Profancik, overall
    score 90/100):
    "The Pet Shop Boys may be boring performers visually, but their music
    more than makes up for the lack of showmanship."

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

    RED HEAT: SPECIAL EDITION (reviewed by Joel Pearce, overall score
    82/100):
    "Everything about the film is so painfully typical that I frequently
    found myself very bored, even during the action scenes. I think it's
    actually in the wrong genre -- it would have worked a lot better as a
    gritty fish-out-of-water cop movie with Denko alone in America, rather
    than as a light action buddy comedy."

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

    SAIYUKI: NEW WORLD ORDER (VOLUME 12) (reviewed by Sandra Dozier, overall
    score 90/100):
    "The grace and beauty of the characters is carried over into the
    animation, which can be whisper-light or have as much gravity as it
    needs, depending on the moment. Scenes of our travelers moving through
    the forests and empty land between towns are worth watching all by
    themselves. Again, there is much eye candy in this series -- enough to
    keep fans happy for hours. "

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/saiyukivol12.php

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
    DVD Verdict, Oct 28, 2004
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