DVD Verdict reviews: SECRET WINDOW, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BATTLEGROUND, 8 1/2: CRITERION
    COLLECTION, FIELD OF DREAMS: 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, FLIRTING WITH
    DISASTER, MAMMA ROMA: CRITERION COLLECTION, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN
    BRODIE, SALAAM BOMBAY DREAMS, SECRET WINDOW, WALT DISNEY TREASURES: DAVY
    CROCKETT -- THE COMPLETE TELEVISED SERIES, and WALT DISNEY TREASURES:
    DISNEYLAND USA:


    BATTLEGROUND (reviewed by George Hatch, overall score 90/100):
    "What sets Battleground apart and makes it so extraordinary are Robert
    Pirosh's realistic screenplay -- focusing on the day-to-day hardships of
    B Platoon's struggle to cope and stay alive in a hostile environment --
    and Paul Vogel's sensational cinematography -- capturing in close-up the
    essence of men in war."

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

    8 1/2: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall
    score 100/100):
    "Fellini seems to remain entirely Fellini, a genre unto himself, no
    matter where in time or space his images take him. 8 1/2 becomes the
    pinnacle of modernist film, of the subjective camera, as introspective
    as Proust in its sensual embrace and as colorful explosive as Van Gogh's
    swirling blurs of color."

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

    FIELD OF DREAMS: 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION (reviewed by David Johnson,
    overall score 90/100):
    "Give it up for Field of Dreams. Maybe not the enduring national
    treasure Universal would make it out to be, it is a nice, harmless, goose-
    bumpy little flick, which gets a homerun DVD treatment."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/fieldofdreams15se.php

    FLIRTING WITH DISASTER (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall
    score 96/100):
    "Flirting With Disaster is that rare find -- a comedy that builds
    entirely out of character and dialogue, without falling back on the
    inserted situational humor or laborious gags that plague ninety percent
    of American comedies released in the last decade."

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

    MAMMA ROMA: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall
    score 92/100):
    "She is her country. She is her city. She is the spirit of salvation
    mixed with the bitter taste of failure. She is maternity. She is
    womanhood. She is Mamma Roma."

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

    THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall
    score 90/100):
    "I will probably get hate mail for saying this, but The Prime of Miss
    Jean Brodie is what Dead Poets Society should have been -- fearless. No
    sugar coating and no pandering whatsoever. Political correctness be
    damned -- this movie is the real deal."

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

    SALAAM BOMBAY DREAMS (reviewed by Bill Gibron, overall score 95/100):
    "Salaam Bombay Dreams isn't just concerned about the creation of a new
    West End entertainment. It's a meditation on the marvelous meeting of
    the minds that can occur when West begrudgingly embraces East on its
    own terms."

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

    SECRET WINDOW (reviewed by Dennis Prince, overall score 84/100):
    "Critics will undoubtedly scoff at the story's innate hypocrisy: the
    charge of plagiarism within the narrative seems absurd when you
    consider so many of the elements were blatantly drawn from other
    sources. Whether a sign that King has wearily lapped himself on the
    creative arc or has cleverly (irreverently?) found plagiarizing himself
    to be entertaining in its own right, you'll see plenty of content
    that's straight out of the pages of The Shining, The Dark Half, The
    Dead Zone, Misery, and others."

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

    WALT DISNEY TREASURES: DAVY CROCKETT -- THE COMPLETE TELEVISED SERIES
    (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall score 89/100):
    "Watching Davy look at his own image on the cover of a popular magazine,
    we realize that we are watching a transformation: real history has fused
    irrevocably with narrative. Now we can all identify with a more
    simplified, more 'American' Davy Crockett, and through the purchase of a
    coonskin cap, become America embodied."

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

    WALT DISNEY TREASURES: DISNEYLAND USA (reviewed by Mike Pinsky, overall
    score 90/100):
    "When Walt Disney turned to television to sell his idea of a tidy theme
    park carved out of an Anaheim orange grove, he tapped into America's own
    frenzy in the 1950s to build a national mythology. This was our real
    ideological contribution to the Cold War: the triumph of American
    capitalism through popular culture -- colonialism through media
    simulation."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    DVD Verdict, Jul 26, 2004
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  2. Re: DVD Verdict reviews: SECRET WINDOW, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE- Flirting with Disaster ...

    On Mon, 26 Jul 2004 09:07:38 -0000, DVD Verdict
    <> wrote:

    >Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of BATTLEGROUND, 8 1/2: CRITERION
    >COLLECTION, FIELD OF DREAMS: 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, FLIRTING WITH
    >DISASTER, MAMMA ROMA: CRITERION COLLECTION, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN
    >BRODIE, SALAAM BOMBAY DREAMS, SECRET WINDOW, WALT DISNEY TREASURES: DAVY
    >CROCKETT -- THE COMPLETE TELEVISED SERIES, and WALT DISNEY TREASURES:
    >DISNEYLAND USA:
    >


    >
    >FLIRTING WITH DISASTER (reviewed by Patrick Bromley, overall
    >score 96/100):
    >"Flirting With Disaster is that rare find -- a comedy that builds
    >entirely out of character and dialogue, without falling back on the
    >inserted situational humor or laborious gags that plague ninety percent
    >of American comedies released in the last decade."
    >
    >FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/flirtingwithdisaster.php



    Quote ..

    ""By those standards, the "Collector's Series" release of Flirting
    With Disaster is a big disappointment. The 1.85:1 video transfer is
    acceptable, as is the 5.1 audio track—the dialogue that drives the
    film is presented clearly and cleanly. The disappointment lies in the
    almost pitiful handful of extras included: a few deleted scenes that
    would have thrown off the film's delicate pacing, an original
    promotional featurette (snore), and two gag reels (one for the
    theatrical release, one for the deleted scenes) that are far less
    funny than anything included in the film. Why no contemporary comments
    from Stiller or the rest of the cast? And where is David O. Russell?
    Save for a brief cameo in Spike Jonze's Adaptation, the guy's been
    absent for nearly five years now. The inclusion of a director's
    commentary track—even an interview—would have been a more-than-welcome
    addition, and might have helped ease the double-dip blow.""

    >


    The review overlooks the fact that the epilogue, with a pregnant Tina,
    has been restored. - Is the father Mel or the homosexual ATF agent?
    This pivotal wrapup scene was on the laserdisc but missing from the
    original DVD, much to Russell's disgust.. It was suggested at the
    time of the first DVD release that this film was "too unimportant" to
    ever see another DVD. That makes this a Collector's Edition in my
    mind!

    Note also that the film elements have been referred to elsewhere as
    "Not very good," Based upon that little detail the new DVD looks
    outstanding compared with previous transfers.

    .. Steve ..
     
    Steve(JazzHunter), Jul 26, 2004
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    Mike Jackson Guest

    Re: DVD Verdict reviews: SECRET WINDOW, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE- Flirting with Disaster ...

    > The review overlooks the fact that the epilogue, with a pregnant Tina,
    > has been restored. - Is the father Mel or the homosexual ATF agent?
    > This pivotal wrapup scene was on the laserdisc but missing from the
    > original DVD, much to Russell's disgust.. It was suggested at the
    > time of the first DVD release that this film was "too unimportant" to
    > ever see another DVD. That makes this a Collector's Edition in my
    > mind!
    >
    > Note also that the film elements have been referred to elsewhere as
    > "Not very good," Based upon that little detail the new DVD looks
    > outstanding compared with previous transfers.


    Thanks for the feedback. I'll bring this up to the reviewer, and likely put
    an Editor's Note in the review with your comments.

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Web Developer, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
     
    Mike Jackson, Jul 26, 2004
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