DVD Verdict reviews: SLIVER: UNRATED EDITION, STAY, and more!

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    Today, DVD Verdict posted reviews of THE ANDY MILONAKIS SHOW: THE
    COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS: CRITERION COLLECTION, THE
    BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA, THE CHILDREN ARE WATCHING US: CRITERION
    COLLECTION, THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD, LACOMBE, LUCIEN:
    CRITERION COLLECTION, LINCOLN, MURMUR OF THE HEART: CRITERION
    COLLECTION, SLIVER: UNRATED EDITION, STAY, 3 FILMS BY LOUIS MALLE:
    CRITERION COLLECTION, and TRANSGENERATION:


    THE ANDY MILONAKIS SHOW: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (reviewed by Neal
    Masri, overall score 50/100):
    "I am unhappy to report that expanding a small dose of Andy to an entire
    show of his own was a bad idea."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/andymilonakisseason1.php

    AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Dan Mancini,
    overall score 100/100):
    "Au Revoir les Enfants not only stands at the apex of Louis Malle's
    oeuvre, it is one of the most gripping coming of age pictures ever made.
    A potent anti-war film, it is a bona fide classic of French cinema
    worthy of a place beside the best works of Renoir, Melville, Truffaut,
    Godard, and the other French masters."

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

    THE BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA (reviewed by Steve Evans, overall
    score 72/100):
    "Like Psycho, the picture concludes with an epilogue featuring a half-
    assed psychological explanation for all the mayhem, but by this time
    most cult fans are already bolting for the exits (or hitting the eject
    button on their DVD players)."

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

    THE CHILDREN ARE WATCHING US: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Steve
    Evans, overall score 90/100):
    "As a work of art, The Children are Watching Us will impress film lovers
    with its formal, even painterly, visual compositions. On a deeper level,
    it's hard to remain unmoved while watching young Prico survey the
    dysfunctional world around him."

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

    THE CUTTING EDGE: GOING FOR THE GOLD (reviewed by David Johnson, overall
    score 79/100):
    "Finally, there's the final skating sequence at the Olympics, where Alex
    and Jackie unleash their Skating Super-Move!!! -- an impossible triple-spin-in-tandem-midair-catch-toe-
    loop Ha-dou-ken!!! that's obviously and cheesily green-screened. Talk
    about jarring you out of the moment."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/cuttingedge2.php

    LACOMBE, LUCIEN: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Dan Mancini, overall
    score 89/100):
    "The other possibility is more terrifying. Perhaps Lucien is a boy like
    any other. Perhaps we each have a secret fascination with death and,
    therefore, the capacity to slide bit by bit into evil."

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

    LINCOLN (reviewed by Patrick Naugle, overall score 90/100):
    "The program seems to make a case that Lincoln suffered from enormous
    bouts of depression that may have led to his staggeringly productive
    work output."

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

    MURMUR OF THE HEART: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Dan Mancini,
    overall score 95/100):
    "Murmur of the Heart inaugurated a new phase in Malle's career. The
    picture is a bildungsroman, but that's not the only thing that makes it
    feel like a shockingly potent debut -- as a matter of fact, it's not
    even the primary thing. Murmur overflows with an exuberant love of craft
    and subject-matter typically found in the work of a young artist flexing
    his muscles."

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

    SLIVER: UNRATED EDITION (reviewed by Eric Profancik, overall
    score 70/100):
    "For an erotic romp in the land of voyeurism, this is one limp escapade.
    After the sheer raunchiness and debauchery of Basic Instinct, Stone's
    foray here seems almost G rated -- as long as you ignore her breasts,
    bottom, and rocking gyrations on top of William Baldwin."

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

    STAY (reviewed by Michael Rankins, overall score 83/100):
    "Director Marc Forster has crafted a visually arresting film that's
    often startling in its imagery, and freed an exceptional cast to create
    some of their best individual performances."

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

    3 FILMS BY LOUIS MALLE: CRITERION COLLECTION (reviewed by Dan Mancini,
    overall score 95/100):
    "Each deals in one way or another with one of Malle's favorite subjects:
    the rocky and painful transition from adolescence to adulthood. Two of
    the three are set in World War II, the backdrop for Malle's own
    challenging coming of age. Viewed together, they offer the Malle
    neophyte a great crash course in the director's thematic obsessions and
    cinematic technique."

    FULL REVIEW: http://www.dvdverdict.com/reviews/3filmsbylouismalle.php

    TRANSGENERATION (reviewed by Brett Cullum, overall score 93/100):
    "Transgeneration is one of the most timely and well-produced documentary
    releases I've seen. You'll never get a chance to spend five hours with a
    more interesting group of college kids again."

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

    Mike Jackson
    Editor & Webmaster, DVD Verdict
    www.dvdverdict.com
    DVD Verdict, Mar 28, 2006
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